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Arsenio Hall teams up with ABC for ‘Greatest Hits’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Iconic TV personality, Arsenio Hall is back on primetime this summer in a new music series for ABC titled “Greatest Hits.”

According to DEADLINE, the program is dedicated to the music of the 80s, 90s and 00s and will include solo performances, duets and tributes featuring old and new school acts. Each show will highlight a five year period of each decade and the “greatest hits” of that time.

Hall will co-host the show with country music singer Kelsea Ballerini.

“Greatest Hits” debuts on Thursday, June 30 at 9 p.m. EST.

Stay tuned…

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UPDATE: ‘BET HONORS’ to air on March 14

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Not sure how I missed this but BET announced recently that it’s highly anticipated “2016 BET Honors” will air on Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. The show was originally scheduled to tape last month (January) but was postponed due to the winter storm Jonas. It is now being taped on March 5 at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.

As previously mentioned, the show honors five distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels in the areas of art, music, theater, technology and business.  Recipients include Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Academy Award nominated filmmaker and creator of the hit television show “Empire;” Mellody Hobson (Corporate Citizen Award), President of Ariel Investments, one of the largest African American owned money management and mutual fund companies in the U.S. and current Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dreamworks Animation; Eric H. Holder, Jr. (Public Service Award), the first African American United States Attorney General and partner at Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington D.C.; Patti Labelle (Musical Arts Awards), the iconic Grammy Award winning singer whose powerhouse voice has sold over 50 million records worldwide and L.A. Reid (The Business of Entertainment Award), Chairman & CEO of Epic Records, a three-time Grammy Award winner and prolific music mogul who helped launch some of the biggest music careers and superstars of today

Scheduled performers include Fantasia, Ledisi and The Deele. Iconic late night TV host, actor and comedian Arsenio Hall will serve as this year’s host.

Stay tuned…

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BET Honors to salute Patti LaBelle, Lee Daniels, L.A. Reid & more!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to R&B legend Miss Patti LaBelle and TV and Film maestro Lee Daniels! These two will recognized during the 2016 “BET Honors.” The network announced the details for next  year’s lavish award ceremony that honors five distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels in the areas of art, music, theater, technology and business.

Other honorees include Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments; Eric H. Holder, the first African American United States Attorney General; and L.A. Reid, Chairman and CEO of Epic Records.  Multifaceted entertainer Arsenio Hall will serve as host.

“BET Honors” will be taped at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 23, 2016 and will premiere on Monday, February 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm* during Black History Month on BET Networks.

Stay tuned for presenters and performers!

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Talk Show News: ‘Arsenio’ is Canceled, ‘Tyra’ returns in 2015

RuPaul Charles with Arsenio Hall/Photo Credit: Instinctmagazine.com

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Indie Wire is reporting that CBS Television Distribution will not be renewing ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ after all. As previously reported, the late night talk show survived its first season and was on board for a second with its larger-than-life host, Arsenio Hall. However, it appears that execs at CTD have had a change of heart and are pulling the plug.

“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,” said CBS Television Distribution in a press statement today, adding that, “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.”

No word yet on when his last show will air.

In other talk show news…

tyra.jpg34Tyra Banks is coming back to television on ABC beginning in 2015. The ageless model, producer, and media mogul will host and executive produce another daily lifestyle talk show.

According to Indie Wire, the untitled program will provide “innovative, informative, and accessible content for her audience. From fashion and beauty, to home and entertaining, to empowerment and individual enterprise, the show will motivate viewers to improve and enhance their lives by providing guidance.”

“The fire to inspire women and help them to blaze new paths fiercely burns inside of me,”  commented Tyra. “I’m excited to be partnering with Disney-ABC to usher in a new era of lifestyle, beauty and entertainment that will inspire women to be the CEO of their lives via honesty, humor and the newest tips and tricks without being intimidating or precious. To my fierce fam of future viewers: I can’t wait to shake up daytime TV together. I have a lot of information to give and still lots to learn. Let’s do it!”

Stay tuned…

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‘Arsenio Hall’ & ‘Being Mary Jane’ RENEWED for second season; ‘Single Ladies’ canceled

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is The Arsenio Hall  and BET’s break out series Being Mary Jane  has been renewed for another season. Unfortunately, VH1’s Single Ladies  has been canceled.

Here’s the latest TV Buzz!

Indie Wire is reporting that The Arsenio Hall Show  will indeed return for another season. The news was confirmed by Tribune Broadcasting, which serves as a partner in production of the syndicated, late night show.

