Keisuke Kuwata, the leader of the Southern All Stars, who called it quits last summer after 30 years as Japan’s most popular rock band, revives his old TV series. “Kuwata Keisuke Ongaku Tora-san” (“Keisuke Kuwata, Music’s Tora-san”) (Fuji, Mon., 11:15 p.m.) was first broadcast for six months in 2000 and has popped up on occasion as a special program.

For this run, which is also set to last six months, he’ll be joined by comedian and actor Yusuke Santamaria in a variety-show format centered on music, though the guests will not be limited to musicians. The “Tora-san” in the title refers to the late Kiyoshi Atsumi’s traveling salesman in the “Otoko wa Tsurai yo” (“It’s Tough Being a Man”) movie series, and is meant to suggest that Kuwata’s musical interests are both wide-ranging and down-to-earth.

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