What to Watch Today

Departure Season 2, The Suicide Squad on HBO Max, NFL Preseason Begins and More

Archie Panjabi in Departure Season 2

On TV this Thursday: The Cowboys face the Steelers in the first game of the NFL preseason, The Suicide Squad assembles on HBO Max, and Archie Panjabi investigates yet another calamitous Departure. Here are 12 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • FX on Hulu
    American Horror Stories

    A woman goes to extremes for a chance at a successful pregnancy. (Episode 4 ending explained.)

  • Peacock

    Season 2 premiere (all six episodes): Malley investigates the derailment of an experimental high-speed train in rural Michigan. (Watch trailer.)

  • Paramount+
    The Good Fight

    Marissa is assigned to “prosecute” two contrasting “cancel culture” cases in Circuit 9 3/4 Court; tensions worsen between Diane and Liz.

  • HBO Max
    Gossip Girl

    Zoya and Julien decide to team up; Kate questions her future; Aki intervenes in Max’s personal life, as Audrey panics over her own.

  • Peacock
    Hart to Heart

    Series premiere (first three episodes): Kevin Hart interviews A-list guests in the comfort of his virtual wine cellar. (What else is streaming in August?)

  • Paramount+
    RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars

    Guest judges Fortune Feimster and Cheyenne Jackson search for their perfect match during a dating show version of Snatch Game; Tina Knowles-Lawson joins the Queens on the main stage.

  • HBO Max
    The Suicide Squad

    The film, which serves less as a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and more as a reboot, brings back Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman) and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), with the additions of Bloodsport (Idris Elba) and Peacemaker (John Cena) — the latter of whom will headline his own HBO Max spinoff in 2022.

  • Fox
    NFL Hall of Fame Game

    The annual start to the preseason has the Dallas Cowboys taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers, live from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

  • CBS
    Big Brother

    Two nominees face eviction, and a new Head of Household is crowned. (Love Island follows at 9.)

  • Freeform

    The crew has varying reactions when an unarmed Black man is shot by police; Kiela and Doug butt heads when she wants to use his party to raise awareness.

  • NBC

    Primetime highlights include finals in Skateboarding (Men’s Park Final), Diving (Women’s Platform Final), Track & Field (Men’s 400m Final) and Beach Volleyball (Women’s Final). (View full schedule.)

  • The CW
    The Outpost

    Garret leads a rebellion; Talon and Zed track a Lu Qiri to find a new enemy; Falista recruits Wren and Janzo; Luna faces her greatest challenge yet.

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