A Year Before Arsenio Is Set To Return, The Late Night Wars Heat Up!

Arsenio Hall is a year away from his late night return. Jimmy Kimmel was fine with his time slot of 12:00 A.M, a half hour before Leno and Letterman battle it out, where Leno has remained supreme after the Conan debacle. Starting in January 2013, Kimmell will be moving to 11:35 P.M. where he will go head to head and chin with Jay Leno and David Letterman.

ABC is also trying to set up Jimmy Kimmel to host the Academy Awards after the Oscar's were wanting to get Jimmy Fallon to host the show. ABC actually got involved knowing what was at stake with Arsenio returning and Fallon eventually taking over "The Tonight Show" in a few years.

Leno has had attention on him this week for 20 people from his staff being forced to let go. If you believe Howard Stern however, Leno was trying to get rid of them and not look like the bad guy.

Leno and Kimmell have had a less than friendly rivalry. When Kimmel was entering the late night fray about 10 years ago, he said he got a call from Jay wishing him luck but "not understanding why they need another late night show." When Jay was set to leave "The Tonight Show" and be replaced by Conan, ABC let Kimmel know they were set to offer Jay the 11:35 time slot and move Kimmel back to 12:35. During a writers strike, Jay appeared on Kimmel and said "I'm just wondering if your desk looks better where it is or over there." confirming the talks ABC had with Jay.

When Jay moved to 10 P.M. for the ill-fated "The Jay Leno Show" Conan O'Brien did not understand his time would be limited as host of "The Tonight Show" unless he got kick-ass ratings. He didn't and NBC's "in case of emergency" landing of Jay at 10 p.m. instead of losing him to ABC worked. They cancelled Jay and gave Conan an ultimatum that forced him out of "The Tonight Show" and put Jay in. Letterman and Kimmell, who thought they were done with Jay came up with nightly Leno jokes until Oprah got involved.

Now with Arsenio Hall set to return to the late night wars of September 2013, and a surprising 85% of the nation already picking up the show in syndication, ABC felt it was the right time to move Kimmell into direct battle with Leno and Letterman. Kimmel is the only late night host where ratings have been up.

ABC knows Leno and Letterman are getting up there in age, and soon in a few years, it will be "The Arsenio Hall Show" versus "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" versus "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" in the battle for late night. It would be safe to see Conan taking over for Letterman when Letterman steps down at CBS as well.

There is no doubt in my mind that Arsenio will succeed. The person who may suffer in this is the person who has had the best guests, musical and otherwise on his show the past few years which is Jimmy Fallon. Fallon's fan base and mixture to guests rivals those of Arsenio back in his 90's heyday.

There are way too many late night show's who seem to have the same guests on during the week. Let's make no mistake about it; the reason for Kimmell moving to 11:35 is because of Arsenio's return and to get that audience used to tuning in at that time instead of midnight.

Expect a booking war for guests with Arsenio, Leno, and Kimmel all being in Los Angeles, which will benefit Fallon and Letterman.

Let the late night wars begin! Who will U be watching?-DocFB


Prince Is Everywhere

21 Nights Promo Poster.  Photo: Randee St. Nicholas
21 Nights Promo Poster.  Photo: Randee St. Nicholas

21 Nights Promo Poster. Photo: Randee St. Nicholas

Prince has been all over recently. For good and bad.  The bad first.  From being heavily misquoted in the New Yorker to a lawsuit from Revelations, the perfume maker of the 3121 fragrance, which Universal Music has already said the lawsuit is without merit.

Also, he has been all over in good ways.  A cartoon Prince was made on The Simpsons 2 weeks ago, A Family Guy Prince aired last sunday, countless mentions of Prince on the Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert, and to top it all off, a Prince tribute band, "Purple Reign"  performed on The Late Show With David Letterman last Monday.  Can you say Pop Icon?

Prince has been all over L.A. recently.  Well, not exactly Prince but these poster's are popping up all over L.A. as his book 21 Nights is getting a 2nd promotional push.

The book, which covers his 21 nights in London from last year's o2 Arena show's also has a CD on the inside of various after show's and is entitled Indigo Nights.  The book has sold well so far and has made the New York Times Best Seller List. 

I don't know about you, but I am diggin the orange font and design for the 21 Nights writing in this poster. I don't know why.   ;)

We hope the people so gracious enough to provide us with the photo will hopefully provide us with some posters for giveaway. 

Also, as we told you here before, Prince invited Big Boy & The Power 106 crew over to his house for dinner and to listen to some new songs that Prince was working on.  It appears Big Boy & Crew are tight-lipped but we were able to find out some info we will share when we have more details.  It was easier when Big Boy was really a big boy, because all you would have to do is buy him a steak and he would talk.  Needless to say, Big Boy n crew did not talk but we still got the info for ya. (BTW, Big Boy, you know I am joking.)

Hopefully, we will have more information as it becomes available about that.  Until then, back to the limo pookie!-Dr.FB

P.S. The reason I am not posting the info we got is because the person is someone I have not delt with before.  I rather wait and be right then post asap and be wrong.  Until I have more concrete info, it will be kept under the covers.