It used to be that music shows were mostly music, but since the early 1990s they’ve generally been talking about music. “The M” (Nihon TV, Tuesday, 9 p.m.), a new show that premieres this week, attempts to give the music-talk format a few twists.

Hosted by Tatsuya Ishii, the voluble leader of the pop juggernaut Kome Kome Club, former idol Noriko Sakai, and comedian Hitori Gekidan, “The M” is divided into three themes: the history of a major musical artist, a special live collaboration, and the usual talk.

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