March 6, 2019 at 2:48 pm PDT | by BRIAN T. CARNEY
SPRING ARTS 2019 TV: Small screen delights

Caity Lotz as Sara Lance in ‘Legends of Tomorrow.’ (Photo courtesy CW)

The spring television season includes some exciting new shows, some old favorites returning for a new season and some shows returning after their winter break.

The controversial HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” explores allegations of sexual abuse made against Michael Jackson by James Safechuck and Wade Robson who were befriended by the pop star when they were boys. Despite a lawsuit filed by Jackson’s estate, HBO aired the doc as a two-part miniseries this week so it’s now available on demand.

Anarchic queer filmmaker Gregg Araki moves to the small screen with “Now Apocalypse” which premieres on STARZ on March 10. Known for the “Teen Apocalypse Trilogy (“Totally Fucked Up,” “The Doom Generation” and “Nowhere”), as well as the cult favorites “The Living End” and “Mysterious Skin,” the Japanese American writer/director has created a 10-episode comedy series that focuses on the sexual and romantic escapades of four friends in Los Angeles. The series center on Ulysses (Avan Jogia) who is not sure if he’s stumbled on a massive conspiracy or if he is just paranoid from smoking too much weed.

NBC ups its representation game with the premiere of “Abby’s” on March 28. The series is about a bisexual ex-Marine who runs an illegal neighborhood bar with very specific rules in her backyard. Abby will be played by out actress Natalie Morales, whose credits include playing Rosie Casals in “Battle of the Sexes.” In a fun twist, the series will be filmed outdoors in front of a live audience in a multi-camera format. 

Snap your fingers and roll your hips for the dramatic entrance of “Fosse/Verdon” on FX on April 9. Directed by Thomas Kail (“Hamilton”), the series explores the tempestuous relationship between legendary choreographer Bob Fosse (played by Sam Rockwell of “Vice” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) and his wife and muse Gwen Verdon (played by Michelle Williams of “Manchester by the Sea,” “My Week with Marilyn” and “Brokeback Mountain”). Fosse and Verdon were married in 1960. They separated in 1971, but never divorced and worked together until his death in 1987.

“Catch-22,” Joseph Heller’s darkly satirical novel about men and war, comes to life as a Hulu miniseries on May 17. Christopher Abbott stars as the hapless bombardier Yossarian. The cast also includes Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie and George Clooney, who also served as executive director and directed some of the episodes. 

Season one of “American Gods” surprised viewers with the graphic gay relationship between Salim (Omid Abtahi) and the Jinn (a mythic being of fire played by Mousa Kraish). Season two of the series based on the novel by best-selling author Neil Gaiman, premieres on STARZ on March 10. Details are scarce, but the “star-crossed lovers” are expected to be regular characters.

“Queer Eye,” the award-winning reboot of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” returns to Netflix on March 15.

The fifth and final season of “Jane the Virgin” will premiere on the CW on March 22. Loosely based on a Venezuelan telenovela, the parodic soap opera has included a number of LGBT characters, including Petra Solano and her latest love interest Jane “JR” Ramos.

Season two of “Killing Eve” premieres on BBC America on April 7. Sandra Oh recently won a Golden Globe for her performance as Eve Polastri, an MI5 officer who is tracking Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a psychopathic Russian assassin. The two women become obsessed with each other, both personally and professionally, and their complex love-hate relationship becomes both violent and erotic when they finally meet. Out actress Fiona Shaw plays Eve’s superior Carolyn Martens, head of the Russia section at MI5.

Season two of “9-1-1” returns to Fox on March 18. Co-created by the unstoppable team of Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear and Ryan Murphy (known for their work on “Glee,” “American Horror Story” and “Pose”), the show focuses on the intense personal and professional lives of first responders in Los Angeles. The show’s current LGBT characters include Aisha Hinds and Tracie Thoms as paramedic/firefighter “Hen” Wilson and her wife Karen Wilson, a lesbian couple raising Hen’s son from a previous relationship.

Season four of “Legends of Tomorrow” returns to the CW on April 1. The time-traveling rag-tag team of heroes and villains trying to save planet earth is currently anchored by bisexual Captain Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), also known as White Canary. 

After a holiday break (and a special Christmas episode), “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” returns to Netflix for season one, part two on April 5. Developed by gay writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa from his comic book novel of the same name, the show centers on Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), a half-mortal, half-witch teenager fighting the evil forces that threaten her family. While not all of the show’s queer content has been embraced by LGBT critics, two queer characters have enchanted both critics and audience members.

Chance Perdomo plays Sabrina’s cousin Ambrose Spellman, a pansexual warlock from Britain who is Sabrina’s partner in crime. He’s been placed under house arrest by the Witches Council for trying to blow up the Vatican.

Non-binary actor Lachlan Watson plays Susie Putnam, a close friend of Sabrina who identifies as genderqueer and who has been assaulted by members of the high school football team. With Sabrina and other friends, Susie becomes a founding member of WICCA (the Women’s Intersectional Cultural and Creative Association). 

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