Channel 9 (Spectrum) and 20 (Hawaiian Telcom) (Programs are subject to change, without notice. For updated information, call 847-2021)

“24 Hours with Big Families, ” Mondays and Tuesdays, at Noon-1 p.m.

The lives and struggles of two large families are profiled in this special. The first family consists of two parents and nine children living in the Nara prefecture. The mom struggles each day to make ends meet and put food on the table on a limited budget, and her stresses are multiplied when the family learns that they must vacate the home they’ve been living in for more than 20 years. Will they be able to find an affordable home that can fit 11 people?

The second family consists of a Japanese father and American mother and their four children who recently moved to a small village in Niigata. The village population has been declining as young people move to the city for jobs. This family is doing the opposite; the father quit his job in the city to try his hand at farming. The family lives in a run-down 50-year-old farmhouse badly in need of repair and comes to rely on the kindness of older residents eager to welcome the young family to their village.

“Three Days to Destiny,” Monday, 8 p.m., and Tuesday, at 1 p.m.

One of the most popular series to air on KIKU was “Happy Family Plan.” In that show, dads had one week to learn a special talent that could win a special prize for their entire family. In “Three Days to Destiny,” families are given three days to learn and perform a special task. If they do it successfully, they win ten thousand dollars!

“The Interrogator,” Thursday, at 8 p.m., and Friday, at 1 p.m.

Yukiko Makabe is the only female interrogator in a department full of men. Their job is to question suspects immediately after a crime, using interrogation skills and psycho-analysis to solve crimes. As the only female in the dpartment, Yukiko has a different perspective and style from her colleagues. This brings her success in her interrogations of suspects, but Yukiko continues to be troubled by an unsolved cold case from years ago.

“Generations,” Saturday, at 8 p.m.

Seven young members of the musical group Generations compete against professional and student athletes in a nationwide competition involving unique challenges. Who will become the Generations champion?

“Handful of Tears,” Monday through Friday at 4 p.m.

A heartrending story of a mother who struggles to keep her children from being taken away from her. After a whirlwind romance, Amelia ends up marrying Mario. They are rich  in love but don’t have much money, so to help make ends meet, they live with Mario’s stepmother, who is cruel to Amelia. To support his family, Mario moves to the city for a job. There, he meets a wealthy heiress named Veronica. Veronica falls in live with Mario and, with the help of Mario’s stepmother, destroys the once happy family. Amelia’s life becomes a living hell as one by one, her children are taken away from her. Will she have the courage and strength to rebuild her life?

“Doctor X 4,” Sunday, at 8 p.m.; Monday, at Noon.

Surgeon Michiko Daimon (Ryoko Yonekura) is sent to Totei University Hospital in this popular fourth season.

Although it reigns as the top university hospital in the country, its reputation has suffered greatly from various cover-ups, medical malpractices and fighting factions. Futhermore, the person who has snatched the attention of the new hospital director with the plan of reestablishing the hospital’s brand and gaining great power, is none other than the strategist Shigekatsu Hiruma (Toshiyuki Nishida), who has a longstanding grudge against Michiko. Only doctors who have powerful brands are kept to run the hospital, which has transformed into a mere business organization.

“Dr. Storks 2,” Monday at 8 p.m.; Tuesday at 1 p.m. 

Set two years after season one of “Dr. Storks,” this drama series follows the growth and conflicts of Sakura Konotori (Gou Ayano). He works as a doctor delivering babies and also performs as a concert pianist under the nickname of “Baby.”

“Homicide Team 9 – Season 7,” Thursday at 8 p.m.; Friday at 1 p.m. 

New season of Homicide Team 9 series. Homicide Team 9 which is composed of a few elites is the most unusual team in criminal investigation divisions of the Metropolitan Police Department. They are always the top in criminal arrest rate. They try to solve criminal cases through struggle and cooperation.

“CSI 2,” Saturday at 8 p.m.

Satoshi Itomura portrays an assistant police investigator who belongs to the Metropolitan Police Deparment’s Scientific Investigation Team. They collect scientific evidence and piece together fragments of information in order to help build a story behind criminal cases. Itomura often does not care about the scientific approach and instead pays a great deal of attention to the things the victims always carried with them or treasured, like the toys from their childhood. And he focuses on these things because they usually carry the victim’s last message.

“The Other Mrs. Real,” Saturday at 6 p.m.; repeats on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Anthony Real, the husband of Millet meets Shiela who he will eventually marry.  Caught in a bigamous relationship, Anthony’s wives will eventually find out the truth that they aren’t Anthony’s only wife, which will lead to repercussions into their lives.

“When You Were Mine,” Saturday at 5 p.m. 

Nick and Vanessa are engaged to be married, but tragedy strikes when Nick is in a helicopter crash that causes him to lose his memory.

The authorities, unable to find Nick, declare him dead, leaving Vanessa in a deep depression. Nick resurfaces, but with no recollection of Vanessa or his past life, introduces himself as Darwin. As Darwin, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful artist named Jessa.

They marry and have a son. But faith intervenes again as Darwin gets involved in another accident, which causes him to regain the memory of his life as Nick and forget his new life as Darwin.

Who has the right to a future with Nick now? His first love Vanessa? Or the family he created with Jessa and their son?

“The Poor Heiress,” Sunday at 6 p.m.

“The Poor Heiress” tells the story of two rival families in a Filipino-Chinese community: the Wong and Sy clans.

The families clash over differences in culture and traditions. But hidden beneath those differences may be relationships that tie the families together in ways they don’t realize.

“Kuru Kuru Japan,” Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Delicious foods of Japan. Cultured salmon in Tottori, bonito cuisine in
Kagoshima and more!

“Soko ga Japan,” Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.

This series, which replaces “Soko ga Shiritai,” takes viewers on a journey throughout Japan, highlighting foods and places that define the country that is Japan.

“Mystery Theatre,” Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.

KIKU-TV brings you the best in murder, mystery every Wednesday night, driving this program’s popularity and growth. Episode titles are hand picked from both Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) and TV Asahi.

“Lone Wolf with a Cub,” Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m.

This series chronicles the story of Ogami Itto, the Shogun’s executioner who uses a Dotanuki battle sword.  Disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyu clan, he is forced to take the path of an assassin along with his 3-year-old son, Daigoro. Together they seek revenge on the Yagyu clan and are known as “Lone Wolf and Cub.”

“Behind the Noren 4,” Sunday at 9 p.m.

The family drama “behind the curtain” continues from season three. Naoko has overcome a variety of handicaps to become the innkeeper of Kaguraya and strong enough to voice her opinions to her monther-in-law, Shino. Naoko wants to prove that anyone can become innkeeper if they have the drive and a true desire to be hospitable to guests. She ultimately hires a cheerful yet dull-witted and sloppy apprentice as trainee, which causes a commotion at Kaguraya.


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