Jane Lynch puts on her finest track suit to host "The 63rd Annual Emmy Awards" (7 p.m., KMSP, Ch. 9). The race between "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire" should provide most of the fireworks, although don't be surprised if there's a scuffle over at the "Modern Family" seats if Eric Stonestreet wins for the second time in a row.
The joke is on Charlie Sheen all night long. The return of "Two and a Half Men" (8 p.m., WCCO, Ch. 4) finds that Sheen's character has died and is being replaced by the dumb guy from "That '70s Show." Then Kate Walsh, Jeffrey Ross and others lay into Sheen during the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" (9 p.m., Comedy). If this is winning, I'll sit at the losers' table.
The center of the musical universe this week has to be the Ed Sullivan Theater. "The Late Show With David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., WCCO, Ch. 4) plays host to Coldplay. The following night, it's Wilco. You can watch live webcast concerts at 7 p.m. both nights by going to cbs.com/late_night/liveonletterman.
Can "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11) survive without cast member Christopher Meloni? The franchise has done without its major stars before, but this one will be particularly tough to pull off, considering Meloni had been with the show for a whopping 272 episodes. Kelli Giddish joins the cast in this season premiere.
Some Emmy-winning actors are bringing their considerable skills to NBC comedies. John Goodman plays the dean's nemesis for much of this season of "Community" (7 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11) and James Spader will be giving the stink eye to the gang at "The Office" (8 p.m., KARE, Ch. 11). In both cases, we approve.