New members added to Iryu Sousa cast for comeback

Takaya Kamikawa’s TV Asahi’s drama ‘Iryu Sousa‘ will come back with a new series starting in July.

This will be the second season of ‘Iryu Sousa’ as the first season was aired during April to June 2011.

The detective drama tells the story of detective Satoshi Itomura (Kamikawa), who can “hear” voices of the dead from things left behind at crime scenes.

Producer Yumiko Miwa enthusiastically stated, “I want this drama to bring up popular detective series like ‘Aibou‘ and ‘Rinjo‘.”

Comedian Kano Eikou proposes to Girlfriend Atsuko

Comedian Kano Eikou may soon be getting married. During a taping for a 3-hour special of “London Hearts” TV Asahi that will air next week, Kano publicly proposed to his girlfriend Atsuko.

Her response will be revealed during the “London Hearts” show’s broadcast at 7:00pm on October 4th.

Kano has been dating Atsuko since 5 years ago, even before Kano became a well-known celebrity. The two are currently living together. In April of this year, they had a little fight, and London Boots 1go 2go member Tamura Atsushi 37 helped them resolve the matter. At that time, Kano decided that Atsuko was the only one for him, so Tamura began helping him create a marriage proposal plan.

Kano carried out the plan during a taping at Makuhari Messe on September 14. Kano took the stage as 50TA the artist name he uses when singing on “London Hearts” and tearfully sang a love song that he wrote over the past 3 months. Atsuko, unaware of the plan, was in the guest seating among an audience of 5,000 people, and Kano finally proposed to her with a ring.

Hatori Shinichi to host TV Asahi morning show

Announcer Hatori Shinichi (39), who is leaving NTV at the end of March, has already lined up his first job as a freelancer with a rival network. After years of hosting the morning show “Zoom In!! SUPER,” he will be leading a new show on TV Asahi.

Hatori will stick with “Zoom In!! SUPER” (weekdays, 5:20am-8:00am) up until the show’s last episode on March 31. Four days later, on April 4, he will be seen on TV Asahi’s replacement for “Super Morning” (weekdays, 8:00am-9:55am).

TV Asahi hopes to revive its ratings for that time slot, which averaged just 4.9% last week. The network said that it wants to focus on female viewers, and Hatori should help towards that goal.

Masaki Aiba to star in “Bartender” drama

Arashi’s Masaki Aiba (27) is confirmed to be starring in a drama adaptation of Araki Joh and Kenji Nagatomo’s popular manga "Bartender," airing this winter. This will be Aiba’s first lead drama role since last year’s "My Girl."

"Bartender" has been serialized in Shueisha’s Super Jump magazine since 2004, and its collected volumes have so far sold over 2.5 million copies. The protagonist is Ryu Sasakura (Aiba), a genius bartender who has won a European cocktail contest. Now back in Japan, he listens to his customers talk about their problems of work, love, and family, then helps them settle those problems through his cocktails. Other plot points include a potential romance with the story’s heroine and showdowns against rival bartenders.

Aiba has been training since September with a professional bartender to learn actual cocktail-making techniques.

TV Asahi will broadcast "Bartender" in the Friday 11:15 time slot, starting in January. Supporting cast details are expected to be revealed soon.