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Friday, July 1: The Great British Baking Show

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All Times Eastern.

Friday, July 1

The Great British Baking Show
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Follow 12 contestants in their quest to be named Britain’s best amateur baker. Their first signature challenge is to make a Madeira cake.

Marco Polo
Season Premiere!
Season 2 (all episodes are available today) continues to follow the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th-century China.

Gold Crown Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, beginning at 1pm
Original Films!
If you need respite from the summer heat, now through July 10, cozy up with recent favorites including The Christmas Note, A Christmas Wish, Magic Stocking and Debbie Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow. Gold Crown Christmas kicks off today with Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle. On July 4, the event will present a marathon of Hallmark Hall of Fame titles including Christmas in Conway and Christmas With Holly.

Seinfeld: “The Soup Nazi”
TBS, 7pm
This is one of the hit series’ classic episodes and includes one of the show’s most famous lines, “No soup for you.” Larry Thomas, an unknown actor at the time, stole the episode (Season 7, Episode 6) as the militant soup chef. He later told The Hollywood Reporter about his once-in-a-lifetime audition, “I had a pair of green pants. I had this old Army shirt from back in the ’70s when my friend’s older brothers were in Vietnam. My wife went, ‘Oh my God. I’ve got an idea.’ She went into her part of the closet and took out a beret. We both stood there staring at the mirror. I looked like Saddam Hussein, who was not a very popular guy in 1995. I’m going, ‘Do I have the guts to walk in there like that?’” He did, and the rest is now TV history.

NASCAR XFINITY Series: Subway Firecracker 250
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
The up-and-coming stars of NASCAR’s XFINITY Series provide the fireworks tonight at Daytona International Speedway for the Subway Firecracker 250, as NBC Sports begins its coverage of NASCAR’s 2016 season.

Shark Bait
Discovery Channel, 9pm
This Shark Week special goes to Cape Cod to explore how great white sharks have had to learn new ways to hunt seals there.

Syfy, 9pm
Season Premiere!
After failing to rescue D’avin, Dutch and Johnny head to an outlaw-only barter town in the hopes of stealing a shield from the Connaver gang.

Blue Serengeti
Discovery Channel, 10pm
This Shark Week special follows famed marine biologist and shark expert Barbara Block as she uses breakthrough camera technology and tracking techniques to explore the world of great whites off the coast of California.

Dark Matter
Syfy, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The crew awakens to find themselves prisoners on the Hyperion-8 Maximum Security Galactic Detention Facility.

Saturday, July 2
“Outlander” Marathon
Starz, 12pm
Working around the Fourth holiday, Starz has elected to push the Outlander season finale to next weekend. Fans, however, can enjoy a marathon of the second season beginning with “Through a Glass, Darkly” — one of our favorite episodes from Season 2 as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) returns to her own time in the 20th century and must reconcile her future with Frank (Tobias Menzies) and the life and love she left behind.

Soccer: UEFA Euro 2016 Quarterfinal
ESPN2, 2:30pm Live
ESPN2 presents live coverage of a UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament quarterfinal match from Stade de Bordeaux in France. The winner advances to the semifinals July 6-7.

Jeff Dunham Comedy Specials
Comedy Central, beginning at 6:09pm
Comedy Central gets the Independence Day celebration underway with its “U.S. Hey! Weekend.” Tonight features a mini-marathon of Jeff Dunham comedy specials: Controlled Chaos, All Over the Map, Arguing With Myself, Unhinged in Hollywood and Spark of Insanity.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Coke Zero 400
NBC, 7pm Live
Sprint Cup stars Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott and others return to famed Daytona International Speedway for a race under the lights at the Coke Zero 400. The NBC Sports Group begins its coverage of the 2016 Cup Series season tonight.

Angel From Hell
CBS, beginning at 8pm
CBS is showing the unaired episodes of canceled comedy Angel From Hell beginning tonight with two episodes. In “Angel Probation,” Amy (Jane Lynch) must complete 10 good deeds to earn back her angel powers. Then in “Angel Appreciation Day,” Amy does double duty when Allison (Maggie Lawson) accidentally kills Brad’s (Kyle Bornheimer) guardian angel.

Discovery Channel, 9pm
The best moments from Shark Week 2016, culminating in viewers’ top picks of Shark Week history.

“Animal Kingdom” Marathon
TNT, 9pm
Catch up on summer’s hottest new series with this four-episode binge. Based on the critically acclaimed 2010 Australian film, the show stars Ellen Barkin as Janine “Smurf” Cody, matriarch of a crime family that is literally family. Though Smurf doesn’t take part in the heists that have made her crew filthy rich, she rules her grown sons with an iron will and silky persuasiveness that vacillates between maternal protectiveness and seduction. But when her grandson J (Finn Cole) moves in after Smurf’s daughter ODs, family bonds and secrets are pushed to the brink.