The Party Machine with Nia Peeples

The Party Machine with Nia Peeples is a half-hour late-night American musical variety show that aired in syndication for one season in 1991. The show was hosted by Nia Peeples and executive produced by Arsenio Hall.

The Party Machine with Nia Peeples
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The Party Machine with Nia Peeples intertitle
Created byArsenio Hall
Presented byNia Peeples
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
Executive producer(s)Arsenio Hall
Producer(s)Peter Wagg
Production location(s)Paramount Studios
Hollywood, California
Production company(s)Peeples Productions, Inc.
Arsenio Hall Communications
Paramount Domestic Television
DistributorParamount Domestic Television
Original networkfirst-run syndication
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 7 (1991-01-07) –
September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15)



Arsenio Hall created The Party Machine as a televised afterparty to his own program, The Arsenio Hall Show, and to be a late-night alternative to Club MTV.[1] Hall built the half-hour show around Nia Peeples, who previously hosted MTV's Friday night Street Party series and the short-lived US adaptation of Top of the Pops.[2] The Party Machine set featured live music venues, multi-level dance floors, conversation pits, a VIP room, a non-alcoholic bar and a resident DJ. Music videos were introduced by Peeples, who also served as a dancer/choreographer.[3][4] The show, sold to markets as a companion piece to Hall's talk show, aired weeknights in syndication beginning January 7, 1991 on approximately 150 stations.[5] In addition to Club MTV, its format brought comparisons to Soul Train, Dance Party USA and American Bandstand.[6][7]


Party Machine aimed to be a showcase for established and breaking urban dance acts.[3] New Jack Swing singing group Troop was the show's first guest.[6] Other music acts who performed on the show include The Boys, Tevin Campbell, Taylor Dayne, Sheena Easton, En Vogue, Guy, LeVert, MC Hammer, Alexander O'Neal, Maxi Priest, Will Smith, Ralph Tresvant and Vanilla Ice.[3][4] The show also featured comedians and actors such as Sinbad and David Faustino.[4]


Initially, ratings for Party Machine were solid and on several occasions beat Late Night head-to-head in Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Miami and Washington.[1] Viewership gradually dipped, however, and in June the show was cancelled. The final episode aired on September 15, 1991.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Rohter, Larry (1991-03-11). "A New Diversion for Those Who Stay Up Late". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  2. ^ Gliatto, Tom (1991-04-01). "Four Years After Fame, Nia Peeples Becomes Late-Night's Boogie Queen, Powering Arsenio's Party Machine". People. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  3. ^ a b c Carey, Jean (1990-12-22). "Video Syncrasies". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1D.
  4. ^ a b c Mason, Doug (1991-01-30). "Life After Arsenio: 'Party Machine' Host Nia Peeples Keeps the Party Rolling". Knoxville News Sentinel. p. B1.
  5. ^ Graham, Jefferson (1991-01-03). "Hall's Late-Night 'Party'; Producing a Partner for His Show". USA Today. p. 1D.
  6. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (1991-04-12). "TV Review - 'The Party Machine With Nia Peeples'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
  7. ^ Prescott, Jean (1991-01-17). "'Party Machine' Is Not Just a Party for Host Nia Peeples". The Miami Herald. p. 7G.
  8. ^ Johnson, Peter (1991-06-20). "The Late-Night 'Party' is Over for Nia Peeples". USA Today. p. 3D.