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  • Winners of 'the 21st Hashida Awards' attend awards ceremony

    May 11, 2013 @ 5:23 am

    On May 10th, the awardsceremony for 'the 21st Hashida Awards' was held, which the winners attended. The Hashida awards was established by the Hashida Cultural Foundation, for which scriptwriter Hashida Sugako serves as the chief director, and was established to recognize the television programs and people that contribute to the broadcast culture. One of the winners was TBS' special drama "Kaneko Misuzu Monogatari -Minna Chigatte Minna I

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 04/08~04/14

    April 15, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    [caption id="attachment_294325" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'35 Sai no Koukousei' (NTV)"][/caption] More than a handful of spring dramas have premiered last week. Fuji TV unveiled both of their Tuesday prime time dramas on the same date and both of them began with a mediocre start. Neither 'Kamo, Kyoto e Iku.' - starring Matsushita Nao - nor 'Kasuka na Kanojo' - starring Katori Shingo, were able to impress with great ra

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  • Yonekura Ryoko to play a high school girl in new drama '35-sai no Koukousei'

    February 18, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

    On February 19th, NTV announced that actress Yonekura Ryoko will be playing a female high school student in their upcoming spring drama '35-sai no Koukousei' (tentative title). It will be the very first time for Yonekura to play a high school girl in her career and her first starring drama on NTV in general. '35-sai no Koukousei' is a socio-critical school drama set at a senior high school. It follows a 35 year-old woman who enters the sch

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 12/21~12/23

    December 26, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

    [caption id="attachment_283566" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 12/21~12/23"][/caption] The weekend before Christmas featured a few more concluding dramas. On Friday, Fuji TV aired the second episode of the drama special 'Akujotachi no Mes: Episode 2' starring Nakama Yukie, but the ratings fell short of expectations gathering only 9.5% of the viewers during prime time. One year ago, the first episode stil

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  • Yonekura Ryoko's drama achieves the highest audience rating among commercial broadcasting dramas in this year

    December 16, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    On December 14, it was revealed that TV Asahi’s final episode serial drama “Doctor X ~Gekai Daimon Michiko~” (aired December 13, 9PM), which stars actress Yonekura Ryoko (37), garnered this year’s highest audience rating at an average of 24.4%. The drama, which stars Yonekura in the role of a freelance female surgeon, has averaged 19.1% audience rating across all 8 episodes, which makes it the top prime time drama of the year.  The final e

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 10/22~10/25

    October 28, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    [caption id="attachment_274054" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 10/22~10/25"][/caption] The first four days of the 43th week of the year offered some mixed results for our prime time dramas, from nosedives to disappointing starts, with a few slight improvements. On Monday, everyone was looking at how well Fuji TV's latest Getsu 9 drama 'PRICELESS' would do with the (former) drama/ratings king Kimura Takuy

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 10/15~10/18

    October 20, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    [caption id="attachment_272874" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 10/15~10/18"][/caption] The new medical drama 'Doctor X ~Gekai Daimon Michiko~' raises the bar and 'Kekkon Shinai' seems to have satisfied its viewers. A couple of new dramas aired their first episodes these past four days and tried to appeal to the viewers, while the ones that already premiered last week faced their difficult second episodes th

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  • 'Josei Seven' reports on Yonekura Ryoko's date with a younger man

    August 23, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    The August 23rd edition of weekly magazine “Josei Seven” has published pictures of actress Yonekura Ryoko's (37) on a “hand-holding date” with a non-celebrity man (34). The magazine reported that the man was tall and resembled actor Eguchi Yosuke (44), and that the pair held hands as they exited a bar in Tokyo at 3 AM. Yonekura’s agency denied reports of their relationship: “It is true that they went out to have drinks together, but he is

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  • Yonekura Ryoko to play a sexy surgeon in new drama 'Doctor X ~Gekai Daimon Michiko~'

    August 20, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    On August 21st, it was announced that actress Yonekura Ryoko will be starring in the upcoming TV Asahi fall drama titled 'Doctor X ~Gekai Daimon Michiko~'. In the drama, she will be the playing the role of 'Daimon Michiko', who is a freelance surgeon unrestricted by any medical organization and possesses brilliant perception with the skills of a veteran doctor. It's Yonekura's first role as a doctor, but similar to many of the previous pro

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  • Yonekura Ryoko to play an eerie housekeeper in the special drama "Atsui Kuuki"

    March 28, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    On March 28th, TV Asahi announced that they are going to bring back the original drama series "Kaseifu wa Mita!" with Yonekura Ryoko replacing the long-time starring actress Ichihara Etsuko. The special is called "Atsui Kuuki", which also is the name of Matsumoto Seicho's original mystery novel that served as the base for the drama. In 1983 it was adopted into a drama special with the same title and recorded a high rating of 27.7%. One yea

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