Staffers at the Los Angeles Times all got a missive today from Tribune's TV boss talking up the new late-night talk show coming next year from Arsenio Hall. The rationale for bringing Hall back off the television bench is because the people who watched his show from 1989-94 are now...older.
From: Tribune Communications
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 2:12 PM
Subject: Message from Sean Compton/The Arsenio Hall Show
Tribune and CBS Television Distribution are announcing today the return of The Arsenio Hall Show, set to premiere in Fall 2013. The nightly show will be taped each day in Los Angeles. The content of his new show will be an updated version of his successful 90's late night show, targeting much of the same audience; Arsenio was the youngest skewing successful talk show in late night history. While the baby boomers were watching Johnny, their kids were watching Arsenio. Those boomer kids are now 35-49 years old, a perfect fit for our Mon-Fri late night time period, which has 3 times more 35-54 viewers than 18-34.
In addition to The Bill Cunningham Show that launched this past fall, the return of Arsenio's show is another step into the original programming business for Tribune Broadcasting. The Arsenio Hall Show will be seen on Tribune stations, no cable or video on demand, and as an investor we will benefit from the show in addition to the success it delivers to our local stations.
You'll find more details in the attached press release, which was issued just a few moments ago.
Meanwhile, Sam Rubin — a Tribune employee at the "KTLA Morning Show" — chatted up Hall in Rubin's "Hollywood Uncensored" hat. That show airs on Reelz later this week.