This April, the temperature isn’t the only thing rising; TV shows are heating up too! It’s time for another exciting wave of premieres to kick off. The titles spread across all platforms, from traditional network and cable outlets to streaming services that bring even more original content than ever before.
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10 New TV Shows to Watch in April 2023 (Ranked by Popularity)
No matter how you prefer your entertainment served up – with plenty of adaptations or new programming – there is something this month sure to please all tastes. We’ve got romantic multiverses tugging at our heartstrings. At the same time, negotiations occur amongst high-ranking government officials in boardrooms everywhere, psychological thrillers exploring dark socio-political topics on a global scale, and one woman’s ability to impart sage advice drawing lines between comedy and drama.
And don’t forget two 80s cult classics reimagined fresh for 2023, featuring top talent behind and in front of cameras!
10 “Tiny Beautiful Things”
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Stars: Kathryn Han, Johnny Berchtold, Julien Marlon Samani, Elizabeth Hinkler, Aneasa Yacoub
Premiere Date: Friday, April 7, on Hulu
IMDb Popularity: 1,940
Cheryl Strayed‘s bestseller is the inspiration behind this eight-episode limited series. Kathryn Hahn stars as Clare, a struggling advice columnist who faces significant issues in her life that must be overcome before she can help others with their written requests for aid. Creator and executive producer Liz Tigelaar has already made strides at Hulu by producing “Little Fires Everywhere” and serving on the team of “Casual”; Rachel Goldenberg, Desiree Akhavan, and Stacie Passon serve as directors throughout the season. Viewers will see how Clare deals with family drama–a crumbling marriage impacting her relationship with her daughter—and if an opportunity arises to turn it all around professionally.
9 “The Diplomat”
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Stars: Keri Russell, David Gyasi, Rufus Sewell, Rory Kinnear
Premiere Date: Thursday, April 20, on Netflix
IMDb Popularity: 1,697
Keri Russell stars in “The Diplomat” as Kate Wyler, a London-based ambassador dealing with her previous trials and tribulations from service abroad. Alongside her is fellow diplomat Hal (Rufus Sewell), husband to the ambitious career statesperson navigating international crises while managing personal ones at home. Creator/showrunner Debora Cahn helms this series, featuring such esteemed co-stars as David Gyasi, Ali Ahn, Rory Kinnear, Ato Essandoh, and T’Nia Miller. In “The Diplomat,” viewers will see what happens when longstanding relationships face complicated geopolitics; can Kate form lasting diplomatic ties while keeping stable family bonds?
Stars: Johnny Berchtold, Julien Marlon Samani, Elizabeth Hinkler, Aneasa Yacoub, Lily Allen
Premiere Date: Thursday, April 6, on Sky Atlantic
IMDb Popularity: 1,591
Sky Atlantic’s new show, “Dreamland,” is an exciting comedy-drama set in Margate, England, that follows a family of four sisters and the secrets they keep. Headed by eldest sibling Trish (Freema Agyeman), who is pregnant for her third time, her three younger siblings are there to support her—with Clare and Leila organizing a ‘mani-festival.’ And then Lily Allen (singer-songwriter in her first acting role) arrives as Mel—the fourth sister whose sudden reappearance shakes things up! Get ready to twist through this plot of love, lies, and aspirations; it promises not to disappoint.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Stars: Sonera Angel, Anil Goutam, Rish Shah, Marion Bailey
Premiere Date: Thursday, April 13, on Netflix
IMDb Popularity: 1,384
“Obsession,” a new British miniseries set to be released in March 2022 on Netflix UK and produced by Guamont UK and Moonage Pictures, is an erotic thriller directed by Glenn Leyburn & Lisa Barros D’Sa (Ordinary Love; Good Vibrations) with Morgan Lloyd-Malcolm & Benji Walters writing the scripts. It’s based on Josephine Hart‘s 1991 novel of the same name – previously adapted into a live-action feature film from Warner Brothers starring Jeremy Irons & Juliette Binoche back in 1992.
The series stars Richard Armitage as William – a doctor whose passionate affair with his son’s fiancée Anna disrupts their lives forever even though she tries desperately to keep both relationships alive at once without getting caught. Indira Varma stars alongside them as William’s unsuspecting wife, Ingrid, who must eventually come face-to-face with her husband’s obsession.
