Monday, March 20, marks the first day of spring — meaning allergies, cherry blossoms and, most important, an exciting slate of returning television series. Before March becomes April and lions become lambs, catch up on these 10 series.
1. “Empire,” Fox, returns for Season 3B on March 22
The drama within the Lyon family — centered around a hip-hop mogul named Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) who must choose one of his three sons to manage his multimillion-dollar company — never ceases. Season 3 took a mid-season pause in December at the pinnacle of turmoil in the life of Andre Lyon (Trai Byers), one of Lucious’ sons. He resolved to take swift and severe action against his father. Will he finally do so in the back half of Season 3?
2. “Idiotsitter,” Comedy Central, returns for Season 2 on March 23
“Idiotsitter” is a druggy buddy comedy in the mold of two of Comedy Central’s biggest recent hits, “Workaholics” and “Broad City.” Jillian Bell, who fans of “Workaholics” will recognize as Jillian Belk, plays a rich woman-child in need of a baby sitter. Enter Billie (Charlotte Newhouse), who is strait-laced and in over her head, and for whom things quickly get weird.
3. “Better Call Saul,” AMC, returns for Season 3 on April 10
The “Breaking Bad” spinoff may not be as exhilarating as “Breaking Bad.” And Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill may not be as dynamically funny and endearingly schmaltzy as his Saul Goodman. But through its first two seasons, “Better Call Saul” has proven to be an expertly crafted drama about a doomed relationship and a doomed career. And for what it’s worth, “Better Call Saul” is the only show on television exploring electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
4. “The Leftovers,” HBO, returns for Season 3 on April 16