Sunday, 4/6: Game of Thrones (9PM) / Silicon Valley (10PM) / Veep (10:30PM) on HBO
HBO’s sprawling fantasy series Game of Thrones returns for a fourth season this month. The season’s key art hanging above reads “All Men Must Die.” Fans of the series and the George R.R. Martin’s Ice and Fire books are keen to these telling words. The High Valyrian phrase “Valar Morghulis” has been whispered amongst our dwindling characters on more than one occasion thus far. The big question going into this season: can they top the sheer insanity, mayhem, and surprise that was the Red Wedding? My bet says yes. Watch teasers and trailers for GoT season 4 here and for even more clips click over to the show’s YouTube channel. Browse new, gritty character posters over here.
Following the premiere of Thrones is a new half-hour comedy from creator Mike Judge (Beavis & Butt-head, King of the Hill, Office Space) called Silicon Valley. Inspired partially by Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ‘80s, the show follows six computer engineers and programmers as they try to make it big in the same tech city where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple. Kumail Nanjiani, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, and Martin Starr star. Judge’s unique irreverent humor shines through with a cast that clicks. Get a taste at YouTube.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus reprises Vice President Selina Meyer in the third season of HBO’s critically acclaimed comedy Veep. This has got to be one of the most hysterically vulgar shows on TV today and it deserves your attention. From its understated cast to its organically twisty plotlines, Veep knows what its doing and it never fails to rip tears of laughter from your eye sockets. Watch new teasers, trailers, and promos for it here.
Sunday, 4/13: Mad Men (10PM, AMC)
Mad Men is about to enter its seventh and final season. Like AMC’s other hit drama Breaking Bad, the last season of Mad Men is bring broken into two halves; the first batch 7 episodes will air this spring (dubbed “The Beginning”) and the back 7 will air in spring 2015 (“The End of an Era”). Last we saw Mr. Don Draper he was booted from the ad agency and his marriage to Megan hangs in the balance. Don’s dark past has finally been outed to his colleagues and his kids and now we will see the fallout from that. Eye the trippy key art above designed by Milton Glaser and watch some season 7 teasers here (and here’s a helpful 2 minute series recapper).
Saturday, 4/19: Orphan Black (9PM, BBC America)
The highly anticipated second season of Orphan Black premieres later this month. Or should I say, The Tatiana Maslany Show. The actress astounds as she plays a myriad of clones fighting for their lives and now, apparently, their freedom. At the end of season 1 brainy and now sickly Cosima discovers that the clones have a patent coded into their DNA meaning they are, in fact, property owned by a [insert sinister corporation name here]. Is “pro-clone” Rachel Duncan the woman behind the curtain in charge of all this, or perhaps it’s the nefarious Dr. Leekie? This action-packed, emotionally charged, and quite humorous sci-fi drama proved itself early on last season that it’s an addicting thrill ride packed with mystery and intrigue; I for one cannot wait to see what happens next. All of the clones we know so far that are still alive star in their own poster promoting the new season; browse below.