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Originally published Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 6:18 AM

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Sunday TV Pick: Christopher Guest’s ‘Family Tree’ on HBO

TV picks for Sunday, May 12, 2013, include the new “Family Tree” on HBO, “Revenge” on ABC and “Mad Men” on AMC.

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‘Family Tree’

A simply adorable (and yes, quirky) comedy from Christopher Guest (“Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman”). It centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd), who inherits a mysterious box from a great aunt, and goes about investigating his lineage, to unexpected, touching and hilarious results. O’Dowd is great as a lonely Everyman, and the supporting cast is delightfully weird. Series premiere, 10:30 p.m. on HBO (seattletimes.com/tvlistings).

Also on Sunday

“MLB Baseball,” 1 p.m. (ROOT): Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners (Live).

“Survivor: Caramoan,” 8 p.m. (CBS): A contestant wins the grand prize of $1 million.

“Revenge,” 9 p.m. (ABC): A catastrophic moment changes everyone’s lives; a heartbreaking death forces Emily to evaluate her quest for revenge.

“All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” 9 p.m. (NBC): Donald Trump eliminates two contestants before the challenge; the finalists get help from six of the fired contestants to create new ice cream flavors, then introduce them through promotional videos and launch events.

“10 Buildings That Changed America,” 10 p.m. (KCTS): Ten groundbreaking works of American architecture include a state capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford’s first assembly line and the first indoor regional shopping mall; host Geoffrey Baer.

“Mad Men,” 10 p.m. (AMC): SCDP tries to pacify competing clients; an unexpected guest blind-sides Pete.

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