by Julian Spivey
The Bubble – Netflix – Friday, April 1
Judd Apatow’s latest film “The Bubble” drops on April Fool’s Day and looks like the kind of silliness you’d want for such a day. The film is about a cast and crew of a fantasy-adventure movie being filmed in a bubble in England in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and trials and tribulations faced with doing so. The cast features Fred Armisen, Keegan-Michael Key, Karen Gillan, David Duchovny, Maria Bakalova, Pedro Pascal, Leslie Mann (Apatow’s wife) and Iris Apatow (Apatow’s daughter).
Slow Horses – AppleTV+ - Friday, April 1
I saw an article referring to AppleTV+’s newest original series “Slow Horses” as the spy version of “Ted Lasso” and if that’s anything close to being true I am so in. “Slow Horses” features a group of MI5 cast-outs sent to the lowest division of the intelligence agency due to extreme mistakes who are thrown into a serious case. The six-episode season, debuting April 1, stars Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as the leader of this ragtag team with a supporting cast of Kristin Scott Thomas, Jack Lowden and Olivia Cooke
Friday Night Baseball – AppleTV+ - Friday, April 8
In an effort to widen the audience of Major League Baseball and the continual effort to bring pro sports into the streaming age, AppleTV and MLB have teamed up for Friday Night Baseball on AppleTV+. The partnership’s first pitch is Friday, April 8 – the second day of the 2022 MLB season – and will feature the New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals at 6 p.m. CST in its debut game, followed by Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels at 9:30 CST. For an unspecified limited time Friday Night Baseball can be seen for free to anyone with internet access via the AppleTV+ app.
The rest of April’s Friday Night Baseball schedule:
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox (6 p.m.)
Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (9 p.m.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (5:30 p.m.)
Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics (8:30 p.m.)
New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals (7 p.m.)
Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants (9 p.m.)
Outer Range – Amazon Prime Video – Friday, April 15
The trailer for Amazon Prime Video’s newest drama “Outer Range” doesn’t give much away but mysteriousness, but the series has some thinking of Paramount Network’s massively popular “Yellowstone” mixed with science fiction. The series stars Josh Brolin as a rancher whose family is coping with the disappearance of their daughter-in-law while their neighbors make a play to take their ranch from them and a black void appears in their pasture. The supporting cast includes Tom Pelphrey, Imogen Poots, Noah Reid and Will Patton, fresh off his guest role on “Yellowstone.”
Made for Love: Season 2 – HBO Max – Thursday, April 28
The first season of the HBO Max original “Made for Love,” which debuted last year, was frankly hit-or-miss, but featured interesting enough performances by lead Cristin Milioti and Ray Romano, as her estranged father to bring me back for a second season. Milioti is a woman on the run from her tech billionaire husband who has implanted a device in her brain that monitors her whereabouts.
The Offer – Paramount+ - Thursday, April 28
“The Offer” tells the story of the making of one of the greatest movies of all-time, director Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” from 1972, through the eyes of one of the film’s producers Albert S. Ruddy. Ruddy is played in the limited series by Miles Teller, with Dan Fogler portraying Coppola. The supporting cast features Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple and Matthew Goode and should be a unique look behind the scenes of “The Godfather.”
Grace & Frankie: Final Season – Netflix – Friday, April 29
“Grace & Frankie,” in my opinion Netflix’s greatest original comedy series, will be coming to an end this spring with its final episodes debuting on Friday, April 29. The series, which has focused on the friendship of two newly divorced women in the later stages of their lives, has given us numerous laughs from the one-of-a-kind chemistry between its leads Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to Grace and Frankie just yet, but seven seasons is a helluva run.