Sometimes, appearing on the Celebrity Apprentice doesn't mean that your career is in its twilight years.
It's been almost twenty years since Arsenio Hall last had a late-night talk show, but now it looks like the comedian might be having a bit of a comeback. Hall signed with CBS Television Distribution on Monday to create a new late-night talk show for a fall 2013 premiere, according to Deadline.
CBS Television Distribution President John Nogawski commented on the signing: “We’re excited to welcome Arsenio back to the family and partnering on his new, late-night syndicated talk show. Arsenio had a substantial following with his previous late-night show, and that same 18-34 audience is now right in the middle of the late-night core audience of 35-54. Years ago, he transcended time periods and attracted a cross-over audience while bringing a fresh perspective to late night. That same need in the market exists today as when we originally launched. We are looking forward to the same success with Arsenio’s seasoned expertise and appeal in this genre.”
The Arsenio Hall Show ran from 1989 to 1994, and featured some quite memorable pop culture moments -- including Bill Clinton's famous saxophone appearance (pictured). And then, of course, there's his fist-pumping "dog pound" of an audience, who will undoubtedly bring back that staple of the show in the fall.
Hall's as-yet untitled talk show is the first syndicated series set to premiere in 2013.
Hall expressed his excitement by commenting, “It’s an amazing feeling to be going HOME to my old friends and colleagues and firing up our ‘Night Thing.' Let’s get busy … AGAIN!”
Hall, 56, is perhaps most famous for co-starring along with Eddie Murphy in the 1988 comedy film Coming to America. Most recently, Hall appeared as Tasty Freeze in the 2009 film Black Dynamite. In May, Hall was declared the winner of the Celebrity Apprentice 5, beating former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken for the title.