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Spring TV Preview

By Jac Kern · March 18th, 2014 · Television
chrislargefxBilly Bob Thorton in 'Fargo' - Photo: Chris Large/FX

Spring is coming — despite what the weather would have us believe — with a fresh crop of new series and returning favorites.

Inside Amy Schumer (Season Premiere, 10:30 p.m. April 1, Comedy Central) – Amy’s back with more laugh-out-loud sketches that run the gamut from sex to #whitegirlproblems. 

TripTank (Series Premiere, 10:30 p.m. April 2, Comedy Central) – WTF humor is so in right now (thanks, Tim and Eric), and this new series promises to deliver just that. Comedy greats like Larry David and Zach Galifianakis present bizarre animated shorts with a variety of trippy visual elements. 

Game of Thrones (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. April 6, HBO) – There will be blood. And dragons. And a royal wedding. And loads of new characters. 

Silicon Valley (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. April 6, HBO) – The hilarious Mike Judge channels his experience as a software engineer in the ’80s for this modern comedy about a tech start-up with support from a stellar cast of nerd comics and Seinfeld’s Alec Berg.

TURN (Series Premiere, 9 p.m. April 6, AMC) – Look inside the nation’s first spy ring, which joined forces with George Washington to help America win the Revolutionary War.

Mad Men (Season Premiere, 10 p.m. April 13, AMC) – America’s favorite advertising agency drama comes to a close with a split season that, like Breaking Bad, will conclude across two years.

Fargo (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. April 15, FX) – The Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning dark comedy gets the TV treatment with a new case and cast while maintaining the signature style and setting of the original.

Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks star.

24: Live Another Day (Series Premiere, 8 p.m. May 5, Fox) – Surprise! Jack Bauer returns four years after the events of Season Eight with more real-time thrills.


Workaholics (10 p.m., Comedy Central) – Goodbye, TelAmeriCorp, hello new business venture: The guys obtain weed cards, quit TAC and try to open a dispensary/taco shop.

Broad City (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central) -– Abbi begins a hunt for new digs when Bevers pushes her to the edge; Ilana reaches her own breaking point while dealing with a creepy ex and her cable company. Amy Sedaris guest stars as Abbi’s apartment broker.


Parks and Recreation (8:30 p.m., NBC) -– It’s “Galentine’s Day Part Two: The Remix” as Leslie tries to find a replacement BFF in Ann Perkins’ absence.

Parenthood (10 p.m., NBC) – A potential buyer makes an impressive offer on the Braverman homestead; Victor finds himself in the middle of Julia and Joel’s separation drama; Max goes on his first solo field trip.

Portlandia (10 p.m., IFC) – Tailgating A Prairie Home Companion; no more cool dates; Nina drops some news on Lance; Jeff Goldblum is “the Pull-Out King.”


Hannibal (10 p.m., NBC) -– Will reluctantly beings to work with Dr. Chilton to recover his memories, resulting in a startling discovery about Hannibal, and enlists Beverly to help prove Lecter’s connection to the mural murders.

Vice (11 p.m., HBO) – Muslim extremism in Dagestan, Russia; Israeli support in the American Bible Belt. 


The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC) – The folks behind this season are clearly not afraid to mess with the formula — from shocking kills to straying from the series’ main protagonist for three straight episodes. We may have to wait until next week’s finale to catch up with Rick, but this episode promises the advancement of storylines featuring Daryl and his new gang as well as Glenn’s group.

Girls (Season Finale, 10 p.m., HBO) – Hannah receives a major career opportunity on the same night Adam’s play opens; Marnie shares a secret with Shosh (her relationship with Ray, perhaps?), who’s also having a rough time; Jessa discovers she was only hired based on her presumed drug connections. Will Adam and Hannah break up? Will Marnie and Desi hook up? Will Jessa’s pleasure centers grow back? So many questions.


RuPaul’s Drag Race (9 p.m., Logo) – The queens do their best impressions in everyone’s favorite episode: Snatch Game!


Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season Finale, 9:30 p.m., Fox) -– The success of this debut cop comedy proves Golden Globe-winning star Andy Samberg can make good beyond Saturday Night Live. Akiva Schaffer (one-third of comedy group The Lonely Island along with Samberg and Girls’ Jorma Taccone) directs this finale.

CONTACT JAC KERN: jkern@citybeat.com or @jackern



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