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NASCAR Rac­ing / 3:00pm (NBCSP) Chicagoland Speed­way in Joliet, Illi­nois hosts only one NASCAR Mon­ster En­ergy Cup se­ries race a sea­son, but it is a big one as it is the first of ten races that de­fine the Cup se­ries play­offs. Martin Truex Jr. won last year’s Tales of the Tur­tles 400 on the 1.5-mile tri-oval at Chicagoland and has been at the top of the points stand­ings for part of the sea­son. Jim­mie John­son, Kyle Lar­son and Brad Keselowski are in Truex s rear-view mir­ror.

69th Prime­time Emmy Awards / 8:00pm (13) Demon­strat­ing just how present both broad­cast and cable of­fer­ings (not to men­tion stream­ing shows) are in this year’s event, “Satur­day Night Live” and “West­world” are tied with the most nom­i­na­tions — 22 each — in tele­vi­sion’s cel­e­bra­tion of its own ex­cel­lence at Los An­ge­les’ Mi­crosoft Theater. Stephen Col­bert, whose own “Late Show” also is in the run­ning, serves as host. Ex­pect many fa­mil­iar faces from var­i­ous se­ries to ap­pear as pre­sen­ters.

The Viet­nam War / 8:00pm (22) 9:30pm (22) 12:00am (22) 8:00pm (26.4) 9:30pm (26.4) What eas­ily is one of the year’s big­gest tele­vi­sion events — oc­cu­py­ing the bet­ter part of two weeks — be­gins, as Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s new­est doc­u­men­tary se­ries ex­am­ines the ti­tle con­flict by in­clud­ing tes­ti­mo­ni­als from those on both the Amer­i­can and Viet­namese sides, plus a heavy dose of the mu­sic that marked the era. The pre­miere, “Deja Vu (1858-1961),” re­calls the cen­tury of his­tory that led up to the start of the bat­tle at the peak of the Cold War.

The Deuce / 9:00pm (HBO) 11:35pm (HBO) 1:35am (HBO) His op­tions dwin­dling as his mar­riage im­plodes, Vin­cent (James Franco) is forced to move into a seedy ho­tel, but suc­cess draw­ing cus­tomer car­i­ca­tures at a bar lands him a job of­fer from mob chief Rudy Pip­ilo (Michael Ris­poli) in the new “Show and Prove.” While war­ily fill­ing in for a friend in a porn short, Candy (Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal) finds the film­mak­ing process very in­trigu­ing.

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

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