New­com­ers ex­pected to pick up Emmy Awards

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“The 69th Emmy Awards” — Stephen Col­bert is our host for TV’s big bash, which will look a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this year. Twotime 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. 5 p.m. to­day, CBS (8 p.m. ET).

Other bets:

TO­DAY » Brace your­self: Ken Burns is bring­ing an­other epic doc­u­men­tary to tele­vi­sion. “The Viet­nam War” 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. 8 p.m., PBS.

TO­DAY » As the up­roar­i­ous com­edy “Vice Prin­ci­pals” 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. 10:30 p.m., HBO.

MON­DAY » Break out the se­quins and spray tans. “Danc­ing With the Stars” launches its 25th sea­son with 13 al­leged celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Deb­bie Gib­son, Bar­bara Cor­co­ran, Drew Scott, Ter­rell Owens, Derek Fisher and oth­ers. Don’t be em­bar­rassed, we had to Google some of them, too. 8 p.m., ABC.

MON­DAY » We’re out of breath from just watch­ing “Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior.” At last, they’ll crown a cham­pion as the top com­peti­tors tackle the last stages of the “Mount Mi­doriyama” ob­sta­cle course. 8 p.m., NBC.

TUESDAY » In the Sea­son 3 pre­miere of “If Lov­ing You Is Wrong,” the small fic­tional com­mu­nity of Max­ine is left reel­ing af­ter an in­ci­dent threat­ens the lives of its chil­dren. 9 p.m., OWN.

WED­NES­DAY » The sum­mer’s most pop­u­lar re­al­ity se­ries, “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent,” fi­nally crowns its Sea­son 12 win­ner tonight, but not be­fore mak­ing us sit through a bloated twohour fi­nale. 8 p.m., NBC.

WED­NES­DAY » In an­other two-hour fi­nale, “MasterChef” names its Sea­son 8 cham­pion af­ter the fi­nal con­tes­tants pre­pare a three-course meal with in­gre­di­ents of their choos­ing. 8 p.m., Fox.

THURS­DAY » An­other turbo-charged sea­son of “Zoo” comes to an end as the team races to stop the hy­brids from breach­ing the bar­rier wall by shut­ting down the last bea­con that draws them in. We wish them luck. 10 p.m., CBS.

FRI­DAY » Fans of “Bat­tlestar Galac­tica” (the ac­claimed re­boot), re­joice. Tonight brings a re-air­ing of the 2003 minis­eries, which will lead into a week­end marathon of the en­tire first sea­son of the mil­i­tary space drama. 8 p.m., Syfy.

SATUR­DAY » “Res­i­dent Evil: The Fi­nal Chap­ter” makes its ca­ble de­but. Su­per rogue war­rior Alice (Milla Jovovich) joins her friends on a last-chance mis­sion to de­feat the evil Um­brella Cor­po­ra­tion and its rav­en­ous hordes of mon­sters and demons. 8 p.m., Starz.

Email Chuck Bar­ney at cbar­ney@ ba­yare­anews­


Stephen Col­bert hosts the 69th Emmy Awards tonight on CBS.

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