*Four weeks into its run, Arsenio Hall‘s syndicated late-night show is making a behind-the scenes change, reports Deadline.com.
Neal Kendall has stepped down as an executive producer of the CBS TV Distribution (CTD)-produced broadcast, according to a source close to the production. His last day was reportedly Friday.
According to sources, the switch was done as a proactive move to shore up the show’s long-term prospects with the right fit in the key position. Kendall was tapped as EP of “Arsenio” in February after a 10-year stint on Tavis Smiley.
In the interim, Kendall will be replaced on by CTD SVP Programming and Development Eric Pankowski, who has been overseeing “The Arsenio Hall Show” since he joined the company in May. He’ll work alongside executive producers Hall and his manager, Octagon’s John Ferriter.
After a blazing-hot start, “Arsenio” has cooled off a bit in the ratings but has been relatively stable and still does OK in the key demos. (although the show hit a 18-49 low in the metered markets on Thursday, the day before Kendall exited.)