'Arsenio' return scores solid ratings; The CW picks up Canadian comedy 'Seed'
The debut of "The Arsenio Hall Show" in syndication Monday night (Sept. 9) scored solid ratings with a 1.9 household rating in overnight metered markets. The show also led all the broadcast-network late-night shows -- all of which had new episodes Monday -- among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.
Hall also finished first among late-night talkers in Los Angeles and second in New York, behind "The Late Show with David Letterman." One night does not a successful late-night franchise make, but it's a good start.
More TV news and notes:
- The CW will have a half-hour comedy on its schedule in 2013-14. The network has picked up a Canadian show called "Seed," which centers on a bartender ( Adam Korson) who's also a sperm donor. He's drawn into relationships with three families who have used his donations. The 13-episode first season will air sometime later in the season, making it the first scripted comedy on the network since it canceled "Everybody Hates Chris" and "The Game" in 2009.
- TLC has renewed "Who Do You Think You Are?" for another season. The cable channel picked up 10 episodes of the celebrity genealogy show to air in 2014. It will be the second season of the series on TLC and fifth overall; it migrated to cable after three seasons on NBC.
- ABC's culinary competition "The Taste" has added "Top Chef" veteran Marcus Samuelsson to its roster of mentor/judges for Season 2. He replaces Brian Malarkey on the panel.
- Showtime is developing a drama about a professional basketball team with several people connected to the Los Angeles Lakers. Ron Shelton ("Bull Durham," "White Men Can't Jump") will write and direct the pilot, and among the executive producers are former Lakers coach Phil Jackson; Lakers executive Jeanie Buss (who's also Jackson's girlfriend); former player and current assistant coach Kurt Rambis; and Rambis' wife, Linda. The show will center on the family that owns the team, a la the Buss family with the Lakers. [ Hollywood Reporter]
- "Granite Flats," the first scripted series from BYUtv, is getting a second season. The show, a drama set in a small Colorado during the Cold War, will return with eight new episodes in the spring of 2014.
- The return of "Crossfire" to CNN didn't do much to change the ratings game for the news channel. The show debuted to 581,000 viewers, third among the cable news channels in its timeslot. It did finish ahead of MSNBC in adults 25-54 and improved CNN's time-period performance by a good amount.
- HBO has released a trailer for its new comedy series "Hello Ladies," starring and created by "The Office" and "Extras" co-creator Stephen Merchant. It premieres Sept. 29 -- take a look: