Important TV Premiere Dates in April
With so many new shows to stuff into your eyeballs this year, you might be continually baffled about when and where the next big TV thing is dropping.
Fear not: Just bookmark this ridiculously comprehensive, passionately curated, and always updated guide to see the premiere dates of new and returning shows arriving on the small screen for April.
Chewing Gum (Netflix)
If you’ve enjoyed Michaela Coel’s naïve quest to adulthood — sort of like the British version of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — your second helping’s near.
iZombie (The CW)
The undead Liv Moore continues to unravel Seattle’s zombie conspiracy in Rob Thomas’ rom-zom caper.
Louis C.K.: 2017 (Netflix)
The first of two specials the comedian has in store for 2017 — this one filmed in Washington, DC.
Prison Break (FOX)
That’s right: Michael Scofield’s alive. He’s a little older and he’s been working for a terrorist cell, but he’s still good at acting like a moody kid who doesn’t want detention.
Sterling Malory Archer’s eighth season takes us to a Los Angeles crime ring in 1947.
Hank Azaria’s show about the Kenny Powers of baseball announcers.
The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo)
Idiotsitter (Comedy Central)
Jillian Bell’s ridiculously wealthy and misbehaved woman child returns.
American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (Amazon)
A 13-episode documentary about Hugh Hefner — you probably already know if you’ll like it or not.
The Get Down — Part II (Netflix)
Stephen Adly Guirgis and Baz Luhrmann’s historic hip-hop saga returns to take the cast’s music from minor to major league.
The Son (AMC)
Pierce Brosnan as the cranky, villainous, racist patriarch of a Texas clan in the early 20th century? Yes, please.
Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery (ID)
A three-part look at Anthony’s weeks-long trial, featuring fresh interviews with the subject’s parents.
The Gorburger Show (Comedy Central)
Comedian T.J. Miller lends his voice to a giant blue monster who enslaves a Japanese news station and takes over its talk show.
The Kennedys: After Camelot (Reelz)
The conclusion of the two-part Kennedys follow-up, starring Matthew Perry (Ted Kennedy) and Katie Holmes (Jackie Kennedy Onassis).
Angie Tribeca (TBS)
Lady Law (Rashida Jones) returns in the latest installment of Nancy and Steve Carell’s satirical police procedural.
Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Breaking Bad prequel returns for its third season, with Bob Odenkirk continuing his outstanding work as a weaselly lawyer with no aversion to criminal clients.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Cops! Brooklyn! Andy Samberg! Laughs! The fourth season continues.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (Netflix)
The classic TV show returns to skewer the bad movies of the world. There’s a new host, but robots will still be on hand for mechanized quips.
Doctor Who (BBC America)
It’s the final season with Peter Capaldi as the titular doctor, but a show that got its start in 1963 will likely figure out a way to press on.
The Leftovers (HBO)
Our favorite show of 2015 finally returns for its third (and, sadly, final) season.
Selina Meyer’s snafus may appear downright quaint compared to the current political reality, but Veep has shown time and time again that it offers some of the smartest (and funniest) writing on television.
Will there be aliens on the third season of FX’s bloody anthology adaptation of the Coen brothers’ classic? Guess you’ll have to watch to find out.
Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix)
Bill’s back on the small screen with a new talk show, hopefully one episode of which is devoted to debating everyone’s new favorite scientist, B.o.B.
Kay Cannon’s comedy about Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso’s real-life rise to fashion and entrepreneurial stardom.
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (Netflix)
Spun out of the similarly titled 2015 feature doc, this six-part docuseries examines the intersection of sex and tech in the digital age.
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Come for the sick burns or Jared’s insanity, stay for Mike Judge’s light ribbing of America’s current ruling class: tech entrepreneurs.
The Jim Gordon-centric Batman prequel uses its spring comeback to explain “How the Riddler Got His Name.”
Great News (NBC)
What if your mom were your intern? Thanks to Tina Fey and her wisecracking production collaborators, we’re about to find out.
It’s NatGeo’s first scripted series, and it’s about Einstein. Albert, that is.
The Sopranos-esque Italian crime drama returns to the States for Season 2.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
The small-screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian drama you’ve been waiting for, starring Elisabeth Moss as a woman out to locate her missing daughter.
Casting JonBenet (Netflix)
A new look at the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey.
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Dear White People (Netflix)
Justin Simien’s send-up of post-racial America gets its TV adaptation, with Logan Browning and 10 30-minute episodes.
Rodney King (Netflix)
Roger Guenveur Smith (Smiley from Do The Right Thing and Big Time Willie from He Got Game!) recounts the events leading up to the L.A. Riots in a solo special.
American Gods (Starz)
The cult favorite from writer Neil Gaiman sets up a host of modern gods — one of whom is Deadwood‘s Ian McShane — for an epic battle.
El Chapo (Univision)
Just in time for his real-world extradition, Univision and Netflix are teaming up to tell the notorious cartel leader’s life story.
(list via: Thrillist / image: HBO)