It has been rumored that Arashi and Kanjani8‘s variety program will come to an end since a new backer, in the name of Suzuki Osamu, have appeared for Kis-my-Ft2 and KAT-TUN…
Kanjani8 is seen as Arashi’s successor while Arashi is more popular than SMAP now. These two groups seem to dominate TV programs next year; however, some speculations have arisen that that won’t be the case.
Arashi and Kanjani8’s TV program haven’t been getting good ratings, although they enjoyed good ratings in the past, it has became dragging since there is nothing new with their program format. Meanwhile, Kisumai and KAT-TUN’s popularity is increasing. Their TV programs is getting rave reviews despite their midnight timeslot, especially with Kisumai’s show that is said to be viewer-friendly.
Big-shot TV writer Suzuki Osamu, who is known for writing, “Busu no Hitomi ni Koishiteru”, is said to give Kisumai and KAT-TUN a breakthrough. Suzuki has been writing for SMAP’s “SMAPxSMAP” and have also composed songs for their albums. Suzuki is said to be part of “Iijima’s faction” and Iijima managed SMAP and Kisumai careers. Since Suzuki is known for being a top-rated TV contractor, he promised two sets of TV shows to break next year. (according to people concerned in commercial broadcasting)
Will Arashi and Kanjani8 make a counterattack?
***this is a tabloid news***
I don’t know how KAT-TUN got involved with this since they are obviously in Julie’s side, not Iijima. Besides, its not fair to compare Arashi/Kanjani8 vs KAT-TUN/Kisumai TV shows since they are on different timeslots, timeslot is a huge factor in ratings game since Arashi shows are in Golden time compared to midnight airtime. Oh well, ratings aside, the fact that Arashi has 3 TV shows could only mean that producers couldn’t care less about numbers.