In a surprise move, the popular Japanese comedy show, 『笑ってはいけない』(Translated: “You Shouldn’t Laugh”), has been cancelled for the third year in a row. The decision was met with disappointment from fans who had been eagerly awaiting its return. But what led to this decision, and what could replace this beloved program?
First aired in 2018, 『笑ってはいけない』quickly gained popularity for its unique blend of humor and wit. Hosted by renowned comedian, Kenji Saito, the show featured a diverse cast of comedians, actors, and musicians, all working together to create an unforgettable viewing experience. However, despite its success, the show was abruptly cancelled in 2020, citing “creative differences” between the production team and the network.
The cancellation sparked widespread speculation about the future of the show, with some fans calling for its revival. Nevertheless, the past three years have seen no signs of the show’s return, leading many to wonder if it will ever be revived.
Reasons for Cancellation ————————
While the official reason for the cancellation remains unclear, several factors may have contributed to the decision. One possible factor is the changing landscape of Japanese television. With the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, traditional TV networks face increasing competition. This shift has led to a focus on creating new, innovative content that appeals to a broader audience. Unfortunately, 『笑ってはいけない』may have become a casualty of this industry evolution.
Another potential reason for the cancellation is the show’s format itself. While the variety show genre remains popular in Japan, there may have been concerns about the show’s ability to adapt to the changing tastes of audiences. With the rise of newer, edgier comedy shows, 『笑ってはいけない』may have seemed less relevant to younger viewers.
Possible Replacements ———————-
With the void left by 『笑ってはいけない』, several other programs have emerged to fill the gap. One such show is 『新しい夜の王者』(Translated: “The New King of Night”), hosted by popular comedian, Hiroshi Yamamoto. Featuring a similar mix of humor and variety, the show has quickly gained traction among audiences.
Another contender is 『笑顔の法則』(Translated: “The Law of Smiles”), a comedy sketch show featuring a talented ensemble cast. With its lighthearted take on everyday life, the show has charmed viewers and critics alike.
The cancellation of 『笑ってはいけない』marks the end of an era in Japanese comedy television. While fans may still hold out hope for its revival, the rise of new shows like 『新しい夜の王者』and 『笑顔の法則』indicates a promising future for the genre. Whether these shows will live up to the legacy of their predecessor remains to be seen, but one thing is certain – the world of Japanese comedy continues to evolve, and audiences can look forward to exciting new developments in the years to come.