Spring TV Preview and Premiere Calendar

  • Publish Date: March 12, 2013
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Premiere dates for all new and returning shows

All shows with announced premiere dates are listed below. First-year series and new specials are marked with a NEW symbol. All times ET/PT.
Calendar last updated April 8, 2013.

April premieres

Show Network Type Time
MON / April 1
The Gossip Game NEW VH1 Reality 9p
Kickin' It Disney XD Comedy 8:30p
Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore NEW Comedy Central Special Midnight
The Real Housewives of Orange County Bravo Reality 8p
TUE / April 2
19 Kids & Counting TLC Reality 9p
WED / April 3
Best Ink Oxygen Reality competition 10p
Forever Young NEW TV Land Reality 10p
How to Live with Your Parents
(For the Rest of Your Life) NEW Watch trailer
ABC Comedy 9:30p
Sarah Chalke (Scrubs, Cougar Town) stars as a recently divorced single mom who moves back in with her eccentric parents, played by Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds) and Brad Garrett (the former Everybody Loves Raymond co-star who returns to TV for the first time since 'Til Death); Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights) also stars. Critics didn't particularly love the pilot, and ABC only committed to 13 episodes (after delaying the premiere from January to April).
My Crazy Obsession TLC Reality 10p
Pot Cops NEW Discovery Reality 9p
Rogue NEW Watch trailers DirecTV Drama 9p
Thandie Newton stars as an undercover detective who gets a little too close to the crime boss she's investigating in this DirecTV original series.
Spies of Warsaw NEW Watch trailer BBC America Miniseries 9p
David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Janet Montgomery (Made in Jersey) star in this four-episode drama based on Alan Furst's espionage novel set just before World War II. The miniseries concludes April 10 at 9p.
THU / April 4
America's Worst Tattoos NEW TLC Reality 9p
Casino Confidential NEW TLC Reality 8p
Hannibal NEW NBC trailer International trailer NBC Drama 10p
Thomas Harris' series of Hannibal Lecter novels (the source for films such as Silence of the Lambs) comes to TV in a new drama series from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller. Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) plays a younger version of the iconic Dr. Hannibal Lecter, while Hugh Dancy stars as an FBI profiler who consults with the good doctor on his toughest cases but doesn't yet know that Lecter himself is a criminal. Laurence Fishburne will co-star as an FBI boss, and Gillian Anderson (in her first series TV role since The X-Files) will recur as Lecter's therapist. Also in the cast are Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall), Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls), and Gina Torres (Suits), while Eddie Izzard, Molly Shannon, and Anna Chlumsky (Veep) are slated to guest on the show, which is slated for 13 episodes this season.
Men at Work TBS Comedy 10p
NY Ink TLC Reality 10p
Tabatha Takes Over Bravo Reality 10p
FRI / April 5
Vegas CBS Drama 9p
The freshman drama returns after a two-month hiatus on a new day and time.
VICE NEW Watch trailer HBO Documentary 11p
The folks at the news/culture magazine VICE are no strangers to filmmaking, having produced short (and even feature-length) documentaries as well as a short-lived MTV series, The VICE Guide to Everything. Hosted by magazine co-founder Shane Smith and produced by Bill Maher (with newsman Fareed Zakaria serving as consultant), their new eponymous showcase will travel the world in search of provocative, weird, or underreported stories, spending time with Somali pirates, Filipino assassins, Senegalese martial artists, and a Satanic dentist. Of course, you'll really just be watching to see Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters visit North Korea.
SAT / April 6
Battledogs NEW Syfy Movie 9p
Dennis Haysbert and Kate Vernon star.
My Cat From Hell Animal Planet Reality 8p
SUN / April 7
48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards CBS Special/Live event 8p
Chopped All-Stars Food Network Reality competition 9p
Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy NEW Comedy Central Special 9p
Mad Men Watch trailer AMC Drama 9p
What do we know about the upcoming sixth (and penultimate) season of AMC's hit drama? Thanks to famously secretive series creator Matthew Weiner, not much. The season kicks off with a two-hour premiere (note that the series shifts back to its normal 10p slot the following week) that finds Jon Hamm's Don Draper on vacation in Hawaii with wife Megan (Jessica Paré) after what could be another significant time jump since the end of last season. Meanwhile, Betty (January Jones) will have a bigger role than she did last year, Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) will still be a regular even if she's no longer at SCDP, and Hamm and co-star John Slattery will each step behind the camera to direct episodes as they did last season. Later in 2013, Weiner himself will make his feature film directorial debut with the road trip comedy You Are Here.
