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Saturday, July 2: NASCAR’s Summer Spin at Daytona

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR

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Saturday, July 2

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.

“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.

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.


Sunday, July 3

Follow Donal to Vietnam
Cooking Channel, 9:30am
New Series!
Cookbook author and food blogger Donal Skehan invites you to join him as he explores the markets of Vietnam, traveling across the country to discover new cultures, traditions and food with the help of newfound friends. After his gastronomic adventures, Donal heads back to the kitchen to show viewers how easy it is to re-create authentic Vietnamese dishes at home. On tonight’s premiere episode, Donal heads to Hanoi to explore the country’s capital city.

The Hunt
BBC America, 9pm
New Series!
From the makers of Planet Earth, The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet comes this new documentary series narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The seven-part series presents stunning footage of the life-and-death struggle between predator and prey. The premiere episode, “The Hardest Challenge,” reveals the extraordinary range of techniques predators use to catch prey. But even with these finely tuned strategies, most predators fail most of the time.

The Killing Games
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Shark Week 2016 comes to a close with this special that follows Dr. Jonathan Werry and shark cinematographer Andy Casagrande to South Australia to research a new great white shark hunting strategy that has been discovered. There, the sharks no longer wait for seals to enter the ocean — they come out of the water and snatch them from the shore.

Showtime, 10pm
Season Premiere!
On Roadies, Showtime’s new series from Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) about the folks working behind the scenes on the rock ’n’ roll concert circuit, Luke Wilson plays Bill, a beleaguered tour manager who’s struggling to keep his professional and personal lives in tune.

Island Explorers
Travel Channel, 11pm
New Series!
From Hawaii to the Caribbean and beyond, each episode follows the hosts as they discover the best off-the-beaten-path spots on one island.

4th of July “Twilight Zone” Marathon
Syfy, 11:30pm
Beginning tonight and running all day July 4, Syfy’s annual marathon offers several episodes from Rod Serling’s legendary sci-fi anthology series.