This weekend: Awards, comedy, a finale and premieres, including the promising "Parts Unknown."

Anthony Bourdain is good company, and that makes him good television. He was wonderful on "No Reservations," and he flourishes on "Parts Unknown," debuting at 9 p.m. Sunday on CNN. The first stop is Myanmar, the former Burma.

The premiere functions as a witty history lesson, a breathtaking travelogue and a delicious survey of local cuisine. The food has texture, and so does the show, which incorporates newsreel footage and discussions of censorship.

Bourdain offers meaty interviews, including one with an activist who says the country is waking up from a 50-year nightmare. Bourdain is a marvelous raconteur, whether the topic is George Orwell, a bumpy train ride or a salad of fermented tea leaves.

The photography is every bit as fine as the talk, a real feat in news programming. There's glorious cinematography of skies, flowing tea and ancient sites. Other stops this season will include Libya, Colombia, Koreatown in Los Angeles, Tangier and Peru. You'll want to visit "Parts Unknown."

Other highlights this weekend:

Rebel Wilson hosts the MTV Movie Awards at 9 p.m. Sunday. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will perform "Can't Hold Us," and Selena Gomez sings "Come and Get It." The presenters include Brad Pitt (for movie of the year), Steve Carell, Melissa McCarthy, Zac Efron, Kerry Washington, Seth Rogen, Liam Hemsworth, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Amanda Seyfried, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler. Of special note: Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto of "Star Trek Into Darkness" will present. Will Ferrell, Emma Watson and Jamie Foxx will receive career prizes.

If you just want to hear celebrities, try Fox on Sunday. "The Simpsons" features Wanda Sykes and George Takei at 8. Homer is trying to rescue his marriage once again. "Family Guy" at 9 welcomes Bill Maher. Peter becomes a feral creature after surviving a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness.

Sunday is a big night for Showtime as "Nurse Jackie" with Edie Falco and "The Borgias" with Jeremy Irons begin new seasons. The premieres start at 9.

CBS' "The Good Wife" starts the drama's last three episodes this season at 9 p.m. Sunday. Jason Biggs, John Glover and Jeffrey DeMunn ("The Walking Dead") guest star.

Louis C.K., star of "Louie," headlines his fourth stand-up special for HBO. |
"Louis: C.K.: Oh My God," which taped in Phoenix, debuts at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Vince Vaughn will host "Saturday Night Live" at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC. Miguel will be the musical guest.

Friday is a major night for Starz, which offers the series finale of "Spartacus: War of the Damned" at 9. History and the Kirk Douglas movie have prepared us for a tragic ending on a vast scale. But Starz will use that finale to debut "Da Vinci's Demons" at 10. Brace yourself for Leonardo, the action hero (played by Tom Riley).