April is a giant month for #TV as many popular shows are returning and a few highly anticipated series are set to premiere. In just a few short weeks, the schedule includes the return of Doctor Who, Veep, Silicon Valley, Fargo and the premieres of The Handmaid's Tale and American Gods. And that is just some of the shows!
What about the ones that have not been as heavily promoted but deserve an equal chance from viewers? Here are a few shows that you may or may not have heard about:
- Network: IFC
- Premiere Date: April 5, 2017
- Starring: Hank Azaria, Hemky Madera, Amanda Peet, Paul Rae, Tyrel Jackson Williams
A major league baseball announcer (Azaria) has an on-air meltdown following the revelation of his wife's infidelity. Jim Brockmire's career takes a hit, but a decade later he looks to a small-town minor league baseball team for another chance. Actress Amanda Peet plays the owner of the struggling team, the Morristown Frackers. The character of Brockmire first appeared in a Funny or Die short video, with the popularity influencing the idea for a series.
2. The Son
- Network: AMC
- Premiere Date: April 8, 2017
- Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Henry Garrett, Zahn McClarnon, Paola Nunez, Sydney Lucas
The multi-generational southern drama follows the life of Eli McCullough (Brosnan) spanning two time periods — the first being Eli's kidnapping by a tribe of Comanches in the mid 1800s, and the second showing the problems that Eli is facing 60 years later while maintaining the family business during the Bandit Wars in Texas. The series is based on a book by Philip Meyer.
- Network: Showtime
- Premiere Date: April 16, 2017
- Starring: Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, Rory Kinnear, Babou Ceesay, Bella Dayne, Daniel Mays, Zawe Ashton
In this six-part miniseries set in the U.K. during the political unrest of the 1970s, a couple (Pinto, Ceesay) heavily involved in politics free a political prisoner (Elba) and form a radical underground London resistance group. The series is written by renowned director Ridley Scott.
- Network: Netflix
- Premiere Date: April 21, 2017
- Starring: Britt Robertson, Johnny Simmons, Ellie Reed, Alphonso McAuley, Dean Norris
The series is an adaptation of Sophia Amoruso's autobiography, #Girlboss. Produced by Charlize Theron, the show will chronicle Amoruso's rise as one of the world's most successful self-made women with her online retail business, Nasty Gal. The story will also go on to explain the hardships of her business and how she ultimately had to step down as the business filed for bankruptcy.
- Network: National Geographic Channel
- Premiere Date: April 25, 2017
- Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Nicholas Rowe, Samantha Colley, Jon Fletcher
Genius is Nat Geo's debut scripted series, and they are off to a great start considering the series is produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. The series follows the life of Albert Einstein and his struggles while finding a teaching job — plus, some of his family issues many might not be aware of. The man obviously goes on to become a monumental influence in the world of science, but there was a lot more going on, which the show will explore. Einstein will be played by the great Geoffrey Rush, while a younger Albert will be played by Johnny Flynn.
Which shows will you tune into this April? Are any of these five on your list? Comment below!