What to Watch Tonight: 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Project Runway, and Rookie Blue's Finale

What to watch on Thursday, September 6...

You've made it to Thursday, everybody. Give yourself a pat on the back or a self-five or whatever celebratory gesture you prefer and then prepare to sit back, relax, and watch TV until your brain turns to jelly... and it looks like it will turn to jelly, considering our three favorite Thursday night shows (Louie, Wilfred, and Awkward) are off for the week. Let's see what your TV screen will deliver to your brain tonight:

LIVE SPECIAL, 8pm, MTV
2012 MTV Video Music Awards
Somebody call Kanye, the VMAs are back and Taylor Swift is performing! I love how that's still topical... to me, anyway. This year comedian Kevin Hart will host the awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California alongside performances by Rihanna, Green Day, One Direction, Alicia Keys, Pink, and, yes, Taylor Swift. Presenters include Andy Samberg, Miley Cyruz, Wiz Khalifa, Ke$sha, and more, so tune in to see which musically inclined celebrities will get to be glorified by other musically inclined celebrities this year.

9pm, Lifetime
Project Runway
In this week's "Starving Artist" the fashion designer-istas are tested on their ability to sell. Basically, they'll all have to run out and find a street corner upon which to shout out at passerbys to buy their goods. This is probably not at all obnoxious for New York City pedestrians who are just trying to get to work. Anna Sui will guest judge, so be on your best behavior, viewers! We've got a reputation to uphold!

SEASON 3 FINALE, 9pm, ABC
Rookie Blue
In the third season finale, "I Never," Swarek and Andy will come face-to-face with an extremely violent child molester, who abducts a girl shortly after escaping from police custody during a hospital visit. Meanwhile, Chris has to decide whether or not he's going to apply for a transfer. You're breaking up the band, Chris!

10pm, TBS
Sullivan & Son
In tonight's "The Prodigal Sister" Steve gets a visit from none other than his sis, who just so happens to be a con-artist and as such causes a whole lot of trouble at the bar. As Steve tries to clean up that mess, Doug tries to boost his confidence and Susan finally musters up the courage to tell Ok Cha that she's sick of feeling overly criticized. Empowerment, yo!

SEASON 3 FINALE, 10pm, Showtime
The Real L Word
In yet another third season finale for the evening, aptly (or ironically, depending on how it turns out) titled "Perfect Day," Dusty and Romi branch out professionally, Cori and Kacy make a critical parenting decision, and Somer's band holds auditions for her replacement as Lauren contemplates being a groupie on tour. But the real clincher comes toward the end: As Whitney and Sara get closer to walking down the isle, a series of complications cast gray shadows over an otherwise 'perfect' day.

PLUS ALL NEW EPISODES OF...
America's Got Talent, 8 p.m., NBC
Democratic National Convention, 8 p.m., PBS, CNN, or MSNBC
The American Bible Challenge, 8 p.m., Game Show Network
Wipeout, 8 p.m., ABC
Auction Kings, 9 p.m., Discovery
Beat the Chefs, 9 p.m., Game Show Network
Big Brother, 9 p.m., CBS
Braxton Family Values, 9 p.m., WE TV
Crime Inc., 9 p.m., CNBC
Four Weddings, 9 p.m., TLC
Project Runway, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Rookie Blue, SEASON FINALE, 9 p.m., ABC
The Next, 9 p.m., The CW
Extreme Chef, 10 p.m., Food
High School Moms, 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
How Do They Do It?, 10 p.m., Science
Sullivan & Son, 10 p.m., TBS
Texas Car Wars, SEASON PREMIERE, 10 p.m., Discovery
The First 48, 10 p.m., A&E;
The Real L Word, SEASON FINALE, 10 p.m., Showtime
Very Bad Men, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
House Hunters International, 10:30 p.m., HGTV

 

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Howard Stern on Late Show With David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Ellen DeGeneres on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Matt Stone and Trey Parker and Adam Scott on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12 a.m., ABC
Claire Danes on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC
Angela Kinsey on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS

 

What are you watching tonight?

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