TV Goes To The Vietnam War, The Emmys

Sep 14, 2017

Ken Burns' highly anticipated look back at "The Vietnam War" premieres Sunday, Sept. 17, opposite the annual  Emmy Awards.

PBS devotes 18 hours to the film at 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for two weeks.

Stephen Colbert hosts the 69th annual Prime-Time Emmys.
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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, who collaborated on "The Civil War," "Baseball," "Jazz" and "Prohibition," tell their story with restored archival footage, home movies, photographs, TV broadcasts, White House audio recordings, nearly 80 witnesses and 100 musical recordings.

On CBS, Stephen Colbert hosts the"69th Prime-Time Emmy Awards." "Saturday Night Live" got a head start last weekend, winning five awards at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Two went to "SNL" hosts Melissa McCarthy (Comedy Series Guest Actress) and Dave Chappelle (Comedy Series Guest Actor).

TV veteran Gerald McRaney won his first Emmy for a guest role on NBC's "This Is Us" drama, while Alexis Bledel won her first as a guest drama actress in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" earlier this year.
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ABC's "Shark Tank" won for "Best Structured Reality Program."  Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with host Trevor Noah was named "Best Short Form Variety Series."

Also new this week: Cincinnati based E.W. Scripps' new daytime series starring Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron, ABC's "The Good Doctor" about a young surgeon with autism, the second and third broadcasts of Seth MacFarlane's "The Orville" on Fox, and Nick and Vanessa Lachey starting the quest to win the 25th season of "Dancing With The Stars."

Most new series premiere the week of Sept. 24. You can look up your favorite returning shows premiere dates and read about the new Fall TV series on my "Kiese's Fall TV List: New Series, Returning Shows, Bengals TV Info."

SUNDAY, SEPT. 17

6 p.m.: DailyMailTV, WSTR-TV/Channel 64: Preview of new fall syndicated news/entertainment show hosted by Jesse Palmer. (Premieres 10:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18.)

8 p.m.: The Vietnam War,  WCET-TV/Channel 48, WPTD-TV/Channel 16, PBS. PREMIERE. Ken Burns' two week history of the Vietnam War. (8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17-Thursday, Sept. 21; and 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24-Thursday, Sept. 28).

8 p.m.: 69th Prime-Time Emmy Awards, CBS. Hosted by Stephen Colbert.

8 p.m.: The Orville, Fox. Second episode. (Moves to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21)

Shaun Murphy plays "The Good Doctor" on ABC.
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MONDAY, SEPT. 18

3 p.m.: Pickler & Ben, WCPO-TV, Channel 9. PREMIERE. Kellie Pickler-Ben Aaron weekday entertainment/lifestyle series.

8 p.m.: Dancing With The Stars, ABC. Season 25 premiere with Nick and Vanessa Lachey, and former Bengals receiver Terrell Owens among the contestants.

8 p.m.: The Vietnam War, WCET-TV/Channel 48, WPTD-TV/Channel 16, PBS. Second episode.

10 p.m.: The Good Doctor, ABC. PREMIERE. Shaun Murphy ("Bates Motel") plays "The Good Doctor," a brilliant young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome in a series from the creator of "House" and former "Hawaii Five-0" star Daniel Dae Kim.  Richard Schiff ("The West Wing") plays the only doctor at the hospital who trusts the young doctor.

10:30 p.m.: DailyMailTV, WSTR-TV/Channel 64. PREMIERE. Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer hosts a nightly syndicated show featuring content from DailyMail.com.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 19

8 p.m.: The Vietnam War, WCET-TV/Channel 48, WPTD-TV/Channel 16, PBS. Third episode.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20

8 p.m.: The Vietnam War, WCET-TV/Channel 48, WPTD-TV/Channel 16, PBS. Fourth episode.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 21

8 p.m.: The Vietnam War, WCET-TV/Channel 48, WPTD-TV/Channel 16, PBS. Fifth episode.

8 p.m.: Gotham, Fox. Season 4 premiere.

9 p.m.: The Orville, Fox. Time period premiere.