Anke Schäferkordt, CEO of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, says: “RTL Nitro perfectly complements Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland’s programme line-up. We are especially pleased to be able to present outstanding Free TV premieres such as the multi-award-winning US sitcom Modern Family, the Showtime series Nurse Jackie and the new Bruckheimer crime series Chase right from the channel’s launch.”
The cast of Modern Family
With Modern Family, RTL Nitro is premiering a current favourite with US audiences on German Free TV. The new comedy format has won scores of prizes, most recently five Emmy Awards. The hit dark comedy series Nurse Jackie shows the crass everyday life of Nurse Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco, The Sopranos), who works in the emergency ward of New York’s All Saints’ Hospital. She pops pills, corrects the misdiagnoses of Dr. Cooper (Peter Facinelli, Twilight Saga), commits adultery with the clinic’s pharmacist and has everything else under control as well. In the new action crime series Chase, viewers join a special unit from Texas on the high-speed chase for the most wanted criminals in the US.
Among the other highlights presented on RTL Nitro are the US version of iconic British comedy series The Office, the spectacular historical drama series Rome, the real-time action series 24 and movie highlights including King Kong and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The popular British Band The Overtones have been recruited to promote RTL Nitro. They are behind the channel’s modern launch soundtrack and will provide acoustic and visual accompaniment for its launch. Their hit Gambling Man in a hip “Vintage Pop” style is the channel’s signature tune.
RTL Nitro can be received for free with a digital satellite receiver via Astra 19 Grad on 12188 MHz (horizontal). The video-on-demand site www.RTLNitroNow.de will launch simultaneously with the channel, as will the RTL Nitro homepage at www.RTLNitro.de, which features trailers, comprehensive information about the channel, and its current programme line-up.