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15 April 2012 must-see TV premieres

8 p.m. April 1, HBO
Read more on the return of “Game of Thrones,” starring Emilia Clarke (above).  (HBO)
8 p.m. April 1, WTTW (2-part premiere; concludes April 8)
PBS’ “Masterpiece Classic” opens a new season with Charles Dickens’ rags-to-riches story about an orphan whose meetings with a loony Miss Havisham (Gillian Anderson, heartbreaking) lead him to have great expectations of wealth and marriage.
Upcoming: “Masterpiece Classic” continues with “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” on April 15 and “Birdsong” on April 22 and 29.  (PBS)
7-9 p.m. April 1, AMC
After a controversial Season 1 finale that had fans screaming when the killer of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen was not revealed, “The Killing” returns to wrap up the mystery. This thoughtful crime thriller remains complex, moody and incredibly well-acted.

Read my Season 2 review.  (AMC)
7:30 p.m. April 4, NBC
Jessica St. Clair (right) of “Bridesmaids” plays Jessica, a recent divorcee who moves back in with her old BFF, Lennon (Lennon Parham, left), where they soon fall into old habits, such as chick-flick marathons.  (NBC)
9 p.m. April 5, ABC
“Scandal” may not be about doctors, but it definitely contains the other hallmark of a Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) series: dysfunctional love lives. Kerry Washington plays the owner of a Washington, D.C., crisis management team that keeps the dirty secrets of politicos out of the press, but they can’t fix their own lives.  (ABC)
9 p.m. April 6, Starz
What do you get when you drop Frank Sinatra, gangsters, beauties, the Kennedys and the CIA into a fab Miami Beach hotel in 1959? “Magic City,” of course. This gorgeous new drama stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (above) as good-guy Ike Evans, whose battling his silent partner, underworld kingpin Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston), for control of his Miramar Playa Hotel. (Starz)
8:30 p.m. April 8, Showtime
Still reeling from the loss of her friend Lee and the heart attack of her husband, Oliver, terminal cancer patient Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney) continues her struggle to get everything she can out of life.  (Showtime)
8 p.m. April 8, Showtime
Jackie (Edie Falco) finally goes into rehab, but will it work? She has to deal with her hubby’s affair and a meddling new boss, played by Bobby Cannavale. (Showtime)
9 p.m. April 8, Showtime
Pope Alexander VI (Jeremy Irons, above) faces an even bigger threat to his papacy: His bad brood can’t seem to get along, which makes for dealings both stunningly brutal and deliciously devious. (Showtime)
9 p.m. April 8, Lifetime
Jennifer Love Hewitt’s hit 2010 Lifetime movie about the world’s oldest profession is now a series. Hewitt plays small-town Texas single mom Riley Parks, whose spa day led her to becoming a big ol’ ho.  (Lifetime)
8:30 p.m. April 11, ABC
A sweet Midwestener (Dreama Walker) gets a rude awakening when she moves to New York and is conned by her own roommate (Krysten Ritter), the B in the title. Oh, and James Van Der Beek plays himself.  (ABC)
9 p.m. April 15, CBS
Another season, another police drama on CBS. This one, however, does not deal with the “CSI” part of crime-solving. It’s a gritty look at rookie officers working a tough beat in upper Manhattan.  (CBS)
9:30 p.m. April 15, HBO
“Tiny Furniture” writer/director/star Lena Dunham does that hat trick again for this brutally honest comedy about four millennial gals screwing up as they try to build their lives in New York City. (HBO)
9 p.m. April 16, BBCAmerica
“Top Gear” co-host Richard Hammond (above) comes to America on a quest: He wants to learn how to operate some of the most dangerous vehicles. In other words, steer clear.
Speaking of cars, the original British “Top Gear” returns to BBC America on the same night for its 18th season.  (BBC America)
9 p.m. April 22, HBO
Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays hapless Vice President Selina Meyer in HBO’s second big new comedy that, from what I understand, is hilarious.  (HBO)
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