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What’s on TV Sunday: The Emmys and ‘Criminal’


What’s on TV Sunday: The Emmys and ‘Criminal’

THE EMMYS 8 p.m. on Fox. Awards season kicks into gear with the 71st annual Emmys, television’s biggest night. With a whopping 32 nominations, “Game of Thrones” seems to be the front-runner for the drama awards. The show, which ended after eight seasons this spring, has already won 10 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and could very well win best drama for the fourth time. But, as Margaret Lyons, a television critic for The New York Times, noted after this year’s nominations were announced, “The variety and flair of the comedy categories — performing, writing, even directing — are just way, way more interesting than the sort of blah drama contenders this year.” Among the newcomers are fan favorites like “Schitt’s Creek,” which is up for best comedy, and “Fleabag,” which was nominated for 11 awards, including best acting and best writing for its creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The event itself will go hostless this year, but Jenny McCarthy, Shannon Sharpe and Kelly Osbourne will co-host Fox’s red carpet coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. Over on E!, Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy will do the honors, beginning at 6 p.m.

MACK WRESTLES 2 p.m. on ESPN and 4:30 p.m. on ABC. This documentary, part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 Shorts series, follows Mack Beggs, a high school wrestler from Euless, Tex., as he navigates the demands of the wrestling world, and the stigma that surrounds transgender athletes. When Beggs started his transition at the end of ninth grade, both his school and his family were supportive. But, because Texas state law prevented Beggs from competing on the boys’ wrestling team, the general public started to have concerns about a male-identifying wrestler competing against girls. After reading an ESPN article about Beggs, the filmmakers Taylor Hess and Erin Sanger set out to make the film, with the hope that it would “give athletes like Mack a platform and “ultimately create a more inclusive space,” Sanger told the Dallas Observer.

THE CIRCUS 8 p.m. on Showtime; Stream on Showtime platforms. Showtime’s most-watched documentary series returns for its fourth season, just as the race for the White House heats up. Co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon follow the group of Democrats vying to take on President Trump in 2020, as they meet constituents in key states across the country. The hosts also check in with major figures on the right, like Roger Stone and Steve Bannon, and newcomers on the left, including Representative Ilhan Omar and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

CRIMINAL Stream on Netflix. There’s often a satisfying moment in the end of a crime drama where the perpetrator finally sheds light on what happened, usually while sitting across from detectives in a police interrogation room. This new procedural, with episodes set in four different European countries, focuses solely on that cat-and-mouse dynamic inside those rooms as detectives work to extract important information from their suspects. David Tennant, who played a dogged detective in “Broadchurch,” finds himself on the other side of the table in the United Kingdom episode.

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