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What to Watch on Sunday: MTV Video Music Awards, new Masterpiece series

MTV Video Music Awards
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This combo made from file photos shows, from left, Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj. The trio will kick off Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards with their new song “Bang Bang."

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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