Jan Georg Schütte plays the main role in the new ARD series "Kranitz - Money back when you split up".
You know him from “Tatort” and “Class reunions”.
Klaus Kranitz doesn't think much of detailed analyzes and sensitive conversations.
The self-appointed therapist makes crisis-ridden couples an offer that is as simple as it is impressive - three sessions, 1,500 euros and the promise that the fee will only be due if everyone gets along again in the end.
"Kranitz - Money back in the event of separation" opens a new chapter in improvised television.
“Tatort” star Jan Georg Schütte treats couples in the ARD series and improvises in the process
The main role in the comedy series, which is now available in the ARD media library, is played by director and actor Jan Georg Schütte.
A man with experience when it comes to pushing colleagues into the deep end.
Because only the stories and characters are outlined in the script - dialogues have to be improvised.
It's so refreshing that there was even a Grimme Prize for “Old Age - Speed Dating for Seniors” (2014) and “Forever Summer 90” (2020).
In between, Schütte invited to a “class reunion” (2019) and even to a “Tatort” episode entitled “Das Team” (2020), which, however, did not convince all fans of the cult crime series.
Now the filmmaker himself dares to go to the front and brings celebrity colleagues to the couch in six three-quarters of an hour episodes.
As Klaus Kranitz, “the toughest friend of his clients”, he gets the togetherness that has come to a standstill back on track.
Jochen (Charly Hübner) and Tini (Lisa Hagmeister) have problems in the new ARD series "Kranitz - Money back when they split up".
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His therapy method: fast, direct, effective and pragmatic.
The truth has to come out, the cards on the table - everything else is tedious separation support and thus a waste of time.
Conspiracy believers (Charly Hübner) and contract killers (Bjarne Mädel), marriage swindlers (Anna Schudt) and old hippies (Günther Maria Halmer and Angela Winkler) land on his couch.
Driven by Kranitz, they improvise in competition.
It's touching, funny, sometimes tough, absurd, embarrassing and entertaining - just like relationships in real life.
For Jan Georg Schütte, however, it is “the best way” to make television.
“Ideally, leaving the comfort zone ensures maximum alertness and liveliness.
Including mishaps. "