Here's What's Happening in TV This Week

'Ray Donovan' returns, 'Wet Hot American Summer' reboots (again), 'The Sinner' and 'What Would Diplo Do?' premiere.
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Welcome to This Week in TV. In a bid to help you prioritize among all the events, premieres, big episodes and finales, The Hollywood Reporter's eagle-eyed TV team every Monday will take a closer look at what to expect from the week ahead — and provide helpful links and context for each. Here's a handy primer for the events that will likely take over the headlines in the week ahead. 

Discovery Looks to Make a Splash With Manhunt: Unabomber, Tuesday, 9 p.m.

Capitalizing on the true crime trend, the traditionally unscripted-heavy channel dives deeper into scripted programming with this anthology series, the first season of which focuses on Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. The impressive cast is led by Paul Bettany as Kaczynski, and includes Sam Worthington, Jane Lynch, Chris Noth, Elizabeth Reaser, Brian d’Arcy James, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Mark Duplass with Greg Yaitanes as showrunner. 

Jessica Biel Returns to TV in The Sinner, Wednesday, 9 p.m.

Nearly two decades after her last series regular role in 7th Heaven, the actress stars in the far less family friendly USA Network anthology. Based on the acclaimed thriller of the same name, Biel also exec produces the drama, which centers on a young mother who is overcome by a fit of rage and commits a public act of violence. The incident launches a surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the who or the what — but the why.

Viceland Pushes Into Scripted with What Would Diplo Do?, Wednesday, 10 p.m.

A year and a half after the channel's launch, Viceland unveils its first scripted series with an entry just as, ahem, unique as its unscripted fare. The half-hour is described as a mix of Louie and This Is Spinal Tap with James Van Der Beek playing a fictionalized version of the popular DJ. Both Diplo and Beek serve as exec producers on the comedy.

Wet Hot American Summer Visits a New Decade, Friday, midnight

Netflix goes back to Camp Firewood, this time for a reunion picking up 10 years after the events of the original film (and 20 years after the prequel Netflix series for those keeping track at home). In addition to returning favorites like Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Michael Ian Black, the eight-episode sequel will welcome new faces Dax Shepard, Alyssa Milano and Adam Scott, filling in the role originated by Bradley Cooper.

Ray Donovan Kicks Off Season Five, Sunday, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles' famed fixer returns to Showtime for its fifth season fresh off that bloody season-four finale. In addition to a time jump, season five will include Oscar winner (and recent Emmy nominee) Susan Sarandon, who moves from playing famed actress Bette Davis in Feud to a powerful motion picture head. Ray Donovan's return also coincides with Twin Peaks' move to 8 p.m. for the remainder of its revival.

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