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Arsenio Hall returns to late night

Arsenio Hall returns to late night

Unleash the dog pound.  Arsenio's back.  Actor and comedian Arsenio Hall is relaunching the talk show that made him a late night star 24 years ago.  

Entering an already crowded landscape of late night television, the new "Arsenio Hall Show" premieres tonight in syndication - almost 20 years after the last episode of Hall's first talk show aired in 1994.  Hall says viewers should expect the same Arsenio, just in a new age of pop culture.  Fellow comedian Chris Tucker will be Arsenio's first guest on the revived show on Monday.  He's also booked face time with Ice Cube, Magic Johnson, Mark Harmon, Angela Bassett and Penn & Teller in the show's first week.  

The original "Arsenio Hall Show" ran from 1989 to 1994.  The series made Hall the first African-American late night talk show host.  It was also groundbreaking in the fact that it was the first and, for a time, the only showcase for hip-hop artists.  Arsenio also welcomed controversial guests to his show like Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan and became a television footnote when then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton dropped by the show to show off his saxophone-playing skills in 1992.

 

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