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AKB48’s “Naruhodo High School” gets golden time slot

Hot on the heels of selling more than 900,000 copies with their latest single, idol group AKB48 has revealed that they will have their own regular television show, starting this spring. Titled “Naruhodo! High School,” it will be the group’s first show in a prized “golden time” slot, airing on Thursday nights at 7:00pm.

The show originally aired twice last year as a special program under the title “Naruhodo High School” (without the exclamation mark). The first one, broadcast on May 30, 2010, achieved ratings of 8.0%, and the second one on October 9 improved that to 11.8%. Encouraged by the results, NTV decided to make it a regular offering, beginning this April.

“Naruhodo High School” is an information and variety show, which also involves the members of AKB48 carrying out various experiments, such as skydiving to determine at what altitude a mobile phone begins getting reception.

It is anticipated that approximately 20 members of AKB48 will appear in each episode of the show. Comedian Tamura Atsushi (37) of the duo London Boots 1-go 2-go will be a regular host as their “homeroom teacher.” Special celebrity appearances are planned for the show, as well as collaborations with other popular NTV programs.