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In just a few days, it’ll be April (I feel like I should add a “No fooling!” pun here, but I also feel as if you’ll all be sick enough of April Fool’s jokes before too long, so maybe I should pass), and as ever an all-new month means a new round of TV premieres to treasure. Here are five of the best.
The first real chance to take a look at what Marvel TV has to offer is the premiere of this new animated series, which also heralds the launch of Marvel TV’s new “Marvel Universe” programming block; it’s the first project to make it to air that started after the official formation of the House of Ideas’ television department, with Jeph Loeb gathering together an all-star team of comic writers to guide the direction of the story a la Marvel’s movie division. Will it all pay off? We’ll know soon enough, but, hey: It’s a Spider-Man cartoon. Those are rarely anything less than “pretty damn fun,” right? (April 1, 11am on Disney XD)
Game of Thrones
The show that convinced mainstream America that (a) the fantasy genre can be sexier and more violent than they’d always remembered their Dungeons and Dragons games, and (b) they actually really like the fantasy genre when it’s done right (Are those two connected in some way? Our survey says “More than likely, yes”) returns for a second year. Will it disappoint some vocal fans a la The Walking Dead‘s second season, or continue to thrill and conquer all in its path? Somehow, I suspect the latter. (April 1, 9pm on HBO)
Talking of much-anticipated, much-anxiety-ridden second seasons, AMC’s long form murder mystery is also back this Sunday to hopefully, please-God-what-do-we-have-to-do-to-make-this-happen, uncover the identity of Rosie Larsen’s murderer. I ran hot and cold on the show last year, but I admit that I’m really hoping they can pull themselves out of the corner they painted themselves into last time with the surprise revelation that, hey, that murderer-reveal you’d been waiting all year for? We’re not giving it to you. Is it too much to hope that it’ll turn out to be a terrifying demon called Bob? (April 1, 8pm on AMC)
This one’s either going to be wonderful or almost unwatchably bad; a two-night mini-series about the sinking of the Titanic, broadcast on the centenary of the actual disaster, written by Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes. When I put it like that, I actually get more worried, but I think by this point everyone has gotten over their nervousness in admitting that Downton was actually really, really good period drama television, right? The fear with this is whether or not (a) American television and Julian Fellowes will make a good team, and (b) whether Fellowes’ tendency for soap operatics will capsize the entire enterprise… so to speak, of course. (April 14, 8pm on ABC)
The good news: Syfy’s little-show-that-could is back, finally letting us know if Felicia Day has perished in some weird freak spacecraft-related disappearance disaster (Nooooooo!). The bad news: This is the show’s final season, so don’t get too attached to Jack, Allison, Henry et al this time around. Treasure these seventeen episodes, dear readers; I, for one, will really miss this show when it’s gone. (April 16, 9pm on Syfy)