HBO and Apple TV appear to be making it difficult for their viewers to pick between them in April. Both the streaming networks are set to drop some of the most shocking, entertaining, and binge-worthy stories. Award-winning actors and directors will keep you hooked to your tv screens and engaged all through the month. An award-winning sketch comedy series returns with its third season, Tony Hawk tells us his life’s story, an anthology series that uses satire unlike any other, and Magic Johnson’s life takes the center court once again.
Below is a list of HBO and Apple TV programs, movies, and series premiering in April 2022!
Slow Horses (Apple TV) – April 1
‘Slow Horses’ follows a group of British intelligence agents who work at Slough House. This sector of the agency operates with agents let go by MI5 on account of them being prone to error. Jackson Lamb is a bright and tactful leader who ends up here due to his many previous blunders. To restore his status, he must collaborate with Slough House agents to solve crimes.
The series is based on the same-named novel by mystery and thriller writer Mick Herron. It stars Gary Oldman (‘State of Grace’), Jack Lowden (‘Capone’), Kristin Scott Thomas (‘The Invisible Woman’), Chris Reilly (‘Wrath of Man’), Jonathan Pryce (‘Taboo’) along with actors Antonio Aakeel, Rosalind Eleazar, and Olivia Cooke. Filmmaker James Hawes serves as its director.
Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas have previously starred together before in the war drama ‘Darkest Hour’ (2017).
Watch ‘Slow Horses’ on Apple TV: HERE
The Invisible Pilot (HBO) – April 4
Gary Betzner was a daring and passionate pilot who lived with his family in Arkansas in the 1970s. He was a crop duster pilot who avoided several accidents and plane crashes. Despite leading a seemingly joyful life, he tragically leaped off a bridge in 1977. It was eventually discovered that he was living a double life as an international drug smuggler. The three-part documentary will feature his transformation from a family man to a drug peddler while engaging in covert U.S government operations.
The Invisible Pilot is directed by filmmaker Adam McKay.
Watch ‘The Invisible Pilot’ on HBO: HERE
Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Falls Off (HBO) – April 5
Tony Hawk’s family life, career, and relationship with skateboarding are all chronicled in this documentary film. It will feature unseen footage and demonstrate his desire to never give up. Also, there will be interviews and personal accounts from prominent skateboarding athletes. His famous 900-spin will also be chronicled in the film.
Tony Hawk is a legendary skateboarder, entrepreneur, and founder of The Skatepark Project. He is one of the most well-known personalities in the world of Skateboarding. He has made cameo appearances in several movies, TV series and also has video game series named after him.
Watch ‘Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Falls Off’ on HBO: HERE
Close Enough: Season 3 (HBO) – April 7
‘Close Enough‘ is an adult-themed animated sitcom that takes a comedic look at a couple dealing with everyday problems. Raising their daughter, they live with their two divorced best friends. They occupy a small apartment on the outskirts of Los Angeles as they try to balance their varying lifestyles and ambitions. As asked in the trailer, “are all adult activities just kid’s activities with drinking?”
The animated series is created by J. G. Quintel, who also voices the character Joshua “Josh” Singleton. The voice cast for the other characters includes Gabrielle Walsh, Jessica DiCicco, James Adomian, Jason Mantzoukas, Kimiko Glenn, and Danielle Brooks.
Watch ‘Close Enough’ on HBO: HERE
A Black Lady Sketch Show: Season 3 (HBO) – April 8
‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ is returning to HBO for its third season this April. In a comedic yet realistic way, an alternate reality is explored via this half-hour narrative sketch comedy.
The comedy sketch show is created by Robin Thede. Along with her in the cast are Gabrielle Dennis, Skye Townsend, and Ashley Nicole Black. Several celebrities are set to appear in guest roles, including Raven-Symoné, Wanda Sykes, Kel Mitchell, Michael Ealy, Wayne Brady, and many others.
