Actress Ryoko Shinohara (36) is making her return to television acting with a drama special titled "Hataraku Gon!" This will be her first drama in two and a half years.
In "Hataraku Gon," Shinohara stars as Yoshiko Gondawara, a TV news reporter with a reputation for doing tear-jerking interviews. Left by her husband, she was forced to raise her two sons by herself. When she gets assigned to cover a case involving a single mother whose son disappears, she faces a conflict between her personal life and work.
The other cast members include Karina, Jun Fubuki, Yuta Hiraoka, Shintaro Morimoto, Naho Toda, and Ikki Sawamura. The drama will air on NTV this coming fall.
Shinohara's last drama was the popular series "Haken no Hinkaku" in 2007. Later that year, she became pregnant, and in May 2008 she gave birth to her first child.