“Arsenio is an incredibly talented host who has connected with his viewers; we look forward to watching the show grow and develop in year two,” said Sean Compton, President Strategic Programming and Acquisitions, Tribune Company.

Being Mary JaneBET’s Being Mary Jane  is also coming back after scoring a total of 5.8 million viewers for its 2-hour season finale on Tuesday night. According to IW, the series , which stars Gabrielle Union, was Tuesday’s top cable TV original with 2.6 million viewers the first hour and 3.2 million for the second hour. This was huge leap considering the original movie pilot drew 4 million views.

Queen Latifah’s VH1 series, Single Ladies  will not be returning for a fourth season. According to THR, VH1 opted not to renew the series which stars Charity Shea, Denise Vasi, LisaRaye McCoy and newly added LeToya Luckett. The show followed the lives of three best friends living in Atlanta who had three different philosophies on love, sex and relationships.

“We’ve been proud to deliver three seasons of the drama, romance and style that engaged viewers in each episode of Single Ladies,” VH1 said in a statement. “Although we’ve decided not to move forward with another season, we hope to work again with the talented cast, creatives and producers as well as our partners at Flavor Unit Entertainment in the near future. We also thank the show’s fans for their support since the premiere in 2011.”

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Anthony Anderson to host NAACP Image Awards + Presenters + EOTY Nominees

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Comedic actor Anthony Anderson has been tapped to host this year’s NAACP Image Awards. The two-hour show will air live on Saturday, February 22 at 9 p.m. EST on TV One with a one-hour red carpet pre-show beginning at 8p.m.

NAACP and TV One announced the big news on Monday along with a star studded list of presenters including Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry, Octavia Spencer, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Arsenio Hall, Tony Goldwyn, Rickey Smiley, Lou Gossett Jr. and others. All-State commercial actor Dennis Haysbert will once again also serve as the in-show announcer.

Other highlights revealed are the nominees for this year’s Entertainer of the Year Award. This coveted honor goes to an individual within the industry who has achieved notable success in multiple projects and mediums. This year’s lengthy list of candidates include Beyoncé, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Nicole Beharie, Tyler Perry,  Steve Harvey, Pharrell Williams and Oprah Winfrey. Fans will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite star until February 14.  Click here to cast your vote.

Also being recognized are Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker, who will receive the Chairman’s Award along with Paris Barclay and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who are both Image Award Hall of Fame inductees.

The NAACP Image Awards airs Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. EST on TV One.

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Arsenio Hall to appear on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ + VIDEO

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

TheGrio  is reporting that late night talk show host Arsenio Hall will appear on Oprah’s Next Chapter  series In October to discuss his amazing comeback to television.

The Arsenio Hall Show  premiered earlier this month (September 9) on the CW network and had the highest premiere week ratings for any syndicated show in key demos in seven years, according to Variety.

Reportedly, Hall will chat about being the only late night African-American host and what he learned during the 20-year hiatus from Hollywood. He will also open up about being a single father and the advice he received from his late night competitor and friend, Jay Leno.

Look for Oprah’s Next Chapter  featuring Arsenio Hall to air on Sunday, October 20 at 9pm EST on OWN.

In the meantime, check out actor Orlando Jones chatting with Hall about people comparing to Solange Knowles and Jeff Goldblum. This is hilarious!

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RC Birthdays for the week of February 10-16

Grammy-winning singer and member of Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland turns 32-years-old on February 11

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This week’s celebrity birthdays include an R&B music legend, a songwriting icon, talk show pioneer, two bad boys of hip-hop and a legendary jazz musician. Get plugged into the RC Birthdays for this week: February 10-16, 2013!

 

Feb. 10: Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Roberta Flack, 76

Feb 11: neo-soul maestro D’Angelo, 39

Grammy-winning singer-actress Brandy Norwood, 34

reality star and former singer of Danity Kane Aubrey O’Day, 29

Feb: 12 Comedic actor and talk show host Arsenio Hall, 58

Feb. 13: singer and formerly of  Floetry MC Natalie Stewart, 34

Feb 14: jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker, 70 and Tony! Toni! Tone! singer Dwayne Wiggins, 52

Feb 15: Motown songwriting legend Brian Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland), 72


Feb 16: singer James Ingram, 61 and ‘Roots’ star LeVar Burton, 56

hip hop pioneer-actor Ice-T, 55 and rapper and activist, Lupe Fiasco, 31

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Arsenio Hall Turned Down Role in ‘Bad Boys’

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It’s always fascinating to hear which roles celebrities turned down in films that went on to be popular movies starring different actors. File this latest revelation under “What if ….” Can you imagine the Bad Boys franchise starring Arsenio Hall and Martin Lawrence? There’s a reason why you can’t. Hall says he turned down the role that eventually went to Will Smith, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hall, who will be returning to his late night talk show host roots this September, shared what his initial plans were when he ended The Arsenio Hall Show in 1994.

