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Ten years after he left SVU, Christopher Meloni returns to the Law & Order-verse with the debut of the franchise’s newest show, Law & Order: Organized Crime. The series debut is part of a busy opening week of April that features a host of premieres across all platforms.
Below is The Hollywood Reporter‘s rundown of premieres, returns and specials over the next seven days. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but let THR point the way to worthy options for the coming week. All times are ET/PT unless noted.
The Big Show
Meloni plays the lead role in Law & Order: Organized Crime (10 p.m. Thursday, NBC), reprising his role as NYPD detective Elliot Stabler — who’s now heading a squad dedicated to taking down criminal syndicates amid a reckoning for the entire justice system. Dylan McDermott, Tamara Taylor, Danielle Moné Truitt and Ainsley Seiger also star.
Stabler will be re-introduced in Thursday’s episode of SVU (9 p.m.), reuniting him with his one-time parter Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) — although the circumstances of their meeting again aren’t exactly the happiest, as the Special Victims Unit has to track down someone threatening Stabler’s family.
Also on broadcast …
Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins lead the cast of The Moodys (8 p.m. Thursday, Fox), which begins its second season. Season three of Manifest debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC, and CBS’ comedy United States of Al makes its series premiere at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The CW’s reboot of Kung Fu opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Also Wednesday, ABC has a new comedy in Home Economics (8:30 p.m.).
On streaming …
New: Made for Love (Thursday, HBO Max) stars Cristin Milioti (Palm Springs) as a woman trying to free herself from the techno-utopia created by her husband (Billy Magnussen) — the problem being, she has a chip in her head that melds their minds.
The Black Mirror-esque premise lacks some forward momentum in its early episodes, notes THR critic Daniel Fienberg, but the performances — including those by Magnussen and Ray Romano, but especially that of Milioti — “keep Made for Love anchored in something believable.”
Also: The Challenge: All Stars (Thursday, Paramount+) brings together memorable former players for another run. Season four of The Great Pottery Throw Down debuts Thursday on HBO Max. True crime docuseries Moment of Truth premieres Friday in IMDb TV. Family Reunion‘s third season opens Monday on Netflix.
On cable …
Revival: Six-plus years after it last aired on ABC, comedic obstacle course competition Wipeout returns with a new version on TBS (9 p.m. Thursday). Nicole Byer and John Cena host the show, which still has the giant red balls and a host of other impediments to knock competitors off their feet. (The premiere will re-air at 8 p.m. Friday on The CW.)
Also: Major League Baseball’s opening day Thursday has three nationally televised games on ESPN (and a fourth on ESPN+), along with regional coverage (check listings). Top Chef opens a new season at 8 p.m. Thursday on Bravo. FX’s documentary Hysterical (9 p.m. Friday) profiles women in comedy. The 27th SAG Awards (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Sunday, TNT and TBS) honor the year’s top acting performances. Harvey Birdman spinoff Birdgirl (midnight Sunday, Adult Swim) stars Paget Brewster in the title role. Nasim Pedrad plays the title character in TBS’ comedy Chad (10:30 p.m. Tuesday). Raoul Peck’s docuseries Exterminate All the Brutes (9 p.m. Wednesday, HBO) examines the legacy of colonialism. The final season of Queen of the South premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday on USA.
In case you missed it …
The Irregulars falls into the category of what THR critic Daniel Fienberg calls “the Netflix Algorithm Show” — one seemingly designed to be recommended after watching another popular title on the service. The show, a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Bridgerton with some Stranger Things thrown in, boasts “high energy and an inclusive worldview” and features a solid lead performance from Thaddea Graham — and will likely find its way into your recommendations soon. The eight-episode season is streaming now.
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