TV picks for Tuesday, Aug. 1
“American Experience: Boys of ’36” (8 p.m., PBS): Inspired by Daniel James Brown’s critically acclaimed nonfiction book “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” this re-broadcast recalls the thrilling story of the American Olympic rowing team that triumphed against all odds in Nazi Germany. In the summer of 1936, nine working class University of Washington students took the nation by a storm when they captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers overcame tremendous hardships to beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast but also Adolf Hitler’s elite German rowers.
“Manhunt: Unabomber” (9 p.m., Discovery): This compelling miniseries tells the dramatic true story of the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history. The story focuses on FBI Agent and Criminal Profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (played by Sam Worthington), who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and ultimately capture the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany). As a fresh faced criminal Profiler and the newest member of the Unabom Task Force (UTF), Fitz faced an uphill battle not just against the Unabomber – one of the most sophisticated and brilliant criminals in history – but also against the bureaucracy of the UTF itself as his maverick ideas and new approaches were dismissed by the system. (For more info, here’s a review of the show).
“Dance Moms” (9 p.m., Lifetime): New episodes begin with Abby Lee Miller’s future uncertain. Guest choreographers Cheryl…
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