If Discovery’s Unabomber Series Is a Hit, It Could Launch a New Network Franchise

Network already has a second 'Manhunt' story on deck

Discovery’s first-ever scripted limited series, Manhunt: Unabomber, chronicles the FBI’s hunt for Ted Kaczynski. Jason Elias/Discovery Channel

From Shark Week to Deadliest Catch to Motor Mondays, Discovery Channel has climbed the Nielsens thanks to a number of tent-pole franchises. Now, the company hopes it is launching yet another one, with tonight’s debut of its first scripted limited series, Manhunt: Unabomber.

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