"The Arsenio Hall Show" has stopped production, marking the end of the host's efforts to restart his latenight franchise in syndication.
CBS had said that the show would return for a second season, but the latenight strip was facing significant downgrades from stations and the Eye determined that the show would not be financially viable. The show was in reruns this week and will not resume production. The show's last original seg was May 21.
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CBS said in a statement: "Unfortunately, 'The Arsenio Hall Show' will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue. Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we'd like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We'd also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show."
Hall had sought to revive the success he had in the late 1980s and early '90s with his syndie yakked. The show, a joint production of CBS and Tribune, started out with promise last September but could not maintain its early momentum and struggled with guest bookings.
Staffers were floored by the news that was announced in the afternoon at the show's office on the Sunset Bronson studio lot that is home to Tribune's KTLA, which carried the show in L.A.
Hall could not immediately be reached for comment.