4 New Shows (And Two Old Ones) Debuting in April That We Really Want to Watch
There are so many TV shows, so little time; but we try anyway—bingeing or DVR-ing and TiVo-ing until our recorders hit capacity. This month's no different with a whole new slate of offerings. Here are four new shows in April that are piquing our interest, and we're willing to give a shot....
Game of Silence: Tuesday, April 12 at 10 pm
Game of Silence is a 10-episode dark drama (on NBC of all networks) about a successful young Atlanta attorney whose career is put in jeopardy when four childhood friends resurface. The five are all connected by a secret from their past. Game of Silence is based on the Turkish television series Suskunlar, which in turn was based on the novel/movie Sleepers. We’re hoping for good things for this show because it’s from the executive producers/writers of CSI and Friday Night Lights; stars David Lyons, Larenz Tate and Michael-Raymond James; and the pilot was directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the original version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Containment: Tuesday, April 19 at 9 pm
Containment is another limited series set in Atlanta. The CW offering, a remake of the Belgian thriller Cordon, tracks a deadly disease outbreak and examines how the quarantining of a city tears apart families and the social fabric. We’re willing to give this show a shot because it’s coming from executive producer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals).
The Night Manager: Tuesday, April 19 at 10 pm
There are two reasons why we should all watch The Night Manager: (1) Tom Hiddleston and (2) Hugh Laurie. If you want more reasons, then how about (1) Hugh Laurie and (2) Tom Hiddleston? The new six-part miniseries on AMC is a “contemporary interpretation” of a John le Carré spy novel that follows a former soldier-turned-hotel manager (Hiddleston) as he’s recruited by the British to help to take down an arms dealer (Laurie).
Time Traveling Bong: Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 pm
Comedy Central’s Time Traveling Bong sounds super silly: It involves weed, time travel with the help of a magic bong and is created by Broad City’s Ilana Glazer, Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello. We're in. The three-part series—based on an old College Humor sketch of theirs—focuses on two cousins (played by Glazer and Downs) who discover a time traveling bong and they blaze through history. Their buzz—and adventures—stop when the bong breaks. The show’s released on 4/20, naturally, after the third season finale of Broad City.
And two of our favorites return:
Yes, we know that Game of Thrones’ season 6 starts on April 24 on HBO and the Orphan Black season 4 premiere is on April 14, but the two shows we’re most excited to watch are both back for their sophomore seasons.
Catastrophe: Friday, April 8 on Amazon
If you haven’t seen the first season of Catastrophe, written by and starring comedians Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, please do. They play a couple who gets accidentally pregnant after a one-week stand. Rob and Sharon (the characters) “do the right thing” and decide to make a go of it as a couple and have the baby. The characters are real—sometimes bitter, sometimes clueless, but Rob and Sharon are always tremendously funny in surprising ways. All six of the second season episodes will be available for streaming on April 8.
Outlander: Saturday, April 9 at 9 p on Starz
Outlander, based on the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon, has romance, history, time-travel and adventure. The first season focused on Claire (Caitriona Balfe), a married British Army nurse from the 1940s, who accidentally travels back to 1743 Scotland. She meets and is eventually is forced to marry a Scottish warrior Jamie (Sam Hueghan) for her protection. Yes, the two fall madly in love, but it’s not cheesy as it sounds thanks to the great chemistry between the leads and the detailed production, sets and costumes that capture the respective eras. In season two, the couple escapes to France where they try and change Scottish history. We’ve already seen the first episode of season 2, and while we don’t want to spoil it, we will say this: The performances—particularly by Balfe and Tobias Menzies (who plays Claire’s British 1940s husband Frank and Jamie’s nemesis Jack Black Randall)—are powerful and heartbreaking. Starz is offering free streaming of season 1 through April 10, so do yourself a favor and binge it before next week.