Sunday, April 6th
49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, live awards show from 8 to 11pm on CBS
– Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return as hosts and find themselves competing in the Entertainer of the Year category alongside Blake’s wife Miranda Lambert, as well as Taylor Swift and George Strait. With his farewell Cowboy Rides Away wrapping in June, King George had better have room for another trophy on that saddle.
Game of Thrones, season premiere at 9pm on HBO
– The fourth season opener finds us in a sprawl of engrossing setup: In King’s Landing, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) attempts to play diplomat to menacing newcomer Prince Oberyn (Pedro Pascal), in town for the royal wedding and bloody vengeance. Across the sea, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) begins her march to liberate the slaves of Meereen, finding gruesome markers along the way. Swords are forged and regained, battles are plotted, and the dragons play. And eat. And, like, 37 other things happen too.
Married to Medicine, season premiere at 9pm on Bravo
– Season 2 of Married to Medicine premieres with more laughter, drama, and, of course, “shade.” Returning this season are Toya Bush-Harris, Mariah Huq, Dr. Jacqueline Walters, Quad Webb-Lunceford, Dr. Simone Whitmore, along with newcomers, entrepreneur Lisa Nicole Cloud and Dr. Heavenly Kimes. Mariah and Quad’s once inseparable friendship is barely hanging onto life support. Mariah, the self-proclaimed “Queen Bee,” has demanded credit for making Quad “relevant” in the exclusive circle of Atlanta medicine, while Quad feels Mariah has a bad case of jealousy. While Toya’s search for her dream home continues, her friendship with long-time friend Simone comes to a surprising halt. As for the doctors, life isn’t all roses. Dr. Simone realizes that her busy career and recent financial blunder has taken a toll on her marriage. Meanwhile, Dr. Jackie, a two-time survivor of breast cancer, is ready to finally experience motherhood, either through adoption or by using a surrogate – with her biggest obstacle being her husband. Add to the mix the larger-than-life Dr. Heavenly Kimes, who is both a dentist and married to a doctor, and Lisa Nicole, a successful entrepreneur and fashion designer, and the result is a recipe for sass, class, and one of the most explosive – and brutally honest – confrontations yet.
Turn, series premiere at 9pm on AMC
– Based on Alexander Rose’s book “Washington’s Spies”, AMC’s Turn tells the untold story of America’s first spy ring. A historical thriller set during the Revolutionary War, Turn centers on Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with his childhood friends to form the Culper Ring – an unlikely team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington turn the tide of the war but also gave birth to modern spycraft.
River Monsters, season premiere at 9pm on Animal Planet
– The riveting docu-series travels worldwide with Suffolk, England-born host, biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade to explore freshwater mysteries and local folklore, possibly debunk these myths and track down these harrowing tales. A special two-hour premiere episode finds Wade exploring maritime mysteries in the Amazon. He’s gonna need a bigger boat.
Silicon Valley, series premiere at 10pm on HBO
– In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Partially inspired by his own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 80s, Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis & Butthead, King of Hill) brings his irreverent brand of humor to HBO in the new comedy series.
Veep, season premiere at 10:30pm on HBO
– Season 2 of Veep ended with Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) learning that the President would not seek re-election. Season 3 opens with Selina wasting away on a book tour stop in Iowa, all in an effort to bolster her image with the American people as she secretly campaigns for President. Her team, as ever, hurts more than helps her in this effort. Meanwhile, Amy (Anna Chlumsky) and Dan (Reid Scott) are playing a constant game of oneupmanship as they angle for the job of Selina’s campaign manager — which, quite frankly, seems like a gig you’d get in purgatory to prove your place in either heaven or hell. Amy and Dan aren’t the only ones looking for a promotion — even Gary (Tony Hale) is beginning to tire (both literally and figuratively) of holding his trusty shoulder bag, containing everything from Selina’s lipstick to hand sanitizer. However, his first (and possibly only) opportunity to do something other than hand Selina Kleenex goes about as well as you might expect.
Wednesday, April 9th
The Tom and Jerry Show, series premiere at 5:30pm on Cartoon Network
– At ease, purists: This reboot doesn’t meddle with the franchise’s legacy. Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse refrain from cracking wise and spewing tired pop culture references. But in a boom era of truly original animation, it takes more than antic chase scenes and cartoon violence (much less brutal than the original) to hold an audience’s attention.
Deadbeat, series premiere at midnight on Hulu
– “My clients are usually more willing to put up with the ghost than they are with me,” says slacker/paranormal medium Kevin (Tyler Labine). That sums up the premise of this offbeat comedy, which follows Kevin as he picks up freelance ghostbusting gigs in NYC. He does the job by completing the spirit’s unfinished business himself. It’s a fun idea — in a city of 8 million, the unfinished business can get pretty weird — and the gag pays off, at least in the premiere. Deadbeat really livens up when we meet his rival: Camomile White (SYTYCD’s fabulous host Cat Deeley), a famous medium and ”paranormal erotica” enthusiast who isn’t what she seems. Kevin’s better at talking to ghosts than to girls, but Deeley’s character brings out the best (or at least good-er) in him.
Thursday, April 10th
The Challenge: Free Agents, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– Twenty-eight money-hungry competitors arrive in Punta del Este, Uruguay, expecting to be teamed up with an ex, an enemy, or even a weak rookie. Little do they know, this is an individual game, and they’ll be answering to no one but themselves in the most unpredictable Challenge ever. The 25th season, Free Agents, forces players to compete on their own in a battle of perseverance and luck. The players will have no idea if they’ll be competing in teams, pairs or as individuals until moments before each challenge begins. Winners are not only safe from elimination, but also have the power to choose one guy and one girl to send in. The losers from that day’s challenge must take part in the game’s biggest elimination twist yet, “The Draw”, where one guy and one girl are selected by pure chance to face the two nominated players in the elimination round. With competitors’ fates being determined by a flip of a card, no amount of strategy can protect them. A grand total of $350,000 is up for grabs, and with so much money on the line, these already blood-thirsty competitors turn vicious. Heated rivalries will take shape, bitter enemies will clash, and heart-tugging relationships will form. Only the lucky few will face the epic final challenge that starts in dangerous rapids and ends at the top of an active volcano. In the end, this season will find the most worthy challenger yet, the ultimate FREE AGENT.
Saturday, April 12th
Comedy Underground With Dave Attell, series premiere at 1am on Comedy Central
– Not for the easily offended, Comedy Underground with Dave Attell showcases uncensored late-night stand-up from some of the dirtiest comedians working today. Hosted by stand-up legend Dave Attell, each episode features sets from three comedians as well as special appearances by some of Dave’s friends including Amy Schumer, Ron Jeremy, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and more.