Sunday, April 3rd
The Kennedys, miniseries premiere at 8pm on ReelzChannel
– The infamous miniseries axed by the History Channel (after they commissioned it in the first place) got an 11th hour pickup from the relatively unknown Reelz Channel. The 8-part miniseries from the Emmy-Award winning team behind 24 boasts an all-star lineup led by Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy (JFK), Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy (RFK), Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy and Tom Wilkinson OBE as Joseph Kennedy, Sr. The Kennedys relives the public and private joys and tragedies of the most influential family in the world including fraternal rivalries, mob associations, the drugs and the women. The movie event recreates the political crises that John F. Kennedy dealt with in the early days of his presidency including the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war and the Civil Rights Movement. Viewers will see every twist and turn of this family’s extraordinary story up to and including the assassinations of JFK and RFK.
46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, awards show at 8pm on CBS
– Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton host this country music fest broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Miranda Lambert leads the nominations with seven nods, followed by Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band with five each, and Taylor Swift with four nods. Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Reba, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band with James Taylor and Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are all slated to perform. Non-country music icon Celine Dion will grace the stage to present an award.
The Borgias, 2-hour series premiere at 9pm on Showtime
– Over a decade in the making, The Borgias is the sordid saga of one of the most remarkable and legendary families in history. Outsiders from Spain, the Borgias went up against the most powerful and established families in Renaissance Italy and came out on top. Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons) to the papacy through the masterful use of bribery, extortion, blackmail, and shocking forms of torture and murder. Once there he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth for himself and his family. Aiding him in his endeavors are his sons Cesare, a ruthless operator who yearns fruitlessly to be released from the priesthood, and Juan, a feckless dilettante whom Rodrigo appoints to head the papal armies. Daughter Lucrezia and son Joffre are married off in early adolescence to members of powerful rival families – pawns in their family’s fortunes. Waging their own heated contest for Rodrigo’s affections are Vanozza, his long-time mistress and mother of his children, and the younger Giulia Farnese, whose cunning is matched only by her astonishing beauty. The unbounded audacity of this original crime family went on to inspire Machiavelli’s The Prince and Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.
The Killing, 2-hour series premiere at 9pm on AMC
– The 13-part drama series is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation. The Killing ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim’s grieving family, and the suspects. The series stars Big Love’s Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden, a homicide detective who’s about to leave to get married but gets drawn into the case and works alongside the cop assigned to replace her, Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman). Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents, everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they’ve moved on, their past isn’t done with them.
Monday, April 4th
Relapse, series premiere at 9pm on A&E
– From the Emmy-Award winning producers of A&E’s critically acclaimed Intervention, comes the new original real-life series Relapse: The Sober Coach Chronicles. This new docu-reality series follows sober coaches, former addicts who have found their way back to clean living, as they work to save the lives of addicts who have relapsed on drugs and alcohol. The five episode series follows Gwen Casella, Doug Caine, Patty Powers and Seth Jaffe, four of the country’s leading sober coaches who dedicate their lives to giving individualized attention to those who can’t break their destructive habits. “Sober coaching” is a last resort for addicts who are at rock bottom and have tried other methods to get sober but have failed.
Wednesday, April 6th
Breaking In, series premiere at 9:30pm on FOX
– This new workplace comedy series centers on a team of uniquely skilled oddball geniuses hand-picked to work for a manipulative mastermind played by Christian Slater in a role that perfectly takes advantage of his charms and skills. This is an offbeat comedy about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell their protection services. Contra Security, corporate America’s answer to “The A-Team,” gives clients a sense of security by first ripping it away aka Breaking In. The firm is led by Oz (Slater), a larger-than-life head honcho who is a man of mystery and master of manipulation. The members of the odd squad include alluring bad girl Melanie (Odette Annable), who is in charge of lock-picking, safe-cracking and heart-breaking; and Cash (Alphonso McAuley), a fanboy who specializes in strategy, logistics and office pranks. Oz’s newest recruit, plucked right out of college, is lovable and charming computer hacker Cameron Price (Bret Harrison). Unfortunately for Cameron, cracking into state-of-the-art security systems is a lot easier than dealing with his co-workers. Between Melanie’s sex appeal and Cash’s hazing, Cameron has more than a few obstacles to overcome if he wants to cement his status as part of the team and become Oz’s go-to guy.
Extreme Couponing, series premiere at 9pm on TLC
– The special by the same name earned big ratings when it aired in December, thus earning it a series pickup. Enter the world of bargain shoppers who have mastered the art of saving! In Extreme Couponing, meet the everyday people who save hundreds of dollars in a single trip to the store. From seeing their shocking stockpiles of merchandise they rack up, to demonstrating their dramatic shopping skills, to witnessing how some use their amazing couponing ways to benefit local communities, this series shares the world of everyday people in pursuit of extraordinary deals.
