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'The Arsenio Hall Show' is canceled

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

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"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.) 

'Royal Pains' cast talks favorite places in the Hamptons

Brooke D'Orsay as Paige Collins, Paulo Costanzo as

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"Royal Pains" -- shot entirely on Long Island -- returns June 10, at 9, for the new season, and in the meantime this: The cast talks (in the clip below) about their favorite places in the Hamptons.

And for all you "Pains" lovers, here's USA's quick overview of the season launch, "Smoke and Mirrors." (By the way, Kevin Eubanks and Bethenny Frankel gave cameos.)

"After a winter abroad, Hank (Mark Feuerstein) returns to the Hamptons to celebrate the latest addition to the HankMed family. Evan (Paulo Costanzo) and Paige (Brooke D’Orsay) take a hands-on approach to their marriage. Later Evan hatches a plan to make Hank stay in town after a saxophone player falls ill. Meanwhile Divya (Reshma Shetty) experiences the joys of motherhood and a mysterious party guest (guest star Willa Fitzgerald) brings surprising news for the Lawson family."

Fox Entertainment chief (and LI native) Kevin Reilly steps down

Kevin Reilly's long run at the top of Fox is over: The chief of the network's entertainment division told his staff in a brief farewell note Thursday morning that he will leave by the end of June: 

To my friends and colleagues: I have decided to resign as Chairman of Entertainment at FBC, effective at the end of June. While difficult decisions have to be made every day, none have weighed more heavily on me than this. The inspired FOX leadership, coupled with your commitment to excellence at FBC, has provided one of the most rewarding chapters in my life. I love TV. Always have. Since my mother told me to stop sitting so close and watching so much.

 A surprise? Well...depends on how you define "surprise:" Reilly, a savvy and highly successful entertainment boss over his decade long run (both here and at NBC), had pretty much seemed to have played all his cards by the end of last season - and even then, the primetime declines were relentless. The problems, in order: 1.) "American Idol." 2.) Sitcoms - as in, they haven't taken off, and in fact quite the opposite; 3.) Dramas, as in "You can't built an entire schedule on 'Sleepy Hollow.' "

 Nonetheless, too bad: Reilly, an LI native son - he was born in Manhasset, raised in Port Washington, went to Chaminade in Garden City, then went to Cornell -  is a smart exec who clearly loved - with a passion - the best parts of this business, and what makes it exciting. He had many successes but through no fault of his own, was stuck with a declining franchise, "Idol," that simply had nowhere to go but down...

NBC telecast of 'World Music Awards' postponed (but why...?)

Singer Mariah Carey was born in Huntington and

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And now this: Some viewers, probably many viewers, tuning in to NBC Wednesday night for a telecast of the "World Music Awards," taped Tuesday in Monte Carlo, instead saw a repeat of "Last Comic Standing." Reasons? Unclear. NBC's more or less official explanation is that technical difficulties beset the taping, although what those could be beggars the imagination.

As widely reported, Mariah...

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Spike TV's Don Rickles roast: Clips

Don Rickles will be performing at The Theatre

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Who missed last night's roast of the incomparable Don Rickles on Spike TV? But that's what the web is for. Check the jump for a handful of clips, but just this smattering should be enough to confirm that Rickles, at 88, is the most influential comedian alive: This tribute, for it was more of a tribute than roast, proves that the Rickles influence remains wide and deep, even after six...

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Hulu in talks to revive 'Community' -- but should 'Community' be revived?

Fellow human beings, I put this before you: Should "Community" return, specifically to Hulu, which has, more specifically, begun talks with Sony which, adding a bit more specificity, wants to keep the show going?

It's out there -- don't take my word for this. Google it. The trades reported the news Wednesday.

I can't even begin to count the reasons why it should stay, even if one by...

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'Chelsea Lately' to end in August

"Chelsea Lately," a weeknight talk show hosted by

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"Chelsea Lately" -- E!'s long-running (or long-running for E!) late-nighter -- will end Aug. 26, the network announced a little while ago. And what's next for the host? Let the guesses flower, but if we are to take Chelsea Handler at her word -- and there's no reason why we shouldn't -- then the next stop is nowhere, at least on TV.

Nevertheless, the Handler exit has been a mystery -- precipitated...

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Maya Angelou's influence on Oprah Winfrey

Maya Angelou addresses a gathering on Dec. 9,

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Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86, and possibly mentioned or not among the many tributes today will be this: She had a huge influence on Oprah Winfrey.

Winfrey has spoken long and often of Angelou, who was on OWN last year at this time.

And Winfrey may even be the first to suggest even this: No Angelou, no Oprah, or at least not the one millions have come to know.

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These clips, including Angelou's appearance on "Super Soul Sunday," explore that influence. Meanwhile, here's Winfrey's statement, posted on Facebook:

I've been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her. She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.​

'Mad Men' recap: Of Waterloo, the moon and Bert

Bertram Cooper, played by actor Robert Morse, died

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We're not going to have a discussion (are we?) about whether Don Draper saw a ghost on the seventh midseason finale of "Mad Men." A ghost of Bert Cooper, or a moment of overwrought imagination ... or a dream?

Too late for the semi-obligatory "spoiler alert" by this point -- it has been two days after all -- but Bert Cooper (Robert Morse) has died, and not just died, but returned for one last...

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Lifetime plans a Whitney Houston biopic, Angela Bassett directs

Actress Angela Bassett

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Now this: Angela Bassett will make her debut as director on a Lifetime biopic of Whitney Houston, the network announced a little while ago, and further indicated that the film will largely focus on the (infamously) tumultuous relationship of Houston and Bobby Brown. But a  quote from Bassett actually seems to indicate that Brown will even come out well here:

“I have such regard for both...

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