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Here are 10 TV shows to look forward to this spring





Yes, it’s March, but don’t think the “TV season” is over. Indeed, the whole idea of a “TV season” is becoming dated, as most outlets release new shows year-round. Here, for your convenience, is a selected list of shows — returning and new — still due before the end of May. I put them in order of anticipation level.

1. “Fargo” (April 19, FX)

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After two spectacular seasons, the second of which was my No. 1 series in 2015, the anthology series returns. This time around, the action is set in 2010, with Ewan McGregor as two brothers in a tense relationship. Also along: Carrie Coon, David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

2. “Veep” (April 16, HBO)

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TV’s sharpest political comedy returns for its sixth season to a political world that has gone topsy-turvy. Can it be more darkly satirical than reality? Will Selina, a narcissist with no substance, seem less of a sendup when compared with the extremes and excesses of Trump? If any show can do it, it’s this one.

3. “The Handmaid’s Tale” (April 26, Hulu)

Margaret Atwood’s haunting dystopian novel was published in 1985 but it could have been written now. It’s about a Christian fundamentalist totalitarian government that has taken women’s rights away from them. The cast is promising: Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, and Joseph Fiennes.

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4. “Guerrilla” (April 16, Showtime)

This six-part limited series is written and co-directed by John Ridley, the “12 Years a Slave” writer whose “American Crime” is one of network TV’s best. It’s set in 1970s London, where a couple liberate a political prisoner and form an underground cell targeting those trying to crush black activism. The cast includes Babou Ceesay, Freida Pinto, and Idris Elba.

5. “Twin Peaks” (May 21, Showtime)

In truth, I’m dreading this, but the dread is fueled by curiosity. Can it actually be any good, after the series died away so disappointingly back in 1991? Let’s see. David Lynch and Mark Frost returned to write all the episodes, and Lynch directs. The episodes are set in the present day.

6. “I Love Dick” (May 12, Amazon)

Chris Kraus’s 1997 novel is getting adapted into a series by Jill Soloway, whose work on “Six Feet Under” and “Transparent” have been impressive. The always good Kathryn Hahn plays a frustrated New York filmmaker stuck in Texas, where she is fascinated by a scholar played by Kevin Bacon.

7. “American Gods” (April 30, Starz)

Neil Gaiman’s book becomes a series, largely thanks to writer-producer Bryan Fuller of the lushly designed series “Pushing Daisies” and “Hannibal.” The varied cast includes Ian McShane, Pablo Schreiber, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Gillian Anderson, Dane Cook, Kristin Chenoweth, and Crispin Glover.

8. “Harlots” (March 29, Hulu)

Lady Sybil as a prostitute? Oh my. This new series stars Jessica Brown Findlay (“Downton Abbey”), Samantha Morton, and Lesley Manville. Set in 18th-century London, the show is about a brothel owner trying to be a mother and dealing with fierce competition.

9. “Genius” (April 25, National Geographic)

Executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, who directs the first episode, this anthology drama will devote its first season to the life and times of Albert Einstein. The prestige cast includes Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Vincent Kartheiser. A great Super Bowl ad for the show, National Geographic’s first scripted drama, featured Rush’s Einstein playing a fierce version of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” on the violin.

10. “Great News” (April 25, NBC)

This one is produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the folks behind “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Do I need to go on? About a mother who interns for her daughter in the TV news world, it was created by Tracey Wigfield, another “30 Rock” alum, and it stars Andrea Martin, Horatio Sanz, and Nicole Richie.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.


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