– Combining Tori Spelling’s party planning flair with her husband Dean McDermott’s bring-it-on attitude, Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings takes one lucky couple’s wedding from ordinary to extraordinary. In the lead-up to the big day, Tori will turn the bride-to-be’s dreams for a beautiful event into a reality while Dean will help the groom-to-be navigate all the twists and turns. Together, Tori and Dean will also help to overcome the potential issues with family, friends, and the couples themselves that wedding stress may cause. The celebrity power couple understands the enormity of the day, having planned several weddings that aired on Oxygen, including their hit series Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.
Workaholics, series premiere at 10:30pm on Comedy Central
– A new scripted comedy series from the internet sketch group Mail Order Comedy based on their hit web series 5th Year starring Mail Order Comedy’s Blake Anderson, Anders Holm and Adam DeVine. Graduating from college and entering the real world isn’t easy, especially for three unmotivated roommates. This series follows three friends fresh out of college who live and work together as telemarketers. Dress codes, deadlines and waking up before noon isn’t something these guys are used to. The crew spends their days scheming together to avoid doing any real work and their nights looking for good times.
Top Chef Masters, season premiere at 11pm on Bravo
– Bravo’s Top Chef Masters returns with a brand new format and new host Curtis Stone as 12 new award-winning chefs compete for the title of “Top Chef Master” and win $100,000 for their charity. This season, the masters will no longer be judged on a scale, but in elimination style challenges just as the tried and true format of the original Top Chef. Top Chef Masters pits 12 world-renowned chefs against each other to see how well they fare in fierce culinary competition. In each episode, money will be at stake, with the winners of every quickfire challenge winning $5,000 and elimination challenges winning $10,000 for their designated charities. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone will serve as the newly appointed host of the series along with returning judge and culinary expert, James Oseland, and new series judge, the legendary food critic and author, Ruth Reichl.
Thursday, April 7th
America’s Best Dance Crew, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– After a one year hiatus that had me painfully awaiting for an excessive amount of time, Randy Jackson’s kick ass dance competition to find the country’s best hip hop dance crew returns for its sixth season, which is being called the “Season of Superstars” because of new celebrity theme-weeks. Each week, the best crews from across the country will face off to the music of Kesha, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Lil Wayne, and Rihanna. We may have to credit the success of season 5’s Lady Gaga theme week with this new format change. We not only have some sick dancing to look forward to but also an exciting addition to the judges’ panel. ABDC Season 3 champion Quest Crew’s former member Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval (also a So You Think You Can Dance season 3 finalist and season 7 all-star) joins the judges’ table in Omarion’s place alongside permanent judges JC Chasez and Lil’ Mama. One of the new crews battling on the dance floor consists of female contemporary pole dancers seeking to create a new image for their art by replacing erotic connotations with jaw-dropping acrobatic ability. Fun stuff, huh?
Gigolos, series premiere at 11pm on Showtime
– Showtime presents an extremely rare and uncensored look into the personal and professional lives of five hot guys who like to hang out, have fun and get girls… but in their case they get paid for it. Gigolos follows five real guys earning their living as high-end male escorts in Las Vegas. Adrenaline junkie Jimmy, single dad Steven, gym rat Nick, veteran Brace and newcomer Vin find themselves in some unexpected positions as they balance relationships, friendships and family with the demands of their all-female clientele. It’s a wild ride for these real-life escorts who never miss a trick. A reality series like no other, Gigolos is not only provocative but also surprisingly truthful and heartfelt.
Friday, April 8th
CMT’s Next Superstar, series premiere at 11pm on CMT
– CMT searches to find America’s next great country star and opens the door for undiscovered singers/songwriters who think they have what it takes to make it in the rough-and-tumble world of the music industry. The show allows the world to see every triumph and every setback unfold weekly. The contestants will share a house in Nashville — providing a rare and revealing inside look at the all-ensuing drama that can take place when musical adversaries live and compete together. The contestants are also judged on their songwriting, radio interviews and music videos to reveal a complete package of performer, personality and writer. Contestants will try to impress celebrity guests each week through a series of music business related challenges and grueling performance rounds. Each week, one finalist will be eliminated, and America will have the final vote to determine who will win the title of CMT’s Next Superstar.
Saturday, April 9th
Colin Quinn Long Story Short, special at 10pm on HBO
– HBO brings viewers this special taped before a live audience of Colin Quinn’s Broadway show of the same name directed by Jerry Seinfeld. The SNL alum showcases his keen observations in an uproarious history of the world, juxtaposing modern-day human behavior with the rise and fall of empires. From his impersonation of Caesar as the original Italian mobster to his complaints about ancient Greece and Antigone giving way to Costco and Snooki, Quinn is at his satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites, and bad habits that have toppled the world’s most powerful nations.