MTV Video Music Awards (9pm, MTV and VH1) - The show is scheduled to open with a performance of “Bang, Bang!” by pop princess Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J. Best way to set Twitter on fire? Get Minaj to also perform “Anaconda.”
Breathless (9pm, UNC-TV) - A new three-part Masterpiece series about the happenings in a 1961 London hospital’s obstetrics ward. It stars Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Smash”), Zoe Boyle (“Downton Abbey”) and Catherine Steadman (“Mansfield Park”). In the 90-minute premiere, Dr. Otto Powell (Davenport) juggles work, a lucrative illegal sideline, a family and extracurricular dalliances. Then a cop starts sniffing around and things get really interesting.
The Last Ship (9pm, TNT) - The first season ends with Chandler and the crew heading home. As Chandler tries to find his family, he unearths a terrifying reality about the new world.
Oprah: Where Are They Now? (9pm, OWN) - A tribute to Robin Williams is included in tonight’s show, which features Pat O’Brien, Jack Wagner and Janice from “Friends.”
The Strain (10pm, FX) - Jim is used as bait in a plan to track down the Master, while Neeva encounters a mysterious stranger.
The Leftovers (10pm, HBO) - Tom connects with his past, even though he knows it’s a mistake. Meanwhile, Kevin tracks down a rampaging deer, but can’t seem to shake his bad habits.
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