New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: The nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic is here to stay for half of the April, with the government saying that it has no plans to extend it, as of now. A vast majority of the world’s population is staying home full time, leaving an expected deficit of entertainment that the OTT platforms usually fill-up.

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, Netflix stocks are up by 14 per cent in 2020 so far — its best in the last three years, according to Trefis.com. Last year, this time, the snows were falling and the white wind was blowing as the world was awaiting the release of the final season of wildly popular HBO series Game of Thrones.

This April, there is not just one monumentally popular lone wolf out for release,  but a whole pack of lions from the zoo of creativity which are out to roam across the city of various OTT (Over The Top) platforms with areas designated to the varyingly popular webbed hotspots such as Netflix, Apple plus, Amazon Prime and Hotstar.

To make sure that its readers find their mobiles and TVs as a perfect rendezvous for pastime during the lockdown, Jagran is dropping the list of all the upcoming web series here:

Money Heist Season 4
When: April 3
Where: Netflix
For those in whose head the ‘Bella Ciao’ is already stuck – it’s time to keep up with that obsession this April, given that the “war had begun” already at the end of season 3. An insider plan of defection out of the whole symposium of Heist has rushed the adrenaline of many Heisters out there. The world was never so chaotic – on and off the web too, wink wink!

Modern Family
When: April 9
Where: Disney+ Hotstar
The Prichett clan is out to say goodbye to its fans. The eleven seasons and 248 episodes long family drama which tickled the bones with its not-so-sensational yet easy-going realistic portrayal of characters, has hitched the bond with people all over the US and world. It will telecast its 2-part and 2-hour long finale that’ll take the total number of episodes to 250.

Mrs. America
When: April 16
Where: Disney+ Hotstar
Popular Australian actress Cate Blanchett is debuting on American TV with this series which speaks about the story of an activist who opposed the American amendment of Equal Rights in the 1970s. The star stud cast also includes Sarah Paulson, Elizabeth Banks, Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Margo Martindale, and John Slattery the others. In the nine-episode long series, three episodes will be out on release date and the remaining six in the weeks afterward.

Four More Shots Please!
When: April 17
Where: Amazon Prime Video
One of India’s first popular all-women lead cast on an OTT platform — Sayani Gupta, Kirti Kulhari, Bani J, and Maanvi Gagroo — for the second time is all set to climb up on the ladder created by the chaos of toxic relationships, hook-ups, career priorities, societal ramifications of non-straight sexuality, and of course, lots of No Strings Attached Sex. The second season of this rom-com is going out of wildly expensive South Bombay neighborhood to the chilly romantic stimuli of Istanbul and cherry on the top, the traditionally Hot Udaipur as well. Under the critically acclaimed maker Nupur Asthana, the series is all set to drive us high this April.

Never Have I Ever
When: April 27
Where: Netflix
Hansal Mehta’s ‘Simran’, whose titular role was played by Kangana Ranaut – gave the Indian audience a glimpse of real NRI struggles in America beyond the foreign romanticism of Karan Johar and Yashraj’s. This time, the pompy and poshy image of NRIs is all set for a millennial transition with what is being anticipated as a pragmatic portrayal of desi teens stuck between Indian traditional norms and American modernism. Interestingly, Tennis legend John McEnroe has been roped in as narrator, because he's the idol of lead's dead father.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
When: April 27
Where: Disney+ Hotstar
Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell of Game of Thrones) and Daniel Zovatto (Fear the Walking Dead) lead the cast of this spin-off set 40 years after the events of the original in the late 1930s of ‘Penny Dreadful’ in Los Angeles, during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Dormer plays a shape-shifting supernatural demon and Zovatto is Los Angeles Police Department's first Mexican-American detective. And since this is the late 1930s, Nazi Germany has a role to play as well, a testimony to the creative experiments creator John Logan keeps on doing time and again.

Hasmukh
When: April TBA
Where: Netflix
Vir Das is a co-creator, co-writer, creative producer, and star of the only Indian original series on Netflix in April, which follows an aspiring, small-town comic (Vir) who discovers that he must kill off the stage to kill on the stage. The concept of “Kill” will be explored and fundamentally established exceptionally in the series. Ranvir Shorey (Khosla Ka Ghosla!), Manoj Pahwa (Article 15) star alongside Das.

What more?
The April is expected to drop a sense of lethargy among the lock-downed folks all over the world, because it will be many weeks since this ‘stay at home’ exercise started after all. You can either re-plug the evergreen favorites like FRIENDS, Big Bang Theory or Brooklyn-Nine-Nine on Netflix – or get absorbed in the fictional world of Westeros in the ‘Game of Thrones’ on Hotstar. Because when our scientists are busy finding a cure for Coronavirus and medical workers have immensely put themselves upfront, ‘there’s gotta be a way out of every dungeon’ via OTT platforms after all.

Posted By: Talib Khan