On TV this Thursday: CBS launches a new Chuck Lorre comedy, Manifest boards a new passenger and Chris Meloni reprises his iconic role as Detective Elliot Stabler. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.
What to Watch Today
United States of Al Debuts, Chris Meloni's Law & Order Comeback, Manifest Returns and More
The Challenge: All Stars
Limited series premiere: Legendary vets Mark Long, Nehemiah Clark, Ruthie Alcaide, Beth Stolarczyk and Trishelle Cannatella return. (Watch trailer.)
Season 2 premiere: A loner “hangs out” with the model toys of his favorite scary-movie monsters; the appraisal of an antique book summons a dark force.
Season 1, Part 1 finale: Chester’s new look causes a scene at school; Delilah has to make the most difficult decision of her life. (Return date TBA.)
Made for Love
Series premiere (first three episodes): A thirty-something woman (Black Mirror‘s Cristin Milioti) finds herself on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to a controlling tech billionaire (Tell Me a Story‘s Billy Magnussen); Ray Romano co-stars. (Read cast Q&A and producers preview; watch trailer.)
Season 2 premiere (all seven episodes): Monstrous frights meet hilarious reveals in Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo’s hidden-camera show.
Opening day games include Blue Jays vs. Yankees (1 pm), Dodgers vs. Rockies (4 pm), Mets vs. Nationals (7 pm) and Astros vs. Athletics (10 pm).
Season 3 premiere: Ben embarks on an international mission; The Americans‘ Holly Taylor joins the cast as an “integral” new 828er. (Watch first five minutes and our WonderCon Q&A.)
Season 18 premiere (75 minutes): A new batch of 15 talented executive chefs and restaurant owners compete amid the ongoing pandemic.
United States of Al
Series premiere: The Chuck Lorre-EP’d comedy focuses on the friendship between a veteran Marine (Enlisted‘s Parker Young) and his newly emigrated interpreter (Rules of Engagement‘s Adhir Kaylan) from Afghanistan; Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Kelli Goss (The Ranch) co-star. (Watch trailer.)
Law & Order: SVU / Law & Order: Organized Crime
Two-hour crossover event! First up on SVU, Liv and the squad rally around Det. Stabler (Chris Meloni) to identify a threat to his family. Then in the series premiere of Organized Crime, Stabler returns to the NYPD following a devastating loss; Tamara Taylor (Bones) and Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) co-star. (Read Meloni interview; get scoop on additional crossovers.)
Bonnie goes to extremes to protect her daughter Christy; Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) guest-stars. (Get series finale date.)
Season 2 premiere (two episodes): Sean Sr. (Denis Leary) contemplates retirement, as Sean Jr. (Jay Baruchel) takes over the family’s HVAC business; Bridget (Chelsea Frei) and Dan (Francois Arnaud) return home.
Revival premiere: The former ABC competition returns with a new, three-stage obstacle course; John Cena and Nicole Byer host. (Watch trailer.)
New time slot alert! Gina has three days to teach Cannoli new tricks before his owner returns from abroad; Drew must accept that Maddie is getting older.
👩⚕️ ON THIS DAY IN TV HISTORY 🏥
On April 1, 1963, ABC launched the daytime drama General Hospital, while on this day in 1978, The Bob Newhart Show ended its six-season CBS run.