Find out why Arsenio Hall left the show at BET.com

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SNEAK PEEK of new ‘Arsenio Hall Show’

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RC fans! Get a FIRST LOOK at the promo for the new Arsenio Hall show coming September 2013.

We reported back in June, The Apprentice  winner and comedian was getting a new syndicated talk show after 19 years of being off the air…Yes, it’s been that long…

Check it out and tell us what you think.

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Are you excited about the new Arsenio Hall show?

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Spike TV set to honor Eddie Murphy with television special

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EBONY.com is reporting that Spike TV is gearing up to produce a TV special honoring the career of Eddie Murphy.

Eddie Murphy: One Night Only  will feature some of the biggest comedians in the industry including Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Arsenio Hall and Tracy Morgan. Also scheduled to appear are Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler and Keenan Ivory Wayans.

“Thirty years ago, Eddie Murphy came on to the comedy scene and changed the game forever,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent Development & Studio Relations at Viacom Entertainment Group. “We’re thrilled to be honoring him for the very first time, ‘One Night Only’.”

The event will tape next Saturday, November 3 in L.A. and will air on Wednesday, November 14.

What is your favorite Eddie Murphy movie?

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BET’s TJ Holmes to debut new late night talk show ‘Don’t Sleep’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Former CNN anchor and correspondent TJ Holmes is eager to get started with his new gig on BET.  Holmes will host a new late night show called Don’t Sleep.  This show is part of a multi-platform talent deal he signed with the network back in 2011.

According to Ebony, the 35 year-old from Arkansas recently spoke at a TCA press tour about the show and says that the biggest adjustment with the new job is the new time.

‘We are going to be airing every night at 11 p.m. It’s kind of odd. I go from doing early mornings to late nights,” said Holmes. “That’s going to be a bit of an adjustment, but it’s going to be a variety of folks. We have a list we’re kind of working for that first week, and we’ll be talking more about that as we get closer.”

Holmes will be competing for viewers come this fall along with former late night talk show king Arsenio Hall and reality show starlet Tiny, who is hosting her very own late night program, Tiny Tonight on VH1.

Which show are you going to watch? Let us know.

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Ne-Yo honors George Lucas and spotlights foster care initiatives at Compound Foundation event…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Foster care children have a special place in Ne-Yo’s heart.  The three-time Grammy winner turned his attention to this social issue during his Foster a Legacy Benefit recently. The singer-songwriter also paid tribute to his friend and film director George Lucas, who is an adoptive parent of three.

“[I visited] a couple of group homes in Brownsville Brooklyn and in Los Angeles. [There] wasn’t anything making sure that these kids understood that your circumstances and where you come from, has nothing to do with where you go.”

Ne-yo saluted his Red Tails director George Lucas for his adoptive children saying, “When I learned you were the father of three adopted children I couldn’t tell you how even more impressed I became with you). I’m a fan and an admirer and still the little boy that looked up to you.”

The event was attended by a bevy of stars including Russell Simmons, Elise Neal, Rocsi Diaz, and Paula Abdul. It was also co-hosted by Celebrity Apprentice winner, Arsenio Hall.

Ne-Yo ended the night with performances of songs from his forth coming album, R.E.D  [Realizing Every Dream] slated to hit stores in September.

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Arsenio Hall returns to Late Night TV…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It’s no surprise that Arsenio Hall is returning to late night television next year. It was just a matter of time before the recent “Celebrity Apprentice” winner would eventually return to his rightful place of prominence on the television circuit. If you want to learn a little bit more about Arsenio Hall, then you can check out this here (talking with arsenio hall 2018). You might learn something about him that you never knew before.

According to BET.com, Hall is partnering with syndicator CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Co., for an 11pm program. The new show will be seen in over 17 markets including Chicago and Los Angeles.

Hall’s first show aired in 1989 on the Fox Network. The Arsenio Hall Show featured a variety of guests including many of today’s established celebrities, entertainers and actors as well as provided a platform for hip hop artists to perform their music. His audience, known as the Dog Pound, greeted him each night by barking and pumping their fist. This became a cultural phenomenon and was associated with the Aresnio Hall brand.

Although it’s been more than 20 years since we’ve seen Hall in this late night TV format, I’m confident that this show will be just as popular and part of everyone’s “must watch” weekly line-up of television programming.

Congratulations to Arsenio! Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at some of Arsenio’s most talked about moments…

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