"Maischberger" back today from summer break – What else will come on TV in 2020

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The summer break of the talk shows gradually ends, starting today with “Maischberger – The Week”. But there are some other television highlights waiting for the viewers.


It’s slowly starting on TV again. Today August 5, 10:45 p.m., the ARD Wednesday Talk Show returns “Maischberger – The Week” back after two months of summer break. Markus Lanz will be back with his ZDF talk format from August 11, the political talk “Maybrit Illner” on August 20 and Frank Plasberg with “hard but fair” on August 24. Late returners in comparison are the ARD Sunday talk “Anne Will” on September 6th and the “heute-show” with Oliver Welke from September 11th. There will still be 15 issues of the ZDF news satire by the end of the year.

On the other hand, the summer is far from over: the season of the ZDF “TV Garden” on the Mainz Lerchenberg runs until September 27th, “Every Sunday” until August 30th.

On September 6, it continues with new “crime scenes”, the first case is a fitness crime thriller from Austria; in autumn the most popular German television series will celebrate its 50th birthday – with a double thriller in which the teams from Dortmund and Munich investigate together. The first “crime scene” was on November 29, 1970.

Another crime series, on the other hand, ends after 14 years: “Der Kriminalist”, Berlin’s LKA investigator Bruno Schumann (Christian Berkel), started on August 28 on ZDF in six last episodes.

On August 12, the ARD celebrates the 70th birthday of audience favorite Iris Berben, which can be seen on the first night of her birthday with the film “My Indian Summer”. She embodies a woman in search of herself. In September the six-part series “Oktoberfest 1900” comes first. It’s about the fight between two brewery clans. The so-called event series with Mišel Matičević, Martina Gedeck, Francis Fulton-Smith and Brigitte Hobmeier can be seen on September 15, 16 and 23 (already online from September 8).

On October 11th, the first broadcast three of the twelve further episodes of the series “Babylon Berlin” (which were already on Sky in January / February). Three more episodes will run on October 14th. Two episodes are on the program on October 15th, 21st and 22nd.

Günther Jauch returns to the shows with new editions of the RTL quiz classic “Wer wird Millionär?” At the beginning of September. In addition, RTL wants to broadcast the wedding ceremony of pop star Michael Wendler and his Laura live in autumn – if Corona allows it.

Otherwise, for example, the 14th season of the RTL show “Das Supertalent” has been announced. Reality TV star Evelyn Burdecki and comedian Chris Tall sit as new jurors alongside Dieter Bohlen and Bruce Darnell. In the past season Sarah Lombardi also judged. Regular moderator Daniel Hartwich gets Victoria Swarovski aside. The two are already leading together through the RTL dance show “Let’s Dance”.

At ProSieben, the costume spectacle “The Masked Singer” starts its third season in autumn – extraordinary: it is already the second season in 2020. Joko and Klaas are also back in the program – for example with the show “The Duel Around the World”.

The popular casting format “The Voice of Germany” is coming for the tenth time at ProSieben and Sat.1, where this time coaches Mark Forster and newcomer Nico Santos act, as well as teams of two, Rea Garvey and Samu Haber, as well as Yvonne Catterfeld and Stefanie Kloß.

The “FameMaker” format will be new to ProSieben in autumn with moderator Tom Neuwirth – known as Conchita Wurst: Comedians Carolin Kebekus, Luke Mockridge and Teddy Teclebrhan will have to decide which talent they want to coach based solely on their performance. The candidates sing under a soundproof dome. The producer and source of ideas is old master Stefan Raab, who also wants to put a new late night show on the TV Now streaming service at the RTL media group.

Similar to “FameMaker” is the concept of the format “I can see your voice” that RTL has secured. The music show comes from South Korea and has been running there with great success since 2015 – now in season 7. Here, too, it is a matter of not listening to talents and assessing them correctly.

At Vox broadcaster, designer Guido Maria Kretschmer can be seen in a new show alongside the existing “Shopping Queen” format: “Guidos Deko Queen”. Two candidates compete against each other and have to implement a motto within a set time frame.

At the Vox start-up show “Die Höhle der Löwen”, the Formula 1 world champion from 2016 and entrepreneur Nico Rosberg have been newcomers to the investor group since the end of August – alongside Judith Williams, Dagmar Wöhrl, Carsten Maschmeyer, Ralf Dümmel, Georg Kofler and Nils Glagau.

Incidentally, from autumn Jan Böhmermann will return with a new concept in the ZDF main program. In December 2019, after six years, his last “Neo Magazin Royale” was out.

[Gregor Tholl]

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