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Prince taking over entire 'Arsenio Hall Show'


It sounds like talk show host Arsenio Hall will be seeing purple for an entire hour Wednesday night.

The Pioneer Press says it will be an all-Prince "Arsenio Hall Show" episode, which airs in the Twin Cities on the CW, Channel 23, at 10 p.m.

A promotional teaser on the show's website says, "Wednesday's show belongs to Prince. The artist of our generation is taking over the entire show and creating a television event you do not want to miss."

The Pioneer Press expects that Prince will use most of the hour to play tunes with his band 3rdEyeGirl to promote his forthcoming album "Plectrum Electrum."

A promotional video on Hall's website touting Prince's appearance shows a clip from a Q&A session with the audience.

One audience member asks, "Everybody has a pet peeve. What really, really annoys you?" to which Prince replies, "Strangers touching my hair."

Also, in response to a question about what he does around the house, Prince says, "Only one thing. I cook ... omelets. All my friends have high cholesterol."

The Star Tribune is pondering whether Prince will attempt to do a monologue. The Purple One showed his acting skills, after all, on the post-Super Bowl episode of "New Girl."

"Promotional material insists that he's 'taking over' the program, which makes you wonder if his well-received turn on "New Girl" has him convinced that he can handle a comedy monologue," TV writer Neal Justin writes.

Justin also points out that one time on the old version of Hall's show, "Arsenio," "Prince famously burned a Star Tribune review."

Justin asks, "Will he play pyromaniac again?"

Prince is back in the U.S. after a spending several weeks in London doing several guerrilla-style gigs to promote "Plectrum Electrum."

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