It's been nearly 20 years since Hall ended his first self-titled talk show, and since then, he's tried a sitcom, hosted a short-lived revival of Star Search, and helmed My Network TV's equally short-term knockoff of ABC's long-running America's Funniest Home Videos. 3 primetime failures somehow has convinced Hall that maybe, just maybe, his true calling is going back to late night and challenging old foes Jay Leno & David Letterman, plus Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien. Sure, it's not going to start until 2013, so there's plenty of time to plan and prepare. Hall is once again working with CBS-Paramount, this time with Tribune Entertainment as a partner. All he really needs is to reform his house band, the Posse, and contact announcer Burton Richardson, and it'll be 1989 all over again
Somehow, though, I have this feeling the magic ain't gonna be there this time, though we're all hoping the dog pound will be in full effect, just like the old days. The landscape is much, much different now, but let's give the man credit for sticking to what worked in the first place. After all, Letterman bombed as a daytime host before hitting it big in late night 30 years ago, and so Hall is figuring---correctly---that the daytime minefield is not for him.
We'll all find out together 15 months from now, but don't say I didn't warn you.