Behind the Tunnels’ announcement of “Budokan Live,” Fuji Television’s President Minato hatches a secret plan to become the “Triple Crown Winner in viewer ratings. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Behind the Tunnels’ announcement of “Budokan Live,” Fuji Television’s President Minato hatches a secret plan to become the “Triple Crown Winner in viewer ratings.

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Tunnels” announced that they will perform live at the Nippon Budokan in November. It is backed by Fuji Television Network. ……

The comedy duo “Tunnels” has attracted attention with the announcement that they will hold “Tunnels the Live” at the Nippon Budokan on November 8 and 9 this year.

The event will be held at the Budokan on November 8 and 9 this year, and is attracting a lot of attention. He has also left his mark on the music scene with “Gara Gara Hebi ga Yattekuru” (Rattlesnake is Coming), a million-seller.

This year’s event will feature Kiichi Nakai, Yutaka Mizutani, Fumiya Fujii, comedians Ogi Yahagi and Bananaman, and SANDWICHMAN, as well as a splendid lineup of guests. The program will include both singing and comedy, but the full details have not yet been revealed,” said a source involved in the wide-screen TV show.

What is noteworthy is that the event will be held under the supervision of Fuji Television’s business division. The influence of Koichi Minato, who assumed the position of president and representative director of Fuji Television in 2010, can be seen in this.

Minato, who experienced Fuji Television’s triple crown in viewer ratings twice (’82-’93 and ’04-’10), was the one who brought the Variety Production Center together when he took office as president, and he was the one who led the “27 Hours Television” program to the top in terms of core viewer ratings. He also launched a new signature program, “New Key,” and developed the “School Hide and Seek” project into a hit.

In addition, the legendary daytime slot of “Laugh It Up! and launched “All Night Fujico” late at night on Fridays, aiming to revive Fuji Television using the old variety group as a lever.

(A producer at a production company) “In addition, this year, a special of Takashi Sorimachi’s hit drama “GTO” was released, and the “Geki 9” series was launched. And the “Tsuki 9” drama series was revised to a romance lineup. In addition, a sequel to the movie “Bayside Shakedown” has been decided, and hit drama contents are being resurrected one after another. Although we do not know his true intentions, President Minato may be motivated by the experience of success in his two golden periods.

Mr. Minato is the “foster parent” of Tunnels, having worked on “All Night Fuji” and “Tunnels no Minasan no Okagedesu” among others. It would be safe to assume that Mr. Minato’s appointment as president was the beginning of a complete revival project for Tunnels.

In fact, in the ABEMA program “Takaaki Ishibashi Oirimari The World,” Ishibashi said, “I want (President Minato) to let us do our own program. President Minato himself commented, “I want the two of you to continue to play an active role in a big show. This also suggests that he wants them to continue to be active on big TV shows.

But what exactly is the scenario that President Minato envisions for the “revival of Tonnerzu”?

In the early days of “Minasan” (Everybody), we did parodies of TV dramas and movies with idols, actresses, and artists such as Seiko Matsuda, Kyoko Koizumi, Rie Miyazawa, Arisa Mizuki, Riho Makise, and the Checkers, who were popular at the time, instead of involving other comedians.

Thanks to the synergistic effect of these parody comedies, trendy dramas and “Kita no Kuni Kara” became big hits, and Fuji Television established a golden era. In order to win the triple crown of viewer ratings once again, Fuji TV may think that it needs a program like “Minasama” when it first started as a catalyst.

However, the road to the “complete revival” of Tonneruzu is not so easy.

The “Tunnels no minasan no okagedeshita” (Fuji Television Network), a crown program that ended in 2006, had serious problems in addition to the slump in viewer ratings.

Ishibashi was criticized for “power-harassing” projects such as the “Men’s Rock-paper-scissors” game, and he was even named a “disliked comedian” by Nikkei Entertainment! ‘s “Geisha I Hate” ranking for three consecutive years since 2004. Furthermore, in the 30th anniversary SP in 2005, the famous character Hoge Oda Hoge Otani, with his blue mustache and pink cheeks, was brought back, and the then president Miyauchi apologized at a regular press conference after receiving protests from LGBT-related groups. (Director of a production company)

(Director of a production company) “Tunnels the Live” will also feature a new song written by Akimoto Yasushi, another driving force behind the creation of Tunnels.

Fuji Television Network, which has come to power under the banner of “If it ain’t fun, it ain’t TV,” has been struggling in the ratings. Will a complete revival of Tonneruzu be essential to the station’s slumping viewer ratings?

  • Text Ukon Shima (broadcaster and video producer)

    He is involved in program production in a wide range of genres, including variety, news, and sports programs. He has also planned and published many books on female TV announcers, idols, and the TV industry. While working on documentary programs, he became interested in history and recently published "Ieyasu was dead in Sekigahara" (Takeshobo Shinsho). She has also published the e-book series "Ibun chakurezuregusa" (Different Stories about Craftsmen).

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