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Arsenio Hall coming back to late-night TV

Arsenio Hall has signed on to host a new late-night show. And 18 years later, he will be competing against the same two hosts as in 1994.

Arsenio HallIt has been almost 20 years since Arsenio Hall hosted a late-night show, but CBS is counting on his popularity to trust him with another one.

CBS Corp. said they are currently in development with Hall and the show should premiere by the end of the year. CBS Corp. is a distribution company that works with different affiliates, and the 17 stations they will be distributing to will not be CBS affiliates.

The group said that Hall’s show will compete with The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman, on NBC and CBS, respectively. Hall’s show will most likely be on mostly Fox and CW affiliates.

The show is only currently scheduled to be aired in large markets. According to Business Week, they include “Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa and Pittsburgh… Denver, Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Greensboro and Norfolk.”

Hall is also slightly younger than his two new competitors, at 56 years old. David Letterman is 65 and Jay Leno is 62.

David Letterman just signed a new contract for his show, taking him beyond Johnny Carson’s record of years.

When The Arsenio Hall Show was finally canceled in 1994, after six years on air, Hall was also competing with Leno and Letterman. When Johnny Carson retired in 1993, Leno took his place and Letterman moved to CBS.

Hall has kept himself busy over the years though.

He has starred in numerous films and television shows, mostly as himself, since the end of his show in 1994. This even included appearing on late night tv again, including on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Hall most recently stepped back in the spotlight for Celebrity Apprentice 5. On May 20, 2012, he won the competition, beating out runner-up Clay Aiken. He also won more than half a million dollars for his charity, the Magic Johnson Foundation.

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