Thursday TV: Baseball’s Opening Day

It’s baseball’s first Opening Day in two years where fans are allowed to be in the stands of most stadia alongside the cardboard cutouts, so there may be more anticipation than usual for a mess of games that include Toronto at Yankees (ESPN, 1 p.m.), Los Angeles at Colorado (ESPN, 4 p.m.), Mets at Washington (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Houston at Oakland (10 p.m.). 

Cristin Milioti, who seems enmeshed in a new sci-fi comedy career since her turn in “Palm Springs,” stars in the new series “Made for Love” (HBO Max, streaming), one of those stories set slightly into the future, about a tech billionaire interested in controlling people, starting with his own wife (who has a chip in her head). Ray Romano is also featured in the adaptation of Alissa Nutting’s novel. 

Adhir Kalyan is a South African native with Indian roots, but foreign is foreign for U.S. sitcoms so he’s cast as an Afghan interpreter in “United States of Al” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.), in which he reunites with his Marine pal (Parker Young). Like another Chuck Lorre comedy, “Bob (Hearts) Abishola,” it’s an attempt to bring cultures together with humor, but also like other Lorre comedies, it leans on stereotype and is never actually funny.

Also new on broadcast TV is “The Moodys” (Fox, 9 p.m.), a family comedy starring Denis Leary, Elizabeth Perkins and Jay Baruchel reprising their roles from the Christmas limited series in 2019. 

The big news on broadcast TV, though, is that Christopher Miloni’s Det. Elliot Stabler is reunited with Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson on a crossover episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC, 9 p.m.), just before he starts his own spinoff series,  “Law & Order: Organized Crime” (NBC, 10 p.m.), which also stars Dylan McDermott, Tamara Taylor and Danielle Moné Truitt. 

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