VMAs signal summer’s waning days

August 18, 2018

Nothing says the end of summer similar to the arrival of the VMAs. Except when they arrive too darned early. Normally scheduled close to Labor Day, the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (8 p.m.) descend in the thick of the back-to-school shopping season. Also different this year is the notable silence about the identity of the show’s host. As of this filing date, mum’s the word from MTV.

Nominees include Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Camila Cabello and Ariana Grande. The ceremonies will be held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and also can be seen on CMT, MTV2, MTV Classic, Paramount and TVLand, as well as streamed on the MTV app.

Music fans of a slightly more distinguished vintage might enjoy a prime-time edition of “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” (7 p.m., CBS). “Late, Late Show” host James Corden joins the former Beatle in his hometown for a magical mystery tour of sites associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo, a few locations mentioned in the song “Penny Lane” and an impromptu performance in a pub.For Southern rock fans, Showtime’s Showcase channel offers the 2018 documentary “If I Leave Here Tomorrow” (7:35 p.m.), a detailed look at the first, classic incarnation of Lynyrd Skynyrd.Acorn imports the six-part Australian series “Mystery Road,” about the disappearance of young farmhands in the desolate Outback.

Best known for her roles in biographical epics (“The Reagans” and “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”) and arthouse comedies (“Deconstructing Harry”), Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Judy Davis plays a mere policewoman speaking in her native accent.

The espionage thriller “X Company” (9 p.m., Ovation, TV-14) enters its third season. Set during World War II, this Canadian-Hungarian period costume drama follows five highly trained and fetching recruits dropped in the field to frustrate Nazi occupation..

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