This period used to be a bit of a dead zone for TV. But not anymore, as the whole notion of TV seasons fades away. Four of my favorite TV shows are returning in the coming weeks, one of which will include someone special: Carrie Fisher.
“Catastrophe” is an unvarnished relationship comedy, in which Rob Delaney’s Rob and Sharon Horgan’s Sharon try to remain partially human after an impulsive marriage and two kids. Set in London, it returns to Amazon for its third season on April 28, this time on a poignant note: Fisher will deliver her last scenes as Rob’s mother. According to Delaney, who wrote about Fisher for the Guardian, “she’s a bigger part of series three than she was of the first two series. We couldn’t help but write more for her because she’s so brilliant.”
Delaney also said that he and Horgan, who write the series, let Fisher improvise: “We’re a bit despotic and inflexible with our dialogue because we’re insane, but Carrie was more insane and would always, always make it funnier and better. In episode one of series two you can hear her singing an improvised song about areolae in the background of our daughter’s christening party.”
Also coming soon: Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” whose first season was a rich take on single life in New York, is returning for season two on May 12. Actually, the show was so much more than a take on being single in the city; it was about race, assimilation, aging, generation gaps, and much more. Ansari came up with his own “Louie,” and it was a gem. The trailer for season two promises a trip to Italy and guest appearances by Bobby Cannavale, John Legend, and Angela Bassett.
“Fargo” returns to FX on April 19, and if season three is as good as season two, we’re in for a big treat. This time, Ewan McGregor stars as two brothers who have a strained relationship. And the biting satire “Veep” is back on HBO on April 16, struggling to compete with reality.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.