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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘The Vietnam War’ and ‘Vice Principals’


Marines marching in Da Nang, South Vietnam, in 1965, as seen in “The Vietnam War.”

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A new documentary series lays bare the repercussions of the Vietnam War. And Danny McBride won’t let up until he pins down a culprit in Season 2 of “Vice Principals.”

What’s on TV

THE VIETNAM WAR 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick spent 10 years working on this gripping documentary series, encapsulating the impact of the Vietnam War on both Vietnamese and American citizens through harrowing archival footage, news broadcasts and oral histories. The first of the 10 episodes dates back to France’s colonization of Vietnam in the mid-1800s, and the series concludes with the opening of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. “The saddest thing about this elegiac documentary may be the credit it extends its audience,” James Poniewozik wrote in The New York Times. “‘The Vietnam War,” he continues, “still holds out hope that we might learn from history, after presenting 18 hours of evidence to the contrary.”

OBJECTIFIED 8 p.m. on Fox News. Harvey Levin, the founder of TMZ, the gossip news site and television show, hosts this new series, a spinoff of a special featuring Donald Trump that aired last fall during the presidential campaign. The show features interviews with celebrities and political figures during which they describe cherished objects. It begins with Mr. Levin visiting Judge Judy Sheindlin, the star of “Judge Judy,” in her Greenwich, Conn., home.

69TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS 8 p.m. on CBS. The comedian Stephen Colbert hosts as this year’s ceremony welcomes plenty of first-time nominees, particularly in the best drama category. “Saturday Night Live,” “Westworld,” and “Stranger Things” each won five awards during the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend, and are likely to triumph tonight. HBO leads the networks for the 17th consecutive year with 111 nominations, followed by Netflix with 91. Read more on this year’s nominees before the winners are announced.


Marco de la O, center, in Season 2 of “El Chapo.”

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EL CHAPO 10 p.m. on Univision. This Spanish-language series about the Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera (Marco de la O), known as El Chapo, returns for Season 2. It picks up with Mr. Guzmán’s first prison break in 2001, which, according to some accounts, he achieved by hiding in a laundry bin. The following episodes shed light on the role corrupt government officials played in Mr. Guzmán’s quest to lead the Sinaloa cartel, Mexico’s most powerful, and cover the impact the kingpin’s notoriety had on his closest allies and family. The season will stream on Netflix on a later date.


Walton Goggins, left, and Danny McBride in Season 2 of “Vice Principals.”

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VICE PRINCIPALS 10:30 p.m. on HBO; also on HBO streaming platforms. The wildly inappropriate stars of this dark comedy are back with a vengeance. By the end of Season 1, Neal (Danny McBride) and Lee (Walton Goggins) had blackmailed their nemesis, the North Jackson High principal Dr. Belinda Brown (Georgia King), and replaced her as co-principals. But their celebration was cut short when their cars were lit on fire and a masked figure shot Neal in the school parking lot. In the second and final season, a recovering Neal returns to North Jackson under its new leadership and begins an investigation into the disguised shooter.

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