約7年ぶり日本テレ系連続ドラマ!!!!

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This is the most exciting news that has emerged for a really long time!!! Our Akina will star as a prima ballerina together with talented actress 黒木瞳 which will start screening on Japan television in April after 10 pm (Ranbi san can update us). It has been almost 7 years since Akina’s incomplete "Border" that Akina will star in a drama again.

I am sure we are all very excited about this news as this would be definitely part of Akina’s G Project.  They will both star as ballerinas but 黒木瞳 will be a mother who is attempting to restart a career in ballet to help support her family during the tough times. Here is the news article (mature ballerinas):

中森明菜&黒木瞳 熟女バレリーナ
日テレ4月スタート「バレエやりたい!」

女優の黒木瞳(45)が、4月スタートの日テレ系連続ドラマ「バレエやりたい!(仮題)」(水曜・後10時)に主演することが1日、分かった。黒木演じる40歳を過ぎた子持ちの主婦が、幼いころに習っていたバレエに再び挑戦し、生きがいを見い出すという異色の熟年青春ストーリー。連続ドラマは約7年ぶりとなる歌手の中森明菜(40)が元世界的プリマバレリーナ役で共演する。

「バレエやりたい!」は、夫と子供に囲まれ、平凡に暮らしてきた主婦がバレエに出会い、新たな生きがいを見いだしていくというストーリー。同局の西憲彦プロデューサーは「元気で明るい主婦たちの青春物語を描きたい」と企画意図を説明する。

黒木が演じるのは、子供のころに経済的な事情で断念したバレエに再び出会い、バレエ教室の主婦仲間たちと新たな生きがいを見いだしていく主婦。西氏は「常に生き生きと輝き、新しいことに挑戦している黒木さんは元気を与えてくれる存在。黒木さんだから成立したドラマですが、新たな一面も出せれば」と語る。宝塚歌劇団時代以来のバレエに挑戦する黒木は「自分の生き方を探せる主婦が、作品として新しいと思う。頑張ります!」と意気込んでいる。

一方、1999年1月の日テレ系ドラマ「ボーダー」以来7年ぶりの連ドラ出演となる明菜が演じるのは、黒木演じる主婦の幼なじみの元世界的プリマ。「7年ぶりのドラマ出演にとてもワクワクしています。私が楽しむことで、その結果みなさんにも楽しんでもらえたら幸いです」と抱負を語っている。西氏は「明菜さんは黒木さんに対抗して存在感を出せる別のオーラを持った人。明菜さんの明るい一面も引き出したい」と話す。

現在、バレエは主婦の間でもひそかなブームになっており「このドラマでバレエ人口を増やしたい。主婦の方たちが何かを始めるきっかけになれば」と西氏。黒木、明菜の異色の初共演も話題を集めそうだが、西氏も「2人の共演も見どころの1つ。それぞれが刺激し合う存在として描いていきます」と手応えをつかんでいるようだ。

The collaboration between the two of them is definitely a talking point and it is great that they are taking another chance with Akina after her dismal "Border" pullout. This is definitely a great start for her 25th Anniversary and the only way to top that besides good ratings … Akina singing the theme song and hitting the Top 10 again (No. 1 Dare I Dream?)!!!

Another article that confirms that it is 日本テレビ, and that the filming will start in March. Akina also expressed that she is happy and that she hopes that people will like it. How wonderful that the news is spreading all over the sports papers today:

黒木瞳、バレエ教室舞台の日テレ系ドラマに主演…中森明菜と共演も

 女優の黒木瞳(45)が4月スタートの日本テレビ系ドラマ「バレエやりたい!(仮題)」(水曜後10・0)に主演することが1日、分かった。街のバレエ教室を舞台にした明るく元気な主婦の“青春物語”。宝塚退団後、初めてクラシックバレエに挑戦する黒木は、「やる気まんまん!」と大張り切り。共演は7年ぶりのドラマ出演となる歌手の中森明菜(40)で、豪華な初顔合わせが実現する。

 ノリにノってる黒木が新たな魅力で視聴者を元気づける。

 作品は夫と子供のいる普通の主婦が、ひょんな事から街のバレエ教室に通い、バレエを通じて輝いていくというストーリー。黒木は主人公の主婦、佳奈を演じる。

 日本テレビの西憲彦プロデューサーは「黒木さんは常にイキイキと輝いて活躍している。我々に元気を与えくれる存在で、主人公は黒木さんしか考えられなかった」と起用理由を説明。「見ている人も自分も何か新しいことに挑戦して元気になってみようと思ってもらえれば。最終話のラストシーンも楽しみにしていてください」と話した。

 黒木は昭和60年に宝塚を退団して以来、クラシックバレエに挑戦するのは初めて。まもなく本格的な稽古に入る予定。不惑を過ぎても、ますます女優として輝きを増していく黒木の新たな挑戦も見逃せないところ。

 黒木自身「自分の生き方を探せる主婦が作品として新しいと思う。バレエを通して輝けることを知ってもらえたら嬉しいと思うので頑張ります!やる気まんまん!」と燃えている。

 そんな黒木がバレエ挑戦とともに、楽しみにしているのが、初顔合わせとなる明菜との共演だ。

 明菜のドラマ出演は、平成11年の日本テレビ系「ボーダー」以来7年ぶりだが、その演技力は高い評価を受けている。明菜は、少女時代に佳奈と一緒にバレエ教室に通った元世界的なプリマ、嵐子役。過去にバレエの経験があり、バレエを特技としている明菜だけにどんな華麗な舞を見せてくれるか注目。ドラマでは2人の友情も描かれる。

 明菜は「7年ぶりのドラマ出演にとてもわくわくしています。私が楽しむことでその結果、皆さんにも楽しんでもらえたら幸いです」と3月上旬からの収録を楽しみにしている。

(サンケイスポーツ)

dannybunny

Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

17 thoughts on “約7年ぶり日本テレ系連続ドラマ!!!!

