Watch the 35th annual MTV Video Music Awards. Or stream a touching documentary on Hulu.
What’s on TV
2018 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 9 p.m. on MTV. Ariana Grande, Travis Scott and other chart-topping artists take over Radio City Music Hall in New York for this live annual awards show. Cardi B, with 12 nods, and the Carters, with eight, top this year’s nominees, while Childish Gambino, Drake and Bruno Mars follow with multiple nominations in categories like best video, song and artist.
CARPOOL KARAOKE: WHEN CORDEN MET McCARTNEY LIVE FROM LIVERPOOL 8 p.m. on CBS. When Paul McCartney joined “The Late Late Show” host James Corden for a “Carpool Karaoke” segment in June, these two Brits cruised around Liverpool, discussed the first songs they ever wrote and visited a barber shop on Penny Lane. The episode was delightful, to say the least. But all the fun couldn’t possibly be packaged into the segment’s 23 minutes, so CBS culled outtakes and put together this one-hour special.
X-COMPANY 10 p.m. on Ovation. The third and final season of this espionage drama begins with a heated showdown between the soon-to-be allied spymasters Duncan (Hugh Dillon) and Franz (Torben Liebrecht). Meanwhile, Neil (Warren Brown) sets out on a dangerous journey with Harry (Connor Price) to find the woman who stole his heart, Miri (Sara Garcia). If you’ve yet to give the series a try, the first season is streaming on Hulu.
MINDING THE GAP (2018) on Hulu. What started as Bing Liu’s seemingly casual attempt to record skateboarding tricks with his friends as a teenager has developed into this immensely personal documentary. It delves into the lives of Mr. Liu and two of his close friends, who, growing up in Illinois, shared a passion for the sport but also grappled with familial struggles that shaped them along the way. Intimate interviews reveal how they each coped with their demons, and how skating was their only form of escape. The critic A. O. Scott named the film a Critic’s Pick in The New York Times and called it a “rich, devastating essay on race, class and manhood in 21st-century America.”
MYSTERY ROAD on Acorn. This Australian crime series, a spinoff of the 2013 film of the same name and its 2016 sequel, “Goldstone,” follows the investigation of two young men who went missing in a remote outback town. As a cop (Judy Davis) and an indigenous detective (Aaron Pedersen) search for leads, they unearth a history of injustices that trouble the whole community. Fans of “Fargo” and “True Detective” could easily binge through the six absorbing episodes.
L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA 12:30 p.m. on medici.tv. Filmed at this year’s Salzburg Festival, this Italian opera by Claudio Monteverdi tells the story of impassioned lovers, an emperor named Nerone (Kate Lindsey) and his power-hungry mistress Poppea (Sonya Yoncheva), and how their romance leaves a deadly trail. The stage director Jan Lauwers leads the production while William Christie conducts.