The weeknight show will be introduced on 17 stations owned by Tribune Co., including outlets in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, CBS Corp.’s Los Angeles-based syndication division said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. None of Tribune’s stations are CBS affiliates.
The deal lets CBS offer a new late-night program to stations with other affiliations, including Fox and CW. Airing at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., the hour-long show program by CBS Television Distribution will compete in some regions with Letterman, the network’s late-night star, and NBC’s Jay Leno, 62. Letterman, 65, agreed in April to a new contract through 2014 that beats Johnny Carson’s 30-year record.
CBS, owner of the most-watched TV network, was little changed at $31.63 in New York trading yesterday. The stock has gained 17 percent this year.
Hall, 56, who recently won NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” is best known for hosting the “The Arsenio Hall Show,” a late- night syndicated talk show produced by Paramount Domestic Television, now CBS Television Distribution, which ran from 1989 to 1994, according to the statement.
Tribune, based in Chicago, is a partner on the production, CBS said. The show is already sold in the 10 largest U.S. markets and 17 of the top 20, according to the company.
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