NHK held a press conference with actress Horikita Maki to make it official that she will star in next year’s morning drama.
The drama will be set in the past as well, the time of the post-war reconstruction. Horikita will play a female doctor called Umeko, better known to the people as Umechan-sensei, treating all kind of patients in Kamata, Tokyo.
NHK once again decided to send the offer directly to the actress instead of holding auditions for their next morning drama. It was the same case with this year’s “Ohisama” starring Inoue Mao. Horikita’s most recent appearance on NHK was for the taiga drama “Atsuhime”.
Chief producer Iwatani Kanako commented, “Last year I experienced her [Horikita Maki] stage play and I could feel all this powerful energy coming from her slender body. Somehow she is an actress who embodies the atmosphere of the Showa era, 1926-1989, so I think she is the perfect choice for this drama.”
Scriptwriter Ozaki Masaya is responsible for the screenplay. He already wrote the great scripts for dramas such as “Natsuko no Sake”, “Kekkon Dekinai Otoko”, “Shiroi Haru”, and “Oniyome Nikki”.
“Umechan Sensei” will begin airing next year on April 2nd, 2012 and air for a total of 156 episodes.