River Monsters Animal Planet Reality 9p
MON / April 8
50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus NEW HBO Movie/Documentary 9p
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle VH1 Reality 10p
TUE / April 9
Find Me My Man NEW Oxygen Reality/Dating 9p
The Kandi Factory NEW Bravo Reality 10p
Ladies Man: A MADE Movie NEW MTV Movie 9p
WED / April 10
Deep South Paranormal NEW Syfy Reality 10p
Toy Hunter Travel Reality 9p
THU / April 11
The Graham Norton Show BBC America Talk 10p
The Moment NEW USA Reality 10p
Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner gives ordinary people a chance to live out their lifelong dreams (but only if those dreams include being on a cable reality show).
FRI / April 12
Da Vinci's Demons NEW Watch trailer Starz Drama 10p
David S. Goyer, the screenwriter for such films as Batman Begins, Dark City, and the upcoming Man of Steel, is the creator of this new eight-episode historical fantasy series, a co-production between Starz and the BBC. English actor Tom Riley stars as the brilliant but troubled Leonardo Da Vinci, who, at the age of 25, begins to "invent the future" amidst the shifting politics of Florence. Expect storylines involving religion, cults, and swordfighting. Note that the series moves to its regular 9p timeslot beginning April 19.
Sinbad NEW Syfy Drama 10p
Newcomer Elliot Knight stars alongside Lost's Naveen Andrews in this 12-episode British production that recounts the legend of the Middle Eastern sailor hero.
SAT / April 13
Bet on Your Baby NEW ABC Game show 8p
Parents attempt to predict the behavior of their toddlers in order to win $50,000 toward college tuition (which should cover about half a semester).
Iyanla: Fix My Life OWN Reality 9p
Life With La Toya NEW OWN Reality 10:30p
Louis CK: Oh My God NEW Watch trailer HBO Comedy 10p
New stand-up special (filmed at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix) is the comedian's fourth for HBO.
Stalkers NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
Stars Drea de Matteo and Mena Suvari.
SUN / April 14
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us NEW Nat Geo Miniseries/Documentary 9p
Six-hour miniseries (which continues on April 15 and April 16) is narrated by Rob Lowe.
The Borgias Watch trailer Showtime Drama 10p
MTV Movie Awards MTV Special/Live event 9p
Nurse Jackie Watch trailer Showtime Comedy/Drama 9p
Morris Chestnut and Betty Gilpin join the cast for season 5, which finds Jackie (Edie Falco) adjusting to life as a divorced recovering addict. Bobby Cannavale, one of last season's highlights, is no longer a regular, though he will show up for at least one episode. Former Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips takes over for departed creators Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem.
Veep Trailer #1 Trailer #2 HBO Comedy 10p
Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns as Vice President Selina Meyer in the 10-episode second season of HBO's political satire from Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It). Joining returning cast members (including Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, and Matt Walsh) this season are Kevin Dunn (Luck) and Gary Cole (Entourage).
MON / April 15
Burger Land NEW Travel Travel/Food 10p
Defiance NEW Watch trailer Syfy Sci-fi 9p
This ambitious new sci-fi series from Rockne S. O'Bannon (Farscape) is set in a post-apocalyptic future St. Louis after a lengthy war on Earth between humans and a consortium of invading alien races known collectively as the Votans has completely transformed the surface of the planet. Dexter's Julie Benz will star alongside Grant Bowler (True Blood), Mia Kirshner, and Fionnula Flanagan. What makes it ambitious (other than a budget in excess of $100 million and five years of development time) is that Defiance is not just a television show; launching concurrently (on April 2nd) will be a MMO videogame that takes place in the same world (albeit in the ruins of San Francisco, rather than St. Louis), with storylines potentially crossing over from one to the other in the future. There are plenty of Battlestar Galactica/Caprica alumni behind the scenes of the TV portion, including producers Michael Taylor and Kevin Murphy and producer/director Michael Nankin.
Eve of Destruction NEW Reelz Miniseries 8p
Four-hour miniseries concludes Tuesday 4/16 at 8p.
James May's Man Lab BBC America Reality 10p
Oh Sit! The CW Game show 8p
Scam City NEW Science Reality 10p
TUE / April 16
American Hoggers A&E Reality 10p
Awkward. Watch trailer MTV Comedy 10p
