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'The Arsenio Hall Show' is canceled

Arsenio Hall's current late-night talk show was canceled

Arsenio Hall's current late-night talk show was canceled on Friday after one season. (Credit: Rob Rich)

"The Arsenio Hall Show" is done. CBS Television Distribution (CTD) just announced that the show will not resume production.

In a word, canceled.

Here's the statement: 

“Unfortunately, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue. Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”

Arsenio's statement: "When I started this adventure with CTD [CBS Television Distribution] and Tribune, we all knew it would be a challenge -- I’m gratified for the year we’ve had and proud of the show we created. I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night."

 What's peculiar here is that CTD - or rather Jay Leno - even announced that Hall had won a second season in February. Clearly, the company has had second thoughts since...

 Yes, a shame for a few reasons. Foremost among them, Hall certainly did provide diversity to a time of day that has precious little. And...he brought energy and style too. Hall was once a late night challenger - his old show aired from, January 3, 1989, until May 27, 1994 -  dropped out of the business when stations - many of them CBS afilliated ones, in fact - began to either downgrade his show or cancel it outright. And so in a sense, history has repeated: WPIX/11, his flagship in New York, "downgraded" the show recently from 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; his earlier time had been something of an advantage, or was seen as an advantage at launch. Other station groups besides Tribune - owner of Ch. 11 - downgraded as well. 

  In at least one sense, Hall may well be a casualty of Jimmy Fallon's ascendance at "Tonight," which has been a success and which clearly clipped "The Arsenio Hall Show's" second half hour at 11:30 (when it was airing at 11.) 

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