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It’s not quite summer yet, but April’s television premieres promise to spice up the rest of spring. From the final season of the iconic Mad Men, to the premiere season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, don’t miss a minute of these exciting new spring shows!

 

MadMenMad Men / Sunday, April 5 @10/9c / AMC

The end of an era is finally upon us, as AMC releases the last seven episodes of Mad Men to ever be made. Since its debut back in 2007, this show has won four Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series and played a major part in AMC’s success as a network. Once again, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) will suit up and take on the world as this series waves its final goodbye to its plethora of fans.

 

American OdysseyAmerican Odyssey / Sunday, April 5 @10/9c / NBC

From writer-director Peter Horton (Grey’s Anatomy) comes American Odyssey, a complicated story of courage, espionage, military secrets and global conflict. A major U.S. corporation is outed for funding jihadists by three strangers: a female special forces soldier who lost her unit to mercenaries after killing an Al-Qaeda leader (Anna Friel Pushing Daisies), a disillusioned corporate lawyer (Peter Facinelli Nurse Jackie), and an activist from a privileged background (Jake Robinson The Carrie Diaries). Now, these three unsung heroes must pull together if they are going to survive and expose those involved to the world.

 

Wolf HallWolf Hall / Sunday, April 5 @10/9c / PBS

Adapted from Hillary Mantel’s best-selling, Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, this show is presented as a six-part miniseries in PBS’s Masterpiece Theater. It stars Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) as Thomas Cromwell, a brutal son of a blacksmith who climbs his way through the Court of the Tudor Empire. Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) plays the troubled King Henry VIII, assuring a knock-out performance by acting heavyweights in this dramatic period piece.

 

A.D. The Bible ContinuesA.D: The Bible Continues / Sunday, April 5 @9/8c / NBC

Executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey bring us the next chapter of The Bible in this epic, spiritual journey. Picking up where The Bible left off, this series shows what happened after the Crucifixion of Christ. As Jesus (Juan Pablo Di Pace) is forced to leave his followers and loved ones behind, Peter (Adam Levy) and the other disciples are hunted by Temple authorities. They must now find a way to spread their message to the world, whether it costs them their lives or not. 

 

100 Miles from Nowhere100 Miles From Nowhere / Sunday, April 5 @10/9c / Animal Planet

Adventurer and filmmaker Matt Galland has places to go, places, you could say, that are 100 Miles From Nowhere. Along with his best buddies Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson, Galland will attempt to trek a hundred miles every four days in the world’s most remote jungles, mountains, and deserts. The trio has filmed the entire show themselves, far away from a film crew and a cushy hotel, and only receive supplies through drop-boxes at various points on their expedition. This show promises no dull moments, as the three young explorers raft, ski and even skateboard across these remote destinations.

 

The Runner UPThe Runner Up / Tuesday, April 7 @10/9c / Esquire

In this 4 hour docu-series, Esquire takes viewers behind the scenes of American Idol runner-up Clay Aikens Congressional run for office. The Runner Up exposes what it’s like to run a campaign and the difficulties that come along while doing so.  Even for someone as well-known and liked as Clay Aiken, the challenge to convince voters he’s the right man for the job is daunting.

 

Halt and Catch FireHalt and Catch Fire / Wednesday, April 8 / AMC

AMC takes inspiration from innovation in this fictional story about the first personal computers (PC) and their inventors. A year after IBM releases its groundbreaking IBM PC, former executive Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) plans on reverse engineering his former employer’s computer model for his new company, Cardiff Electric. With the help of engineer Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy) and prodigy Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis), Joe chases his dream of changing the world in this second-season premiere. 

 

The ComediansThe Comedians / Thursday, April 9 @10/9c / FX

When comedy legend Billy Crystal is paired with an edgier, up-and-coming comedian Josh Gad, all hell breaks loose in this fictional, “behind-the-scenes” show about a show. Kristen Laybourne (Stephnie Weir), the producer of Billy and Josh, tries frantically to hold the show together while the two stars’ egoes clash. Also starring Matt Oberg as “Mitch Reed”, the show’s head writer; and Megan Ferguson as “Esme McCauley”, a no-nonsense production assistant.


