'Most Dangerous Game', 'Outer Banks', 'Mrs. America': 3 Most Anticipated April Launches

Most Dangerous Game, Outer Banks, Mrs. America

Smartshow.tv selects key new digital and VOD originals premiering this month.

Monday, April 13, 2020

The launch of new short-form streaming service Quibi in the U.S. has been accompanied by premieres of multiple new shows. Netflix brings new YA adventure drama and Hulu adds a women empowerment series with quality cast. Smartshow.tv selects key new VOD and digital originals of April 2020.


Most Dangerous Game
US original / action thriller / April 6 / Quibi / credits

Smartshow.tv says / Headliner series with A-list cast headed by Liam Hemsworth, and experienced creator Nick Santora

Synopsis / Desperate to take care of his terminally ill pregnant wife, Dodge accepts an offer to participate in a deadly game where he soon discovers that he's not the hunter... but the prey

Good to know / New short-form streaming service launched April 6 in the U.S. with 10s of new shows, including 'Chrissy's Court' with Chrissy Teigen, or emotional show helping people 'Thanks a Million', executive produced by Jennifer Lopez


Outer Banks
US original / YA adventure drama / April 15 / Netflix / credits

Smartshow.tv says / This teen drama aims to reach one of Netflix’s key target groups, young binge-watching audience heavily present on social media

Synopsis / On an island of haves and have-nots, teen John B enlists his three best friends to hunt for a legendary treasure linked to his father's disappearance


Mrs. America
US original / drama / April 15 / Hulu / credits

Smartshow.tv says / Women empowerment series with quality cast

Synopsis / The story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman

Good to know / Originally ordered by a cable channel FX, later moved to premiere exclusively on Hulu

Also Launching

  • The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show (US original) / sketch show / April 1 / Netflix / A mix of kooky characters, sly social commentary and pop culture gags
  • Sol Levante (Japanese original) / anime / April 2 / Netflix / A young warrior and her familiar search for the sacred place said to fulfill wishes
  • Tales from the Loop (US original) / sci-fi / April 3 / Amazon Prime Video / A machine unlocks the mysteries of the universe, making things previously relegated to science fiction, possible
  • Home Before Dark (US original) / mystery / April 3 / Apple TV+ / A pursuit of the truth leads a young girl to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried to bury
  • The Big Show Show (US original) / sitcom / April 6 / Netflix / Former WWE wrestler is out of the ring and ready for an even tougher challenge: raising three daughters with his wife in Florida
  • Brews Brothers (US original) / comedy / April 10 / Netflix / Rival brothers must work together to keep their brewery in business, but shenanigans keep foaming up their company with chaos
  • Paradise Lost (US original) / drama / April 13 / Spectrum / Explosive secrets become unearthed when a prodigal son returns to his hometown
  • #blackAF / (US original) / comedy / April 17 / Netflix / Family comedy series inspired by Kenya Barris's real life
  • Too Hot to Handle (US original) / dating reality / April 17 / Netflix / On the shores of paradise, sexy singles meet, mingle... and face a $100,000 celibacy challenge. Will temptation win?
  • Cooked with Cannabis (US original) / cooking competition / April 20 / Netflix / Chefs compete to get the hosts and special guests high on elevated cannabis cuisine
  • The Midnight Gospel (US original) / animated comedy / April 20 / Netflix / Traversing trippy worlds inside his universe simulator, a space caster explores existential questions about life and death
  • Big Lars (Danish original) / romantic comedy / April 23 / Viaplay / Throwing himself into an increasingly absurd quest for recognition, an actor discovers that only a successful relationship can make him ‘Big Lars’ at last
  • Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (Japanese original) / anime / April 23 / Netflix / After a global financial crisis, the world is engulfed in an AI-driven "sustainable war." It's up to Section 9 to counter new forms of cyber threats
  • Defending Jacob (US original) / crime thriller / April 24 / Apple TV+ / A shocking crime rocks a small Massachusetts town
  • Love 101 (Turkish original) / teen drama / April 24 / Netflix / In 1990s, a group of teenage outcasts band together to make their beloved teacher fall in love so she'll have a reason to stay in town
  • Never Have I Ever (US original) / teen comedy / April 27 / Netflix / A coming-of-age comedy series about the life of a modern first-generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Mindy Kaling's childhood
  • Extracurricular (Korean original) / teen drama / April 29 / Netflix / Determined to escape a dead-end life, a gifted high school student turns to a world of serious crime to ensure he can pay for college
  • Summertime (Italian original) / romantic / April 29 / Netflix / An undeniable attraction brings together two people, who come from very different worlds