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2014-05-30 05:46:02 PM  
Wow that did not take long at all!
 
2014-05-30 07:31:58 PM  
AIN'T NO F*CKING THELMA HERE!!
 
2014-05-30 07:36:41 PM  
I knew it was in trouble when I saw that it was running at 5 p.m. on the local channel.
 
2014-05-30 07:38:16 PM  

fusillade762: AIN'T NO F*CKING THELMA HERE!!


There will be no further commercial interruptions.
 
2014-05-30 07:42:38 PM  
I saw him on Hollywood Party Game Show Extravaganza. In the championship round, the celebrity (whoever she was) kept saying "She's a black this" or "He's a famous black that". Arsenio was dying.

/she never said "She's a famous white this" or "He's a famous eccentric albino Las Vegas lounge act and author of the best-selling tell-all book 'Damn You, Daddy Dearest'"
 
2014-05-30 07:43:33 PM  
Arsenio was perfect for what it was.. lots of the late night talk shows are timeless; couch, desk, comic, you could see one from the 60's or last week and it was the same show. But Arsenio WAS the early 90's.. and, unfortunately for him.. it's not the early 90's anymore.
 
2014-05-30 07:51:08 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: I saw him on Hollywood Party Game Show Extravaganza. In the championship round, the celebrity (whoever she was) kept saying "She's a black this" or "He's a famous black that". Arsenio was dying.

/she never said "She's a famous white this" or "He's a famous eccentric albino Las Vegas lounge act and author of the best-selling tell-all book 'Damn You, Daddy Dearest'"


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It is a good day on Fark when I discover Jackie Rogers Jr. references...
 
2014-05-30 07:52:53 PM  
He wasn't funny.

Well, bye.
 
2014-05-30 07:53:10 PM  
I could never understand Tribune Corp.'s plan with the show. They were one of the partners owning it, and ran it on their stations. If WGN in Chicago is typical of Tribune's other stations, the show seemed to make no sense.

They run it from 10:00-11:00 (central time; our prime-time starts at 7:00, simultaneously with the East Coast where it's 8:00), right after the 9:00-10:00 news. WGN is a CW station, and even its evening & late-night syndicated shows are not "urban" if you know what I mean. So they have an hour of news, then Arsenio which was produced about as black as a talk show could possibly get*, which they followed with syndicated re-runs of Family Guy, Friends, 30 Rock, another  Friends, & another 30 Rock.

Sure, people don't have to get up to change the channel any-more, but lead-ins and programming blocks are still immensely important, as every NBC affiliate's local news demonstrated when Leno was moved to the last hour of prime-time.
 
2014-05-30 07:57:52 PM  

delathi: Arsenio was perfect for what it was.. lots of the late night talk shows are timeless; couch, desk, comic, you could see one from the 60's or last week and it was the same show. But Arsenio WAS the early 90's.. and, unfortunately for him.. it's not the early 90's anymore.


Pretty much that, it was a product of its time. I was thinking about that earlier when I read they were digging up Knight Rider's moldy corpse to make yet another movie of it. Sometimes dead is better.
 
2014-05-30 08:01:55 PM  
www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-05-30 08:02:19 PM  
Didn't care for him the first time around.

Don't think I'll miss him this time either.
 
2014-05-30 08:16:56 PM  
Didn't watch his show all that much. When I did though I do remember this gem with the Macho Man Randy Savage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLK3oomyt60
 
2014-05-30 08:21:24 PM  
woof.
 
2014-05-30 08:57:11 PM  

RookStar: Didn't watch his show all that much. When I did though I do remember this gem with the Macho Man Randy Savage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLK3oomyt60



You know, that makes me think of what would be the next great late-night talk show: Piper's Pit, with your host, Rowdy Roddy Piper!

Put on the glasses!
 
2014-05-30 08:58:48 PM  

delathi: Arsenio was perfect for what it was.. lots of the late night talk shows are timeless; couch, desk, comic, you could see one from the 60's or last week and it was the same show. But Arsenio WAS the early 90's.. and, unfortunately for him.. it's not the early 90's anymore.


