April TV Preview: 'Gotham,' 'Fargo' Return; 'Brockmire,' 'American Gods' Debut

A guide to this month's can't-miss premiere dates and previews

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April is jam-packed with exciting TV offerings, from new seasons of cable dramas like "Fargo" and "Better Call Saul" to Spring premieres of network shows on extended breaks like "Gotham" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" to an all new season of Chelsea Handler's Netflix talk show "Chelsea."

There's also tons of brand new programming to look out for, including Starz's deity-vs-deity spectacle "American Gods," Amazon's Hugh Hefner docu-series "American Playboy," and IFC's "Brockmire"—starring "Simpsons" legend Hank Azaria.

"iZombie" (CW) — April 4

The CW's "iZombie," an undead procedural where star Rose McIver eats brains to solve murders, returns for Season 3 in early April with an all new episode called ""Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother."

Check out a trailer:

iZombie returns Tuesday, April 4 at 9 p.m. on the CW.

"Brockmire" (IFC) — April 5

Hank Azaria stars as Jim Brockmire, a sports broadcaster making an epic comeback after a profanity-laced breakdown on IFC's new series "Brockmire," adapted from a 2010 episode of Funny or Die's "Gamechangers."

Get an early look at the first episode on IFC.com and check out the Funny or Die sketch that inspired the series here.

"Brockmire" premieres Wednesday, April 5 at 10 p.m. on IFC.

"American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story" (Amazon) — April 7

This new docu-series from Amazon is based on thousands of hours of Hugh Hefner footage and has New Zealand actor Matt Whelan playing a young version of the Playboy founder in cinematic re-enactments."

Check out a trailer:

"American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story" premieres Friday, April 7 on Amazon Prime.

"The Son" (AMC) — April 8

Pierce Brosnan plays a Texas cattle rancher who lives by the Comanche code on AMC's western drama "The Son." Check out a trailer for the new series:

"The Son" debuts Saturday, April 8 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

"Better Call Saul" (AMC) — April 10

Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) inches closer to "Breaking Bad" on Season 3 of "Better Call Saul," also featuring the debut of Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).

Check out a clip from the new season:

"Better Call Saul" returns for Season 3 on Monday, April 10 at 10 p.m. on AMC.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox) — April 11

2016 Stern Show guest and "Saturday Night Live" veteran Andy Samberg stars alongside Terry Crews ("The Expendables"), Andre Braugher ("Duets"), and Chelsea Peretti on the NYC cop comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," returning in April for the back half of Season 4.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" resumes Tuesday, April 11 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

"Chelsea" (Netflix) — April 14

Comedian, TV star, and frequent Stern Show guest Chelsea Handler is gearing up for the second season of her hour-long weekly Netflix talk show. Check out a teaser:

"Chelsea" Season 2 debuts Friday, April 14 on Netflix.

"Fargo" (FX) — April 19

The Emmy-winning anthology crime drama returns in April with a brand new cast, including Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, 2015 Stern Show guest Jim Gaffigan, and a nearly unrecognizable Ewan McGregor playing twin brothers.

Check out a trailer for the new season:

"Fargo" kicks off Season 3 on Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. on FX.

"Gotham" (Fox) — April 24

Ben McKenzie stars as Detective Jim Gordon on the DC Comics-inspired cop drama that tracks the origins of many beloved Batman villains, including Penguin (played by 2016 Stern Show guest Robin Lord Taylor) and Riddler (play by Cory Michael Smith).

Check out a trailer for new episode "How the Riddler Got His Name":

"Gotham" returns from hiatus Monday, April 24 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

"Catastrophe" (Amazon) — April 28

Sharon Hogan and Rob Delaney star on the raunchy British comedy "Catastrophe," hitting Amazon Prime in late April. The late, great Carrie Fisher co-stars as Delaney's mother and will appear on the new season in what will be one of her final on-screen performances.

Check out a teaser for the new season:

Season 3 of "Catastrophe" premieres in the U.S. on Friday, April 28 on Amazon.

"American Gods" (Starz) — April 30

From Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal") and Michael Green ("Logan") comes this new Starz series based on a Neil Gaiman novel following a prisoner named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) hired by the Norse god Odin (Ian McShane) to trek across America and track down ancient deities. The eight-episode first season also features Crispin Glover, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Stormare, Dane Cook, and six-time Emmy-winner Cloris Leachman.

Check out the bizarre and bloody trailer:

"American Gods" premieres Thursday, April 30 at 9 p.m. on Starz.