1. The Americans, season 5 premieres March 7th on FX, stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Costa Ronin, Frank Langella, and Margo Martindale. The idea of Russian spies operating within the United States hits a little too close to home these days, but this show is set in the ’80s, so we can still pretend it is mostly fiction, right? This is one of the best shows on television right now, and each season it continues to get better.
2. Hand of God, season 2 will be available March 10th on Amazon, stars Ron Perlman, Andre Royo, Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, Dana Delany, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Cleavon McClendon, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Johnny Ferro, and Maximiliano Hernández. Judge Pernell Harris is facing trial for the murder of a cop. His visions are exposing a conspiracy that is bigger than he could have imagined, but his wife is still not on board. Is God speaking through him? Or is he losing his mind? I really enjoyed the first season of this show. It was not perfect, but it was intriguing, and I am interested to see where it goes.
3. Tangled, the movie Tangled Before Ever After will air March 10th on Disney Channel, Tangled: The Series will premiere March 24th, stars Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Clancy Brown, Julie Bowen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Diedrich Bader, Jonathan Banks, M.C. Gainey, Sean Hayes, Jeremy Jordan, James Monroe Iglehart, Richard Kind, Peter MacNicol, Jeffrey Ross, Jeffrey Tambor, Eden Espinosa, and Paul F. Tompkins. The truth is, I probably will not regularly watch this, because it is on the Disney Channel, and I am not really their target demographic. However, I love that this has been turned into a television show, and I will definitely make sure that my niece watches it, because she already loves the movie.
4. Shots Fired, the series premiere is March 22nd on Fox, stars Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Stephen Meyers, Will Patton, Mack Wilds, Aisha Hinds, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Conor Leslie, Dewanda Wise, Richard Dreyfuss, Helen Hunt, and Jill Hennessy. This 10-episode event series takes a look at our criminal justice system and centers around two fatal shootings in a small Southern town. This is extremely topical, and I have been reading some good reviews, so I am interested to see what they do.
5. The Leftovers, season 3 premieres April 16th on HBO, stars Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brennemen, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, Janel Moloney, Regina King, Kevin Carroll, Jovan Adepo, Jasmine Savoy Brown, and Scott Glenn. Sometimes the plot goes to unexpected places, but the acting is just so fantastic and this is another one of my favorite shows currently on television. I love that there has never been an explanation for where everyone who disappeared went, because it is not about them. This is a show about how the people who have been left behind cope with those departures, and move on from their losses.
6. Veep season 6 premieres April 16th on HBO, stars Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh, Sufe Bradshaw, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Sarah Sutherland, and Sam Richardson. I am interested to see what they do this season, now that Selina is no longer President, and now that our real government is just as wacky as their fake one. They are all horrible people, and they just make me laugh a lot. Does that make me a horrible person too?
7. American Gods the series premiere is April 30th on Starz, stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Jonathan Tucker, Gillian Anderson, Demore Barnes, Dane Cook, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Corbin Bernsen, Jeremy Davies, and Kristin Chenowith. Based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, this show is about a man who has served three years in prison and is released a few days early when his wife dies. He is offered the job of a bodyguard from someone he thinks is a con man, but who is actually the god Odin. It all sounds a little crazy, but it has a fantastic cast, so I cannot wait to check it out.
8. Sense8, season 2 will be available on Netflix May 5th, stars Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, Freema Agyeman, Eréndira Ibarra, Alfonso Herrera, Max Mauff, Purab Kohli, Daryl Hannah and Terrence Mann. The Christmas Special was everything I hoped it would be, although I would *not* recommend watching it on a plane like I did as it is not really appropriate for public viewing. That being said, this show moves me in ways that I cannot totally explain. It is visually beautiful, and technically imaginative, and the relationships between all of the characters are really powerful. I highly recommend you catch up on the first season, if you have not already.