April used to not have a lot going on for it, pop culturally speaking. It’s before the summer blockbuster month and it’s right near the tail end of the traditional network television cycle.
Thankfully, cable doesn’t care about the archaic calendar and realized April is the last month to premiere a show and air enough episodes that it would be eligible for September’s Emmys. Here’s a ranking of shows I’m stoked to be back from unbelievable excited to wickedly giddy.
1. Fargo, season 3 – April 19, FX
Season one was the best self-contained season ever on television. Season two upped the creative ante. I still prefer season one, but will never argue with some who prefers the latter. Not much is known about the third installment other than it will be led by Ewan McGregor playing vastly different twins. The rest of the cast includes Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Cloverfield Lane), and David Thewlis (Harry Potter).
2. Veep, season 6 – April 16, HBO
The best thing this show could have done was keep Selena Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) out of the Oval Office. Now this absurd comedy – which is the best traditional comedy on television – really has room to play. The characters are so well-developed by this point, there really doesn’t seem to be any show out there that can top its hilarity. It’s already up there with all of the classic comedies for me. I can’t wait to see what the former Veep is up to every week like I couldn’t wait to see what beer Norm was drinking or what prank Jim had in store for Dwight.
3. Catastrophe, season 3 – April 28, Amazon
All six episodes will have aired in the UK by the time this finally is made (legally) available in the US. It features Carrie Fisher’s last TV role, which was an always welcomed guest appearance as Rob’s (Rob Delaney, co-creator) mom. Delaney, along with fellow co-creator and star Sharon Horgan, have forged one of the truly unique comedies that always seems to remain fresh every step of the way. They cowrite every episode and their level of comfort really grows as the series progresses.
4. Better Call Saul, season 3 – April 10, AMC
The slow crawl of this Breaking Bad prequel has been divisive among fans. I tend to love slower paced shows. That being said, I wasn’t 100% sold on the second half of the sophomore season. I didn’t end up watching it live and finally caught up months later. However, I think this season is going to be the standout season of BCS. Bad’s best baddie Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) is back. You better believe he’s gunning for that Emmy.
5. Silicon Valley, season 4 – April 23, HBO
Last season didn’t end on a cliffhanger, but did end on a pivot. Where will the boys of Pied Piper go next? This comedy has had its ups and downs, but it’s entering its fourth season on solid footing. While the solid Thomas Middleditch technically leads the cast, you need to look at the support roles for the highlights of the show. T. J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, and the rest of the tech crew belong in the conversation of some of the best comedic actors around right now.
Here are some trailers for upcoming shows, in the order they premiere, that have piqued my interest:
Brockmire – April 5, IFC
Great News – April 25, NBC
The Handmaid’s Tale – April 26, Hulu
Dear White People – April 28, Netflix
American Gods – April 30, Starz