Arsenio Hall gets a talk show: alert the Claymates!

Celebrity Apprentice winner Arsenio Hall has signed on to star in a late-night talk show that will begin in 2013, confirming a handful of crazy Clay Aiken fan’s worst fears: Donald Trump conspired to give Arsenio the win.

Except: Arsenio’s talk show will be syndicated by CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Broadcasting. So, there’s no connection to Donald Trump, NBC Universal, or Magic Johnson at all.

BUT WAIT: There’s a Trump Tower really close to the Tribune Tower in Chicago. And I’ll bet Magic Johnson has watched CBS at some point. Clearly, this has been in the works for a while. Alert the authorities!

Seriously, dumb conspiracy theories aside, celebrities go on Apprentice to earn money for their charity and to get publicity: for their charity and themselves. And this was Arsenio’s goal all along.

The Los Angeles Times reports that he’d “mostly faded from public view since his show was canceled” and “decided months ago he wanted another shot at late-night TV. But he realized that to sell studio and station executives on the idea, he would have to reintroduce himself to the public and especially to viewers under 30 who had little idea who he was.”

Referencing the fact that he could have chosen to go on Dancing with the Stars instead, Arsenio told the paper, “This could have backfired. I could have been on the plane with Cheryl Tiegs saying, ‘Why did I do this? I should have danced.'”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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