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.