Tonight's season 3 premiere includes back-to-back episodes. Anthony Michael Hall joins the cast.
Deadliest Catch Discovery Reality 9p
Don't Be Tardy... Bravo Reality 9p
Storage Wars A&E Reality 9p
Who Gets the Last Laugh? NEW TBS Comedy 10p
Comedians ranging from Tom Green to Andy Dick attempt to out-prank each other.
WED / April 17
Locked Up Abroad Nat Geo Reality 9p
Off Pitch NEW VH1 Reality 10p
THU / April 18
Gigolos Showtime Reality 11p
Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington NEW HBO Movie/Documentary 8p
Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell NEW Adult Swim Comedy Midnight
New live-action workplace comedy set in hell.
FRI / April 19
Hemlock Grove NEW Watch trailer Netflix Horror/Drama n/a
Netflix's latest original series is a spooky thriller that finds horror director Eli Roth adapting the novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy. Hemlock Grove is set in a run-down Pennsylvania steel town where a 17-year-old girl has just been murdered, an event that ulimately exposes the town's secrets—and if you think that setup sounds a bit like Twin Peaks, Roth agrees with you (though expect more supernatural monsters and much less humor than in David Lynch's trailblazing series). Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, and Bill Skarsgard star. In what has quickly become Netflix standard operating procedure, all 13 episodes will be available for streaming at once.
SAT / April 20
After All These Years NEW Hallmark Movie Movie 9p
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
Jim Norton: Please Be Offended NEW Comedy Central Special 12:30a
Mary and Martha NEW Watch trailer HBO Movie 8p
Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn star as mothers who bond in Africa—and become activists—after losing children to malaria in this HBO original movie. Phillip Noyce (The Quiet American, Salt) directs from a script by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral), and James Woods, Sam Claflin, and Frank Grillo also star.
Raising Whitley NEW OWN Reality 10p
Spoiled Rotten Pets NEW Nat Geo Wild Reality 9p
SUN / April 21
All The President's Men Revisited NEW Discovery Special 8p
The Bletchley Circle NEW PBS Miniseries 10p
Four women who worked as codebreakers during WWII reunite a decade later to help solve a series of murders in this three-part drama set in 1950s London.
Dog and Beth: On the Hunt NEW CMT Reality 8p
Guntucky NEW CMT Reality 9p
Ice Cold Gold NEW Animal Planet Reality 10p
I'm Married to a ... NEW VH1 Reality 9p
Lovestruck: The Musical NEW ABC Family Movie 8p
Married to Jonas E! Reality 10:30p
Remember Sunday NEW ABC Movie 9p
What Would Ryan Lochte Do? NEW E! Reality 10p
MON / April 22
Rectify NEW Sundance Drama 10p
A wrongly convicted prisoner is set free after two decades on death row in this six-episode series produced by Breaking Bad's Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein.
TUE / April 23
Backyard Oil NEW Discovery Reality 10p
The Getaway NEW Esquire Travel 10p
Anthony Bourdain-produced travelogue follows celebrities (including Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari, Aisha Tyler, and Eve) on their vacations.
Girl Code NEW MTV Comedy 10:30p
Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life NEW MTV Reality 11p
Knife Fight NEW Esquire Reality competition 9p
New cooking competition is hosted by former Top Chef winner Ilan Hall; judges include Eric Wareheim.
THU / April 25
Giving You the Business NEW Food Network Reality competition 10p
FRI / April 26
Al Madrigal: Why is the Rabbit Crying? NEW Comedy Central Special 11p
SAT / April 27
Stonados NEW Syfy Movie 9p
Boulder tornadoes!
MON / April 29
Betsey + Lulu NEW Style Reality 8p
The Big C Watch trailer Showtime Comedy/Drama 10p
The canceled cancer dramedy shifts to an hourlong format for its final four episodes, which will conclude the story of Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney). Structured like a miniseries (complete with its own subtitle, Hereafter), The Big C's final hours will emphasize drama over comedy, and will provide answers to last season's cliffhanger ending in addition to providing a satisfying ending to the series. Kathy Najimy guests.
Red, White & New NEW Travel Reality 10p
Resale Royalty NEW Style Reality 9p
Warehouse 13 Syfy Sci-fi/Drama 10p
Ten new episodes (picking up where the midseason cliffhanger left off) wrap up season 4, which sees Polly Walker (Caprica) and Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King) guesting in multiple episodes apiece, joining returning guest stars Kate Mulgrew and Jaime Murray.
TUE / April 30
Airport 24/7: Miami Travel Reality 9p
Inside Amy Schumer NEW Comedy Central Comedy 10p
The comic's new show blend sketches, stand-up, and person-on-the-street segments.
Weird or What? NEW Syfy Reality 9p
William Shatner hosts.

