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Arsenio's new talk show airing at 11 p.m. on CW23 in reversal

By Alan Pergament

A week ago I told you that WNLO-TV was going to air the new Arsenio Hall talk show at the unusual time of 10:30 p.m. after Channel 4's popular 10 O’Clock News.

Now comes word of something even more unusual.

The distributor of the program, CBS Television Distribution, has told station officials that it can't run the show at 10:30 p.m. because it won't be ready by that time to air after being recorded earlier in Hollywood, Calif.

So after a few weeks of running promos that state Hall's show is going to start at 10:30 p.m., CW23, as WNLO is called, now will have to air it at 11 p.m. after all starting next Monday.

Amusingly, the show's website had CW23 carrying it at 11 p.m. all along despite the plans of the local LIN Media station (it also owns Channel 4) to air it at 10:30 p.m.

The move of Hall's show to 11 p.m. means that CW23 now plans to keep the gossipy "TMZ" at 10:30 p.m. after the news.

TMZ, which takes a big ratings dive after Channel 4's news airs at 10 p.m., will now serve as Arsenio's lead-in. That can't help Hall, who now also will compete with all the local newscasts that start at 11 p.m.

The program announced Wednesday that the guest list for Hall's first week will include Chris Tucker, Lisa Kudrow, Angela Bassett, Mark Harmon, Magic Johnson, George Lopez, Ice Cube and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Hall's last syndicated talk show ended in May 1994 after a five-year run and more than 1,200 episodes hearing the audience chant of "Woof! Woof! Woof!”

Bill Clinton, at the time a presidential candidate, made a memorable guest appearance playing the saxophone in June 1992, five months before he won the election. President Clinton certainly would make a great surprise guest if he agreed to appear.

Jeff Daniels, who plays anchor Will McAvoy on HBO's "The Newsroom," made some news Wednesday night that should please the series' concerned fans. Daniels tweeted that the series had been renewed for a third season. There had been published reports last week that there was a question of whether creator Aaron Sorkin would agree to continue the series because he is busy with other projects. Daniels' tweet didn't mention whether Sorkin will stay with the series, which is something the pay-cable network is expected to clear up when the renewal is officially announced. It would be hard to imagine the series without Sorkin's voice. By the way, HBO chose not to run a new episode this past Sunday because viewing levels decline on Labor Day weekend. There are two episodes left in the second season, which has focused on McAvoy's fictional cable network erroneously reporting that the United States used sarin gas in a rescue attempt of American servicemen.

HBO already has announced that "True Blood" will end its run after the 2014 season. It remains very popular, though many critics and fans seem to be complaining that it has lost its way this season. I bailed out a few seasons ago.

The Tuesday debut of Channel 4's new "Wake Up!" co-anchor Teresa Weakley was a local rating hit. Channel 4 won at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. over Channel 2's ""Daybreak," which normally is No. 1 in the morning. Channel 4's win at 6 a.m. was impressive, 6.1-4.3. Channel 7 was third as usual with a 2.0.

Channel 4's win also led to "CBS This Morning" earning an extremely rare local win over NBC’s "Today" on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Channel 4 won over Channel 2 at 5 a.m. (3-8-2.6.) However, Channel 2 was back on top at 6 a.m. (5.4-4.8.). It appears a lot of sampling is going on so it will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks and months.



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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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