Bidding March adieu also, sadly, means saying a temporary farewell to some excellent lady-centric TV series, including ABC Family’s The Fosters and Pretty Little Liars, Showtime’s Shameless, HBO’s Girls, and Comedy Central’s Broad City. Fear not for small-screen leading ladies, however, because with the onset of April we delightedly welcome several such fierce femmes back to our weekly TV schedules.
Whether you’re looking for old favorites or new shows to adopt, here are just a few of the lady-centric TV series returning/starting in April:
The Mindy Project (S2.5) – TUE 4/1 @ 9|8c (FOX) [@MindyProjectFOX]: Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and the gang FINALLY return for more uniquely hilarious hijinks, sage life advice, and (goodness willing) to answer the one question that’s been on all fans’ minds since February’s hottest TV kiss: Will they or won’t they?! (Who are “they”? Watch to find out.)
….• For fans of: 30 Rock, New Girl, Veep
Continuum (S3) – FRI 4/4 @ 10|9c (Syfy) [@ContinuumSeries]: Caught up in a terrorist group’s plot to retcon 2077 and its authoritarian regime by traveling back through time to change the past, cyborg-cop Kiera (Rachel Nichols) will stop at nothing to protect the family she left in 2077 by thwarting the terrorists’ nefarious plan. [Seasons 1-2 available on Netflix.]
….• For fans of: Alias, Helix, Nikita, Once Upon a Time, Orphan Black
Game of Thrones (S4) – SUN 4/6 @ 9|8c (HBO) [@GameOfThrones]: There’s no denying that the men of Game of Thrones fancy themselves in charge of things…but there’s also no doubting that a great many women—from matriarchs Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), to warrior-survivors Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)—have taken the reins when they saw fit, with the same varying degrees of success as their menfolk. Far from your basic damsels in distress, the ladies of GoT are well aware of the games they play and the outcomes that follow wins and losses. It may be true that “all men must die,” said the fearless Khaleesi (Clarke) to her gal Friday Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), “but [women] are not men.”
….• For fans of: American Horror Story, The Borgias, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, True Blood
Veep (S3) – SUN 4/6 @ 10:30|9:30c (HBO) [@VeepHBO]: VPOTUS Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and her rag-tag team—chief of staff Amy (Anna Chlumsky), doting personal aide Gary (Tony Hale), bungling communications director Mike (Matt Walsh), cocky deputy communications director Dan (Reid Scott), and sassy personal assistant Sue (Sufe Bradshaw)—return on the heels of a life-altering decision by POTUS, to tackle the professional challenges of the second most powerful office in the world (and the many personal ones of the woman who holds it).
….• For fans of: 30 Rock, Broad City, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation
Awkward. (S4) – TUE 4/15 @ 10|9c (MTV) [@MTVAwkward]: It’s been a long (and bumpy) road since our first awkward encounter with the kids of Palos Hills High School, but they finally did it: They made it to senior year. Follow BFFs Jenna (Ashley Rickards), Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed), and Ming (Jessica Lu), their boy-toys Matty (Beau Mirchoff) and Jake (Brett Davern), and Queen Bee-nemesis Sadie (Molly Tarlov) as they deal with the challenges of sex, love, and the college process in this no-holds-barred teen comedy. (If you’ve never watched Awkward. before, take my advice: Hop on this bandwagon ASAP—you won’t regret it. (Also: “You’re welcome.”)) [Seasons 1-3 available on Amazon Instant Video (1-3.1 free for Prime Members).]
….• For fans of: Bunheads, Gilmore Girls, Popular, Suburgatory
Orphan Black (S2) – SAT 4/19 @ 9|8c (BBC America) [@OrphanBlack]: Clone Club assemble! The action-packed, biomedical mystery continues as clones Sarah, Alison, and Cosima (Tatiana Maslany)—and foster-brother/friend Fee (Jordan Gavaris)—fight for answers about their origin, nearly identical genetic code, a potentially fatal health vulnerability, the breadth of the conspiracy to create and monitor them, and why *SPOILER* kidnapped *SPOILER* in Season 1’s finale. [Season 1 available on Amazon Instant Video (free for Prime Members).]
….• For fans of: Alias, The Americans, Continuum, Helix, Nikita
Faking It (Series Premiere) – TUE 4/22 @ 10:30|9:30c (MTV) [@mtvfakingit]: Besties Amy (Rita Volk) and Karma (Katie Stevens) have left no stone unturned in their quest to climb the high-school social ladder…or so they thought. When wrongly identified as ‘more-than-friends,’ the girls discover that there might be more to gain by perpetuating the charade. (Think Sex and the City #1.3 (“The Bay of Married Pigs”) when Miranda gets set up with a lesbian and uses the fake relationship to parlay favor with her firm’s managing partner—but set in high school, and currying favor from Prom Court voters.)
….• For fans of: Awkward., Degrassi, Teen Wolf
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