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TV best bets with MTV Video Music Awards, season finales of ‘Leverage,’ ‘Man vs. Wild,’

Lady Gaga. CREDIT: AP

Lady Gaga. CREDIT: AP

The biggest spectacle this week will likely by the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, or at least MTV hopes for a few “water cooler” moments. Lady Gaga will work her darndest to do something outrageous. Britney Spears, at the stellar age of 29, gets a special tribute. It does feel like she’s been around forever, eh?

Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne and rock band Young the Giant are also scheduled to perform.

Otherwise, it’s a quiet week for debuts and finales. TNT’s “Leverage,” which was recently renewed for a fourth season, will close shop for the summer Sunday. And Discovery’s “Man vs. Wild” will finish its seventh season Friday.

Bravo also brings back the second season of  “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” one of its two spin-offs of “Top Chef” Thursday.

There are also some interesting specials on Thursday about UFO’s on History, the odd virtual world of Second Life on OWN and the building of One World Trade in New York City on Discovery.

MONDAY
“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox — Two hours means two chefs get booted.
“Eureka” 8 p.m. Syfy — Jo has wedding ideas for Henry and Grace.
The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — Capt. Raydor advanced in her meticulous audit of Brenda’s unit.
“HGTV Design Star” 9 p.m. HGTV — The designers make over several rooms in a family’s home.
Kate Plus 8” 9 p.m. TLC — TLC last week announced that this show will end after this season.
Rizzoli & Isles” 10 p.m. TNT — Jane and the crew take on the case of a modern-day witch hunt in Salem.
Weeds” 10 p.m. Showtime — Doug must do some business with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Alphas” 10 p.m. Syfy — The team must locate and protect Skylar.

TUESDAY
“Cupcake Wars” 8 p.m. Food — Four pastry chefs create gambling-themed cupcakes for a World Series of Poker party.
America’s Got Talent” 9 p.m. NBC — The first 12 of 24 semifinalists perform.
“Auction Kings” 9 p.m. Discovery — Items range from 1970s lunch boxes to a 1965 Mustang.
Downsized” 9 p.m. WE — Rex comes home from the hospital.
Flipping Out” 9 p.m. Bravo — Jeff is suspicious how one of his contractors is handling finances.
“Take the Money and Run” 9 p.m. ABC— Domestic partners stash cash in Chicago and cops try to find it.
Combat Hospital” 10 p.m. ABC — A chaplain has a lapse of faith.
What Not to Wear” 10 p.m. TLC — The top 10 meltdowns of all time.

WEDNESDAY
Buried Treasure” 8 p.m. Fox (new series) — In a show that sounds like it could be on TLC or History, twin Keno brothers from “Antiques Roadshow” ferret hidden goodies in people’s homes.
“America’s Got Talent” 9 p.m. NBC — Four of the 12 semifinalists to make the top 8.
“Ghost Hunters” 9 p.m. Syfy (seventh season summer debut) — A family’s urgent call for help brings the team to a Rhode Island house.
“Royal Pains” 9 p.m. USA — Hank treats an asthmatic boy whose nanny begins to feel ill as well.
Alternatehistory” 10 p.m. Spike — What if the Nazis had won World War II?
“Confessions: Animal Hoarding” 10 p.m. Animal Planet (third season debut) —A man who loves venomous snakes and a woman obsessed with lovebirds.
Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land — Cedric the Entertainer plays a reverend.
Necessary Roughness” 10 p.m. USA — Dani tries to help a female boxer who’s losing her memory.
“Rescue Me” 10 p.m. FX — Lou delivers Tommy’s letters to Sheila and Janet behind Tommy’s back.
“Top Chef: Just Desserts” 10 p.m. Bravo (second season debut) — Fourteen pastry chefs have to design desserts based on a popular fairy tale.

THURSDAY
Secret Access: Most Credible UFOs” 8 p.m. History — Sifting through all the crackpots, this special finds the gems.
“Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero” 8 p.m. Discovery — Over three hours, watch the building of One World Trade on the site of 9/11 terror attacks.
Burn Notice” 9 p.m. USA — Michael infiltrates a group of hijackers.
Expedition Impossible” 9 p.m. ABC — The final teams reach Marrakesh, where one team will claim victory.
“Life 2.0” 9 p.m. OWN — A look at people obsessed with Second Life, a virtual world with its own economy.
“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Fan favorites so far on the show’s website: Anya and Anthony.
Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — Ronnie and Sam backslide yet again.
Rookie Blue” 10 p.m. ABC — Andy helps a woman critically injured in an auto accident.
“Suits” 10 p.m. USA — Mike questions the firing of an executive.
“Wilfred” 10 p.m. FX— Ryan begins to suspect that his friendship with Wilfred might not be in his best interests.
Louie” 10 p.m. FX — Louie visits Afghanistan.
FRIDAY
Friends With Benefits” 8 p.m. NBC — The group visits New Orleans during Mardis Gras.
“Karaoke Battle USA” 9 p.m. ABC — More regional champs are picked.
Man vs. Wild” 9 p.m. Discovery (seventh season finale) — Spotlighting the camera crew as they follow Bear.
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” 9 p.m. TLC — A bride finds her dream dress but it’s way over her budget.
American Restoration” 10 p.m. History — Time to restore a 1940s era baseball batting game and a 1920s tire changer.
Haven” 10 p.m. Syfy — A drowning case exposes a secretive family compound on the outskirts of Haven.
Rat Busters NYC” 10 p.m. Animal (new series) — Following New York City exterminators.
“Torchwood” 10 p.m. Starz — Jack has a showdown with a man he believes was long dead.

WEEKEND
William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” 9 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — Yet another docudrama about the latest royal couple.
“Pit Boss” 10 p.m. Saturday Animal Planet — A bitter argument between Shorty and Sebastian creates tense moments.
Jersey Shore” 7 p.m. Sunday MTV (special episode) — A special time to help goose ratings for the upcoming awards show.
Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK” 7:30 p.m. Sunday BET — Martin Luther King Jr.’s ties with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and its efforts to create a National Memorial for him.
“Curiosity” 8 p.m. Sunday Discovery— What sank Titanic?
“Drop Dead Diva” 9 p.m. Sunday Lifetime — Teri is sued for slander for verbally attacking her high-school nemesis.
Leverage” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT (fourth season finale) — Sterling enlists the grifters to pilfer a nuclear-reactor component.
True Blood” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Sookie must rescue Bill.
2011 MTV Video Music Awards” 9 p.m. Sunday MTV — Performers include Bruno Mars, Adele and Chris Brown.
“Breaking Bad” 10 p.m. Sunday AMC — Skyler encounters problems with her latest business venture.
“Livin’ for the Apocalypse” 10 p.m. Sunday TLC — Profiling four people who think the world will end in 2012.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Larry’s training schedule is preempted by Wanda Sykes.
“Entourage” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO — Ari gets unsettling news from his lawyer about his divorce.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

5 comments Add your comment

Mr. Ed

August 22nd, 2011
8:31 am

That’s a less than flattering photo of Lady Gaga.

Looks more like Lady Gag.

Justin

August 22nd, 2011
9:19 am

Lady K

August 22nd, 2011
9:34 am

I agree, less than flatterting.

Lee

August 22nd, 2011
11:12 am

Wow. You didn’t even mention Big Brother on Wednesday and Thursday!?! That show is awesome!

The Annoying Voices of Joel Matlin, Brad Nitz, Belinda Skelton and Tom Shane

August 22nd, 2011
4:28 pm

Great…predators, thugs, freaks, people of unknown gender. Just what I want to waste my evening watching.