Sunday, March 31st
Game of Thrones, season premiere at 9pm on HBO
– Winter is coming…hopefully it actually arrives this season but whether or not it does, we’ll still have dragons, a bear, and shit will generally just hit the fan more so than you could ever imagine. The hit medieval fantasy series that has become a fan favorite returns with its highly anticipated season 3 premiere. This is the big one that fans of the book series have been waiting anxiously for; season 3 is based on roughly half of George R.R. Martin’s A Storm Of Swords, which is over 1000 pages long. Executive producer David Benioff told EW, “So many of the great dramatic scenes from the books happen to fall in this season.” Prepare to have your mind blown but not right out of the gate. The premiere picks up exactly where season 2 left off, with Samwell Tarly on the run from a White Walker; then it’s off to Jon Snow (Kit Harington) meeting Wilding leader Mance Rayder, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) avoiding his scheming sister Cersei (Lena Headey), and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke (now on Broadway in Breakfast at Tiffany’s)) on a sea voyage that involves dragon fishing.
Mr. Selfridge, series premiere at 9pm on PBS
– At the unfashionable end of Oxford Street in 1909 London, an American retail tycoon arrives to jettison fusty British tradition and open the biggest and finest department store the world has ever seen: Selfridges. Three-time Emmy winner Jeremy Piven (in his first television appearance since his iconic role as Hollywood agent Ari Gold in Entourage) stars as Harry Gordon Selfridge, the flamboyant entrepreneur and showman seeking to provide London’s shoppers with the ultimate merchandise and the ultimate thrill. Behind Selfridges’ lavish shop windows, gleaming counters, and majestic doors, appetite intersects with ambition and desire not just for Harry, but for his staff, his family, and the various women drawn to the store and the man.
Monday, April 1st
The Real Housewives of Orange County, season premiere at 8pm on Bravo
– Bravo’s original series that started the hit franchise returns for its 8th season and veteran housewives Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino, and Heather Dubrow are joined by fresh-faced, level headed and surprisingly direct OC heiress Lydia McLaughlin. She, along with her husband, Doug, owns and operates a high-end magazine that highlights the glamorous life of Southern California. Being a devout Christian, she has much in common with Alexis and lends a hand of support when the ladies turn on her yet again. After leaving the show four seasons ago, original Housewife Lauri Peterson makes a surprising return, rekindling her friendship with some of the ladies and revealing shocking information that will rock one of the wives’ worlds. Reeling from the repercussions of last season’s epic clashes, the series once again ventures behind the gates for a scandalous look at the loves and lives unfolding inside one of Southern California’s wealthiest communities.
Wednesday, April 3rd
Rogue, series premiere at 9pm on DirecTV
– DirecTV’s original drama series Rogue stars Thandie Newton as Grace, a morally and emotionally-conflicted undercover detective who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death. Grace’s search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with Jimmy (Martin Csokas, “The Debt,” “Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring”), the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime. A smart, complex, character-led thriller, the show explores loss, grief, identity, family bonds, second chances and redemption. Both Grace and Jimmy not only struggle with who they are, they also struggle with who they want to be. Both cross the line – morally, emotionally, sexually – with devastating consequences for their own lives and those around them.
Spies of Warsaw miniseries premiere at 9pm on BBC America
– This 2-part miniseries based on Alan Furst’s acclaimed novel combines historical, intelligent narratives, interlaced with flawed and compelling characters. Doctor Who star David Tennant and Janet Montgomery (“Black Swan,” Entourage) star in this thrilling spy story set in Poland, Paris, London and Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War. In the mini-series, French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle in the espionage arena. At the French embassy, a decorated war hero of the 1914 war, Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier (Tennant), is sucked into a world of abduction, betrayal and international intrigue from the diplomatic salons to the back alleys of Warsaw. Mercier simultaneously finds himself in a passionate love affair with Anna (Montgomery), a Parisian lawyer for the League of Nations. Their complicated love affair intensifies as German tanks drive through the Black Forest.
How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), series premiere at 9:30pm on ABC
– Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) stars in this new comedy series on the alphabet channel following her guest stint as a concerned mother on Grey’s Anatomy last week. Polly (Chalke) is a single mom who has recently divorced and the transition hasn’t been easy for her, especially in this economy. So, like a lot of young people living in this new reality, she and her daughter, Natalie (Rachel Eggleston), have moved back home with her eccentric parents, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and Max (Brad Garrett). But Polly and her parents look at life through different generational lenses. Polly (in contrast to how she was raised) aspires to be organized and together, while Max and Elaine live a more free-flowing, improvisational life-style. Polly wants to take it slow with new relationships, while her parents encourage her to be more sexually adventurous. Polly and her parents’ views on parenting itself also conflict: Polly wants to be an involved modern parent, but Max and Elaine are laid back, hands-off parents from the 1970s. After all, Polly turned out okay, so what’s the big deal? They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in Polly’s case, this village is on fire, and although her ex-husband Julian’s (Jon Dore) intentions are good, he doesn’t exactly help extinguish the flames. But through figuring out how to live with her dysfunctional family, Polly realizes she might even be able to learn a few helpful things about herself.
Forever Young, series premiere at 10pm on TV Land
– This new comedy reality series from Ashton Kutcher bridges the generation gap as “juniors” and “seniors” work together to experience each other’s point of view and find out just how much they do or don’t have in common! When you put five “juniors” (under 30 years old) and five “seniors” (over 70 years old) in a house together, the hot tub serves to cause a wicked case of the herp…or elevated blood pressure.
Thursday, April 4th
Hannibal, series premiere at 10pm on NBC
– One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Heroes), based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, The Big C) is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen, “A Royal Affair”), one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch. If Will only knew…
Tabatha Takes Over, season premiere at 10pm on Bravo
– Tabatha Takes Over returns for a new season of putting businesses back on track. The blunt, straightforward Tabatha Coffey travels across the country, takes over various failing establishments, and whips them into shape from the ground up. For one week, Tabatha sequesters the keys, becomes the boss, and brings her unapologetic, brutally honest opinion and experience to businesses. This season, Tabatha returns to some of her most memorable takeovers to drop in for a surprise visit. Many business owners have the entrepreneurial spirit, but lack the tools needed to make their business a sustainable and profitable success.
Friday, April 5th
Vice, series premiere at 11pm on HBO
– This news magazine series featuring startling, groundbreaking stories from around the world. It smashes barriers of decorum to cover such stories as out-of-control political assassinations in the Philippines, the sumo/Mixed Martial Arts craze that has swept Senegal and the precarious nuclear stare-down in Kashmir. Vice‘s fearless approach is like nothing else on television and will show some of the scariest, weirdest and most absurd customs and practices known to humanity. The show takes its name from the leading youth entertainment company operating in over 34 countries including vice.com; an international network of digital channels; a television production studio; a print magazine; a record label; an in-house creative services agency; and a book-publishing division.
Saturday, April 6th
My Cat From Hell, season premiere at 8pm on Animal Planet
– Cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy returns for a new season of My Cat From Hell to take on the most catastrophic cat cases anyone ever has encountered. For the first time, Galaxy is taking his cat-listening skills on the road to New York City, the city that never sleeps. Armed with more than 15 years of experience, a proven training program and his signature guitar case filled with cat toys, Galaxy is on a mission to help cat owners find the sources of conflict with their furry friends. In each episode, Galaxy swoops in to solve a gamut of feline-related issues and repair the relationships they’re ruining. Whether it’s the cats or the owners behaving badly, leave it to Galaxy to save the day!