Critic’s picks: What to watch this week

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2013 Video Music Awards

9 p.m., MTV

It’s the annual let’s-pretend-we’re-still-about-music awards. This year’s ceremony is at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and scheduled guests include Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake. Guess who’s opening the show? Lady Gaga (above), more familiar to Bostonians as Lady Gargar.


The Writers’ Room

10 p.m. Sundance

“Game of Thrones” screenwriters David Benioff and D.B. Weiss visit host Jim Rash for a conversation about adapting George R.R. Martin’s book series. This is a light, interesting talk show about how writers steer the ships on TV, but the little promo for Entertainment Weekly at the end of each episode is a little forced and awkward.


The March 9 p.m., Channel 2

This PBS documentary looks back at the 1963 March on Washington, a political rally for human rights and equality. The hour chronicles some of the backstage stories, as well as clips of participants such as Harry Belafonte (above, with Charlton Heston) and Representative John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.


The Bridge 10 p.m., FX


Are you watching? This is a worthy new-ish murder mystery, set on the border of El Paso and Juarez. Interestingly, one of the main characters, Diane Kruger’s Sonya Cross, has Asperger’s syndrome, according the to FX press release. But that is never said on the show; Sonya is just a socially awkward and emotionally distant character.


Wilfred 10 p.m., FX

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I’m still loving this show, which has taken a turn toward the serious as the writers zero in on the mythology involving Wilfred’s presence in the lives of Ryan and his sister. The humor is still there, but the guest-starring comics are gone and the psychodynamics have begun to dominate.


Paths of Glory 8 p.m., TCM

This 1957 anti-war film was co-written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on a 1935 novel by Humphrey Cobb. Starring Kirk Douglas, it’s about a suicide mission, World War I, and the meanings of cowardice and bravery. David Simon has said that the dark classic was an important influence on his series “The Wire,” as it shows how institutions can work against the individuals who depend on them.


The Makeover 9 p.m., Hallmark Channel

This weak movie, which premiered earlier this year, is part of the spate of Boston-based TV stories featuring Hollywood’s interpretations of the local accent. David Walton stars as a guy who becomes a “Pygmalion” project for a professor played by Julia Stiles. For anthropologists of Boston accents only.