The unyielding pace of new programming continues this week with a couple of season premieres and six new shows, including another new streaming series, but psych! this one’s not on Netflix. (Don’t worry, they’ll have something new within a couple of weeks.)
Monday, April 13
TURN: Washington’s Spies (9-11 pm, AMC)
AMC’s Revolutionary War drama stayed under the radar last year, but did well enough to earn a second season (and acquire a subtitle), which begins tonight with two episodes. Its regular time slot will be Mondays at 10 pm.
Also tonight: two new series are premiering on Logo: Cucumber (10-11 pm) and Banana (11-11:30 pm). Both are from Queer As Folk creator Russell T. Davies and are presented as companion shows to each other. Cucumber is focused on middle-aged Henry and his long-term relationship with Lance; Banana is more of an ensemble featuring some of the other people in Henry’s LGBT community.
Tuesday, April 14
Other Space (Yahoo Screen)
From Paul Feig, who’s a very busy man these days, comes Yahoo’s next original series, a comedy about the crew of a space vessel in 2105. It’s not quite “Freaks and Geeks in space,” but there are certainly reminders of that (also Feig-created) show, along with Mystery Science Theater, The Big Bang Theory, Community, and other goofy ensemble shows.
Wednesday, April 15
Kamikaze (10-11 pm, PBS)
The Japanese suicide attackers of World War II are examined.
Thursday, April 16
Atari: Game Over (8:30-9:40 pm, Showtime)
Director Zak Penn digs into the video game company and the myth surrounding the fate of its infamous 1980’s E.T. videogame. (I just noticed this is also streaming on Netflix, so you don’t have to have Showtime to see it.)
Friday, April 17
The Messengers (9-10 pm, CW)
Oh look, another sci-fi show on CW. This one feels a bit more muddled and derivative in its premise (a mysterious object crashes to Earth, five people die but come back to life and learn they are part of a mission to save humanity) than The 100 or the now-cancelled The Tomorrow People, but CW’s smaller viewership means a lower threshold for success.
Also tonight: new standup specials from Tig Notaro (9-10:30, Showtime) and Chris D’Elia (Netflix); and the premiere of Cedric’s Barber Battle (8-8:30, CW), which is exactly what it sounds like: a barber competition show hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.
Saturday, April 18
Orphan Black (9-10 pm, BBC America)
I have a confession: season two of Orphan Black is still on my DVR, unwatched. It’s not because I lost interest in the show, it just kind of got pushed to the back of the queue in terms of importance, plus my wife was going to jump in and watch with me, but that didn’t end up happening. I’m hoping to plow through the episodes this week in time for the third season premiere.
Also tonight: following OB, BBC America has the premiere of Tatau (10-11 pm), about two friends from London who become embroiled in a murder mystery in the Cook Islands.
Sunday, April 19
In Case You’re Lacking for Something to Watch…
There’s plenty of stuff on tonight, though nothing is premiering; most people have already figured out their Sunday schedule and routine for what they are watching and/or recording. But if you happen to need a diversion from such, I can suggest the Academy of Country Music Awards (8-11:30 pm, CBS), co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan; or the early David Fincher movie The Game (7:15-10 pm, Sundance) starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, about a man who receives a mysterious birthday gift from his younger brother and quickly finds himself thrust into a confusing and desperate situation.
The Incredible Hulk (1978-82)
The arrival of Netflix’s Daredevil brought to mind this earlier effort at creating a TV series based on a Marvel character. No one watched it for the acting, but by the TV standards of the time it was pretty decent, and Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno deserve credit for their work. The show took the right approach by treating Dr. Banner’s problems seriously and keeping the focus on his humanity. (84 episodes total)
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels, providers, and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)