His attitudes on social issues and his humor is still stuck in the early 90's too. I wonder how many focus groups mentioned his insensitivity to the current sociological makeup of America. Listening to him, I didn't realize how much I had changed in my own attitude, because I'm pretty sure he recycled his entire schtick from before and I found it entertaining back then.
 
2014-05-30 08:59:17 PM  
Leaving Comedy Central the only channel with a black guy hosting a show after the news.
 
2014-05-30 09:06:58 PM  

fusillade762: AIN'T NO F*CKING THELMA HERE!!


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2014-05-30 09:14:46 PM  
Wasn't there just an episode but a month or two ago that Jay Leno showed up to say he was renewed?
 
2014-05-30 09:21:50 PM  
Maybe he'll *blame it on the rain*. Hey, it was the only funny bit from the 1st show I can remember...
 
2014-05-30 09:24:16 PM  

delathi: Arsenio was perfect for what it was.. lots of the late night talk shows are timeless; couch, desk, comic, you could see one from the 60's or last week and it was the same show. But Arsenio WAS the early 90's.. and, unfortunately for him.. it's not the early 90's anymore


Your comment reminds me of an episode of the Simpsons where Bart is trying to impress his fellow schoolmates by singing "Do the bartman", when Ralph Wiggum proclaims "that's so 1991".
 
2014-05-30 09:27:04 PM  

fusillade762: AIN'T NO F*CKING THELMA HERE!!


He is the best one in Amazon Women on the Moon, even better than Donnie "No Soul" Simmons
 
2014-05-30 09:27:22 PM  
Craig is better but he's gone soon too.
 
2014-05-30 09:37:47 PM  

styckx: Wasn't there just an episode but a month or two ago that Jay Leno showed up to say he was renewed?


He was renewed and now they've changed their minds.
 
2014-05-30 10:04:54 PM  

boyvoyeur: He wasn't funny.

Well, bye.


Agreed, the show was reanimation of his 90's show. It was cringe-worthy. Besides, there's plenty of other things to distract people these days besides a lame talk show.

Plus, there's Leno breaking the news to Arsenio that his show is getting renewed for a second season.

Awkard! Is there anything Leno can't fark up?
 
2014-05-30 10:42:48 PM  

mikemoto: fusillade762: AIN'T NO F*CKING THELMA HERE!!

He is the best one in Amazon Women on the Moon, even better than Donnie "No Soul" Simmons


This is completely untrue. While it was the best thing Arsenio ever did, the off time tapping of Mr. Simmons foot got my 13 yr old self every time.
 
2014-05-30 10:51:55 PM  
I tried watching but it was painful. Not because Arsenio was any worse than he used to be, but because he WAS EXACTLY THE SAME.

His show made a lot of sense in the early 90s, there wasn't a major outlet for a lot of up and coming hip-hop talent anywhere else. Johnny Carson wasn't going to have Snoop Doggy Dogg on his show. But in 2014, Snoop Dogg is as mainstream as it gets. Arsenio just seemed anachronistic this time around.
 
2014-05-30 11:18:18 PM  
Where the hell was that on?
 
2014-05-30 11:20:02 PM  
I'd watch Arsenio over that monster douche Carson Daly any day. Seriously, the producers who gave that goof a show should be sterilized.
 
2014-05-30 11:27:19 PM  
This run of his show would have been much better if he hosted it as Tasty Freeze instead
 
2014-05-30 11:36:31 PM  

Confabulat: I tried watching but it was painful. Not because Arsenio was any worse than he used to be, but because he WAS EXACTLY THE SAME.

His show made a lot of sense in the early 90s, there wasn't a major outlet for a lot of up and coming hip-hop talent anywhere else. Johnny Carson wasn't going to have Snoop Doggy Dogg on his show. But in 2014, Snoop Dogg is as mainstream as it gets. Arsenio just seemed anachronistic this time around.



