As of 2017, about 400 new series were released. Yes, 400! That is bonkers!
It’s becoming harder to keep up with all these series and even harder to find a really good one that you can commit to for however long it’s going to run. However, it is already established that having choices is one of the dilemma of being human, isn’t it?
Well, I decided to do something different. I’m gonna do a preview of new and returning series for the month of April and would continue this for the foreseeable future. As Nigerians, we know how we get our series (*winks*).
We gonna have to say good bye to series like The Originals as it enters its final season and say hello to some new ones that we hope are worth committing several years of our lives to.
Some of the series I don’t watch would be asterisked and a brief synopsis would be included (As I am not jobless to follow all on this list) while I would talk more on the ones I follow. Remember, the series listed here are limited cos an average of 20-35 series get released every month and it would be crazy to discuss all here.
Without further ado, here are some of the new and returning series this month:
Legion: Season 2 (April 3)
If you thought season 1 of Legion was great, season 2 is gonna be even “stranger and weirder.” Well according to star Dan Stevens. This series for me was a stand-out in a year that was packed with outstanding series.
Noah Hawley, alongside his creative directors, were able to bring the deranged David Haller to life. It also touched on the sensitive issue of mental illness which gave the show further depth.
Of course, Aubrey Plaza – who also happens to be the star of the show – will be returning. She killed every scene she was in (Check the crazy image below to confirm). We hope to see more of her in season 2. Quite frankly, I’m surprised she didn’t get any form of recognition from any of the major award shows.
As we know, season 1 ended on a cliff-hanger and season 2 would kick off a year after the events of last year. Make sure you catch it when the new season premieres.
The Last OG: Season 1 (April 3)
This upcoming comedy series caught my attention for two reasons; it is created by award winning director of Get Out, Jordan Peele and it stars Tiffany Haddish.
The synopsis follows Tray (Tracy Morgan) who is released from prison after 15 years to return to his neighbourhood to find out his ex-girlfriend, Shay (Tiffany Haddish) is married to a white man and raising his twin children. Expect Peele’s unique writing style to stand out in this series.
*New Girl: Season 7 (April 10)
New girl is an American sitcom TV series on Fox that premiered in 2011. It stars Zooey Deschanel as Jess, revolving around her after she moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men (How do you create 7 seasons of content based on this???).
The seventh season is going to serve as its final season and would contain just 8 episodes
*The Expanse: Season 3 (April 11)
The expanse is an American sci-fi TV series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby based on series of novels of the same name by Daniel Abraham and James S.A. Corey. It is set 200 years in the future where humans have colonised the Solar System (Interesting Plot, wonder why I don’t watch it?). It stars Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Dominique Tipper and more.
Lost in Space: Season 1 (April 13)
Netflix has had a slow start to 2018. Some of their movies and series have gotten negative reviews (I used to think Netflix could never create a bad series). Maybe this could be the show that sort of jump starts their year.
This sci-fi series is based on the 1965 series of the same name. Not much is known about the series as Netflix in their usual style like to keep things hush-hush but it’s not expected to veer too far from its predecessor.
*Bosch: Season 4 (April 13)
Procedural dramas, not a fan of them! But the world seems to love them which is why NCIS has been going on forever.
If you’re a fan of this genre, here’s something for you to binge before the fourth season premieres in like 2 weeks, good thing each season contains 10 episodes. It stars Titus Welliver, Amy Aquino, Jamie Hector and so on.
*Fear the Walking Dead: Season 4 (April 15)
I started FTWD but unlike its parent series, The Walking Dead, it didn’t have enough gore and it was a slow burn so after one season I stopped. But it is in its 4th season and its ratings are pretty good (maybe I should have given it more time). If you’re amongst those that follow, watch out for this mid-April.
Supergirl: Season 3 cont’d (April 16)
Returning to take over the timeslot for Legends of Tomorrow (LOT) when it wraps up its third season is Supergirl. If there’s something that has plagued the Arrowverse series excluding LOT, it is inconsistency and Supergirl isn’t different.
One episode can be so good and the next 3 just makes you roll your eyes. My commitment to the Arrowverse series wears thin and they’re on my hit list for series to be scrapped in preparation for the 2018/2019 TV season.
