Welcome to TV Time’s monthly “Anticipation Report.” Every month we will profile the most anticipated new and returning TV series based on the millions of global show follows in our app. For April, it’s clear that fans are looking forward to a lot of high-concept sci-fi and supernatural series, while embracing heavy dramas as well.
First up for new shows is the ABC’s sci-fi vehicle The Crossing, which chronicles the arrival of a beach-full of war refugees who are from Earth, the catch being, they are from a future set 180 years from now. Followed directly behind, but in the same genre is Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot (No. 2). The original format may have debuted in 1965, but this one has a whole new following of more than 23K new (and younger) fans.
Killing Eve (No. 3) will see the return of Grey’s Anatomy alum Sandra Oh to TV. BBC America will debut the psychological thriller on April 8th. Additionally, another classic actor returns to TV in April. 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan heads to TBS in The Last O.G. on April 3rd after a serious car accident almost ended his life.
Coming in at No. 5 is the hugely popular spinoff to the Sword Art Online franchise, Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, is expected to debut on Tokyo MX and an anime outlet in April.
There’s a lot to look forward to on the comeback front with The CW paving the way. The post-apocalyptic drama, The 100, returns for its fifth season providing insights into the six-year time jump that fans were unexpectedly left with. Another CW favorite, The Originals (No. 2), awakens for its final season. The “fang-tastic” Vampire Diaries spinoff has gained 25% of its tracker base of 1.2 million followers since June of last year.
Fox’s New Girl (No. 4) also bids fans farewell this spring. Gaining 22% more of its following since last year, to complete it’s eight-episode final season run with a total of more than 991K followers.
Possibly 2018’s most hotly-anticipated entry is the return of HBO’s Westworld (No. 3). The show has amassed a massive following of nearly a million fans since it’s Season One sign off. It’s followed by Emmy Award winner The Handmaid’s Tale at (No. 5) where fans will return to Offred and a violent Gilead on April 25th.
Stick around for next month’s report to see if Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will take a hot position and whether Sweetbitter from Starz! will resonate with audiences.
*The monthly Anticipation Report tracks and ranks top series based on the millions of show follows across the globe in our TV Time app.
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