May premieres

Show Network Type Time
WED / May 1
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius NEW Discovery Reality competition 10p
Family Tools NEW ABC Comedy 8:30p
ABC's delayed new sitcom is based on the BBC series White Van Man, which was briefly a hit before quickly tanking in its second season. The American version (which changes the van color to red to show just how different it is) finds star Kyle Bornheimer (Perfect Couples) taking over the family handyman business from his father (J.K. Simmons) even though everyone expects him to fail. Just 10 episodes were ordered, and Simmons has already landed a role in another pilot, so don't expect this one to last long.
Mythbusters Discovery Reality tbd
THU / May 2
The Show with Vinny NEW MTV Talk 10p
Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous NEW MTV Comedy 10:30p
FRI / May 3
Maron NEW Watch trailer IFC Comedy 10p
Stand-up comedian Marc Maron has revitalized his career with his podcast WTF, which, over the past four years, has become the go-to place for fellow comedians to discuss their craft. (More accurately, the go-to place is Maron's garage, where the podcast is taped.) His new 10-episode IFC show builds on that podcast, surrounding interview segments with scripted scenes in which Maron plays a character based on himself. Judd Hirsch and Andy Kindler co-star as Maron's father and best friend, respectively, while folks like Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Denis Leary, Dave Foley, Mark Duplass, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Illeana Douglas will make guest appearances throughout the season.
Merlin Syfy Drama/Fantasy 10p
Final five episodes, concluding with the series finale on May 31.
SAT / May 4
Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story Hallmark Movie 9p
MON / May 6
Newlyweds: The First Year NEW Bravo Reality 10p
Rihanna 777 NEW Fox Special 8p
WED / May 8
Million Dollar Listing New York Bravo Reality 10p
THU / May 9
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell FX Talk 11p
FRI / May 10
Bob Saget: That's What I'm Talkin' About NEW Showtime Special 10p
SAT / May 11
Beverly Lewis' The Confession NEW Hallmark Movie 9p
TUE / May 14
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal NEW PBS Miniseries/Documentary 8p
Four-hour series will air back-to-back episodes tonight and on May 21st on most PBS stations.
So You Think You Can Dance Fox Reality competition 8p
WED / May 15
Does Someone Have to Go? NEW Fox Reality 9p
Reality series asks employees of struggling companies whether their coworkers should be fired (you know, for fun). Special sneak preview tonight; series begins in its normal Thursday 8p timeslot on May 23
SAT / May 18
28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony NEW HBO Special 9p
SUN / May 19
North America NEW Discovery Miniseries/Documentary 9p
MON / May 20
American Masters: Mel Brooks NEW PBS Special/Documentary 9p
The Goodwin Games NEW Fox Comedy 8:30p
This comedy about feuding siblings who compete to win their late father's inheritance comes from the producers of How I Met Your Mother and stars Scott Foley, Becki Newton, T.J. Miller, and Kat Foster. Fox seems to have little confidence in the series, slashing its order form 13 episodes to 7 and delaying it to summer.
Motive NEW ABC Drama 10p
Crime drama shifts to Thursdays at 9p beginning 5/23.
WED / May 22
MasterChef Fox Reality competition 8p
THU / May 23
Rookie Blue ABC Drama 10p
SUN / May 26
Arrested Development Netflix Comedy n/a
Certainly our most anticipated TV arrival this spring, Netflix's revival of the critically acclaimed comedy Arrested Development will feature 15 new episodes (up from the originally planned 10), all available for streaming immediately. Each episode will focus on a single character (only Jason Bateman appears in every episode), and can be watched in any order; all of them set up a story for an eventual Arrested Development movie, though that hasn't been greenlit yet. The entire cast returns (with Michael Cera pulling double duty as a member of the writing staff), along with returning guests like Martin Mull, Judy Greer, Liza Minnelli, Ben Stiller, Carl Weathers, and Andy Richter and newcomers such as John Slattery, Kristen Wiig, and Seth Rogen.
Behind the Candelabra NEW HBO Movie 9p
Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
MON / May 27
The Bachelorette ABC Reality competition 8p
Ring of Fire NEW Lifetime Movie 8p
Biopic about June Carter Cash stars Jewel, Frances Conroy, John Doe and Matt Ross.
TUE / May 28
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition ABC Reality 8p
Never Do This at Home NEW Spike Reality 11p
WED / May 29
The American Baking Competition NEW CBS Reality competition 8p
What Would You Do? ABC Reality 10p


