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United States of Al Debuts, Chris Meloni's Law & Order Comeback, Manifest Returns and More

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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.

  • Paramount+
    The Challenge: All Stars

    Limited series premiere: Legendary vets Mark Long, Nehemiah Clark, Ruthie Alcaide, Beth Stolarczyk and Trishelle Cannatella return. (Watch trailer.)

  • Shudder
    Creepshow

    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.

  • HBO Max
    Generation

    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.)

  • HBO Max
    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.)

  • Netflix
    Prank Encounters

    Season 2 premiere (all seven episodes): Monstrous frights meet hilarious reveals in Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo’s hidden-camera show.

  • ESPN
    MLB Baseball

    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).

  • NBC
    Manifest

    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.)

  • Bravo
    Top Chef

    Season 18 premiere (75 minutes): A new batch of 15 talented executive chefs and restaurant owners compete amid the ongoing pandemic.

  • CBS
    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.)

  • ABC
    Grey's Anatomy

    Meredith is reunited with [Spoiler]; Hayes’ sister-in-law is admitted to the hospital. (Is it time to get off the beach?)

  • NBC
    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.)

  • CBS
    Mom

    Bonnie goes to extremes to protect her daughter Christy; Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) guest-stars. (Get series finale date.)

  • Fox
    The Moodys

    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.

  • TBS
    Wipeout

    Revival premiere: The former ABC competition returns with a new, three-stage obstacle course; John Cena and Nicole Byer host. (Watch trailer.)

  • CBS
    B Positive

    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.