The Originals: Season 5 (April 20)
I can’t believe this is gonna be the final time we see the original family of vampires (I wish I had a crying emoji). The series finale is gonna hurt more than when the parent series, The Vampire Diaries, ended.
But all good things must end and I do hope CW gives it the end it deserves.
Westworld: Season 2 (April 22)
I honestly don’t understand the hype behind this series. I watched one episode and was bored out of my mind, and so how it ranks as “the most watched first season for an HBO original series ever” is beyond me.
At least, it got people talking about Artificial Intelligence. I might sound like a Neanderthal but AI is a bad idea for humans (contact me to know my reason). It was also praised for its visuals (c’mon, it’s HBO!), story and performances. Anyways, let’s see if the 2nd season would get people talking as the first did when it premieres on the 22nd of this month.
Into the Badlands: Season 3 (April 22)
One thing I love about this series is there are really no heroes or villains; everyone is just fighting for survival. This makes for fun watching.
If there’s one person close to being the villain of the series, it’s Quinn (Marton Csokas) and he has been dealt with by Sunny (Daniel Wu) in one of the epic battles of season 2. The fight scenes in this series are so unrealistic but in a funny way it’s really interesting to watch.
Season 3 would continue where the previous season ended on a cliff-hanger. Did Bajie (Nick Frost) succumb to his injuries (Of course not!)? Who was he trying to communicate with? If the trailer is anything to go by, this is gonna be another epic season. Find out when the show returns April 22 with most of the regulars and some interesting new characters.
*Genius: Picasso (April 24)
Genius is an American anthology period drama produced by National Geographic. The first season followed the life of Albert Einstein from his early years to his later years as a physicist.
The second season is set to delve into the life of another genius, Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artist of his time. Antonio Banderas is set to play Picasso and even though I didn’t follow the first season, I might be tempted to this time.
The 100: Season 5 (April 24)
This is one series I don’t want to talk much about. Good show, great visuals, fantastic acting but I saw it as a 3-4 season series and now it’s getting a fifth season which I think is unnecessary but lemme not jump the gun and see how it goes.
The trailer was pretty interesting, I would give it that but I’ve never been a believer in using trailers to judge a movie or series. Especially not after what Batman V Superman did to me. Looking forward to seeing some new, hot faces, the CW casting department always does a great job there.
The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 (April 25)
Personally, I can’t believe it’s been a year since this ground-breaking series got everyone talking on gender issues. I daresay this was the show that woke Hollywood up and inspired the Time’s Up movement (Too much?). It also swept the awards seasons, winning 8 Primetime Emmys from 13 nominations including Best Actress in a Drama Series for the Outstanding Elisabeth Moss who plays the role of Offred/June.
The trailer for the new season teases even more anguish for Offred/June in her quest to reunite with her husband and child. Let’s hope we see more ground-breaking story-telling from the writers.
*Quantico: Season 3 (April 26)
What attracted me to this series in the first place was Priyanka Chopra. I have never been a fan of procedural drama or any or any police drama for that matter so after one season of watching I got exhausted and stopped (you can only follow a beautiful woman for so long).
If you’re not like me and still follow the series anticipate the 13-episode third season (I mean even ABC got exhausted thy had to reduce the season order from 22 to 13!).
*Good Witch: Season 4 (April 29)
Good Witch is an American/Canadian fantasy comedy-drama based on the 2008 made-for-TV movie series of the same name. It stars Catherine Bell who plays the titular character. The series deals with the ups and downs of Cassie Nightingale.
*Elementary: Season 6 (April 30)
Johnny Lee Miller brings a modern touch to the character Sherlock Holmes. The procedural drama series was created by Robert Doherty and premiered in 2012. The series has been well received by critics and viewers alike so it’s no surprise it’s gotten to its sixth season. I really don’t need to state the reason I don’t watch.
If you’ve been reading since, you go don sabi.
So that’s it! These are some of the popular series returning and premiering the month of April and the list looks good. So whatever interest you make sure you mark your calendars and follow religiously when it drops.
Drop your comments below if you think there’s a series I failed to mention. Ciao!