6 “Dead Ringers”
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Emily Meade, Jennean Farmer, Gabi Carrubba
Premiere Date: Friday, April 21, on Prime Video
IMDb Popularity: 1,282
In this compelling remake of David Cronenberg’s 1988 horror classic, Rachel Weisz plays twin sisters Elliot and Beverly Mantle. The two are more than just connected by genetics – their lives intertwine in both personal and professional aspects. It’s clear they have similar ambitions to revolutionize women’s healthcare practices but different personalities that may drive them apart eventually. Poppy Liu, Michael Chernus, and Jennifer Ehle star alongside, while Sean Durkin & Karyn Kusama direct the series, with Alice Birch & Susan Soon He Stanton writing it with a few others. Will these medically daring twins push or cross boundaries?
5 “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies”
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Stars: Johnny Berchtold, Julien Marlon Samani, Elizabeth Hinkler, Aneasa Yacoub
Premiere Date: Thursday, April 6, on Paramount Plus
IMDb Popularity: 965
This ten-episode season explores the story before everything we remember about “Grease.” Set in 1954, just before freshman year of high school, a group of outcasts at Rydell High push back against authority and set off change that will eventually pave the way for the Pink Ladies. Series creator Annabel Oakes serves as showrunner, with Alethea Jones directing this musical series which follows four misfits who are determined to have fun by being themselves – even if it means shaking up their small-town world.
4 “Fatal Attraction”
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Stars: Alyssa Jirrels, Lizzy Caplan, Joshua Jackson, Amanda Peet
Premiere Date: Sunday, April 30, on Paramount Plus
IMDb Popularity: 805
The classic ’80s thriller is being rebooted for Paramount Plus, this time with Joshua Jackson and Lizzy Caplan as Dan Gallagher and Alex Forrest. Alexandra Cunningham of “Dirty John” fame serves as the showrunner, bringing a fresh perspective on the themes explored in the film, such as infidelity, marriage dynamics, coercive control, and attitudes toward strong women. Directing duties are handled by Silver Tree over three episodes that will be available to stream at launch while Amanda Peet stars alongside Toby Huss, Reno Wilson, and Brian Goodman, creating an exciting new all-star cast promised to bring out riveting performances when it premieres later this month. From its title alone, we know “Fatal Attraction” won’t shy away from exploring even darker sides of relationships—romantic ones between lovers and within marriages.
3 “The Last Thing He Told Me”
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Angourie Rice, Aisha Tyler
Premiere Date: Friday, April 14, on Apple TV
IMDb Popularity: 776
In this limited series based on Laura Dave‘s book, Jennifer Garner stars as Hannah, whose husband Owen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) mysteriously disappears one day and leaves behind only a note asking her to protect his teenage daughter Bailey (Angourie Rice). Despite their differences, the two must put aside their grievances to determine what led to his disappearance. They must confront secrets surrounding Owen’s life while also trying not to be pulled into potential danger left by him. In navigating through all these harrowing moments together, can they find peace?
2 “Waco: The Aftermath”
Genre: Crime, Drama
Stars: Michael Shannon, Alexis Berent, Gary Cole, Michael Cassidy
Premiere Date: Friday, April 14, on Showtime
IMDb Popularity: 508
This intense drama takes us back to the aftermath of the Waco siege several years after the event. At its center is FBI agent Gary Noesner, played once again by Michael Shannon and supported by Shea Whigham, John Leguizamo, and Annika Marks, who reprise their roles from the original series “Waco.” This five-episode installment highlights how justice was not served evenly for those Branch Davidians that survived. In addition, it tracks down what fueled the emerging ‘Patriot’ movement, ultimately leading to Timothy McVeigh’s terrorist act in Oklahoma City. It promises an insightful look into this key chapter in American history.
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Stars: Richard Madden, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Stanley Tucci, Ashleigh Cummings
Premiere Date: Friday, April 28, on Prime Video
IMDb Popularity: 357
Enter the world of espionage with “Citadel”—the latest offering from AGBO, the production company led by the Russo Brothers. This high-stakes international action thriller follows two elite agents—Nadia Sinh (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) and Mason Kane (Richard Madden)—who have had their memories wiped after a mission gone wrong. Now they must piece together what happened at Citadel while trying to stop Manticore’s plan for global domination before it is too late! In addition to Priyanka Chroa Jonas and Richard Madden, this star-studded cast includes Stanley Tucci as Bernard Orlick, Lesley Manville as Dahlia Archer, Osy Ikhile as Carter Spence, Ashleigh Cummings as Abby Conroy – plus many more exciting faces yet to be revealed. Get ready for intense chases across countries worldwide – all under David Weil’s sharp show-running eye – on Amazon Prime Video.
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