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Gen Z Dramedy Generation Raises the Stakes in Part 2

ALSO: iCarly geta a Paramount+ reboot, Andy Cohen grills the Kardashians in the KUWTK reunion, and more.
  • Chester (Justice Smith) and Nathan (Uly Schlesinger) in Generation Part 2. (Photo: HBO Max)
    Chester (Justice Smith) and Nathan (Uly Schlesinger) in Generation Part 2. (Photo: HBO Max)

    It may not always seem like it, but the kids are alright in Genera+ion, HBO Max’s Gen Z dramedy. The half-hour series, which returns for Part 2 of its first season today, continues to probe identity, sexuality, and family dynamics, but as the school year wraps up, the teens set their sights on prom and all the drama that goes along with it. As Chester (Justice Smith) says, “It’s the queers’ turn now, baby.”

    Also today: Paramount+ unveils its iCarly reboot series, the Kardashians sit down with Andy Cohen for Part 1 of their Final Curtain reunion tour, and the zombie apocalypse continues in Black Summer Season 2. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:

    Genera+ion: Season premiere. New romances flourish, friendships are tested, and prom fits take center stage in Part 2 of HBO Max’s teen dramedy. Three new episodes debut today, with subsequent episodes dropping Thursdays through July 8. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max

    iCarly: Series return. Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, and Jerry Trainor reprise their iconic roles in Paramount+’s grown-up revival. Three episodes drop today. Watch trailer. Streaming on Paramount+

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians: The Final Curtain: The Kardashian family sits down with Andy Cohen to rehash the final season of KUWTK in Part 1 of a two-part reunion. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on E!

    Black Summer: Complete second season. Jaimie King, Justin Chu Cary, and Christine Lee face new challenges as they battle winter weather, frantic scavengers, and violent militias during the zombie apocalypse. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Prime Day Show: Amazon Prime recruits Billie Eilish, Kid Cudi, and H.E.R. to promote its annual shopping event with three unique musical performances. Watch preview. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    Intelligence: Complete second season. American NSA agent Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer) must stop a Russian cyberattack in Season 2 of Peacock’s workplace comedy. Watch trailer. Streaming on Peacock

    Summer Camp Island: Season premiere. In Season 4, Oscar (Antonio Raul Corbo), an anthropomorphic elephant, and his best friend Hedgehog (Oona Laurence), embark upon new adventures at their magical summer camp. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max

    U.S. Open Golf: NBC Sports takes over the Torrey Pines Golf Course to present live coverage of Round 1 of the 2021 U.S. Open Championship. 7:00 PM ET on NBC

    Holey Moley: Season premiere. ABC’s extreme putt-putt series returns for its third season with back-to-back episodes. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    Hot Mess House: Season premiere. Organization expert Cassandra Aarssen de-clutters more unruly spaces in a new season of her HGTV series. 8:00 PM ET on HGTV

    The Hustler: Season premiere. Five contestants collaborate to answer a series of high-value trivia questions, but one of them, the Hustler, already knows the answers and must keep their identity a secret. With host Craig Ferguson. 10:00 PM ET on ABC

    U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: The path to the Olympics narrows as winners of the U.S. Men’s 800M Freestyle, Men’s 200M Breaststroke, Women’s 200M Butterfly, and Men’s 100M Freestyle are crowned. 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT on NBC

    Civil War (Or, Who Do We Think We Are): Fresh off a limited theatrical release earlier this month, Rachel Boynton directs this feature-length documentary exploring how Americans in the North and South tell the story of the Civil War.  Streaming on Peacock.

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Generation, HBO Max