The natural reaction to the central situation of the new comedy-drama series, “Otosan to Yobasete” (“Call Me Father(-in-law)”; Fuji TV, Tues., 10 p.m.), is queasiness. Though May-December romances are a fairly common cultural touchstone, here the idea is played for maximum discomfort.
Tamotsu (Kenichi Endo) is an middle-aged manager at a mid-level trading company who has been so dedicated to his work that he never had the time to get married. Then he meets Miran (Misako Renbutsu), who is taken with his honesty and industriousness, and for the first time Tamotsu falls in love.
The only problem is that Miran is 28 years his junior. Also, when he asks her father, Kiichiro (Atsuro Watabe), for her hand in marriage he realizes Kiichiro is not only the same age as he is, but also an executive at one of the most powerful trading companies in Japan.
Boxer Koki Kameda recently retired from the ring, though he leaves two equally loud-mouthed, contentious younger brothers to the sport. He’ll be giving his first long interview on the variety show, “Jobtune” (TBS, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.), and since he is retired he promises to hold nothing back, including behind-the-scenes anecdotes about some of his most famous fights.
This week’s program is all about the job of being an athlete. Other guests include figure skater Miki Ando, former sumo wrestler and current professional wrestler Genichiro Tenryu, former speed skater Tomomi Okazaki, and actor Yudai Chiba — apparently, you have to have at least one non-athlete for true variety.
CM of the week
Sanyo Foods: Processed food manufacturer Sanyo is doing its part to promote women in the workplace in its latest series of TV spots. Yuko Takeuchi plays a working mom who is seen dashing into elevators or struggling to put on her coat to get out of the office on time when she isn’t bringing her daughter to school or telling husband Hitori Gekidan via cell phone which ingredients to buy at the store for that night’s nabe (hot pot) dinner. The nabe will include various Sanyo products that said husband will contrive to make interesting.
“Papa’s a genius,” Takeuchi says excitedly to her daughter as she wolfs down her noodles.
No, he’s just doing what he should have always been doing.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5