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Time travelers must transform a video gamer into a hero in “Future Man.” And a new series attempts to unravel the mystery of the Zodiac killer.
FUTURE MAN on Hulu. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, the executive producers of this new action comedy series, drew inspiration from quintessential science-fiction franchises like “Back to the Future” and “Star Wars.” But what sets “Future Man” apart is that it also channels “Austin Powers.” The series’s protagonist is Josh (Josh Hutcherson), a hopeless janitor who passes the time playing Biotic Wars, a video game that seems impossible to beat. When Josh conquers the game, two visitors from the future (Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson) travel back in time and explain that the game is actually a recruitment and training tool used to find a savior from the past. They soon realize that they’ll have to lower their expectations because their “savior” isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.
DERAY DAVIS: HOW TO ACT BLACK (2017) on Netflix. The comic and actor DeRay Davis (“21 Jump Street,” “The Boondocks”) performs at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, riffing on racism, his upbringing in Chicago and his brief role as Jermel in “Empire.”
NERO WOLFE on MHz Choice. Based on the detective fiction of the novelist Rex Stout, this series stars Francesco Pannofino as Nero Wolfe, a crabby aesthete and investigator who heavily relies on his assistant, Archie Goodwin (Pietro Sermonti), to do all his legwork. In this second adaptation by the Italian broadcaster RAI, Nero and Archie are newly transplanted from the United States to Italy and ready to crack the toughest of cases.
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THE HUNT FOR THE ZODIAC KILLER 10 p.m. on History. The self-proclaimed Zodiac killer murdered five random victims in the 1960s in Northern California and claimed to kill 37 in cryptic letters sent to local newspapers explaining his motive. Several suspects have surfaced over the years, but the culprit remains unidentified. (Ted Cruz, the Republican senator, recently acknowledged a long-running internet joke accusing him.) This five-part series follows a team of investigators who, with the help of a supercomputer programmed to think like a killer, crack a significant portion of the letters’ cipher and inch one step closer to revealing the murderer.
BIZARRE FOODS: DELICIOUS DESTINATIONS 9 p.m. on Travel. The television chef Andrew Zimmern travels to Reykjavik in Iceland for salted cod and the yogurtlike dairy product skyr. Mr. Zimmern isn’t the first celebrity chef to traverse the globe seeking unusual cuisines. But in a 2007 review in The New York Times, Susan Stewart proclaimed him “a delight”: “Less dangerous than Anthony Bourdain, less annoying than Rachael Ray.”