It won a Prime Time Emmy Award under ‘Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming’ in 2021.
Stream ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ on HBO: HERE
The Garcias (HBO) – April 14
This upcoming comedy sitcom follows the Garcia family. It picks up after 15 years. The Garcia kids are now grownups with their children and have their own adventures and tales to tell. They have gathered in their luxurious beach villa in Mexico for a summer two-month holiday.
‘The Garcias’ is a follow-up series to ‘The Brothers García’ that concluded in 2004. Jeff Valdez returns as the director. It was the first English-language sitcom with a cast and staff entirely made up of Latinos. The cast includes Carlos Lacámara, Ada Maris, Jeffrey Licon, Vaneza Pitynski, Alvin Alvarez returning to the show.
Watch ‘The Garcias’ on HBO: HERE
Roar (Apple TV) – April 15
‘Roar’, as shown in the teaser, employs dark comedy to highlight women’s daily hardships. It labels each of its eight stories with realistic takes, such as ‘The woman kept on the shelf’ resembling a trophy wife and ‘the woman who solved her own murder’ showing a female ghost trying to find her killer. Scenes reflected also depict how women are overshadowed, overlooked, and taken for granted in their lives.
Nicole Kidman (‘Being the Ricardos’), Merritt Wever (‘Nurse Jackie’), Alison Brie (‘Community’), Betty Gilpin (‘The Grudge’ 2020), Meera Syal (‘The Kumars at No. 42’), Fivel Stewart (‘The Haunting of Sharon Tate’) and Kara Hayward (‘To the Stars’) are cast in the series. Producers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch developed the anthology series. They have worked with Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin in the comedy-drama series ‘GLOW’.
‘Roar’ is based on the works of writer Cecelia Ahern. She also authored the novel ‘PS, I Love You’ which was adapted into a film starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler released in 2007.
Watch ‘Roar’ on Apple TV: HERE
The Flight Attendant: Season 2 (HBO) – April 21
In season one, Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant, is an alcoholic in denial. Between flights, she spends her time drinking to push away her trauma. After hooking up with Alex, she wakes up beside his dead body unable to confirm if she killed him. Season two will feature a sober Cassie who spends her free time working for the CIA. She becomes engaged in another international conspiracy after witnessing a murder.
The Flight Attendant stars Kaley Cuoco (‘The Big Bang Theory’), Zosia Mamet (‘Girls’), Rosie Perez (‘Fearless’), T. R. Knight (‘Grey’s Anatomy’), Alanna Ubach (‘Euphoria’), Shohreh Aghdashloo (‘Star Trek Beyond’) and Santiago Cabrera (‘Star Trek: Picard’). Sharon Stone (‘Casino’) will join the cast in season two.
It is based on the fiction novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian. Producer and screenwriter Steve Yockey developed the series.
Watch ‘The Flight Attendant’ on HBO: HERE
They Call Me Magic (Apple TV) – April 22
This four-part documentary will chronicle Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s life and legacy. It will feature his humble beginnings, success at basketball, and his retirement due to testing positive for HIV. It will also showcase his ventures outside basketball, including his community work, activism, and business ventures.
Featured in the documentary are members of the Johnson family, sports journalist Fred Stabley Jr, former U.S President Barack Obama, hip-hop artists LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, actor Samuel L Jackson, and retired NBA stars Dwayne Wade, Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neal, and Michel Jordan.
Stream ‘They Call Me Magic’ on Apple TV: HERE
The Baby (HBO) – April 24
Bonding over a card game and wine, Natasha asks her friend if her life was better before she had a baby. Coming across other mothers and their children, one evening a baby quite literally drops into her hands. She has no intention of keeping the baby and makes every effort to abandon it. This baby has a sinister nature and will not let go of her.
The horror-comedy is created by Siân Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer. Michelle de Swarte plays the lead role of Natasha. Sinéad Cusack, Isy Suttie, Shvorne Marks and Amira Ghazalla are also cast in the series.
