Sunday, April 15th
NYC 22, series premiere at 10pm on CBS
– CBS’s newest crime procedural follows six diverse NYPD rookies as they patrol the gritty streets of upper Manhattan. The new trainees include Jennifer “White House” Perry (Leelee Sobleski, Big Love), a former college volleyball star and Marine MP in Iraq with a take-charge attitude; Ray “Lazarus” Harper (Adam Goldberg, The Unusuals), the oldest rookie and a former police news reporter with better sources than most seasoned cops; Tonya Sanchez, who comes from a family with a criminal history; Ahmad Kahn, an Afghani native who fought his way to freedom; Kenny McClaren, a fourth-generation police officer with great instincts but qualms about joining the force; and Jayson “Jackpot” Toney, a young basketball legend who squandered his opportunity in the NBA. Their demanding Field Training Officer, Daniel “Yoda” Dean, is a case-hardened, unsentimental veteran of the force who emphasizes basics and holds each cop accountable for their actions. Rounding out the team is Sergeant Terry Howard, a no-nonsense plainclothes officer from the Gang Intel Unit, who trains the rookies on how to keep the gangbangers at bay. With unique backgrounds, personalities and reasons for being on the force, the new cops will make their share of rookie mistakes while they figure out how to relate to their boss, each other and the people they swore to protect.
Girls, series premiere at 10:30pm on HBO
– Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) and executive produced by Judd Apatow, the show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Dunham stars as Hannah Horvath, an aspiring writer struggling to hold down a paying job after being financially cut off by her parents. The series also stars Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet as Hannah’s friends and Adam Driver as Hannah’s casual sexual partner. Shot on location in New York, this smart new series from HBO is a realistic look inside the misadventures and sexcapades of female twentysomethings who still have some things to learn in order to mature from Girls to women.
Monday, April 16th
Top Gear, season premiere at 8pm on BBC America
– BBC America’s hit reality series entering its 18th season takes extraordinary and ordinary cars to the limit and beyond to find out if they’re half as good as manufacturers claim. Full of extreme stunts, challenges, celebrity appearances and weekly features, Top Gear is far more than a car show; you’ll find no boring stats or impenetrable conversations about camshafts here. It’s the sharp wit of hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May that make it more than just a motor show.
Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, series premiere at 10pm on BBC America
– Richard Hammond, host of the world’s biggest car show Top Gear takes the ultimate driving test in BBC America’s new original series. This epic adventure series sees Hammond encountering the world’s biggest and toughest vehicles that are made not for show, but to get a job done. He travels across the U.S., immersing himself in some of the country’s most extreme environments as he takes on some his biggest challenges yet: the mind-blowing task of mastering these monstrous machines in just three days. Throughout his journey, Hammond works alongside local experts who operate these machines daily, while getting a true taste of American hospitality. In the end, the experts decide if he has successfully completed each challenge.
Eden’s World, series premiere at 10pm on Logo
– The seven-year old Toddlers and Tiaras veteran is taking the world by storm with multiple songs, a biography photo book, a Fashion Week debut appearance and now her own reality show. Logo brings you glamour, camp and drama in a pint size package as we go behind the scenes with Eden Wood, seven year old pageant champ and international superstar. After retiring and hanging up her crown at the ripe old age of six, Eden decided to use her vast experience to help other young girls achieve their own pageant dreams and lucky for us cameras followed her every move.
Tuesday, April 17th
Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, series premiere at 9pm on Syfy
– Syfy’s newest paranormal series revolutionizes paranormal programming by uncovering the truth behind supernatural and unexplained occurrences that have been caught on camera. In each episode, the team searches for the most intriguing images, videos and unnatural phenomenon found online and around the world. After selecting the most compelling cases, they head into the field, attempting to recreate the video, carrying out key experiments and questioning eyewitnesses. The team investigates all the clues and evidence with the most advanced techniques and tools at their disposal, and their objective is to answer the question, “Is this real?” Heading up the team is Ben Hansen, a former FBI agent with a life-long fascination with the paranormal. Now, having left the agency, he leads a young team of intrepid investigators who will convene to dissect the latest unusual images and decide whether they merit further investigation.
Thursday, April 19th
Parks & Recreation, midseason premiere at 9:30pm on NBC
– One of TV’s best comedies returns to the NBC Thursday night comedy lineup in a new timeslot following its mockumentary sibling The Office. With Leslie Knope’s (Amy Poehler) city council campaign heating up, her opponent (the brilliant Bradley Whitford, The West Wing) brands Knope a puppy killer after she accidentally has an animal pound defunded.