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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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.