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What to Watch on Thursday: NBC debuts provocative drama, ‘The Slap’

Thomas Sadoski, left, and Peter Sarsgaard in “The Slap,” in which a man slaps another couple’s child at a party.
Thomas Sadoski, left, and Peter Sarsgaard in “The Slap,” in which a man slaps another couple’s child at a party. NBC

The Slap (8 p.m., NBC) – In this new drama, simmering tension and buried secrets among a group of family and friends surface when a man slaps another couple’s child at a party. It stars Zachary Quinto, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Melissa George.

Inside the Actors Studio (8 p.m., Bravo)James Lipton interviews Neil Patrick Harris about his multidimensional career, which began with a child-acting gig on TV’s “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and has Harris currently starring in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

Backstrom (9 p.m., Fox) – Backstrom considers the murder of a drag queen and blogger, a prominent member of Portland’s LGBT community, to be a hate crime, but the case takes a surprising turn when Backstrom’s gay tenant becomes a suspect.

Scandal (9 p.m., ABC) – Olivia outsmarts her captors, but only temporarily. Meanwhile, Cyrus must take control when Fitz is pushed to his limits.

Project Runway All Stars (9 p.m., Lifetime) – A winner is announced in the season finale.

How to Get Away With Murder (10 p.m., ABC) – A startling development in Sam’s case catches Analise and her students by surprise.

Elementary (10 p.m., CBS) – An unexpected event brings Watson into contact with Elana March, the convicted crime boss she helped put behind bars.

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