FALLS CHURCH, VA--(Marketwire - Oct 24, 2012) - Continuing on the global popularity of the original Detective Montalbano series on its primetime broadcast, MHz Networks has acquired The Young Montalbano series.
The prequel, produced by RAI, the Italian State broadcaster, premieres nationally on MHz Worldview on October 29-November 3 at 9 PM ET.
MHz Home Entertainment also releases the series on DVD the same day, along with the original Detective Montalbano series and the largest selection of international crime dramas on www.mhznetworks.org/shop and finer retailers and online everywhere.
The U.S. broadcast premier leads into a week-long marathon of the Best of Detective Montalbano episodes, selected by MHz International Mystery fans throughout the country, November 5-9 in primetime.
In Young Montalbano, viewers and Andrea Camilleri detective novel lovers (on which the series is based) get to know Salvo Montalbano before he became the seasoned and mature chief detective of the original series.
In the prequel, Montalbano is new to Vigata and new to being a police chief. He didn't always live in a glorious house by the sea, or have Deputy Chief Mimi Augello as a best friend, or Fazio as a loyal assistant. He didn't always go out with the beautiful Genoese architect, Livia Burlando.
The series, which premiered in Italy on RAI just this past February, brings together the genesis of the friendships, the rivalries and the romance as the players arrive to take their places in the beautiful Sicilian town of Vigata.
Young Montalbano joins other notable MHz International Mystery titles such as Montalbano, Spiral, Brunetti, Don Matteo, Maigret, Van Veeteren, Varg Veum, and Wallander.
International mysteries on MHz Worldview air each evening in primetime to over 35 million households throughout the U.S. via broadcast and cable affiliates in:
Los Angeles- KCET; Chicago, IL- WYCC; San Francisco, CA- KCSM; Washington, DC- WNVC/MHz Networks; Tacoma-Seattle, WA- KBTC; Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, OH- WNEO/WEAO; Minneapolis, MN- MPS Cable; Miami, FL- WLRN; Denver, CO- KBDI; Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL- WCEU; Charlotte, NC- WTVI; Nashville, TN- WNPT; Salt Lake City, UT- UEN (statewide); Grand Rapids/ Kalamazoo/Beaver Creek, MI- WGVU; Spokane/Yakima, WA- KWSU/KTNW; New Orleans, LA- WLAE; Las Vegas, NV- Vegas PBS; Richmond, VA- WCVE; Flint, MI- WDCQ; Charleston, IL- WEIU; Plattsburgh, NY- Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE); Lansing, MI- LCC TV; Moline, IL (Quad Cities)- WQPT; Athens, OH- WOUB; Warrensburg, MO- KMOS; Topeka, KS- KTWU; Rochester-Austin, MN- KSMQ; Charlottesville, VA- WHTJ; St.Paul, MN- St. Paul Neighborhood Network; Stanford, CA- Stanford University Cable.
MHz Worldview also blankets the U.S. satellite footprint on DirecTV.
Episodes will also be available for VOD purchase on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and Netflix, among others.
About MHz Networks
MHz Networks is an independent, non-commercial television broadcaster delivering international educational programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.
MHz Networks broadcasts 12 distinct international television networks in the D.C. area including: MHz Worldview DC, NHK World TV, CCTV, RT, Al Jazeera English, CCTV Documentary, France 24, RT Espanol, Arirang TV, ETV, VTV America, and MHz Worldview National. The channels are also carried by the region's cable systems.
MHz Worldview, MHz Networks flagship channel, presents fresh, relevant English-language international content including news, documentaries, cultural programming, dramas, films and mysteries, music and sports and features programs from around the world in more than 20 different languages. MHz Worldview is available locally in the Washington D.C. metro area as MHz Networks 1 via digital terrestrial broadcast, Comcast, Cox, RCN cable and Verizon FiOS. The channel is also available locally via DirecTV and Dish Network.
MHz Networks is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. MHz has studio facilities in Falls Church, VA and at Washington, DC's Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.