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4:37 pm - 09/15/2010

"The Music Hour" ( formerly "Utaban") ends its 14-year history

On September 14th, one of the premier music programs in Japan, The Music Hour (formally known as ‘Utaban‘) ended its 14-year history.  The final episode was three hours long, and it showed the summary of its 14 year-run, including battles between one of the MC, Nakai Masahiro, and featured guests (particularly the famous battle with Ohno Satoshi of Arashi).

Many artists who have made appearances on the program submitted message videos; other musicians, such as Every Little Thing, SPEED, and the original Morning Musume showed up to say farewell to the show.

Clip of the final ep of the show at source

Some speculated that the show hardly breaking double-digits ratings anymore, ever since before Utaban get its renewal and that could be one of the reasons TBS won't bother to continue it. Grr.
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meoinkie2 15th-Sep-2010 08:47 am (UTC)
what other shows are they competing w/ on their timeslot?

it's really sad that another awesome show gets to end, it's just ;_;
i hope to see Taka-san and Nakai-san in another show as hosts..
xlalalala 15th-Sep-2010 08:51 am (UTC)
ohshc_d0nk3y 15th-Sep-2010 08:52 am (UTC)
heartbreak D:
scribblyness_x 15th-Sep-2010 08:56 am (UTC)
you_speak_lies 15th-Sep-2010 08:57 am (UTC)
blood_opal 15th-Sep-2010 09:03 am (UTC)
It still boggles my mind that The Music Hour hasn't even lasted for a full year. I mean, Arashi was on Utaban back in March to promote Troublemaker and now, in September, the show has gotten canceled. Though I guess it shouldn't be so surprising. I heard ratings since the revamp have sucked big time. They never should have tried to change Utaban. Why mess with a winning formula? Fail, TBS, fail. D:

Does anyone know what they're planning to replace The Music Hour with?
marga_ps 15th-Sep-2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
They changed the format because Utaban was also having bad ratings, not just because they wanted to ruin it LOL
Probably they thought they could save it changing it a little but it seems it was impossible.

I'm sooooo sad, I'm gonna miss nakai-ohno fights and Nakai awesomeness in general hehe
mjspice 15th-Sep-2010 09:06 am (UTC)
misty__eyed 15th-Sep-2010 09:09 am (UTC)
mitchy_fleur 15th-Sep-2010 09:10 am (UTC)
tokajiin 16th-Sep-2010 01:19 am (UTC)
lolol. your icon makes me giggle. ;_;
love_etcetera 15th-Sep-2010 09:13 am (UTC)
end of an era :(
kushina GUTTED :'(15th-Sep-2010 09:13 am (UTC)
mintceres 15th-Sep-2010 09:25 am (UTC)
well done tbs. first change then delete one of the few shows I enjoyed watching.
dori_liv 15th-Sep-2010 09:29 am (UTC)
I...didn't even realise Utaban had changed to The Music Hour....

But, yeah, what are they planning to replace it with?
helloshamone 15th-Sep-2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
lol ikr i only saw one Music hour epi(it was funny also) with HSJ
loveandcoffee 15th-Sep-2010 09:30 am (UTC)
wolfychan2 15th-Sep-2010 10:40 am (UTC)
MTE!! I was wanting gifs of this CM, thank you really much. :D
chixm8_49 15th-Sep-2010 09:37 am (UTC)
Now, there are really no more Ohno-Nakai fights. Should we blame its disappearance for the single-digit ratings?
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