TBS’s quiz show “Sekai Baribari Value” looks at being rich and female and more

Many of the topical words that dominated the media this year described certain kinds of women, like makeinu (“loser dogs” — a term for unmarried women past 30 — and cerebu, women who, for some reason or another, are loaded. TBS’s guess-the-price quiz show “Sekai Baribari Value (World’s Exciting Values)” features an occasional segment that looks at the lives of the rich-and-female.

On Wednesday at 9 p.m., there will be a special two-hour version of “Sekai Baribari Value” featuring only ojo-sama, meaning women who still live at home with their rich parents. Many of these women have already been profiled on the show and are making return visits, all with their beaming parents. The guests will discuss their upbringings and their “gorgeous lifestyles,” as well as what made their fathers such rich guys in the first place.

As a kind of antidote to “Sekai Baribari Value,” Asahi will expand its hit variety show “Ikinari! Ogon Densetsu (Suddenly! The Legend of Gold)” to four hours for a special program Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. The most popular feature of the show is a segment where show business personalities compete with one another to see who can live on less money during a given period of time. The main appeal of the segment is in the money-saving recipes that the celebrities come up with.

The special will feature “survivors” of past competitions advancing to even harder challenges. In one sweepstakes, a group of people are dumped on a deserted island for three days to fend for themselves. In another, the contestants must live on nothing but garlic for 10 days. Nigerian Bobby Ologun and six other “gaijin tarento” will live the ascetic life in a different contest, and in another a bunch of comedians will attempt to fast. One of the conditions of the competitions is that only the winners will have their ordeals aired, which means we don’t get to see what happens to the losers. Probably just as well.

Scientists generally believe that the direct ancestors of homo sapiens emerged from eastern Africa, since fossils discovered in that region indicate a point where Man evolutionally diverged from chimpanzees. This area was once covered by tropical forests, and the dispersion of homo sapiens probably occurred when the area dried up and man moved to pastures anew on two legs.

However, in 2001 a Frenchman discovered primate fossils in Chad that are 7 million years old — much older than the eastern African fossils that gave rise to the established evolutionary theory. Since then there has been heated debate within the scientific community and a change in the story of man’s origins. This debate will be illustrated on the NHK special “Saiko no Jinrui Tanjo no Nazo (The Mystery of the Birth of the Oldest Human)” on NHK-G, December 24 at 9 p.m.