What to Watch Sunday: Hello, It's Emmy Night! Plus: The Treme Season 3 Premiere and More

On TV this Sunday:  The 64th Annual Primetime Emmys award TV’s best, Kenneth Branagh’s Wallander packs it in Before the Frost, a new season of Treme takes us back to the neighborhood and Boardwalk Empire takes a bite out of the Big Apple. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar tonight.

8 pm 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (ABC) | Jimmy Kimmel hosts The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ annual ceremony, broadcast live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre. So here’s what you do: Check out TVLine’s comprehensive pre-Emmy coverage for interviews with nominees, in-depth features on your favorite shows and who’d take home statuettes if you picked the winners. Then bookmark the page and come back later for our real-time coverage of TV’s biggest night!

8 pm Broadway or Bust (PBS) | In the conclusion to this three-part docu-series, six young singers compete in The National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

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9 pm Masterpiece Mystery! (PBS) | In Wallander Series III: Before the Frost, Wallander must reconcile with his estranged daughter (Sherlock’s Jeany Spark) – who’s none too pleased about her dad’s past transgressions – to investigate an escaped psychiatric patient who keeps setting things on fire.

9 pm Hell on Wheels (AMC) | After a tragedy, Lily and Cullen try to keep order in the mobile town. Elam makes a plan for the future.

9 pm Boardwalk Empire (HBO) | In New York, Nucky has some friction with Gaston Means, a “special investigator” connected to Attorney General Daugherty; Gyp decides to establish a strategic foothold between Atlantic City and the Big Apple.

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10 pm Treme (HBO) | Season 3 premiere: Janette runs into her old nemesis Enrico but also finds a new beau; Delmond and Albert’s Indian-jazz album drops; Toni meets L.P., who’s going to help in her investigation of post-Katrina killings. (Read about the drama’s final-season renewal.)

10 pm Copper (BBC America) | Corcoran and O’Brien work a double murder; a boxing match sparks racial tension in Five Points.

10:30 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | In this Repeat to Revisit aka the Season 4 finale, Jane pulls a long con in Las Vegas, and the CBI gets its hands on one of Red John’s agents (Entourage‘s Emmanuelle Chriqui).  Note: Though the drama is purposely set to begin half an hour later than normal — per CBS’ NFL-shifted schedule — you may wanna give your DVR a bit of leeway on either side of the hour.

Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.  

Comments (17)

  • I’ll be watching the Emmy’s (with the New England NFL game in between) and Boardwalk Empire at 9:00 pm

    Comment by DanielleZ – September 23, 2012 05:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Emmys, of course. With Sunday Night Football during commercial breaks.

    And then Boardwalk and Treme. Love this combo.

    Comment by Marin Kuharić (@Prkan_708) – September 23, 2012 05:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boardwalk Empire for sure.

    Comment by Danielle – September 23, 2012 06:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yay emmy time, oh wait thats right they refuse to recognise community so i refuse to recognise them

    Comment by Alan – September 23, 2012 06:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As much as I want to know who will win, the Emmys are sooo boring. I’ll just watch Boardwalk Empire.

    Comment by Gerald – September 23, 2012 06:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does the Emmy start at 8 or is that the red carpet?

    Comment by Sara – September 23, 2012 07:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ABC’s red carpet coverage starts at 7/6c. Show starts at 8. – Management

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich, Editor-at-Large TVLine.com – September 23, 2012 08:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thanks Matt :)

        Comment by Sara – September 23, 2012 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll watch the Emmys, and DVR The Good Wife & The Mentalist’s season finales to refresh my memory.

    Comment by Lorie – September 23, 2012 08:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Forget all that….watching Downton Abbey on the internet at 3 pm!!! Can’t wait till january for that! ….and maybe ill give the emmys a try too

    Comment by Jose – September 23, 2012 08:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m just marking time until next Sunday [OUAT]. This is kind of a lost Sunday because I generally watch Masterpiece Mystery, but Wallander is just too depressing.

    Comment by Stormy – September 23, 2012 08:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • First hour of the Emmys, followed by Boardwalk Empire and Treme.

    Comment by Simon Jester – September 23, 2012 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will watch The Emmys utnil 10-then Hell on Wheels!

    Comment by tahina – September 23, 2012 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m way excited for the Emmys of course, but Treme and Boardwalk Empire are the ones that have me jumping for joy to watch. And then next sunday, we’ll get to watch Treme, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, and Homeland!!!! Eeeeeeeee! That sound you heard across the country was my girlish screams of delight. What a great night of TV Sundays will be for awhile.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – September 23, 2012 02:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Fringe nominations = no Emmys. Pats game tonight.

    Comment by Ryan – September 23, 2012 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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