We hope you enjoy the following guest post from Chris Brantner, the cord cutting expert behind CutCableToday.com.
April is a great month for television fans. While many shows are wrapping things up and taking their final bow until they return again in the fall, there are a number of mid-season premieres, and sporting events that keep things fresh, fun, and entertaining. The best news for cord-cutters is that a huge number of these shows and events are available Over-the-Air, via local networks which don’t require anything more than a digital antenna to enjoy.
The following options include a selection of season finales, season premieres, and a few sporting events. All of them air in April and are simple to watch with a digital antenna. Most Americans should have no problem gaining access to basic channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC, where most of these programs air. Canadians living in metropolitan areas can often access he same programming on CBC, CTV, Global and CityTV.
The Masters Tournament
On Thursday, April 7, CBS (CTV in Canada) will air part of the biggest events in golf of the year. The Masters Tournament is the kickoff to the golf season and the start to the PGA Tour season, so for golfers, it’s a great weekend. CBS/CTV will be airing the weekend rounds of the tournament on Saturday from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET and on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the end of the tournament. Learn more about how cord cutters can watch the entire Master’s Tournament here.
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife premiered for its fifth season yesterday with the midwives will entering 1961, bringing along much needed improvements in housing and healthcare. You can expect numerous challenges including an outbreak of typhoid and a missing pregnant teenager. Call the Midwife airs on PBS Sundays starting April 3, at 8 p.m. ET. Find out if PBS is available with an HDTV in your area here.
On April 18 at 8 p.m. ET CBS (Global in Canada) will air the season finale for their new hit show, Supergirl. The series revolves around titular character Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl, as she leads a double life as the personal assistant to media mogul Cat Grant by day and the savior of National City by night. Almost guaranteed to receive a second season, you can expect the finale on April 18 to include a cliffhanger in anticipation of a second season release.
The Odd Couple Premiere
The Season Two premiere of The Odd Couple will air on CBS (CTV in Canada) on April 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The series premiered last year as a remake of the original series. In this incarnation, Matthew Perry stars as Oscar Madison, and Thomas Lennon takes on the role of his neat-freak companion Felix Unger. The men have decided to become roommates after their wives have kicked them out.
Game of Silence
On April 12, NBC will air their new dark-drama, Game of Silence, at 9 p.m. ET (or on Global at 10 p.m. ET in Canada). The series is produced by Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) and David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights & Parenthood). This ten-episode drama is based on the Turkish series Suskunlar, which was inspired by the novel, Sleepers, a book adapted to film by Barry Levinson. The series follows a young attorney whose entire career is at risk when a dark secret from his past returns to his present.
After the premiere on April 12, the series will move to Thursdays at 10 p.m. starting April 14. 10 too late for a work night? Don’t forget that you can use a Tablo OTA DVR to record and watch later. Here’s how.
American Grit will air on Fox starting on April 14. The series, a new reality competition, will bring together 16 of the toughest people in the country and move them into four teams to work through a variety of military-grade survival challenges. Hosted by John Cena, the teams will also have access to four military heroes each representing a branch of the military. The heroes include Rorke Denver, Noah Galloway, Tawanda “Tee” Hanible, and Nick “The Reaper” Irving. The teams will be pushed to the limit with up to a million dollars of prize money at stake if they can go the distance.
Basketball fans are likely already waiting for April 16 and the NBA Finals to begin. TV coverage for the games occur on a number of channels, but the good news is many of the games will be aired on over-the-air networks. In round one, any of the regional networks that have affiliation with a specific team can broadcast the games. In the following two rounds, ABC will air select games on the weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, when the games will usually air in the afternoon. Finally, while TNT and ESPN will air the Eastern and Western Conference Finals (which can be watched without cable), it is ABC that will air the NBA Finals for the 14th year in a row.
As you can see there are a number of great over-the-air premieres, finales, and sporting events happening in April. So make sure you have your antenna and Tablo DVR ready to record and watch!
Chris Brantner runs CutCableToday.com, a blog dedicated to helping people find legal cable TV alternatives. Follow him on Twitter @CutCableToday and like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/CutCableToday.
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