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Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010

True Blood9/8c HBO The over-the-top flamboyance of Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) has been a joy to watch, but will this 3000-year-old vampire king finally meet his undignified end, on his knees and in the sun, in Fangtasia's parking lot? Tonight's third-season finale may feature more than one bloodsucker's death — remember that Russell is handcuffed to Eric — but it also appears that Sookie's constant frustration at being used as the undead's plaything may render all vampires dead to her forever.Read on for previews of the VMAs, the U.S. Open, The Perfect Teacher, Sunday Night Football, The Glades and My Boys.

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True Blood
9/8c HBO
The over-the-top flamboyance of Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) has been a joy to watch, but will this 3000-year-old vampire king finally meet his undignified end, on his knees and in the sun, in Fangtasia's parking lot? Tonight's third-season finale may feature more than one bloodsucker's death — remember that Russell is handcuffed to Eric — but it also appears that Sookie's constant frustration at being used as the undead's plaything may render all vampires dead to her forever. — Joe Friedrich
2010 MTV Video Music Awards

9/8c MTV
Chelsea Handler's brash and boozy brand of comedy makes the late-night funny lady the perfect choice to host this year's bash, which will be broadcast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Last year's biggest OMG moment came courtesy of Kanye West, when he stormed the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. Tonight, the outspoken rapper is set to perform, and the feeling is that this time, it will be the country cutie who steals the spotlight. Other scheduled performers include Usher, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Drake, B.o.B, and Florence and the Machine. — Karen Andzejewicz

U.S. Open Tennis
4/3c CBS
While the NFL season kicks off, another season of Grand Slam tennis comes concludes with the men's singles final at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where U.S. players are about as relevant as the neighboring New York Mets. For the second straight year, no American male even made the quarterfinals, leaving the spotlight clearly shining on five-time champ Roger Federer's bid to return to the winner's circle and Rafael Nadal's quest to complete a career Grand Slam. Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka gave Federer a compatriot in the Open quarterfinals for the first time, while Nadal headlined an all-Spanish quarter of the bracket in the round of 16. — Roger Leister
The Perfect Teacher
8/7c Lifetime Movie Network
In this 2010 Lifetime original thriller, David Charvet plays a handsome, recently divorced teacher who gets more than an apple from an adoring, yet obsessed, student. Devon (Megan Park), a high-schooler with a penchant for older men and a habit of getting what she wants, wedges her way into her teacher's life, whether he likes it or not...to the chagrin of his girlfriend (Boti Bliss). And as is expected in a fatal-attraction situation, things soon become very dicey. — Rhoda Charles
Sunday Night Football
8:15/7:15c NBC
Donovan McNabb's trade to the Washington Redskins was as big as any offseason change in the NFL, but when the longtime Eagles QB goes under center for the first time wearing garnet-and-gold in Washington, he'll see a familiar and distressing sight: the Dallas Cowboys. Pro Bowl pass rusher DeMarcus Ware and Dallas stamped exclamation points on McNabb's Philly career with two straight poundings to end last season, including a 34-14 wild card playoff win. Mike Shanahan is the new mastermind on the sideline for the 'Skins, who had their own issues against America's Team last season, losing 7-6 and 17-0. — Roger Leister
The Glades
10/9c A&E
The developing relationship between Jim and Callie is as involving to watch as the investigations, and the two often overlap. In Jim's sharing of cases with her and trusting her opinions, it's clear that Callie's becoming a partner both professionally and personally. The personal relationship grows deeper when a murder leads Jim into the world of horse breeding. When he learns that Callie was a rider and loves horses, she helps him jockey his way through the case, and the bond between them becomes even stronger. — Bill Ecklund
My Boys
10/9c TBS
The sporty sitcom about a lass and her male posse closes its fourth season with a doubleheader of episodes. In the first outing, annoying younger folks begin to overrun PJ and the gang's favorite bar, so they're forced to pick up and find a new watering hole. Elsewhere, Mike's world is all about Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! His romance with Marcia blooms, and PJ helps give the relationship a lift by refurbishing his apartment. In the second episode, Mike hopes to throw a big birthday bash for Marcia, and a career opportunity may open up for PJ when a veteran sports columnist retires. Rachael Harris and Joel Murray guest star in both episodes. — Dean Maurer