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April showers bring … well, a host of hot new shows.
Gone are the days when May was just the lull between spring and summer TV seasons, a time for reruns and one-off specials. From murder mysteries to comedies, here’s what to look out for next month.
“Dancing With the Stars: Athletes”
April 30, 8 p.m., ABC
Technically the show starts at the end of April, but with the controversial Tonya Harding and the irreverent Adam Rippon as the high-profile contestants, there’s bound to be drama that will dominate May watercooler buzz.
May 6, 8 p.m., Starz
Based on the bestselling 2016 novel of the same name, this half-hour drama follows a young New York transplant as she lands a job in a glamorous restaurant and discovers what goes on behind the scenes in the world of fine dining.
Netflix, May 10
Created by bestselling crime writer Harlan Coban, “Safe” marks Michael C. Hall’s big return to TV post-“Dexter.” In the fast-paced thriller, Hall plays a British widower whose oldest daughter goes missing, exposing dark secrets in their idyllic community.
May 12 , 9 p.m., Showtime
Emmy-winner Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) stars as an upper-class British playboy with a troubled past and substance abuse problems. The five-episode limited series is likely to get awards buzz. It’s based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn.
May 13, 8 p.m., PBS
The latest incarnation of the classic Loiusa May Alcott story boasts an all-star cast including Angela Lansbury and Michael Gambon.
May 19, 8 p.m., HBO
The classic Ray Bradbury dystopian novel is getting a slick prestige update as an HBO movie, starring Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights,” “Black Panther”) and Michael Shannon.
“Picnic at Hanging Rock”
Amazon, May 25
It’s been a 1967 novel and a 1975 Peter Weir film, but now this classic atmospheric mystery set in the Australian bush is getting a TV series starring Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”).
“The Break with Michelle Wolf”
Netflix, May 27
Netflix cancelled Chelsea Handler’s show, but they’re clearly not giving up on female-driven comedy talk shows. Michelle Wolf (“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”) is calling hers a variety show sans politics.
May 30, 10 p.m., NBC
Starring Sarah Shahi (“Person of Interest”), this high-concept new series follows a former hostage negotiator saving people who are lost in a virtual-reality program.
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