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The ticket: Television

Keith Major

SUNDAY

MANHATTAN, WGN AMERICA 10 p.m.

In its second foray into original programming (after the pitch-black “Salem”) WGN America moves across the country to Los Alamos, N.M., to tell the story of the race to build the atomic bomb. The series delves into the lives of the scientists and their families and others surrounding the top-secret Manhattan Project.

MONDAY

CAPTIVATED: THE TRIALS OF PAMELA

SMART, HBO, 9 p.m.

This documentary takes a look back at the notorious case of the New Hampshire woman convicted in 1991 for conspiring with her teen lover to kill her husband. The film looks at the extensive media coverage and includes an interview with the imprisoned Smart.

TUESDAY

K. MICHELLE: THE REBELLIOUS, VH1,

10 p.m.

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The “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star takes center stage in this half-hour “hip-hopera” dedicated to tunes from her debut album, which will be linked to tell a story. Michelle clearly is doing something right because that story is being directed by British actor Idris
Elba (“Luther,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”).

WEDNESDAY

HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS, SCIENCE,

9 p.m.

For inveterate starers into space, this episode investigates the mysteries of the Milky Way, by which we mean our vast, fantastical galaxy, not the candy bar. The episode will look at common questions surrounding the Milky Way and the super-massive black hole in it.

THURSDAY

GARFUNKEL AND OATES, IFC, 10 p.m.

The sassy comedic duo of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci have brought their musically bent act to the small screen in this series that explores their lives both in and out of “character.” In this installment, the pair investigates the silent treatment as a dating technique.

FRIDAY

BOJACK HORSEMAN, NETFLIX,

streaming

The online streaming service tries its hand at animation with this new series chronicling the misadventures of a horse (voiced by Will Arnett) who was once a big sitcom star — in a show called “Horsin’ Around” — but is now a washed-up drunk. Other voice talent includes Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) and Alison Brie (“Community,” “Mad Men”).

SATURDAY

DR. WHO, BBC AMERICA, 8:15 p.m.

A new era begins for Who-vians as Peter Capaldi (“The Thick of It,” “World War Z”) takes control of the TARDIS as the 12th Doctor. The veteran actor may be new to the Who-verse, but he’s a longtime fan, even having a letter proclaiming his devotion to the show published in a British newspaper when he was a teenager.

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