5 new shows premiering in April 2023 from Disney to Amazon

Citadel -- Courtesy of Prime Video
Citadel -- Courtesy of Prime Video /

A new month means that there are new shows to try out. So, if you’ve caught up on everything that came out in March, check out this list and see if anything premiering this month might end up becoming your new favorite show.

The Crossover – Disney+ (April 4th)

Disney’s new series is based on the hit book of the same name and centers around two brothers, who are the stars of their basketball team. With their dad as the coach and their mom as the principal of the school; the brothers are ready to live out the championship dreams that they’ve been planning since middle school.

They then take that basketball success forward in their lives to become star players. However, as in any good coming of age drama, life seems to get in the way more often than not.

Health complications arise in the family and the brothers each have to discover who they are as a person. The book has been incredibly well received, winning both the John Newbery Medal and a Coretta Scott King Award Honor, so needless to say, it’s exciting to see how this story will be translated to the television screen.

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies – Paramount Plus (April 6th)

It’s hard to overstate just how much of a big deal Grease was, when it first came out. The movie was the highest grossing film of 1978, beating movies like the original Superman and Jaws 2.

While that kind of success would guarantee a whole cinematic universe these days, Grease only ever got a single, poorly received sequel, and that’s it. There were the occasional rumors of a third movie over the years, but nothing more ever happened until now.

Paramount has a new series that serves as a prequel to the original movie. Set a few years before the events of the film, Rise of the Pink Ladies tells the origin story of the clique that was so popular during the movie.

While there are supposed to be new songs in the show (it’s set in a musical world after all), the trailer also features characters singing the title number from the original movie as well.

Tiny Beautiful Things – Hulu (April 7th)

The same year her memoir Wild, about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, blew up the bestsellers lists, author Cheryl Strayed also released a self-help book titled Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. The book was a compilation of essays from an advice column titled “Dear Sugar” that Strayed wrote from 2010 to 2012.

It features some of her favorite essays, as well as some that were never published in the online column. The book was adapted into a play in 2016, received critical praise and had an initial sold-out run.

Now the book is being adapted into a television series with Kathryn Hahn playing Claire, the show’s stand-in for Cheryl Strayed, who takes a position writing for an anonymous advice column called Sugar. The series seems to be adapting the advice column model by having Claire give advice to her younger self, with Sarah Pidgeon playing Young Claire in flashbacks during the show.

This series seems designed to tug at the heartstrings, and if you cry more than once during this series, that means the show is doing its job.

Mrs. Davis – Peacock (April 20th)

Damon Lindelof is a pretty big deal in the world of genre television. Best known as the other guy who created Lost, alongside JJ Abrams, Lindelof went on to develop both The Leftovers and Watchmen for HBO.

His latest show, along with co-creator Tara Hernandez, is another dip into genre television, but is taking the plot in a wild direction. Mrs. Davis is a seemingly, all knowing benevolent app that is winning the hearts and minds of people all over the world.

Simone, the main character, is a nun who is determined to destroy the app, as it might be the most evil thing in the world. Lindelof loves a story with twists and turns, and this one looks like it’s going to be crammed full of that.

There’s no real way to tell from the promotional material where the show is headed, but at some point, the holy grail may get involved. It looks like it’s going to be that kind of show.

Citadel – Amazon (April 28th)

Amazon is still looking for its big, culturally dominant, Game of Thrones level hit. The next show that could possibly accomplish that is Citadel.

The show is about two spies, Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra, who worked for The Citadel, a global spy agency that was loyal to no single nation. With the destruction of The Citadel, the memories of the spies were wiped clean.

The two spies now have to piece their memories back together to discover how they knew each other, and what important information they once held. The series is going all out with a massive budget, being created by The Russo Brothers, who directed Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

So, you can expect a mega franchise from them. And it looks like that’s exactly what Amazon is looking for.

One of the most interesting aspects of the series is the world that it’s trying to build and how it’s doing that. There are already multiple spinoff series in development, with each one focusing on different spies of The Citadel while taking place in a different country.

Each show is being developed by talent from that country’s film industry, to be able to give the entire franchise a truly global feel.

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Which of the TV shows we listed above will you be watching? Share your thoughts in the comments below, we’d love to read them!