After a deep run of new shows premiering in March, and with Succession still only two episodes into its final season, you may feel like your plate is relatively full, but I’m urging you to make a bit more room because if nothing else we’ve got Elizabeth Olsen and Jesse Plemons in an adulterous affair that leads to murder coming this month, and don’t forget Barry is making its swan song, too. I’m just kidding. I’ll be clearing everything for the NBA playoffs and will probably end up watching most of these worthy new shows in July/August.
The Good Mothers
(Hulu / Premieres April 5th)
Based on the nonfiction book by Alex Perry, this story follows two women from ‘Ndrangheta clans who work with a tenacious prosecutor to take on organized crime in Calabria. It was a critical hit in Europe, and makes its Stateside premiere on Hulu this month.
(Netflix / Premieres April 7th)
This is the latest from Anna Winger, the creator behind Unorthodox, and it follows the exploits of Anna Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee, a relief organization which, in 1940, sent Fry to Vichy France with a mandate to evacuate artists, intellectuals, and other anti-Nazi cultural figures. Fry’s network was responsible for thousands of evacuations, including those of Hannah Arrendt and Marc Chagall.
(Netflix / Premieres April 13th)
A new private eye series from creator Donald Todd, starring Edgar Ramirez as an ex-cop on the trail of a mobster’s girlfriend in his home state. This one is said to be embracing the spirit of Elmore Leonard’s Florida novels, which sets the bar pretty high, so we’ll have to wait and see whether they can deliver on that kind of promise. The excellent cast should help matters.
The Last Thing He Told Me
(Apple TV / Premieres April 14th)
A new psychological thriller starring Jennifer Garner, this one is in the mould of “you don’t really know your husband, do you?” stories, with lavish production value, great location shots, and overall just some really elegant lighting. It could be worth the watch, if this is your sort of thing.
(HBO / Premieres April 16th)
HBO’s dark comedy is back for its final season…and Barry is in jail. You’ve already long since decided to commit to this weird, interesting ride, so better get ready to see it through to the end. It’s going to be tough losing Barry and Succession in the same season, but dammit we’re all going to have to cope.
Love & Death
(HBO Max / Premieres April 27th)
David E. Kelley is at the helm of this fictionalized account of a Texas town’s adultery and axe murder scandal. The cast is stacked (Elizabeth Olsen in the lead, with Jesse Plemons on the other side of that affair gone dark), and the tone appears to have quite a twisted sensibility, all of which is highly promising.
(Amazon Prime / Premieres April 28th)
Amazon is making a bit bet on this Russo Brothers’ backed international spy series, and I mean, I do wish Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra well, and it’s great to see Stanley Tucci getting some presumably lucrative work, but I really can’t imagine how much money you’d have to put directly into my Amazon account to get me to watch this thing, but it’s not an insignificant sum. Anyway, no disrespect, if this is your style—enjoy the hell out of it, and send Stanley my best.
(Paramount+ / Premieres April 30th)
So they’re “reimagining” Fatal Attraction with Joshua Jackson, Lizzy Caplan, and Amanda Peet. If this is the first you’re hearing of it, I’m genuinely delighted to be the one bringing you this news. I can only assume this is going to get intense and possibly quite odd really fast. Very much looking forward to it.