Watch ‘The Baby’ on HBO: HERE
Barry: Season 3 (HBO) – April 24
Barry is a former marine who now works as a hitman in the comedy-drama. He is given a list of targets whom he assassinates diligently. He begins acting classes to improve his lifestyle, but he is unable to convey any emotion when acting due to his stealthy nature. Barry is divided between two lives in the upcoming season, striving to detangle himself from the world of contract killing and immerse himself in acting.
‘Barry’ is created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader, who also plays the titular character. Its most recent season ended in 2019, and it will return after a three-year hiatus. The cast includes Anthony Carrigan, Glenn Fleshler, Sarah Goldberg, Stephen Root, and Henry Winkler. Bill Hader and Henry Winkler both won Primetime Emmy Awards for their performances in the series.
Watch ‘Barry’ on HBO: HERE
We Own This City (HBO) – April 25
This television miniseries will explore a conspiracy involving the Baltimore Police Department. Instead of reporting drug busts, cops go on a spree and pocket the spoils. They deceive investigators by filing false documentation and making misleading claims while under investigation. Rather than dealing with the city’s drug and gun problems, they decide to exploit it.
‘We Own This City’ is based on the nonfiction works of writer and investigative reporter Justin Fenton.
The crime drama is directed by filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green, and its cast members include Jon Bernthal (‘The Wolf of Wall Street’), Wunmi Mosaku (‘His House’), Jamie Hector (‘The Wire‘), Darrell Britt-Gibson (‘Judas and the Black Messiah’), Josh Charles (‘The Good Wife’), Dagmara Domińczyk (‘The Lost Daughter’) and Don Harvey (‘The Thin Red Line’).
Reinaldo Marcus Green and Jon Bernthal also worked together in the Oscar-nominated film ‘King Richard’ (2021).
Watch ‘We Own This City’ on HBO: HERE
The Survivor (HBO) – April 27
‘The Survivor’ is a biographical movie based on the life of boxer Hertzka ‘Harry’ Haft. Filled with guilt and a passion for success, it will follow his story from being a survivor of the Auschwitz extermination camp to fighting heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano in the ring. At the camp, he is forced to participate in boxing bouts for the enjoyment of the Nazi officials. The stakes being, the winner gets to fight another match while the loser is executed in the gas chamber.
Ben Foster (‘Leave No Trace‘), is will portray boxer Harry Haft while Danny DeVito (‘The War of the Roses‘) plays boxing trainer Charley Goldman. Barry Levinson directs the biographical drama movie. Hans Zimmer composed the music for the film and Justine Juel Gillmer wrote the story. It has a cast that includes John Leguizamo (‘The Pest’), Vicky Krieps (‘Old’), Billy Magnussen (‘The Many Saints of Newark’), Peter Sarsgaard (‘Orphan’), Dar Zuzovsky, and Björn Freiberg.
Ben Foster undergoes a massive physical transformation to play this role set in three different decades.
Watch ‘The Survivor’ on HBO: HERE
Shining Girls (Apple TV) – April 29
Kirby Mazrachi is dealing with concerns about memory and identity after surviving an assault. Her career as a journalist is halted, while she struggles with her memory as a result of this horrible encounter. When she learns of a murder tied to her assaults, she teams up with experienced reporter Dan Velazquez to track out the perpetrator. Unfortunately, her story continues to change since the culprit can travel through time and alter her reality.
It has a cast list that consists of Elisabeth Moss (‘Mad Men’), Wagner Moura (‘Narcos’), Jamie Bell (‘Skin’), Phillipa Soo (‘The Code’), and Amy Brenneman (‘Private Practice’). This upcoming eight-episode suspense thriller TV series is based on South African writer Lauren Beukes’s thriller novel of the same name.
Watch ‘Shining Girls’ on Apple TV: HERE