10 TV shows to get excited about in April
The TV shows that everyone will be talking about this spring.
1. The Get Down Part II
Debuts April 7 on Netflix
Baz Luhrman's ambitious hip-hop odyssey returns for a second season in April. The US$100 million budget is put to good use as part two picks up where last summer’s part one left off, bringing us back into the world of Ezekiel ‘Books’ Figuero (Justice Smith) and Mylene Cruz (Herizen F. Guardiola) with striking visuals, a popping soundtrack and lashings of Luhrman's trademark sparkle.
2. Better Call Saul, season three
Debuts April 11 on Netflix
The third series of the Breaking Bad spin-off is getting positive early reviews as viewers are finally introduced to one of the biggest characters in Breaking Bad history: Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) - the shady owner of Los Pollos Hermanos. The series will continue to explore Jimmy McGill's devolution toward Saul Goodman with new characters and backstories introduced along the way.
3. Documentary Now! Season two
Debuts April 10 on Netflix
The Bill Heder (Saturday Night Live), Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Seth Meyers (Late Night With Seth Meyers) creation sees the trio parody a different documentary with each episode, including the 1993 political documentary, The War Room, about Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and the 1984 Talking Heads documentary, Stop Making Sense.
Debuts April 16 on Sky Atlantic
Idris Elba (The Wire) will team up with writer and director John Ridley - who won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for 12 Years A Slave - in six-part drama Guerrilla. The story follows a young couple whose relationship is tested when they form a radical underground cell in 1970s London with the aim of bringing down the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Irish actor Patrick Gibson (The OA) also star.
5. The Handmaid's Tale
Debuts April 26 on Hulu
Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel - about life under a controlling misogynistic theocracy - has been adapted for TV with Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and Joesph Fiennes starring. The book has recently shot to the top of the bestsellers' lists amid current events. The story of powerful men using fertile young “handmaids” to bear children who will then belong to them and their wives feels almost plausible, timely and ultimately terrifying.
Debuts April 19 on FX
The TV series based on the Coen Brothers 1994 movie is back for a third series with a new lead actor, Ewan McGregor, who plays two very different twin brothers. The writer and creator Noah Hawley has brought together another of his stellar casts (including Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Stuhlbarg and David Thewlis) for the award-winning series.
Debuts April 21 on Netflix
Inspired by the New York Times bestselling book #Girlboss - the autobiography of Sophia Amoruso (founder of online retailer Nasty Gal) - the Netflix original series stars Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) as Amorouso and charts her rise from living rough on the streets to founding the fashion empire before she turned 28. Charlize Theron serves as executive producer and the series co-stars Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Ru Paul.
8. Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On
Debuts April 21 on Netflix
Based off the pcritcially-acclaimed documentary produced by Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On is a six-part anthology series examines the intersection of sex and technology through social media, pornography and virtual relationships.
9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Debuts April 22 on HBO
Renée Elise Goldsberry, who won a Tony award for her role in the Broadway smash, Hamilton, plays a working-class Baltimore woman whose cancerous cells were used for decades of scientific research — initially without her family’s knowledge or consent. Her cell line was used to help with “some of the most important advances in human medicine: the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning, gene mapping and in vitro fertilisation". Based on the 2010 nonfiction bestseller by Rebecca Skloot, this feature film, it also stars Oprah Winfrey.
10. Dear White People
Debuts April 28 on Netflix
When it was announced that Netflix would stream the TV adaptation of the 2014 film Dear White People, some people cancelled their subscription and are venting their anger on Twitter with the hashtag #BoycottNetflix because they thought it was racist to white people (spoiler: it's not). The series focuses on a series of racially insensitive parties that spark tensions in a predominantly white Ivy League campus. One student decides to become more direct in her critiques of the school's white student population. It's witty, sharp and thought-provoking.