He may have been the same, but the show was not. The old programme had an urban flavour (well, a West Coast urban flavour, anyway), to be sure, but it was aimed at teens & 20-somethings without regard to race. He was going after (and largely getting) the college crowd who would change the channel to NBC after Arsenio ended, and watch Late Night with David Letterman.

The new programme is a decidedly black show. There's nothing wrong with that, but it is a striking difference from the original one. While Caucasian and Hispanic celebrities and comics are occasionally featured, they are rarities. It is common for all two or three interviewees and the musical performer or comic to all be Blacks, night after night, and the few token white faces in the audience stand out like flecks of Liquid Paper on a velvet dress. The show is geared to a black audience - and they didn't show up in the numbers anticipated.
 
2014-05-30 11:54:14 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: delathi: Arsenio was perfect for what it was.. lots of the late night talk shows are timeless; couch, desk, comic, you could see one from the 60's or last week and it was the same show. But Arsenio WAS the early 90's.. and, unfortunately for him.. it's not the early 90's anymore.

His attitudes on social issues and his humor is still stuck in the early 90's too. I wonder how many focus groups mentioned his insensitivity to the current sociological makeup of America. Listening to him, I didn't realize how much I had changed in my own attitude, because I'm pretty sure he recycled his entire schtick from before and I found it entertaining back then.


Basically all of the above...  I enjoyed Arsenio back in the day. I was young, he was young, it made me laugh now and again.  I couldn't even sit through one episode this time around. Painful not fun.

Also, whenever I think of Arsenio Hall I think of the movie Ghost.
 
2014-05-31 12:03:30 AM  

styckx: Wasn't there just an episode but a month or two ago that Jay Leno showed up to say he was renewed?


The production company announced a renewal back in February, but between then and now, ratings fell to the point where the local stations were pulling out to the point it wasn't sustainable to keep him on.

/if you don't understand any of that, read this
//http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcast_syndication
///THREES
 
2014-05-31 12:19:28 AM  
I occasionally found it it on in the lobby at work around midnight or so.  Most of the humor seemed to be based upon the fact that he had a show in the 90s.  So, kinda stale, if not as stale as Jay Leno.

I did enjoy the old show, back in the day.  I was about 20-22.
 
2014-05-31 12:53:14 AM  

styckx: Wasn't there just an episode but a month or two ago that Jay Leno showed up to say he was renewed?


You mean the one referenced and linked to repeatedly in TFA?
 
2014-05-31 01:52:48 AM  
I flipped over to Arsenio a dozen times over the past few months. Did he ever have a white guest? Doesn't that make his show racist?

Hell, I think BET is pretty racist.

'This is some good-ass cheese' was funny, though...
 
2014-05-31 01:58:59 AM  

Ready-set: I flipped over to Arsenio a dozen times over the past few months. Did he ever have a white guest? Doesn't that make his show racist?

Hell, I think BET is pretty racist.

'This is some good-ass cheese' was funny, though...


I saw one with this hot, 6' tall blonde woman in her 50's, sitting on his lap.  I had to dig around IMDB to find her name, though, and I can't remember it now.
 
2014-05-31 02:01:26 AM  
I was flipping channels one night and couldn't believe they were showing 20 year old Arsenio Hall Show repeats. Guess it was the new one. Who Knew?
 
2014-05-31 02:05:51 AM  
Ah, here's the list of guests he's had on the new show.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2311336/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
 
2014-05-31 02:12:17 AM  

delathi: Arsenio was perfect for what it was.. lots of the late night talk shows are timeless; couch, desk, comic, you could see one from the 60's or last week and it was the same show. But Arsenio WAS the early 90's.. and, unfortunately for him.. it's not the early 90's anymore.


That's the thing:  it was like seeing the main competitor to Johnny Carson being transported via DeLorean time machine to the mid-2010s.  It was a little more fun to watch the second time around, for some reason.

