Have I got a case for MTV. There’s a new music television entertainment program in Japan called Minna no TV (Everyone’s Television). It’s a pretty stupid name and the show is probably the most amateurish show I’ve seen in a long time, but if you take the initials of the title, you can see why they call it this. MTV. Yup. Officially they say the show is called Mintere for short, but there’s an English speaking DJ on the show, who clearly said: “You’re watching MTV.” I wonder how long before MTV gets on their case.
On the other hand, it might not be worth it for them because the show is pretty awful. Everyone interrupts each other, the adlib is awful, and the DJ is looking at the prompter out of the corner of his eye constantly. It’s amazing that Nihon TV airs this.
Of course Nihon TV is the network that Livedoor, a Japanese Internet company, tried to buy. They were totally the wrong company to try and bring about change in Japan’s staid media industry, but I can see why some people suppported them. Someone really has to do something about the quality of television here. It doesn’t necessarily stop me from keeping the TV on in the background, but it can be really painful.
(Actually I just got it. The show was trying to be like Saturday Night Live except on primetime. How do I know? They did this silly “news” corner that was meant to be funny in addition to little skits making fun of some of the guests.)