This 10-episode limited series is being billed as an “original adaptation” of the feature film. Creator Noah Hawley — with the Coen brothers’ blessing — uses the same bleak/chilly setting as the 1996 movie, but with a new crime and characters (played by Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman). Series premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, on FX.
Chuck Lorre’s new sticom ends its freshman season with one character celebrating a year of sobriety, while another goes into labor. Initially the show was a little off-putting — humorously dealing with teenage pregnancy, addiction and prison time — but it has become a gem due to the one-two comic punch of its leads (Anna Faris and Allison Janney). Season finale, 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, on CBS.
The network’s zombies are on hiatus until October, so it might be time to dive into the world of Revolutionary War spies in this new series. It’s based on Alexander Rose’s book “Washington’s Spies” and stars Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliott”) as a Long Island farmer who joins the Culper Ring. Last week’s premiere was complex, involving and looked gorgeous (the cinematography and design elements are first-rate). Bring on some more. 9 p.m. Sunday, April 13, on AMC.
Scott Weinger and Candace Cameron Bure (“Full House”) play visitors to the neighborhood in the season finale of this infectious comedy about aliens who live next door. It’s pretty silly stuff (the aliens take the names of sports figures), but the more-than-capable cast (Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman) can make the most ridiculous plots believable. Let’s hope ABC gives this well-written comedy a renewal for another season. No, I’m still not over the too-soon cancellation of “Happy Endings.” 8:31 p.m. Friday, April 11, on ABC.
Last month Fox canceled Greg Garcia’s goofy comedy, and that’s a shame. Fans will miss the slightly twisted residents of Natesville, and the wonderfully crass but loving Chance family, made up of actors who seemed up-for-anything: Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt, Lucas Neff and especially Cloris Leachman. Series finale, 9 p.m. Friday, April 4, on Fox.
SPOILER ALERT! What more could creator Shonda Rhimes possibly have in store for this hyper-paced, twist-filled nighttime soap in the next few weeks (the season finale airs April 17)? The last few episodes have seen the death of a major character (played by Emmy-winner Dan Bucatinsky), a murderous/crazy vice president (Kate Burton), an adulterous affair for the First Lady (Bellamy Young), face-licking and many close-ups of Olivia Pope (actress Kerry Washington is pregnant in real life). Hold on tight, Gladiators. 10 p.m. Thursday, April 3, on ABC.
Based on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, this quiet cousin to the other PBS British dramas (“Downton Abbey,” “Sherlock”), follows a group of London midwives. The series has its own special charms (and rabid fan base), but its heart and soul can be found in the character of Chummy (comedian Miranda Hart). For season three — set in 1959 — there are changes afoot, with a big move and new arrivals. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30, on KCTS