Just putting this out there, but why not tap Arsenio to fill the slot after Late Show?
 
2014-05-31 02:25:50 AM  
Two things:
1. The comments in TFA are pretty trolltastic.
2. I liked his original show, and hoped the new one would work. It wasn't great, but not a lot worse than the other late night crap these days. Even Conan's gone way downhill.
 
2014-05-31 02:29:47 AM  

Alphax: Ready-set: I flipped over to Arsenio a dozen times over the past few months. Did he ever have a white guest? Doesn't that make his show racist?

Hell, I think BET is pretty racist.

'This is some good-ass cheese' was funny, though...

I saw one with this hot, 6' tall blonde woman in her 50's, sitting on his lap.  I had to dig around IMDB to find her name, though, and I can't remember it now.


There it is, Allison Janney.  I didn't watch The West Wing, so I don't usually recognize her.
 
2014-05-31 02:37:46 AM  

Alphax: Alphax: Ready-set: I flipped over to Arsenio a dozen times over the past few months. Did he ever have a white guest? Doesn't that make his show racist?

Hell, I think BET is pretty racist.

'This is some good-ass cheese' was funny, though...

I saw one with this hot, 6' tall blonde woman in her 50's, sitting on his lap.  I had to dig around IMDB to find her name, though, and I can't remember it now.

There it is, Allison Janney.  I didn't watch The West Wing, so I don't usually recognize her.


She's on 'Mom' now.
 
2014-05-31 02:40:36 AM  

Alphax: Alphax: Ready-set: I flipped over to Arsenio a dozen times over the past few months. Did he ever have a white guest? Doesn't that make his show racist?

Hell, I think BET is pretty racist.

'This is some good-ass cheese' was funny, though...

I saw one with this hot, 6' tall blonde woman in her 50's, sitting on his lap.  I had to dig around IMDB to find her name, though, and I can't remember it now.

There it is, Allison Janney.  I didn't watch The West Wing, so I don't usually recognize her.


I'm glad to wrong, thank you.

Janney is great. Including Drop Dead Gorgeous.
 
2014-05-31 02:41:14 AM  
to *be* wrong
 
2014-05-31 08:07:12 AM  

delathi: Arsenio was perfect for what it was.. lots of the late night talk shows are timeless; couch, desk, comic, you could see one from the 60's or last week and it was the same show. But Arsenio WAS the early 90's.. and, unfortunately for him.. it's not the early 90's anymore.


I'll always have a soft spot for Arsenio because during his original run back then I worked the night shift at a factory, 7p-7a. On my nights off, I watched him because we lived in the woods, didn't have satellite and got only two channels, one of which was PBS. Arsenio kept me company at 1 am.
 
2014-05-31 09:00:44 AM  
Say what you will about him, but he had the WIDEST variety of musical guests on his original show- A Tribe Called Quest on Monday, Fishbone on Tuesday, Megadeth on Wednesday... etc. YT some of the performances.
 
2014-05-31 09:12:56 AM  

fusillade762: AIN'T NO F*CKING THELMA HERE!!


THE BIATCH DON'T LIVE HERE

FARK YOU TOO
 
2014-05-31 09:17:26 AM  

doctor wu: I'd watch Arsenio over that monster douche Carson Daly any day. Seriously, the producers who gave that goof a show should be sterilized.


To be fair, Carson's show is 1) on at a time when any potential viewer is either still drunk or a zombified insomniac, and 2) is just him introducing two random bands and a comedy act/oddity. It's not a talk show in the traditional sense.
 
2014-05-31 09:21:21 AM  
Why the hell would they think hall could've succeeded anyways? I didn't see his show this time around, but back in the 90', he always seemed awe struck with every guest kinda like that Cris Farly character. They should've given Steve Harvey a crack. His Banter on the Feud made me instantly think he'd be awesome at interviewing celebrities. I can't see how he wouldn't kick Fallons ass.
 
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