April is bringing a whole new slew of dramas and comedies to the small screen. Here are 12 television series premieres to catch over the coming month.
1. Olympus, April 2
Set in the world of humans, gods, and monsters, the upcoming 13-episode mythology drama centers on how a few brave men and women banished the gods to the realm of the unconscious, a place they called the Underworld. The series follows Hero on his journey as he faces betrayal, love, empowerment and exile, and emerges a ruthless leader of man and a match for the gods themselves. Tom York, Sonya Cassidy, Sonita Henry, Wayne Burns and Graham Shiels co-star. The show airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on SyFy.
2. The Grace Helbig Show, April 3
E!’s new weekly comedy talk show headed by YouTube star Grace Helbig will kick off this month. The series will reportedly feature Helbig riffing on pop culture trends and conducting interviews, although — unlike Chelsea Handler’s E! talk show – it won’t take place on a typical set. The show will air on Fridays at 10:30 p.m. ET.
3. A.D. The Bible Continues, April 5
A.D. picks up where the hit miniseries, The Bible, left off, continuing to explore the exciting and inspiring events that followed the crucifixion of Christ. The series follows the immediate aftermath of Christ’s death, which had a massive impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the era. Farzana Dua Elahe, George Georgiou, Marama Corlett, and Aniss Elkohen star in the show, which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
4. American Odyssey, April 5
The NBC drama thriller follows three families who are torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney, and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy. Starring Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson, Jim True-Frost, and Treat Williams, the show airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.
5. The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, April 5
Lifetime’s upcoming crime drama series stars Cristina Ricci as Lizzie Andrew Borden, an American woman who was tried for murder in Fall River, Mass. The show delivers a fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892. Clea DuVall, Cole Hauser, and Jonathan Banks co-star in the show, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.
6. Wolf Hall, April 5
Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis star in this six-part adaptation of two of Hilary Mantel’s novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Set in England in the 1520s, the series chronicles the story of Thomas Cromwell’s ascent from a humble blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest adviser. Claire Foy plays the king’s doomed wife, Anne Boleyn, while Joanne Whalley plays Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Mark Gatiss, Charity Wakefield, and Jonathan Pryce co-star. The show airs Sundays on PBS.
7. Your Family or Mine, April 7
The TBS adaptation of the Israeli comedy of the same name stars Kat Foster, Kyle Howard, and Rylan Lee. The show explores the different sides of young couple Oliver and Kelly, who embody the old adage “when you marry someone, you marry their whole family.” The episodes alternate between focusing on Kelly’s side of the family and Oliver’s. The show airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET.
8. The Comedians, April 9
Billy Crystal and Josh Gad play fictional versions of themselves in the upcoming FX comedy, adapted from the Swedish SVT series Ulveson & Herngren. The show follows as the veteran comedian is reluctantly paired with the younger, edgier funnyman for a late-night comedy sketch show. The 13-episode first season will air on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.
9. Daredevil, April 10
Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox stars as blind attorney Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) in this darker and moodier small-screen take on Marvel’s superhero story. This is the first show from Marvel’s five-series deal with Netflix scheduled to hit the air. The Manhattan-set Netflix series costars Deborah Ann Woll as Matt’s friend and love interest, Karen Page, Vincent D’Onofrio as crime boss Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin), and Ayelet Zurer as Fisk’s love, Vanessa.
10. The Messengers, April 17
The CW sci-fi drama follows as a mysterious object crashes on Earth and emits an energy pulse that seemingly kills a group of unconnected strangers. They eventually re-awaken, only to find out that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse. Shantel VanSanten, Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Madison Dellamea, and J.D. Pardo star in the show, which will air Fridays at 9 p.m. ET.
11. Happyish, April 26
The dark comedy-drama stars Steve Coogan as Thom Payne, a depressed middle-aged man, who is confronted with a new, younger boss. Thom’s pursuit of happiness is seriously compromised and he finds he must be content with feeling “happyish.” Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford co-star in the satirical series, which is set to air on Sundays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Showtime.
12. The Casual Vacancy, April 29
The three-part British miniseries based on J.K Rowling’s novel of the same name, centers on the seemingly idyllic English village Pagford. But a lot of darkness lies underneath the town’s pretty façade, including racial tensions, domestic disturbances, and financial disparity. The town’s residents are forced to confront these issues after a sudden death leaves a spot on the parish council open. Silas Carson, Joe Hurst, Michael Gambon, Rory Kinnear, and Abigail Lawrie co-star. The show already premiered in the U.K. and is now making its debut stateside on HBO in a two-day airing, ending April 30.