Arsenio Hall

Biography: The son of a baptist minister Arsenio Hall showed a talent for entertainment early. He became involved in The Cleveland Playhouse and did stand-up routines whilst studying at Kent State University.
In 1979, Hall moved from Ohio to Chicago and his stand-up routine was spotted by jazz singer, Nancy Wilson. It proved to be a major breakthrough. In the ensuing years he opened for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder.
In 1987, Arsenio Hall was approached to replace Joan Rivers on the Fox Network series 'The Late Show'. Based on his performance as temporary host, he was signed to a film and television deal with Paramount Pictures. Arsenio Hall has referred, in an interview on PBS, to the importance of his negotiations at this stage and his insistence on his rights to own the show. This approach secured Arsenio Hall the chance to co-write and co-star with Eddie Murphy in "Coming to America" (1987). Similarly on the advice of Quincy Jones, Hall wrote
The son of a baptist minister Arsenio Hall showed a talent for entertainment early. He became involved in The Cleveland Playhouse and did stand-up routines whilst studying at Kent State University.
In 1979, Hall moved from Ohio to Chicago and his stand-up routine was spotted by jazz singer, Nancy Wilson. It proved to be a major breakthrough. In the ensuing years he opened for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder.
In 1987, Arsenio Hall was approached to replace Joan Rivers on the Fox Network series 'The Late Show'. Based on his performance as temporary host, he was signed to a film and television deal with Paramount Pictures. Arsenio Hall has referred, in an interview on PBS, to the importance of his negotiations at this stage and his insistence on his rights to own the show.
This approach secured Arsenio Hall the chance to co-write and co-star with Eddie Murphy in "Coming to America" (1987). Similarly on the advice of Quincy Jones, Hall wrote his own theme song "Hall or Nothing" and still gets paid whenever its played.
On January 3, 1989, 'The Arsenio Hall Show' made its debut. The late-night talk-show quickly proved a ratings success. In 1990, TV Guide made Arsenio Hall the magazine's first "TV Person of the Year."
As well as giving exposure to those not in the media mainstream, he was also able to draw big names, including getting Bill Clinton to play the sax on the show.
In 1994 the show finished. In 1997 Hall starred in the ABC sitcom Arsenio and, a year later, he joined the CBS show, "Martial Law". From 2004 he hosted another CBS show "Star Search".
Arsenio Hall regards one of his worst mistakes as turning down working with Martin Lawrence on Bad Boys.
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Arsenio Hall's Scores

Average career score: 62
Highest Metascore: 77 The Announcement
Lowest Metascore: 48 The Jay Leno Show : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
2 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Arsenio Hall Show (2013): Season 1 Sep 9, 2013 Host / Executive Producer 2.6
77 The Announcement Mar 11, 2012 Himself tbd
tbd The Apprentice: Season 12 Feb 19, 2012 Himself - Season 12 6.0
48 The Jay Leno Show : Season 1 Sep 14, 2009 Correspondent 3.6
tbd Star Search (2003): Season 4 Jan 17, 2004 Himself/Host tbd
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 12 Jun 2, 2003 Guest tbd
tbd Star Search (2003): Season 3 Apr 2, 2003 Himself/Host tbd
tbd Star Search (2003): Season 2 Feb 19, 2003 Himself/Host tbd
tbd Star Search (2003): Season 1 Jan 8, 2003 Himself/Host tbd
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 11 Jun 3, 2002 Guest tbd
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 9 Aug 1, 2000 Guest tbd
tbd Arsenio: Season 1 Mar 5, 1997 Michael Atwood tbd
tbd The Arsenio Hall Show: Season 6 Sep 7, 1993 Himself - Host tbd
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 2 Jun 25, 1993 Guest tbd
tbd The Arsenio Hall Show: Season 5 Sep 8, 1992 Himself - Host tbd
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 1 May 25, 1992 Guest 4.5
tbd The Arsenio Hall Show: Season 4 Sep 9, 1991 Himself - Host tbd
tbd The Arsenio Hall Show: Season 3 Sep 10, 1990 Himself tbd
tbd The Arsenio Hall Show: Season 2 Sep 11, 1989 Himself - Host tbd
tbd The Arsenio Hall Show: Season 1 Jan 3, 1989 Himself - Host tbd
tbd The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Season 10 May 25, 1992 Guest tbd