Spring TV Preview: Returning shows, reruns be damned!
Spring is on the way, meaning we’ve nearly broken free of the polar vortex’s icy embrace (Probably. Maybe. Fingers crossed). And with warmer weather comes a lot of fresh springy new TV to watch inside, away from said warm weather. You’ve got old friends returning, new friends premiering, and vague acquaintances that seem to still be hanging around.
Returning shows you’re already watching
AMC, returns April 13, 10 p.m.: The final season of “Mad Men” premieres soon, but you’re only getting seven episodes before the show disappears again until — brace yourself — spring 2015 for the final 14. Comfort yourself with a martini this afternoon.
‘Game of Thrones’
HBO, returns April 6, 9 p.m.: Which beloved character will be brutally murdered by a conniving noble this year? Perhaps just a light maiming? If you’ve already read the books, keep it to yourself, and enjoy the return of everyone’s favorite fantasy version of a Shakespearean tragedy.
HBO, returns April 6, 10 p.m.: Once you’ve finished watching the political maneuvering and betrayals on “Game of Thrones,” stick around for more of the same, but funnier and with more cursing — and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Showtime, returns April 13, 9 p.m.: Remember when Merritt Wever won an Emmy for this show and her entire acceptance speech was, “Thank you so much. I gotta go. Bye.”? Said so perfectly! Regardless of whatever urgent business she had at the Emmys, she found time to film the sixth season of this dark comedy.
‘Orange Is the New Black’
Netflix, returns June 6, midnight: Bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the first season! Presumably, everyone has kissed and made up in time for the second season of Netflix’s heartbreaking and hilarious prison drama.
HBO, returns June 15, 9 p.m.: The vampire/werewolf/fairy Southern gothic drama returns this June for a final season of love triangles and bad decision-making. There will probably be some new creatures and a series of hunky supernatural men with improbably hot gym bodies, because this show knows what you like.
Returning shows you should be watching
‘Call the Midwife’
PBS, returns March 30, 8 p.m.: Few shows spend as much time addressing issues of systemic poverty as this one. Also, almost every episode features a scene of childbirth in all its gross and painful glory. If that doesn’t reel you in, the show is sweet, funny, well-acted and full of awesome period-specific costuming from the 1950s.
BBC America, returns April 19, 9 p.m.: Without spoiling too much (there’s still time for you to binge watch the first season on Amazon Prime before the premiere, so go do that now), this sci-fi drama has so far featured the same actress in seven different roles, and she’s spectacular in all of them.
Sundance, returns June 19, 9 p.m.: This Sundance original, about a man released from prison after his rape/murder sentence is vacated because of new DNA evidence, was called “revelatory TV” in a review by the L.A. Times and “a breathtaking work of immense beauty” by the Daily Beast. Watch it, then brag about watching it.
Returning shows somebody must be watching
‘Drop Dead Diva’
Lifetime, returns March 23, 9 p.m.: A supermodel gets reincarnated as a plump lawyer to learn about inner beauty. Since this is the final season, let’s hope she’s figured it out by now.
‘Under the Dome’
CBS, returns June 30, 10 p.m.: How many times have you heard a coworker ask, “Hey, did you see ‘Dome’ last night? Unbelievable!”? Never, right? Seriously, do people watch this show? Do people in the show ever walk into the dome wall? We need to know, but we just can’t get over the hurdle of actually being interested enough to watch.
‘Inside Amy Schumer’
Comedy Central, returns April 1 at 10:30 p.m.: Season 1 of comedian Amy Schumer’s hybrid stand-up/sketch comedy show received mixed reviews, but the preview online for season 2 looks legit, with guests including Paul Giamatti, Janeane Garofalo, Rachel Dratch and Michael Ian Black.
Returning shows from 2001
‘24: Live Another Day’
Fox, returns May 5, 8 p.m.: Yes, that “24.” Anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer returns for another horribly stressful 24 hours of his life. No word yet on the return of the cougar.