TV picks: 'Manhunt: Unabomber,' 'What Would Diplo Do?' and more

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Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski in Discovery Channel’s “Manhunt: Unabomber”

Top Gear America. Actor William Fichtner (Empire, Mom) joins champion drag racer Antron Brown, British automotive journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford, and the anonymous character known to Top Gear fans as Stig in the premiere of a Stateside version of the hit British car show. 8 p.m. Sunday, BBC America.

The Lost Tapes: Son of Sam. Four decades after a serial killer who called himself “Son of Sam” terrorized New Yorkers, the story of David Berkowitz’s bizarre killing spree is retold using only media reports from the time, police footage, and people’s home movies: no narration, no recreations.  9 p.m. Sunday, Smithsonian Channel.

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Sam Worthington plays Olney’s Jim Fitzgerald, the FBI profiler whose work helped lead to the capture of Ted Kaczynski in Discovery’s “Manhunt: Unabomber” (Credit: Discovery Channel)

Manhunt: Unabomber.  The first season of a new anthology series is about the search for serial bomber and domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski  (Paul Bettany) and features Sam Worthington (Hacksaw Ridge) as Olney’s Jim Fitzgerald, the FBI profiler  whose work helped lead to Kaczynski’s capture and who’s a consulting producer on the project. There’s a plot point in the two-hour premiere that turns on Fitzgerald’s Philly pronunciation  of “water.” Jane Lynch plays U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. 9 p.m. Tuesday, Discovery. Moves to 10 p.m. the following week.

The Sinner. Jessica Biel stars as a woman who commits a horrific act of violence during what starts out as just a day at the beach with her family. Bill Pullman plays the detective who’s determined to find out what made her snap. Adapted from a German novel by Petra Hammesfahr, this is dark, dark stuff, so I hope they mean it when they say it’s a closed-end series. 10 p.m. Wednesday, USA.

The Lowe Files. Road trip! Actor Rob Lowe takes twenty-something sons Matthew and John Owen on an exploration of  unsolved mysteries of The X-Files variety. 10 p.m. Wednesday, A&E.

What Would Diplo Do? James Van Der Beek is a long way from Dawson’s Creek but undeniably charming in this mockumentary series in which he plays a fictionalized version of Temple-educated superstar DJ/producer  Diplo (who, along with Van Der Beek,  is an executive producer). 10 p.m. Thursday, Viceland.

The Guest Book. From Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope), a new comedy set in a vacation home where the occupants change with every story, launches with two back-to-back episodes. 10 p.m. Thursday, TBS.

Comrade Detective. Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are among the big stars dubbing the voices in a spoof of a 1980s Romanian cop show, presented as if it were the real thing, remastered. And you thought Hollywood could be running out of ideas. Aug. 4, Amazon.

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. Amy Poehler, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and Janeane Garofalo are among the returning cast members for the latest piece of the comedy franchise, an eight-part limited series. Aug. 4, Netflix.