1. Life & Culture

On TV Wednesday, May 1

On TV tonight

Manhunt, 8 p.m., HBO It's starting to look as though documentaries about killing Osama bin Laden are like reboots of superhero franchises — filmmakers will just keep cranking 'em out until the end of time.

SERIES PREMIERE Family Tools, 8:30 p.m., ABC What happens when a handyman hands the family business to his no-goodnik offspring? And how is it possible that such a show does NOT star Tim Allen?

SEASON FINALE The Americans, 10 p.m., FX The first season concludes with an episode titled "The Colonel." Man, how great would it be if this Cold War spy drama actually turned out to be about the hunt for the secret recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken?

SERIES PREMIERE The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius, 10 p.m., Discovery A collection of scientists and thinkers compete to become the "next great American innovator." Because Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs got their start on reality TV, too, right?

— Jay Cridlin