This year’s NHK Taiga drama, Taira no Kiyomori, has been suffering from ratings but rumors about next year’s Taiga drama are already simmering. We know Ayase Haruka is going to star in next year’s drama, Yae no Sakura, but rumor has it that NHK is looking to inject some Johnny’s talents in hopes of increasing the ratings.
According to entertainment writer, Kobayashi Shinichi, “NHK thought they’d pull in the ratings with Fukuyama Masaharu as Sakamoto Ryuma, but the average was only 18%. Matsuyama Kenichi is a great actor, but he is not well known amongst the older generation that makes up NHK’s main viewership. There were also no Johnny’s talents to pull in younger viewers. It is already the second year in a row that NHK has a dud in terms of Taiga. Gou was such a hot mess of a Taiga.”
In an attempt to battle failing viewership, NHK has come up with a plan. “It hasn’t been revealed to the public yet, but it’s been decided that the main male actor will be from Johnny’s. Names that came up during production meetings include Sakurai Sho, Ikuta Toma, and Yamashita Tomohisa. If that can’t happen, Mukai Osamu has also been thrown in as a possible contender.”
Can Ayase Haruka and Johnny’s save the faltering franchise?
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