Sunday, April 20th
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, series premiere at 8pm on Hallmark
– Hallmark’s new original series is a combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office and into an unpredictable world where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), a genius postal detective and the group’s leader; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods.
Salem, series premiere at 10pm on WGN America
– The network’s first foray into scripted original programming, takes a fresh — and much darker – look at the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Its witches are very real and actually manipulating the town into a state of fear. Shane West (Nikita) stars as war hero John Alden (historically, a survivor of the trials) who has returned home to find that his former love Mary (Janet Montgomery) has gone on to marry elderly town leader George Sibley (Michael Mulheren). What John doesn’t know is that he got Mary pregnant and in order for her to get rid of the baby, she essentially made a deal with the devil-like witch Tituba (Ashley Madekwe). But it doesn’t take very long for John to realize something is very off about the town he helped build. Still, his love for Mary and his pride for Salem keeps him around long enough to fight back against some pretty twisted and evil creatures, not to mention some of the town’s powerful humans.
Devious Maids, season premiere at 10pm on Lifetime
– Lifetime’s hit series returns for a second season starring Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramírez, Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes as five Latina maids with ambition and dreams of their own while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Executive produced by Desperate Housewives’ Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, Longoria will direct the series’ eagerly anticipated season two opener, marking her television directorial debut. In “Devious Maids,” murder and mayhem collide in the mansions of Beverly Hills’ wealthiest and most powerful families. Class warfare has never been as fun and dirty as it is in the tiny enclave where the staff is as clever, witty, outrageous and downright devilish as their employers. The series centers on a close-knit group of maids, Marisol (Ortiz), Rosie (Ramírez), Carmen (Sánchez), Valentina (Ganem) and Zoila (Reyes), who are bonded together by their jobs, life struggles and the melodramatic universe that engulfs their employers. Following last season’s revelation of Flora’s murderer, Rosie’s shocking arrest by immigration agents, the demise of Valentina and Zoila’s relationship and Carmen’s fake engagement, season two promises to deliver even more excitement. Beverly Hills is hit by a wave of criminal activity that leaves its residents in a vulnerable situation. Meanwhile, Marisol engages in a new romance but quickly discovers there is more than meets the eye to her new lover. Zoila’s need to control everything starts to take a toll on her personal life, especially with Valentina, who is now working for a surprising new employer. Rosie’s immigration status is in flux, while Carmen embraces her life in the limelight as the fiancée to a pop star.
Tuesday, April 22nd
Deadliest Catch, 2-hour season premiere at 9pm on Discovery
– Discovery’s smash hit docu-series returns for its landmark 10th season and the stakes are higher than ever. The series portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab and C. opilio crab fishing seasons. Alaskan crab fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and even more so in the stormy and ice-cold conditions of the Bering Sea. This season Sig Henson’s 18-year-old daughter joins the crew of the Northwestern, which shouldn’t cause any problems among the testosterone heavy crew.
True Tori, series premiere at 10pm on Lifetime
– In a unique television event, Tori Spelling has made the courageous decision to allow the audience to witness the most difficult and unpredictable period in her life. Intimate, raw, emotional and completely real, Tori will tell her story for the first time as it should be told—by her. Since viewers will be seeing events almost immediately after they occur, nobody knows how the drama will unfold—not Tori, not Dean—and only time will tell if Tori and Dean’s marriage survives.
Thursday, April 24th
Bad Teacher, series premiere at 9:30pm on CBS
– Based on the hit movie but sadly without Justin Timberlake, this single camera comedy stars Ari Graynor as a hot, fearless and unapologetic former trophy wife who masquerades as a teacher in order to find a new man after her wealthy husband leaves her penniless. Dumped, divorced and broke due to a bad pre-nup, Meredith Davis is inspired by her friend’s smart, awkward stepdaughter, Lily, to devise the perfect 3-step plan: 1) pose as a teacher at Lily’s ritzy middle school 2) meet and marry a rich single dad 3) return to a lavish lifestyle. Using a phony resume, quick thinking Meredith effortlessly charms Principal Carl Gaines, who is easily duped and oblivious to her agenda. The faculty includes Joel, her handsome former high school classmate turned gym teacher, who sees right through her, but is amused by her antics; Irene, a shy, introverted teacher who’s overly excited at the possibility of making a best friend; and Ginny, the up-tight Faculty President and busybody who resents Meredith and suspects something’s fishy. Meredith may be the worst teacher ever, but she’s the only one qualified to impart much-needed life lessons to Lily and her friends, while she keeps an eye out for husband #2.
Black Box, series premiere at 10pm on ABC
– The twenty-first century is the era of the brain, and this show will be riding that wave on the cutting edge of medicine. The brain is the source of everything – from whom we love to how we act and feel. It is the ultimate mystery, which is why doctors call it, the “black box.” Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) and the staff of “The Cube” will constantly be challenged by cases never seen before on television. The patients have rare, highly visual, often hallucinogenic and startling conditions, which we will see through their eyes as Dr. Black diagnoses and treats them. Inside its modern walls, this complex woman draws patients from all over the world. Outside, she keeps multiple secrets from her family and loved ones.
Friday, April 25th
I Found the Gown, season premiere at 10pm on TLC
– I Found the Gown is a reality wedding show featuring brides getting amazing deals on high end designer wedding gowns at Vows Bridal Outlet in Watertown,MA. Cameras also follow owners Rick and Leslie DeAngelo searching for discounted and discontinued dresses in back rooms and department store warehouses to sell.
Saturday, April 26th
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!