Discovery rallies from Michael Phelps’s nonrace against a great white shark with what our critic called as good a series as you’re going to see on TV this summer. And Alain Delon plays the talented Tom Ripley.
What’s on TV
MANHUNT: UNABOMBER 9 p.m. on Discovery and Investigation Discovery. Paul Bettany plays Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, whose campaign of mail bombs to kill and maim victims terrorized the United States for nearly two decades. Sam Worthington is Jim Fitzgerald, the F.B.I. agent and criminal profiler whose use of forensic linguistics helped lead to the identification and capture of Mr. Kaczynski in 1996. This dramatization is part of a move to re-energize the network’s lineup of low- and middlebrow reality fare, and Neil Genzlinger, writing in The New York Times, called the results gripping, sophisticated and “as laudable a series as TV has offered this summer.”
HER (2013) 10:45 p.m. on HBO2; also streaming on HBO Now. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a melancholic writer who composes personal letters for others, finds solace during his separation from his wife in the voice of Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the operating system that rouses him in the morning, bids him good night and organizes his life in between — without complaining as a real woman might, of course. But soon enough, Theodore and his software are headed toward becoming lovers. “This is a movie you want to reach out and caress, about a man who, like everyone else around him in this near future, has retreated from other people into a machine world,” Manohla Dargis wrote in The Times about this Spike Jonze creation. “In ‘Her,’ the great question isn’t whether machines can think, but whether human beings can still feel.”
CASUAL on Hulu. Season 3 in this study of the family we can’t live with, or without, ends as Valerie deals with the repercussions from leaving Jack at the engagement party. Laura, meanwhile, discovers that she was a cog in the intern mill for Casey and finds alternate living arrangements. And Alex gets some really big news.
PURPLE NOON (1960) on FilmStruck. Before Matt Damon there was Alain Delon — at his most beautiful, in the role that made him a star — playing the impoverished Tom Ripley, who is sent to Rome to retrieve the millionaire playboy Philippe (Maurice Ronet) and return him to his family in San Francisco. But the rich life is so delicious that he decides to murder his way up the social ladder in René Clément’s adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” It’s part of “Icons: Alain Delon,” an 11-film streaming collection featuring “Le Samouraï,” “L’Eclisse,” “Le Cercle Rouge” and “Swann in Love.”
VALKYRIEN on Walter Presents. A doctor (Sven Nordin) runs an illegal hospital in an unused underground Oslo metro station as he desperately searches for a cure for his wife’s terminal illness. In a Times interview, Walter Iuzzolino, the Walter of Walter Presents, called this Norwegian noir “a high-concept thriller which will have you gripped from the start.”
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