TV Watch List: Thursday, Aug. 22 – Sunday, Aug. 25


Metro’s breakdown of your weekend TV.

‘MTV Video Music Awards’
AWARDS SHOW. OK, so we know that the VMAs aren’t exactly an important, illustrious awards show along the lines of, say, the Oscars. But, truth be told, we think they’re a lot more fun. One would never see Borat grinding his junk in Eminem’s sulky face at the Academy Awards. So we’ll be tuning in just for the antics (and the outfits) when the 30th annual VMAs broadcast — for the first time — from Brooklyn instead of L.A.
Sunday, 9 p.m., MTV

‘2013 VMA Pre-Show’
RED CARPET. Sometimes we enjoy an award show pre-show more than the actual ceremony. And the VMA red carpet is always a particular brand of awesome, with half the celeb guests looking hot as hell and the other half looking batsh—t crazy.
Sunday, 8 p.m, MTV

‘Pregnant Behind Bars’
REALITY. It seems there is no end to the different shows about wackadoo preggo women that the reality TV machine can churn out. And — from knocked-up teens to grown-ass women who somehow didn’t realize they were knocked up until the baby was practically crowning — we watch them all. So it seems safe to say that we’ll be checking out the premiere of this new show about women who are knocked up in prison.
Series Premiere,Thursday, 10 p.m., DFH

‘Attack of the Celebrity Bikinis’
SPECIAL. We’re hoping that this is a report on skimpy bathing suits that have somehow developed cognitive abilities and turned on their celeb owners. We’re guessing, however, it’s just yet another fawning look at celebrity beach bods. Ah, well.
Thursday, 10 p.m., E!


Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…


Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…


Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.


Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…


'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.


Review: 'The Congress' is a crazy, unwieldy sci-fi…

Robin Wright is the center of gravity in "The Congress," which turns from a live-action Hollywood satire into an animated spectacular on a downer future.


Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood' is a…

Dakota Fanning plays Errol Flynn's (Kevin Kline) teenage gal pal in "The Last of Robin Hood," which takes a scandal and makes it dully empathetic.


Review: The uneven 'Life of Crime' mostly gets…

Elmore Leonard's "The Switch" becomes the new indie crime dramedy "Life of Crime," with Jennifer Aniston as a kidnapped woman whose husband won't pay up.


When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.


Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.


Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.


MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb


Does the school day start too early?

As thousands of high schoolers get ready to head back to class, health experts say it may be time to push back the start of…


Fall 2014 trend: lilac

Push those gray and black sweaters aside and make room for blush and lilac.


Stop eating lunch at your desk

What are you doing for lunch today? If you are like most workers, you'll be eating at your desk - which isn't much of a…


Lure your baby to sleep with Maroon 5…

These new renditions of "Moves Like Jagger" and "Payphone" are Maroon 5 like you've never heard them before.