Elisabeth Moss in "The Handmaid's Tale." 

Elisabeth Moss in "The Handmaid's Tale." 


It's hard not to be trite, so let's get it out of the way: April is getting ready to shower viewers with some highly anticipated TV.

And now I shall continue the same by writing that there is too much to see and too little time. Let's just separate the wheat from the chaff, mmm-K?

Some highlights of the schedule of new shows includes ClassThe Handmaid's TaleDear White People; The Son; and American Gods.

Call the Midwife returned for its sixth season Sunday, April 2, on PBS. Among other anticipated returns are Archer, The Get Down, Gotham and Prison Break.

April 4

Prison Break, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox: Trouble seems to find Michael, doesn't it? The brothers are back (even though we didn't really get a chance to miss them as they were mates on D.C.'s Legends of Tomorrow). Stakes are high as Lincoln and Sara realize that Michael could be alive. So the hunt begins.

Also: iZombie, the CW; Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC

April 5 

Archer: Dreamland, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on FXX: Archer has been more of an anthology-type series for several seasons now: more of the same, but different. We left Archer in a pool of his own blood at the end of Season 7, and there's a funeral to which the gang must attend. But after that, viewers are transported to 1940s Los Angeles and Sterling is a private eye. And if you're thinking which direction they're going to go with the jokes on this one, you're right. After a nice segue and some nifty, appropriate opening credits, Archer starts looking for his partner's killer in season-opener "No Good Deed." Somehow, Archer is still working for Mother.

You should watch Baz Luhrmann's sprawling, kinetic hip-hop musical 'The Get Down' 

April 7 

The Get Down on Netflix: Such interesting times they lived in, when the sheen of high-flying disco co-existed with the gritty origin of hip-hop. Books (the fantastic Justice Smith) and Shaolin Fantastic (an intense Shameik Moore) lead The Get Down Brothers as they continue a musical and personal (r)evolution. They may say it's all about the music, but it's really about escaping to find a new life. And the rest of Season 1 follows them, and the music, along the way.

April 8 

'The Son,' which debuts Saturday, continues TV's love affair with Texas ... and its accent 

The Son, 8 p.m. April 8 on AMC and Sundance TV: Pierce Brosnan returns to series television in this sweeping epic. He plays Eli McCullough, who came up a hard road to his destination still in the making as a ruthless oil magnate. His adolescence in 1849 and his maturation in 1915 are told concurrently. It works, for the most part. The 10-episode series will make you have the warm and fuzzies for J.R. Ewing, because Eli doesn't have time for that.

April 10 

Better Call Saul, 9 p.m. AMC; Angie Tribeca, 9 p.m. TBS

April 11 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 7 p.m. on Fox

April 12

Little Women: Dallas: Asta, Tiffani, Emily, Bri, Caylea will return with five new episodes to finish out the first season of the franchise spinoff. Please, let there be Brichelle, too. She's messy, but man, she provides a punch to the show. Come on ... I'll be writing recaps.

'Little Women: Dallas' set to return April 12 for second part of first season

April 14 

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return, Netflix

April 15 

Class, 9 p.m. BBC America: Doctor Who gets an update thanks to this look inside Coal Hill Academy, the school he often visits in his time travels. Of course, it wouldn't be a proper spinoff without proper villains and proper heroes. The Doctor's visits have ripped a hole in time and now it's up to two surrogates to deal with the damage.

Also: Doctor Who, 8 p.m. BBC America

April 16 

The Leftovers, 8 p.m. HBO; Veep, 9:30 p.m. HBO

April 18 

Pretty Little Liars, 7 p.m. Freeform; Famous in Love, 8 p.m. Freeform

April 19 

Fargo, 9 p.m. FX

April 21 

Girlboss, Netflix; Thunderbirds Are Go, Amazon Prime

April 23 

Silicon Valley, 9 p.m. HBO

April 24 

Gotham, Mondays at 7 p.m. Fox: The spring premiere was called "Heroes Rise: How The Riddler Got His Name." That should be enough of a thrill ride for those who jumped ship during some earlier plot holes. The villains are getting less ambiguous, with Alexander Siddig signed on to play Ra's Al Ghul. And Bruce is getting, well, Brucier. This is, after all, an origin story.

April 25 

Great News, 8 p.m. NBC

April 26 

The Handmaid's Tale, Hulu: Re-read the haunting book by Margaret Atwood. Or find the just-released exclusive version updated by Atwood herself and performed by a full cast on audible.com. Or there's that 1990 film starring Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall that's newly available from Shout Factory. But man, look ... this is coming up, but you didn't hear it from me. The embargo on commentary is April 13. See you then..

April 28 

Dear White People, Netflix: One can only hope the series adaptation of the Sundance favorite by Justin Simien will continue the biting and comedic satire. The film followed the ups and downs and arounds of a group of black students at a majority institution. Shhh. We can't talk about it until April 13.

Also: Catastrophe, Amazon; Undercover Boss, 7 p.m. CBS

April 30 

American Gods, 8 p.m. Starz: Come back to see me after you read the book by Neil Gaiman. It's a new classic by any standards. But, again, man, look ... I have seen the first four episodes. And, under threat of embargo, I am holding my pen until April 16.

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