  1. She stars as a psychic police investigator, kind of like one of the task forces in CSI (Don’t ask me which one because I don’t watch it), but she has special powers that enable to get under the killer’s skin.

    I haven’t finished watching it because it’s not my favourite type of drama but the storyline seems quite repetitive. Akina suffered from osteoporosis in the midst of shooting and the drama was incomplete.

    It was another scandal for her, which was why it took so long for them to re-employ her again.

    Judging from the short excerpt above, it sounds like another "Sugao no Mamade" type of drama (which is like the extended Japanese version of the US movie "Beaches" starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey) but I think it is closer to another 1977 US movie named "The Turning Point".

    "The Turning Point" is the story of two prima ballerinas and the different lives they took on. Anne Bancroft went on to become the top ballerina while Shirley Maclaine decided to get married and gave up her career (Yes, another Beaches though no one dies in this and Beaches was made in the mid 80’s, so this was the original). They were best friends who secretly admired each other but was jealous at the same time. There was a famous catfight scene that garnered them both Best Actress Oscar nominations in 1977.

    However, it is infamously remembered in Oscar history as the first movie (the second being "The Color Purple") to be nominated for 11 awards but walk away with none.

    Nevertheless, it is a good movie and I think this drama seems to mirror the movie. Good on Akina and her management team for finally doing something exciting besides rehashing her old stuff!!!

  2. This is fantastic. Do you know what channel and what time it is? I wonder if it’s a popular chanel and popular time slot.

    I hope this will generate new heat to Akina. I’m so happy to hear this although I doubt I would have a chance to see it.

    Thanks for the news as always.

  3. I don’t know which channel because it only says "日テレ" but it could mean one of the major networks "Nihon Telebi" and I think Wednesdays at 10 pm is quite a popular slot. Afterall, what would you do if you were in Japan on a Wedneday night at 10 pm, except sit at home and get ready for work again the next day? Maybe some may have just gotten home but considering that they are targeting at housewives, they would probably have finished their chores, ready to sit down in front of the TV to relax.

    Let’s hope that it is not pitted again SMAP x SMAP again this time, like "Tsumetai Tsuki" was …

  4. 日テレ=NTV. Think it works closely with Fuji TV, which started the trendy drama back in the 90s. It’s also the station that produced "Tsumetai Tsuki" ^^
    The storyline of the upcoming spring drama is not bitter as "Tsutai Tsuki". It’s about two middle aged women, played respectively by 黒木瞳& 中森明菜, taking up ballad classes to relive their teenage years….
    Happy that Akina is acting again ^^V What’s more! With 黒木瞳! 黒木瞳 is a respectable and popular actress in Japan. This is sure to create news~
    Yeah!!!! ^^V
    Envy Ranbi-kun, you get to watch it in Osaka ^^/

  5. Uhm… just crossed my mind… if Akina is busy with the drama, it would imply her summer concert may start in June…

  6. Official site
    http://www.ntv.co.jp/ballet/
    ^^V
    Hope there’ll lot of Akina pic.

    BTW, Akina is second fiddle, playing a successful ballarine 嵐子 who used to take ballet lesson together with 佳奈(played by 黒木瞳)
    Read from 黒木瞳’s official site that she has been taking ballet refreshing course for the past month ^^ 黒木瞳 isn’t new to ballet. She used to dance in the 60s when she was with the famous 宝塚歌劇団.
    Guess we can look forward to Akina dancing in the drama.
    Clever of NTV to capitalise on Akina’s ballet skill ^^b

  7. Danny, did you add that "Ballerina Quilt" ad on the side or is that just a freaky coincidence.

    Yes, I guess they must have approached them with the idea that Akina’s specialty is ballet and if they could do something about it. I don’t mind her playing second fiddle to someone accomplished.

    I think the idea is tried but refreshing considering we are talking about women in their 40s having starring roles, and it sounds like a good drama too.

    I guess we will be seeing Akina in ballerina leotards and maybe for once, we will not complain she’s too thin because hers is a typical ballerina figure.

    As for her concerts, I think it could be delayed till June but I don’t think it is a bad sign because she might get some new fans and there might be an Akina revival in her old fans in time for them to buy tickets to her concert this year. Let’s hope she doesn’t do another "Warner Singles" only concert because of her 25th Anniversary concert.

    What she should do is to hold a "nation-wide" poll and ask her fans or anyone interested, what songs they want to hear and then sing the top 30 (I’m too greedy but I’ll accept medleys). Then maybe she will attempt "Kisei" for all of you whose neck is almost as long as a giraffe just from waiting.

  8. hahaha, Jamez, yah i was thinking about the same thing scrolling down this page and then i saw your comment! hahaha.

    the ads are served based on key words on the page, so it’s being too clever for its own good! hahaha.

    the other time there were ads about Vampires on the main page. funny not?

  9. Needless to say, this is a fantastic development!

    Congrats to Akina for landing another acting role (even if it is a supporting one)! The premise certainly suits her.

  10. OMG!! this is the best piece of news i heard so far!!! cant wait to watch here again on Screen!!! Thanks for the info!

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