Guide to April 2013 TV premieres, finales, movies, specials


  • Jeremy Irons, Holliday Grainger and Francois Arnaud return April 13 for Season 3 of "The Borgias" on Showtime.
Jeremy Irons, Holliday Grainger and Francois Arnaud return April 13 for… (Jim Fiscus / Showtime )
March 23, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

The last weekend of March offered up a bunch of TV events, but you ain't seen nothing yet. April 2013 brings showers of season and series premieres, finales and films to add to the already launched new seasons of "Game of Thrones," Doctor Who" and others.

"Warehouse 13" comes back to Syfy, while the network debuts its long-in-the-works "Defiance." Starz' "Spartacus" says good-bye just in time for the exciting new series "Da Vinci's Demons." "The Borgias" on Showtime and "Veep" on HBO begin news seasons. Sundance debuts its crushing new drama "Rectify," while DirecTV brings us its new crime thriller "Rogue" and NBC debuts "Hannibal."

Check out the month's big dates below, and come back here every Monday for weekly TV picks. As always, I'll add to this list as new premieres are announced. All times listed are Central.

Monday, April 1
7:30 | "MAD," Cartoon Network (season 4 premiere)
7 | "The Real Housewives of Orange County," Bravo (season 8 premiere)
8 | "Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout? Man vs. Scout," Nat Geo (series finale)
11 | "Kristen Schaal: Live at the Fillmore," Comedy Central (stand-up special)

Tuesday, April 2
8 | "The New Normal," NBC (season finale)
8 | "The Agony and the Ecstacy of Phil Spector," BBC America (special)
8 | "Find Me My Man," Oxygen (series premiere; "Titan of Love" Natalie Clarice helps Miami women find matches)

Wednesday, April 3
7 | "What Plants Talk About," PBS ("Nature" premiere; look at how plants behave)
7 | "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan," Sony Movie Channel (doc)
8 | "Spies of Warsaw," BBC America (miniseries premiere; spies work in Poland before WWII; conclusion April 10) Read my review here.
8 | "Rogue," DirecTV Audience Network (series premiere; cop goes rogue after son is murdered)
8:30 | "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)," ABC (series premiere; single mom moves back home)
9 | "Best Ink," Oxygen (season 2 premiere)
9 | "My Crazy Obsession," TLC (season 2 premiere)
9 | "30 Days in May," Showtime (doc premiere; Floyd Mayweather's 2012 incarceration)

Thursday, April 4
6 | "Highway Thru Hell: After the Crash," Nat Geo (season finale)
8 | "America's Worst Tattoos," TLC (series premiere; bad tatts)
8:30 | "Go On," NBC (new night, time)
9 | "Hannibal," NBC (series premiere; Hannibal Lecter before "Silence of the Lambs")
9 | "Men at Work," TBS (season premiere)
9 | "Tabatha Takes Over," Bravo (season 5 premiere)
9 | "NY Ink," TLC (season premiere)

Friday, April 5
7 | "A Woman's World: The Defining Era of Women in Film," TCM (Friday Night Spotlight event premiere; month of 17 films handpicked by Cher to illustrate the evolving roles of women from the late 1930s to the early '50s)
8 | "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook," PBS (season 3 premiere; check local listings)
10 | "Vice," HBO (news magazine premiere)

Saturday, April 6
11 a.m. | "My First Home," TLC (season 5 premiere)
6 p.m. | "Garage Gold," DIY Network (series premiere; family business cleans garages out, sells findings for profit)
7 | "A Mother's Rage," Lifetime (movie; mother gets in extreme to keep daughter safe)
8 | "Smash," NBC (new night, time)
8 | "Battledogs," Syfy (movie; super-canines battle werewolves)

Sunday, April 7
7 | "48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards," CBS (special)
8 | "Mad Men," AMC (season 6 premiere)
8 | "Gabriel Iglesias: Aloha Fluffy," Comedy Central (stand-up special; also April 14)
8 | "Chopped All-Stars," Food Network (season premiere)
8 | "Snapped," Oxygen (season 10 premiere)
9 | "Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance," PBS (special; artistic uprising in a Nazi concentration camp; check local listings)
9 | "Cocaine Wars: Narco Sub Mystery," Nat Geo (special)
9 | "Sex Slaves: Windy City," MSNBC (MSNBC Docs premiere; read more here)

Monday, April 8
8 | "50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus," HBO (doc; Jewish-American couple Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus traveled to Nazi-controlled Vienna in 1939 to save a group of children from Holocaust)
9 | "Monday Mornings," TNT (season finale)

Tuesday, April 9
7 | "Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character," PBS ("American Masters" premiere)
8 | "Ready for Love," NBC (series premiere; dating reality show)
8 | "Finding a Man," Oxygen (series premiere; dating reality show)
8 | "Counting Cars," History (season premiere)
8 | "Cocaine Wars: Drug Mules," Nat Geo (special)
8:30 | "Carol Burnett and the Funny Ladies," PBS ("Pioneers of Television" premiere)
9 | "Cougar Town," TBS (2-hour season finale)
9 | "The Kandi Factory," Bravo (series premiere; Kandi Burruss helps aspiring artists)

Wednesday, April 10
8 | "World's Weirdest: Oddities," Nat Geo WILD (season premiere)
8 | "Toy Hunter," Travel (season 2 premiere)
9 | "Deep South Paranormal," Syfy (series premiere; bayou-based team goes after ghosts)

Thursday, April 11
8 | "Farm Kings," GAC (season premiere)
8:30 | "Go On," NBC (season finale)
9 | "The Moment," USA (series premiere; chance at dream careers)
9 | "The Graham Norton Show," BBC America (season 13 premiere)

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