Premiered: Aug. 1 (Discovery)
The real story: In April 1996, the FBI apprehended Theodore J. Kaczynski at his remote Montana cabin. The Harvard graduate had become known in the news media as the Unabomber, an anonymous terrorist known for mailing and planting explosive-filled packages that had killed three people and injured 23. Kaczynski had eluded authorities for so long — 17 years — that in 1995, at the FBI’s recommendation, The Washington Post published his 35,000 word manifesto.
The cast: Paul Bettany plays Kaczynski. Sam Worthington (“Avatar”) portrays Jim Fitzgerald, the police officer turned FBI profiler who used language analysis to help nab Kaczynski. Jane Lynch (“Glee”) takes a brief turn as Attorney General Janet Reno.
Paul Bettany as Kaczynski