What to watch this month: ‘Orphan Black,’ ‘Kimmy Schmidt,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ & more

Winter is coming to television this month. That’s right–Game of Thrones makes its long-awaited return and the world will know the fate of beloved character Jon Snow. With Thrones also comes one-two comedic punch from HBO, Silicon Valley and Veep. Elsewhere, the Walking Dead spinoff takes the high seas, Orphan Black journeys further down the rabbit hole, Kimmy Schmidt begs to be binged, AMC is preparing a miniseries starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. It’s a jam-packed month for new TV. Jump after the break for premiere dates, posters, and previews.

Tonight, The Walking Dead concludes its memorable sixth season. Next Sunday, spinoff prequel Fear the Walking Dead returns for its anticipated second run. In the season 1 finale, we left our LA-based survivors at Victor Strand’s luxurious estate, overlooking the open sea with Strand’s yacht Abigail floating in the distance. Get ready for lots of water-logged walkers and perhaps even zombie pirates! Okay, maybe not those, but it was fun to say. “No safe harbor” is the season’s tagline. Expect a much longer season this go-around; season 2 packs 15 episodes total, half of which will air this spring and the rest in the fall. Also, the Chris Hardwick hosted after show Talking Dead will accompany each installment this year, so look out for that. And last, in case you missed it, here’s a link to watch all 16 parts of the Fear web series Flight 462; the sole survivor of this zombie outbreak will go on to star in Fear this season.

Fear the Walking Dead premieres Sunday, April 10 at 9pm on AMC. Watch the cast and producers talk about what’s to come.

Orphan Black is back this month and its fourth season promises a return form as themes and characters from season 1 (namely, paranoia and answers about OG clone Beth Childs) resurface. So much is always happening in this captivating and admittedly convoluted sci-fi drama; the most intriguing thread left dangling at the end of last season, though, has to be Rachel waking up to find young clone Charlotte and Ethan Duncan’s apparently not-dead wife Susan! The mystery continues to unravel, and star Tatiana Maslany continues to shine in all of her roles. Can’t wait to see what she brings to new clone M.K. this season.

Orphan Black premieres Thursday, April 14 at 10pm on BBC America. Click here to watch a minute-long trailer.

She’s alive dammit, it’s a miracle! That’s right–the breakout Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is returning for its highly anticipated sophomore year. Now that Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) has put her captor Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) away in prison, she can move on and continue her eccentric city-life adventures with roommate Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess). Will season 2 manage to top the sheer brilliance that was “Peeno Noir“? Can’t wait to found out! In creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock I trust.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premieres in full Friday, April 15 on Netflix. Here’s the season 2 trailer.

An exhilarating miniseries is coming to AMC that looks to be cannot miss material. It’s called The Night Manager and its stellar cast includes Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Hugh Laurie (House), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), and Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean). The official logline reads:

The Night Manager is a contemporary interpretation of John le Carré’s best-selling spy novel, which follows hotel manager Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) in his quest to bring down international arms dealer Richard Roper (Laurie). Pine, a former soldier, is thrust into a world of international intrigue when he is recruited by a British intelligence officer (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate Roper’s inner circle. To get to the heart of Roper’s vast empire, Pine must withstand the allure of his beautiful girlfriend Jed (Debicki) and the suspicious interrogations of his venal chief of staff Major Corkoran (Hollander). In his quest to do the right thing, Pine must first become a criminal himself.

The Night Manager, a six-part miniseries, debuts Tuesday, April 19 at 10pm on AMC. Preview the new series here.

The best Sunday nights of the TV season are right around the corner. Will Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) rise from the ashes? More mysteries than ever linger in the upcoming sixth season of HBO’s hugely popular fantasy drama, Game of Thrones. This year marks the first time the show will explore storylines beyond the books; author George R.R. Martin has yet to release the sixth novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire collection. Later in the night, hysterical HBO sitcoms Silicon Valley and Veep debut their third and fifth seasons, respectively. In the former series, how will Pied Piper thrive in its new corporate environment now that Richard’s (Thomas Middleditch) CEO title has been stripped away? And in the latter, how will Selina’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) team respond to the unprecedented electoral tie that went down in last season’s stellar finale. Will President Meyer suddenly find herself in the Veep’s seat again (effectively making the show’s title make sense again)? No matter the ultimate turnouts here, we are all in for epically dramatic and wildly uproarious good times when HBO’s Sunday night lineup returns at the end of the month.

Game of ThronesSilicon Valley, and Veep premieres Sunday, April 24 on HBO. GoT airs at 9pm, followed by SV at 10 and Veep at 10:30. Click the provided links to watch trailers, and dive into the gallery below to view the key art for the comedies.

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