Show Network Type Time
Family Tree NEW Watch trailer HBO Comedy tbd May
Writer-director Christopher Guest takes his patented improvisational mockumentary formula (best seen in films ranging from Best in Show to Waiting for Guffman) to HBO for a new comedy series. Family Tree stars Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) alongside many of Guest's usual collaborators, including Michael McKean, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Jim Piddock (who also writes), and Fred Willard (plus Guest himself). O'Dowd plays a recently unemployed man who uses his new free time to investigate his family roots after receiving a mysterious package from an aunt he didn't know he had.
Parts Unknown NEW Watch trailer CNN Travel/Food tbd April
With the news business proving to be a surprisingly tough nut for CNN to crack, the cable network is diversifying into—what else—the reality show business this spring. On tap for April are documentary series from Morgan Spurlock (Inside Man) and Ridley Scott (Crimes of the Century), but the network's biggest coup has been stealing Anthony Bourdain away from the Travel Channel. Bourdain's Parts Unknown will follow the formula established by the chef-turned-author-turned-world traveler on his long-running No Reservations program (with that show's crew also making the jump to CNN), though CNN's greater resources will allow Bourdain to venture into even more remote and unsafe areas of the globe, including Libya and Detroit.


Comments (4)

  • LamontRaymond  

    Agree with FleshWord that Phil Spector looks stupid just like Game Change. You get these name actors playing a parody of the person, and that's all they do. To think that these people actually get nominated for such performances is a joke. I'm up for Orphan Black will probably watch if the score is high enough. And I really hope that Game of Thrones gets better. Season 1 was fantastic, but Season 2 bored me to tears.

  • BobbyPeru  

    Interested to see Bourdain's transition to CNN and if Parts Unknown is any different than No Reservations beyond the more dangerous locations. Can't wait for Mad Men, Arrested Development and Game of Thrones as well. Not sure if any new shows will pull me in but Mads Mikkelsen is always fun to watch. Thanks for the preview and keep 'em coming.

  • frozoneify  

    Don't forget season three of The Killing.

  • FleshWorld  

    I'm highly skeptical of Hannibal so closely on the heels of The Following. And a Spector movie?? How is that interesting. I'm very much on the fence about Bates Motel if it is a little more Twin Peaksian and kooky, I'll explore it, but I generally wouldn't be so up for seeing the story of a young Norman Bates. And speaking of these shows The Follwoing, Hannibal, and Bates they're all about deranged killers. And they're not using guns. I think Hollywood is suggesting that we, as a society, need to focus on these very distrubed humans and not on the legally purchased guns that have gotten a bad rap over the last few months since Newtown. Who knows? Obviously these shows have been in development for a long while. But did you catch the last 5 minutes of last week's The Following? The guy serving himself up for execution? Disturbing as hell.

    Thanks, as always, for this calendar big time helpful in programming the DVR.

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