Ah, spring is beginning. The snow is starting to melt. You can actually put away your winter coat, hat and mittens. It’s time to go outdoors. Enjoy the sunshine and longer days!
Or . . .
You could watch TV—a wonderful medium that’s there for you no matter what the weather’s like. It’s a busy month and we here at Paste will be all over the return of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale on April 25 and HBO’s Westworld on April 22. There’s also Killing Eve, the new drama from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, premiering April 8 on BBC America, and the final season of New Girl on April 10 on Fox.
Here are the five new shows you can’t miss this month.
Executive Producers: Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele
Stars: Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish, Cedric the Entertainer, Allen Maldonado and Ryan Gaul
Premiere Date: April 3 at 10:30 p.m. on TBS
Some wonderful things have happened since this TBS comedy’s premiere was pushed from its original fall launch date. Creator and executive producer Jordan Peele won an Academy Award for Get Out and co-star Tiffany Haddish is having her moment. But this affable comedy about a man (Tracy Morgan) who gets out after 15 years in prison only to find his girlfriend (Haddish) married to someone else and his Brooklyn neighborhood nothing like he remembers is first and foremost a triumphant comeback for Tracy Morgan, who was gravely injured in a car accident in 2014.
Executive Producers: Barry Levinson, Jason Sosnoff, Tom Fontana, Edward R. Pressman, Rick Nicita and Lindsay Sloane
Stars: Al Pacino, Riley Keough, Kathy Baker, Greg Grunberg, Annie Parisse and Larry Mitchell
Premiere Date: April 7 at 8 p.m. on HBO
The movie follows the approximately two-week period in Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s life after the sex abuse charges against assistant coach Jerry Sandusky were revealed. What did the winningest coach in college football know? What did he conceal? Was he treated fairly when he was fired? In his third HBO collaboration with director Barry Levinson, Pacino brings the legendary Paterno to life as the film explores some tough questions and a dark and disturbing period. Greg Grunberg, Annie Parisse and Larry Mitchell co-star as Paterno’s children, who struggle to understand their father’s actions.
Executive Producers: Kenneth Lonergan
Stars: Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond and Tracey Ullman
Premiere Date: April 8 at 8 p.m. on Starz
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) is behind this four episode adaptation of E.M. Forster’s classic novel. Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard star as two sisters whose lives are forever changed when they meet the wealthy Wilcox family while on vacation. This is just the series for those of us who are in desperate need of a Downton Abbey fix.
Executive Producers: Harry and Jack Williams
Stars: Richard Dormer, Jodi Balfour, Patterson Joseph, Ray Stevenson, Paul Rhys
Premiere Date: April 13 at 10 p.m. on Cinemax
Note that the title is the word “killer” backwards and that will tell you a lot about this six-episode series. Richard Dormer is Gabriel Markham, a police detective on the hunt for a serial killer after an acid attack leaves him horribly scarred. But this series begins at the end, with the arrest of the serial killer, and works backwards to show the events leading up to his apprehension.
Executive Producers: Zack Estrin
Stars: Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall, Max Jenkins, Parker Posey and Ignacio Serricchio
Premiere Date: April 13 on Netflix
We all know the oft-repeated catchphrase “Danger, Will Robinson!” But few of today’s viewers are likely to have seen the TV series that ran from 1965 to 1968. Toby Stephens and Molly Parker star as John and Maureen Robinson, parents who have decided to take their family to live in the newly colonized space. But things go horribly wrong and there is indeed danger for Will Robinson. Set 30 years in the future, this 10-episode series is a much darker and decidedly less campy take on its 1960s inspiration.
Amy Amatangelo, the TV Gal®, is a Boston-based freelance writer, a member of the Television Critics Association and the Assistant TV Editor for Paste. She wasn’t allowed to watch much TV as a child and now her parents have to live with this as her career. You can follow her on Twitter (@AmyTVGal) or her blog .