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#Bingewatch: Your #TV #show guide for April 8th-14th

If 'Game of Thrones' ain't your jam, check out the shows hopelessly vying for attention in the week HBO drops the TV event of the year.

#Bingewatch: Your #TV #show guide for April 8th-14th

Hey bingewatcher! Let’s not mess around. We know you’re gonna be all over the latest and final season of Game of Thrones this week. The shorter season is shaping up to be an insane and satisfying grand finale, and we can’t wait to see who finally ends up sitting on the coveted Iron Throne. 

But if sprawling fantasy epics aren’t really your jam, we’ve got your weekly guide right here, an extensive list of all the series and season premieres hopelessly vying for attention in the week HBO is dropping the TV event of the year. These include Sam Rockwell’s first venture into miniseries territory with Fosse/Verdon, a sensational, all-singing all-dancing biopic of the musical genius Bob Fosse and his muse Gwen Verdon. 

If Mama Mia! Here We Go Again and Bohemian Rhapsody have put you off musicals for the next ten years, though, ironically the latest iteration of Les Misérables could be your cup of tea. This time it’s a BBC series lifted directed from Victor Hugo’s classic epic, mercifully leaving out the songs from its famous stage production. 

Whatever your TV tastes, it’s all happening this week, so set your watches to our guide below, and get bingewatching!

The Bold Type (Freeform)

Original air date June 20th, 2017
Season 3 airs Tuesdays from Apr. 9th, 2019

Bold and sassy comedy drama inspired by the glamorous life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles. Three friends – Jane, Kat, and Sutton – all work for Scarlet magazine and live outrageous, luxurious lives in New York City. Their job provides a prestigious platform for them to express their love of style and fashion, but their identities and relationships are tested by the demanding world of writing for one of the most globally popular magazines.

Stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy as the three tight friends, as well as Sam Page as a suave member of the board of directors and Melora Hardin as the magazine’s ruthless editor. If you ever thought The Devil Wears Prada was a tad too short, look no further than Freeform’s dazzling fashion series.

The Code (CBS)

Airs Tuesdays from Apr. 9th, 2019

Another acerbic legal procedural, this time honing in on the complicated, interwoven work and personal lives of the brightest military lawyers in the country. Each courtroom professional has their resolved tested to the very limits as they’re trained as a prosecutor, defense lawyer, investigator, and Marine all at once. The pilot is directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) and features Luke Mitchell (Blindspot) and Dana Delany (Bull).

Fosse/Verdon (FX)

Airs in eight parts from Apr. 9th, 2019

The classic musical Cabaret and its art house, autobiographical accompaniment All That Jazz get the miniseries treatment, with Sam Rockwell (Vice) taking on the choreography legend Bob Fosse. The influential theatre and film director was known for his passionate and tumultuous relationship with his muse, Gwen Verdon, arguably the greatest Broadway dancer of all time.

Their professional and romantic entanglement became the cause of endless scrutiny and debate, and many agree that their stunning contributions to the stage came at a great personal loss. The incomparable Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman) co-stars as Verdon, alongside an ensemble cast including The Leftover’s Margaret Qualley and Norbert Leo Butz, taking a break from his Broadway work to portray luminary playwright Paddy Chayefsky.  

You Me Her (AT&T/DirecTV)

Original air date Mar. 22nd, 2016
Season 4 airs Tuesdays from Apr. 9th, 2019

Jack and Emma are a successful couple in their thirties who’ve pretty much got life sorted, except for their sex life. Their attempts to conceive a child have been sabotaged by their lack of sex drive, and Jack is going to desperate lengths to try and sort the problem out.

A spur of spontaneity leads them to hire Izzy, a 25-year-old college student and part-time escort, as a third participant in the bedroom to spice things up. However, they never banked on both of them falling in love with her. Stars Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard, and Priscilla Faia as the polyamorous trio.

Special (Netflix)

Available on Netflix from Apr. 12th, 2019

A semi-autobiographical, comedic take on the life of comedian Ryan O’Connell. The series will explore what it’s like to live as a gay man with cerebral palsy, taking inspiration from Ryan’s 20s getting a new job, his own apartment, and moving away from his helicopter mother.

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Original air date Apr. 17th, 2011
Season 8 airs Sundays from Apr. 14th, 2019

The most prestigious fantasy show on TV right now makes its highly anticipated return after what felt like the longest break in the world. Whether you’re still on board with the race for the Iron Throne or eventually grew bored and irritated with its self-serious convolutions, it all ends here, and we’ve been promised a finale of Biblical proportions.

The final season has been cut down to just six glorious episodes, but the feature length conclusion is bound to satisfy all our most morbid needs. Expect more blood and nudity in a single episode than most shows will have in an entire season.

Needless to say, the cast includes Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, and many, many more. Hardcore fans will undoubtedly be left desperate for more skirmishes, betrayals, and incestuous love affairs in the world of Westeros, and HBO have heard your perverted cries.

Once the main story is all over, we’ve been promised at least one spin-off series, either continuing the adventures or a prequel series exploring how we got here, which will probably air before George R.R. Martin finishes the next book.

Les Misérables (PBS)

Airs in eight parts from Apr. 14th, 2019

Another adaptation of Victor Hugo’s gigantic exploration of poverty and misery, this time a BBC series that mercifully leaves out the stage production’s mawkish show tunes. The six episode epic chronicles the life of Jean Valjean, who goes from petty thief to respected aristocrat whilst evading the constant pursuit of the obsessive Inspector Javert.

The thrilling game of cat and mouse plays out against the backdrop of post-Napoleonic revolutionary France, and spans decades of explosive resistance, tragic sex work, orphans, drunks, and inequity on the streets of a country in historic turmoil.

Stars Dominic West (Tomb Raider) and David Oyelowo (A United Kingdom) as the two rivals alongside an all-star cast of British talent, including Lily Collins (Okja), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), and Derek Jacobi (Murder on the Orient Express). Written for television by Andrew Davies, renowned for his work on the 2016 adaptation of War & Peace.

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