SINGAPORE - From women in comedy to Hollywood stars to returning K-drama heart-throbs, The Straits Times' television picks for April are about faces we know and love.
Premieres on HBO (StarHub TV Channel 601, Singtel TV Channel 420) and HBO Go on April 13, 10am, with same-day encore at 11pm
Comedian, actress and producer Issa Rae's comedy series is about an awkward woman named Issa trying to live her life, unpacking the black female experience in America with wit and humour.
The fourth season sees Issa take on a passion project as her best friend Molly pursues a relationship and Issa's ex-boyfriend comes back into her life with a new girlfriend who turns out to be her potential business partner.
Premieres on HBO (StarHub TV Channel 601, Singtel TV Channel 420) and HBO Go on April 13, 10.35am, with same-day encore at 11.35pm
The hottest voice in comedy now is no doubt the multi-hyphenate Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who created, wrote and starred in dark comedy Fleabag (2016 to 2019).
The British actress is an executive producer for and has a supporting role in the new series Run, created and written by her long-time collaborator Vicky Jones.
The show is about two former lovers (Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Wever) who reconnect due to a pact they made 17 years ago as college students - that if either one of them texted the word "run" and the other replied the same, they would both drop their lives and travel across the United States together.
3. GIRL COPS
Premieres on Red By HBO (StarHub TV Channel 608 and Singtel TV Channel 425) and HBO Go on April 10, 10pm
In this South Korean drama, a pair of female detectives team up after a young woman visits a police station to report a crime of spy-cam porn (intimate videos shot using hidden cameras) when they realise their mostly male peers are uninterested in solving the case.
4. THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH
Premieres on Netflix in April
The wait is finally over for fans of Lee Min-ho, the South Korean leading man of hit series such as City Hunter (2011) and The Heirs (2013).
In his first role since his discharge from mandatory military service, Lee stars opposite Kim Go-eun (Goblin, 2016) in a fantasy drama written by the prolific Kim Eun-sook, who created series such as The Heirs, Goblin and Descendants Of The Sun (2016).
Lee plays a Korean emperor who tries to close a door that opens up to a parallel world where South Korea is a modern, democratic country.
Premieres on Netflix on April 29
A bunch of high-school students become entangled in a life of crime when they make bad choices for money.
When model student Jisoo commits a crime to earn money for college tuition, his classmates are wrapped up in his criminal act and the consequences are dire.
Fresh-faced South Korean actor Kim Dong-hee (Itaewon Class, 2020) leads the cast of this Netflix original.
6. MONEY HEIST
Premieres on Netflix on April 3
A breakout global hit, the Spanish heist crime series about a band of robbers returns for a fourth instalment - after the shocking ending of part three when a bank heist, meant to rescue a robber who had been captured by the authorities, goes terribly wrong.
Members of the heist group - masterminded by Alvaro Morte's character - are injured and arrested, while some of their fates remain unknown.
7. GOURMET DETECTIVE GORO AKECHI
Premieres on Gem (StarHub Channel814 and Singtel TV Channel 519) on April 15, 9pm
A detective with a passion for food uses his gourmet talents and love of fine dining to solve crimes.
Based on the manga series of the same name, Japanese actor Tomoya Nakamura (left) plays the titular Goro, who gets to the heart of murder mysteries with his foodie instincts.
8. LEE DONG WOOK WANTS TO TALK
Premieres on One (StarHub TV Channel 823/124 and Singtel TV Channel 513/604) on April 6, 11pm
Charming actor Lee Dong-wook (Goblin, 2016) as a talk-show host? Why not?
In this new variety series, Lee invites his celebrity mates to sit down for a chat with him, beginning with his Goblin co-star Gong Yoo. Lee is also accompanied by comedian Jang Do-yeon and announcer Jo Jung-shik.
9. MY GUARDIAN ANGELS
Premieres on Channel 8 on April 6, 9pm
Watch actresses Zoe Tay and Kym Ng face off as frenemies in this tale of three mothers and their relationships with their children and one another.
Tay and new-generation star Hong Ling play single mothers, while Ng's character has a husband who is constantly away for work.
10. DEFENDING JACOB
Premieres on Apple TV+ on April 24
Based on The New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay, this thriller depicts a family in turmoil as district attorney Andy Barber discovers that his 14-year-old son (played by Jaeden Martell) has been accused of murder.
Starring Marvel leading man Chris Evans as Andy and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey, 2010 to 2015) as his wife, the drama interweaves courtroom proceedings with the story of a family's breakdown.