DaredevilDaredevil / Friday, April 10 @12 / NETFLIX

Netflix takes a crack at producing its own superhero show with Marvel’s Daredevil. Raised in the tough streets of Hell’s Kitchen, lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) has made it his mission to bring justice to his torn city... any way he can. He holds a secret that transforms him into a crime-fighting machine at night: a freak accident blinded him as a child, but enhanced his other senses to superhuman levels. Donning a red, eyeless mask, he is known as Daredevil by the criminal underworld. Vincent D’Onfrio also stars as Kingpen, Daredevil’s arch nemesis and crime lord of Hell’s Kitchen.

 

Cedric's Barber BattlesCedric’s Barber Battle / Friday, April 10 @8/7c / CW

Cedric The Entertainer hosts this hilarious reality TV show that pits professional barbers against one another on their own turf. In Cedric’s Barber Battle, the actor and comedian will travel across the U.S. to cities like L.A., Queens, Harlem, and Austin, exploring the eccentric culture of people who cut our hair for a living. There will be challenges inside the barbershops themselves, as well as outdoor challenges at a landmark emblematic of each city. At the end of each episode, a panel of judges will decide the winner. With the talent they’ve got lined up, there’s no doubt that each win will be a close shave! 

 

Lincoln's Last DayLincoln’s Last Day / Monday, April 13 @ 8/7c and repeats Tuesday, April 14 @ 10/9c / Smithsonian Channel 

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. Most historians agree that this was an act of vengeance for the many Southerners who had lost their lives during the Civil War. Booth was devoted to the evil institution of slavery, and because he had spent the Civil War as an actor rather than a soldier, he was tormented by guilt at the thought of not having done his part. But his plan was not always to murder the president. He originally intended to kidnap Lincoln, take him back to Richmond, and ransom him off as a last-ditch effort to save the Confederacy. At the last possible minute, however, he changed his plans and thus changed American history forever. The documentary explores in minute detail what happened on that fateful day leading up to the moment when America lost one its greatest presidents.   

 

Outback Nations

Outback Nation / Monday, April 13 @10/9c / FYI

Landscape design expert Jamie Durie transforms backyards from unkempt wilderness to lush oases in this do-it-yourself home improvement show. In each hour-long episode, Jamie visits a family in dire need of yard restoration and shows them how to retake their land! Before this, however, each family must camp out in their own “private wilderness” and get in touch with their natural space. Decayed decks, polluted pools, and overgrown weeds are no match for this seasoned landscape guru. 

 

The MessengersThe Messengers / Friday, April 17 / CW @ 9/8c

When a strange object falls to Earth, it creates a pulse that kills a group of unconnected strangers; but when they reawaken with extraordinary, angelic gifts, their lives are forever connected. Now, these strangers hold the responsibility of stopping the apocalypse, and the only way to do it is together. Starring Shantel Van Santen (One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher (City of Dreams), Sofia Black-D’Elia (Gossip Girl), J.D. Pardo (Revolution), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Anna Diop (Everybody Hates Chris), Craig Frank (Mixology), and Diogo Morgado (Son of God).

 

HAPPYishHappyish / Sunday, April 26 @9:30/8:30c / SHOWTIME

HAPPYish is a hilariously frenetic romp through the problems of middle age. It stars Steve Coogan as Thom Payne, the clueless, belligerent, and crass Brit whose meds for erectile dysfunction and depression have started counteracting one another. After a disappointing sexual encounter with his wife Lee, he says, “It’s not you, honey. It’s the Prozac. It’s a hard-on killer.” And when Lee asks him why he’s not taking his Viagra, he says, “I’m worried that the Viagra will interfere with the Prozac. That’s life. I’m either soft and happy or miserable and hard.” To this, his wife responds, “I would be totally fine with miserable and hard.” The tagline is “HAPPYish: Are You?” One thing’s for sure: catch this rollicking series in mid-April and you will be! The show co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Ellen Barkin, plus Phillip Seymour Hoffman who played Thom Payne for all of one episode before his tragic and untimely death. 

 

 

 

www.Dishmag.com / Issue 168 - September 2018
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