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Whoa! Is it 2019 already? Here’s a rundown of new and returning series premiering in January ONLY on MHz Choice!

FULL PREMIERE SCHEDULE


January 1: Chefs (New Series)

DRAMA | FRANCE | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

Chefs tells the story of Romain, a young ex-con assigned to the kitchen of a gourmet Parisian restaurant as part of his probation. Romain is played by bilingual French actor Hugo Becker, whom American audiences may recognize from the hugely popular TV series Gossip Girl. Chef, played by Clovis Cornillac (A Very Long Engagement), recognizes Romain’s natural affinity for cooking and takes him under his wing. So begins Romain’s awakening: to the art of food, to love, and ultimately, to finding his place in the world.

Why you should watch: Chefs was named the French TV drama of the year at the 2015 Luchon Film Festival.


Related article:
First Look: Chefs Season 1


January 8: Murder In … (Season 1)

MYSTERY | FRANCE | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

A gorgeous collection of mysteries, each one set in a different, picturesque region of France. Enjoy French towns and areas you  may have never seen before… cheaper than a plane ticket!


January 15: Chefs (Season 2)

DRAMA | FRANCE | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

Chefs Season 2 continues Romain’s quest for running his own kitchen, as well as Chef’s desire to maintain his standing in Paris’ brutally competitive restaurant business. Their love/hate relationship hits a few more bumps, thanks to their own stubbornness and Edouard’s eagerness to interfere.

Why you should watch: Chefs was named the French TV drama of the year at the 2015 Luchon Film Festival.


Related article:
First Look: Chefs Season 1


January 22: Welcome to Hindafing (New Series)

DRAMA | GERMANY | GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

Welcome to Hindafing has been likened to a German Lilyhammer, a backwoods House of Cards and a Bavarian Fargo. This dark satire follows the rise and fall of gutsy provincial mayor Alfons Zischl (Maximilian Brückner) and his fictional village. As the story begins, Zischl wants to build a refugee asylum center to launder money to his Swiss accounts. And he wants to kick his drug addiction – at least until that pesky paternity suit is settled. But nothing turns out as planned…  A wry, contemporary look at rural Germany, this award-winning series offers a unique look at the dark underbelly of modern society.

Why you should watch: Because it’s equal parts hilarious and disturbing with a tour-de-force performance by Maximilian Brückner, whom MHz Choice viewers will recognize from his recent starring role as Martin Luther in Reformation.


January 29: Captain Marleau (New Series)

MYSTERY | FRANCE | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

Prepare for a blast of eccentricity! She’s quirky, she doesn’t care how she comes off and she possesses a dogged tenacity for finding the perp. Creator Elsa Marpeau describes Captain Marleau (Corinne Masiero) as a combination of Peter Falk’s “Columbo,” Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Marge Gunderson from the Coen brothers’ Fargo. Captain Marleau broke records in 2017 as the most watched television show in France. After you’ve seen Masiero’s breezy interpretation of Marpeau’s creation, you’ll understand how she captured the viewers’ hearts.

Why you should watch: Big Name Guest Stars galore! Gérard Depardieu (Marseille), David Suchet (Poirot), Pierre Arditi (Blood of the Vine) and Jacques Spiesser (Magellan) just to name a few!

Corinne Masiero in Captian Marleau

Ongoing Premieres


January 1, 8: Acquitted (New Episodes, Series Finale)

CRIME DRAMA | NORWAY | NORWEGIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

In this hugely popular Norwegian drama, a businessman returns to his hometown 20 years after being acquitted of his high school sweetheart’s murder.

Why you should watch: Acquitted* has the distinction of being the most watched crime drama in Norwegian TV history!

*Due to distribution limitations, this series is only available to stream within the U.S.



Just Added: Beck (Season 6)

MYSTERY | SWEDEN | SWEDISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-MA

In these four new feature-length movies, Martin Beck (Peter Haber) is drawn out of retirement to help catch a suspected terrorist; meanwhile, acting team leader Steinar (Kristofer Hivju) follows a lead to Jordan where he meets Swedish police liaison Alexandra Beijer (Jennie Silfverhjelm). After averting a deadly attack, Beck returns full-time as a police supervisor, and his first task is to hire his own replacement: will it be Steinar or Alex Beijer?

Why you should watch: Beck is internationally recognized as the “gold standard” of Nordic noir, and now stars Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju, most noted for his role as Tormund Giantsbane in HBO’s blockbuster series Game of Thrones.


Related article:
Beck microsite


January 1: Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games (Season 3 finale)

MYSTERY | FRANCE | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

Agatha Christie’s world-famous mysteries are delightfully adapted in this series of French TV movies – sexy, witty and definitely addictive!



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