TV This Week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5: 'Wild' on HBO

TV This Week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5: 'Wild' on HBO
Have backpack, will travel: Reese Witherspoon stars in the 2014 drama "Wild" on HBO. (Anne Marie Fox / Fox Searchlight)

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"Mad Max: Fury Road" helmer George Miller takes a seat in "The Director's Chair" in a new episode of this interview series hosted by Robert Rodriguez. 8 p.m. El Rey Network

A new mom just wants her baby back, baby back, baby back, in the new made-for-cable thriller "Stolen From the Suburbs." 9 p.m. Lifetime

Miley Cyrus is your mistress of ceremonies for the "2015 MTV Video Music Awards." The Weeknd and Walk the Moon are among the scheduled performers, and nominees include Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. 9 p.m. CMT, MTV, VH1

Tom Bergeron, "Who Do You Think You Are?" The longtime host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" explores his family history in the genealogy series' season finale. 9 p.m. TLC

Survivors of child sexual abuse share their stories in "Breaking the Silence." Counselors, victim's advocates and others also weigh in in this new special, which airs commercial-free. 10 p.m. TLC

It's do or die for the human race in the series finale of the alien-invasion drama "Falling Skies." Noah Wyle stars. 10 p.m. TNT


You really otter watch the new three-part special "Big Blue Live," a survey of the aquatic wildlife and other wonders found in California's Monterey Bay. 5 p.m. KOCE, with repeats at 8 p.m.; also Tue.-Wed.

Melissa Rivers, Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski dish and rag on styles seen at Sunday's "VMAs" on the return of "Fashion Police." 8 p.m. E!

It's still a little "Awkward." as this teen-themed comedy starring Ashley Rickards launches its fifth and final season, followed by the return of "Faking It." 9 and 9:30 p.m. MTV

The hurt and heartbreak caused by human trafficking in Southeast Asia are calculated in the éxpose "The Storm Makers" airing on "POV." 10 p.m. KOCE



A slate of WWII-era docs and training films gets underway with the 1943 animated short "Coming!! Snafu" directed by Chuck Jones and featuring the voice of Mel Blanc. 7:10 p.m. Turner Classic Movies

Her Majesty's a pretty nice girl: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is profiled in the debut episode of the biographical series "In Their Own Words." 9 p.m. KOCE

Host Anthony Melchiorri gets his kicks along Route 66 on the season premiere of "Hotel Impossible." 9 p.m. Travel Channel

Pull up a stool, it's time for more "Drunk History." Christopher Meloni, Greg Kinnear, Stephen Merchant and "Veep's" Tony Hale guest star in the satirical series' season premiere. 10:30 p.m. Comedy Central


A nurse is losing her patience, and her patients, in the debut installment of the true-crime series "Suspicion." 7 and 10 p.m. Investigation Discovery

If you have to ask you still can't afford it on the return of "Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles." 9 p.m. Bravo

The new special "Big Kenny and Family" gets up close and personal with the "Big" half of country-music duo Big & Rich. 10 p.m. TLC


Clung-clung! The final installment of "Beyond Scared Straight" looks back at memorable teens-temporarily-behind-bars moments from seasons past. 9 p.m. A&E

Mi igloo es su igloo: Fred Armisen and Bill Hader spoof the landmark 1922 silent film "Nanook of the North" on a new "Documentary Now!" 10 p.m. IFC

"Lost's" Dominic Monaghan plays team leader on a new episode of "Geeks Who Drink." 11 p.m. Syfy


Here comes the judge! "Sons of Anarchy's" Ron Perlman is a corrupt jurist by day and a mentally unstable vigilante by night in the new drama series "Hand of God." Dana Delany and "Deadwood's" Garret Dillahunt also star. Anytime, Amazon Prime

A salute to comedy legend W.C. Fields kicks off with the madcap 1940 romp "The Bank Dick." 5 p.m. Turner Classic Movies

Althea Gibson, who broke the color barrier in tennis back in the 1950s, is remembered by fellow tennis great Billie Jean King, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and others on a new "American Masters." 9 p.m. KOCE

'Scuse him while he kisses the sky! The rock-doc "Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church" revisits the guitarist's 1970 performance at the Atlanta Pop Music Festival. 9 p.m. Showtime


Take a hike! Reese Witherspoon does, along the Pacific Crest Trail in fact, in the 2014 drama "Wild," based on Cheryl Strayed's bestselling memoir. Laura Dern also stars. 8 p.m. HBO

If you liked the 1994 thriller "The River Wild" but thought it had too much Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon, there's the new TV movie "River Raft Nightmare." With Brigid Brannagh. 8 p.m. Lifetime

We find their lack of faith disturbing: Adam and Jamie have another crack at the "Star Wars" saga in an all-new "Mythbusters." 9 p.m. Discovery Channel

Bill Murray plays a schlubby mensch — so basically, he's Bill Murray — in the 2014 comedy-drama "St. Vincent." Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts also star. 9 p.m. Showtime