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The Suicide Squad Hits HBO Max and the NFL Hall of Fame Game Takes Over FOX

ALSO: Gold medal time for women's soccer and skateboarding, Kevin Hart takes Peacock, and more.
  • The Suicide Squad goes day at date in theaters and at HBO Max, while Dax Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at the NFL Hall of Fame Game on FOX.
    The Suicide Squad goes day at date in theaters and at HBO Max, while Dax Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at the NFL Hall of Fame Game on FOX.

    Five years after they last joined forces, The Suicide Squad sails back onto the screen in DC’s long-awaited sequel. The anti-superhero flick boasts an all-star cast of DCEU characters, including Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Idris Elba’s Bloodsport, and John Cena’s Peacemaker.

    Also today: The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL Hall of Fame Game, Kevin Hart debuts his new Peacock talk show, and the women’s soccer gold medal match caps an exciting night of Olympics coverage. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:

    The Suicide Squad: Original movie. DC’s notorious task force of convicts are sent to destroy a Nazi-era laboratory in this sequel to the 2016 supervillain movie. The action-adventure flick starring Margot Robbie, John Cena, Idris Elba and Joel Kinnaman premieres concurrently in theaters and on HBO Max. Watch trailer. 7:00 PM ET on HBO Max

    NFL Hall of Fame Game: Special presentation. The NFL preseason begins as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys go head-to-head in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Coverage begins at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT on FOX

    Hart to Heart: Series premiere. Kevin Hart invites A-list talent into his virtual wine cellar to talk about their lives and careers. New episodes will drop in batches on Thursdays, with the first three streaming today. Watch preview. Streaming on Peacock

    Olympics Coverage:

    • Women’s Soccer: Bronze Medal Game 4:00 AM ET/1:00 AM ET on USA
    • Men’s Basketball: Semifinal Games 7:00 AM ET/4:00 AM PT on NBCSN
    • Men’s Sport Climbing; Canoe/Kayak: Sprint Finals; Women’s Water Polo: Semifinal; Cycling: Track Finals 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on NBC
    • Women’s Table Tennis: Doubles Gold & Bronze Medal Match 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM ET on USA
    • Men’s Skateboarding: Park Final; Women’s Diving: Platform Final; Track & Field: Men’s 400M, Decathlon, Heptathlon; Women’s Beach Volleyball: Gold Medal Match 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on NBC
    • Women’s Soccer: Gold Medal Match 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT on USA
    • Rhythmic Gymnastics: Individual All-Around Qualifiers; Canoe Sprint; Men’s and Women’s Kayak and Canoe 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT on CNBC
    • Additional coverage streaming on Peacock

    Behind the Music: The Paramount+ revival explores the life and times of singer, songwriter, and actor Huey Lewis. Streaming on Paramount+

    American Horror Stories: A wife does the unthinkable for a chance at a successful pregnancy in “Ba’al.” Billie Lourd and Virginia Gardner star. Streaming on FX on Hulu

    Big Brother: Either Whitney or Hannah will be evicted from the Big Brother house tonight, with the Cookout alliance trying their hardest to make sure it's not Hannah. Plus, as Julie Chen Moonves promised last week, we're getting our first endurance competition of the season to determine the new Head of Household. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union: Docuseries finale. President Barack Obama looks to the future and lays out his hopes for a more inclusive America in the final installment of HBO’s three-part documentary. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    Brat Loves Judy: Series premiere. Rapper Da Brat (Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta) and her partner Jessica “Judy” Dupart lean on one another as they experience the highs and lows of the Hip Hop world in WE tv’s new reality series. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on WE tv

    Love Island: New episode. 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy: Special presentation. The Sesame Street crew teaches children about animal ownership and responsibility in an animated special that sees Elmo adopt Tango, a sweet, stray puppy. Watch preview. Streaming on HBO Max

    Departure: Complete second season. When an experimental high-speed train derails in rural Michigan, Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi) and her team are sent to investigate, but their assignment quickly proves more difficult than expected. Season 2 also features the late Christopher Plummer as Kendra’s mentor, Howard Lawson. Watch trailer. 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: HBO Max, Idris Elba, John Cena, Margot Robbie, NFL, Summer Olympics