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By Mike Smith

Sunday Sitdown

Chris O'Dowd, known for his charm and sense of humor in "Bridesmaids" and "The IT Crowd," is getting to play a physical, tough guy in the new Epix crime series "Get Shorty." In this week's Sunday Sitdown, the actor talks to Willie Geist about working with "germaphobe" Ray Romano in the show, his unique way to get remembered in an audition that backfired, and the word he uses instead of "sex symbol" to describe himself.

Click here to listen to Willie's full interview with Chris O'Dowd on the "Sunday Sitdown" podcast.

Sunday Spotlight

There is a popular trend largely among millennials where companies are allowing employees to work remotely more often. While some see it as an excuse to stay in bed, others are traveling around the world and getting to spend extra time with friends and family - all while still getting their work done. In this week's Sunday Spotlight, NBC's Jo Ling Kent explores how far people will literally go to get out of the office for "workcations" and how it might impact productivity.

Sunday Closer

In this week's Sunday Closer, NBC's Harry Smith travels to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire to look at the efforts being done to help preserve the population of loons, whose distinctive calls summon memories of an idyllic summer.

Highs and Lows

Sunday TODAY's Willie Geist and Dylan Dreyer run through the Highs and Lows of the week, including the animals at a California shelter rescued by police as wildfire flames get dangerously close, Paris unveiling new public urinals in prominent locations, the sweet moment Atlanta Falcon player Mohamed Sanu had with his son on the field, and the hilariously terrible haircuts rookies on the Denver Broncos got from other players.

Life Well Lived

Aretha Franklin, who produced 20 No. 1 hits across six decades with her iconic and powerful voice, died this week at age 76. Sunday TODAY's Willie Geist remembers a life well lived.

What's Next

Willie Geist and Dylan Dreyer wrap up Sunday TODAY with a look at the week ahead, including President Donald Trump posthumously awarding the Medal of Honor to Air Force Technical Sgt. John Chapman on Wednesday. And on Monday, the MTV Video Music Awards plan to honor the late Aretha Franklin.

Sunday's headlines

Digital extras

And head over to Willie's Facebook page to see this week's Facebook Live chat!

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