TV highlights: The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards


Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi as the latest Doctor. (BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014)
August 22

RETURNING SHOW: With Peter Capaldi at the helm, “Doctor Who” (BBC America at 8 p.m.) returns for an eighth season. In the opener, the Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) investigate how a dinosaur ended up in the Thames.

In similar time-hopping fashion, Claire on “Outlander” (Starz at 9) starts feeling hopeful that she’ll regain her freedom after she hears an imaginative evening tale.

SERIES PREMIERE: More mystery abounds on the series premiere on “Intruders” (BBC America at 9), a drama set in the always spooky Pacific Northwest about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. When Amy (Mira Sorvino) vanishes, Jack’s (John Simm) quest to find her only unlocks, according to Post TV critic Hank Stuever, “a blasé web of supernatural conspiracies that would defy anyone’s interest level.”

Sunday talk shows: “Platts Energy Week” (WUSA at 8 a.m.) interviews Wall Street Journal’s Russell Gold; “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30) features Food and Drug Administration’s John P. Swann; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.); “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has TV and film producer Matthew Harrison; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.);

“Government Matters” (WJLA at 9:30) hosts The Washington Post’s Christian Davenport; “This Week” (ABC at 10) features Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.); “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) talks to Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.); “Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo” (Fox News Channel at 10) hosts Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.); “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 6 p.m.) talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Laurie Fulton; “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) talks to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

On Sunday night, the “2014 MTV Video Music Awards” (MTV at 9) brings out the best in the mainstream music biz with performances from Sam Smith, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, along with a tribute to and performance from Empress of the Universe, Beyoncé.

FINALE WATCH: For a different kind of slayage, “True Blood” (HBO at 9) ends once and for all with a finale titled “Thank You” that has Sookie weighing a future with Bill, and Eric and Pam struggling with their partnership with Mr. Gus.

Kevin tracks down a deer and Laurie receives some bad news on “The Leftovers” (HBO at 10).

On Showtime, Masters becomes impotent and cuts off his sexual work with Johnson after learning of her relations with other men on “Masters of Sex” (10).

Rachel Lubitz

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