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Sun, September 21

Madam Secretary

CBS, 8:30 pm ET

He doesn't appear in the show -- at least not yet -- but Morgan Freeman is an executive producer of this new political drama, giving a sense of its gravitas. The series "Pilot" introduces Tea Leoni as America's new secretary of state, an ex-CIA analyst hurriedly thrust onto the stage of international diplomacy after taking the job at the behest of the president (Keith Carradine). Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Geoffrey Arend ("Body of Proof") also are in the cast.

Roots

BET, 9:00 am ET

One of television's true milestones and airing today in a marathon, the 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel about his ancestors remains one of the most honored projects in the medium's history. It follows the journey of Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton), a slave whose rebellious spirit prompts his several tries at escape. The superb cast also includes Ben Vereen, Georg Stanford Brown, Leslie Uggams, Edward Asner and Robert Reed.

NASCAR Racing

ESPN, 2:00 pm ET

The Chase for the Sprint Cup moves onto Week 2 today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where the likes of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski will do battle in the Sylvania 300. Chase competitors Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin are all dangerous on the 1.058-mile oval, each owning a win plus multiple top-fives and top-10s over the past three years. Kenseth is this race's defending champ, while Keselowski won here in July.

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