TV picks for Sunday, Sept. 17
“The 69th Emmy Awards” (5 p.m., CBS; 8 p.m. ET): Stephen Colbert is our host for TV’s big bash, which will look a little different this year. Two-time drama champ “Game of Thrones” is sitting it out (the show didn’t air during the eligibility period), leaving the door open for breakout newcomers like “This Is Us,” “Stranger Things” “Westworld” and “The Crown.” In addition, several fresh faces — Donald Glover, Claire Foy, Chrissy Metz and more — are joining the festivities. But some things remain the same: “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is gunning for her sixth straight win as best lead actress in a comedy. (Check out our fearless Emmy predictions here).
“Sunday Night Football” (5:20 p.m., NBC; 7:20 p.m. ET): Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (1-0) take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons (1-0) in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth call the action, and Michele Tafoya reports from the sidelines.
“The Vietnam War” (8 p.m., PBS): Brace yourself: Ken Burns is bringing another epic documentary to television. This one is an incredible 10-part, 18-hour series that explores one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. Included: Rarely seen archival footage, audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, and interviews with nearly 80 witnesses. (For more info, see our preview story here).
“Outlander” (8 p.m., Starz): Hiding in an isolated cave, Jamie leads a lonely life until Lallybroch is threatened by redcoats pursuing the elusive Jacobite traitor known as “Red Jamie.” Back in Boston, Claire and Frank struggle to coexist in a marriage haunted by the ghost of Jamie’s love.
“Vice Principals” (10:30 p.m., HBO): As the uproarious comedy series returns for its second and final season, it’s a new semester at North Jackson High School and big changes are in store. Gamby and Russell will soon learn that the only thing harder than gaining power is holding on to it.
“The Strain” (10 p.m., FX): The creepy drama series comes to an end tonight. Quinlan devises a desperate plan, but the costs are enormous. Eph wrestles with his conscience, Fet undertakes a suicide mission, and Dutch and Gus dig in for battle as humankind makes its final stand against the Master and his Strain.
“El Chapo” (10 p.m., Univision): The drama series returns for Season 2. After eight years in prison, El Chapo escapes, and thanks to an alliance with Don Sol — a government official aspiring to be president — he takes down his enemies and turns his organization, The Sinaloa Cartel, into the most powerful in the country. But his ambition to become Boss of All Bosses comes with a high price.
“Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” (10 p.m., National Geographic): After weeks of dangerous seas, mechanical breakdowns, unbelievable catches and crushing losses, the North Atlantic bluefin season comes to a close in North Carolina and the captains must battle it out to the end. It’s the closest competition in series history, and the leaderboard standings shift dramatically with every weigh-in, presenting a make-or- break moment when one fish can make all the difference and any captain can go home a champion.
Also on Sunday:
“The Orville” (8 p.m., Fox)
“Top Gear America” (8 p.m., BBC America)
“Shahs of Sunset” (8 p.m., Bravo)
“Guy’s Grocery Games” (8 p.m., Food Network)
“The Deuce” (9 p.m., HBO)
“Ray Donovan” (9 p.m., Showtime)
“Fear the Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC)
“The Last Ship” (9 p.m., TNT)
“North Woods Law” (9 p.m., Animal Planet)
“Ballers” (10 p.m., HBO)
“Episodes” (10 p.m., Showtime)
“Talking Dead” (10 p.m., AMC)
“Dice” (10:30 p.m., Showtime)
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