Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari to host own variety program
Popular group Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari will have his own variety program titled "Nino-san" starting in April on NTV. This will mark his first time serving as the sole MC.
The program is said to be a "matching trial program" in which 5 different directors from NTV will come up with a new plan every week, and they will find out which director would be the best-suited to work with Ninomiya. There will be a total of 10 episodes, and they will pick the best attempt among those episodes. Then, the chosen episode will become a regular program, which will start airing sometime after this fall.
The highlight of the program will be what kind of new charm Ninomiya would show, and which director could enhance Ninomiya's charm the most.
The 5 directors include Uetoshi Ryuta ("Arashi ni Shiyagare"), Uchida Hidemi ("Sekai no Hate made Itte Q!"), Nasu Taisuke ("Guruguru Ninety-nine"), Hashimoto Kazuaki ("Hiru Nandesu!"), and Miyamori Hiroki ("Star☆Draft Kaigi").
Ninomiya commented, "So this is the first time I will be the sole MC. I am very happy honestly! Everything will be a new experience for me, but I will try my best so that I won't be the one who fails the tryout."
According to the producer, "I've always felt Ninomiya-san's high response capability, and I wanted to see him serving as MC by himself. I hope it can show the viewers a new side of Ninomiya-san, which he does not even notice himself."
"Nino-san" will be aired in a late-night time slot, but its broadcasting time has not yet been decided.
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