Did you think awards season was over? Sure, we may have several months to go until the next Emmys, Golden Globes and Academy Awards, but those events can be a little stodgy. If you like your awards shows with little more camp, tune in to the over-the-top tribute to the year in pop culture, the NewNowNext Awards (10 p.m. Monday, Logo).
Hosted by Aisha Tyler, Logo’s sixth annual NNN Awards celebrate the best of television, film, music, fashion, the Internet and beyond. This is the channel that brings us RuPaul’s Drag Race, so get ready for a fun romp over the traditional award show format.
The NNN award categories trump all the standards while completely outdoing MTV’s lame Movie Awards (Logo sees your “Best Kiss” and raises you “TV You Betta Watch.”) Fabulously culture-popping categories include “Best New Indulgence” (The CW’s Arrow, @BettyFkingWhite on Twitter, George Takei’s Facebook page, Real Husbands of Hollywood and the Vine app), “Most Innovative Charity of the Year” (Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Born This Way Foundation, Housing Works, It Gets Better Project, OutServe-SLDN and Point Foundation) and “That’s My Jam” (“When I Was Your Man,” Bruno Mars; “C’mon,” Ke$ha; “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; “Just Give Me a Reason,” P!nk; “Losing You,” Solange; “Closer,” Tegan & Sara) and they’re all selected via public vote and newnownext.com. Fergie will be given the “Always Next, Forever Now” award, Logo’s version of a lifetime achievement.
Targeted toward “the gays and the girls,” the NNNs promise to preview bits of culture everyone else will be talking about a year from now.
THURSDAY APRIL 11
Project Runway (9 p.m., Lifetime) – Michelle gets a second chance and the remaining designers each travel to a different European destination (Berlin, Barcelona, London and Paris) for international runway inspiration.
The Ben Show (10 p.m., Comedy Central) – Take a bevy of emotional issues and add a mad beat and plenty of auto-tune, and you’ve got “Ben at His Therapist: The Remix.” Also: Auditions for Twinsanity.
Nathan For You (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central) – Nathan revisits the business failures from this season.
In response to complaints that Nathan himself never takes risks on television, our host attempts an escape act that, if not completed, will result in him exposing himself to a group of children and thus becoming sex offender.
FRIDAY APRIL 12
Da Vinci’s Demons (Series Premiere, 10 p.m., Starz) – This portrait of a young Leonardo da Vinci depicts how one’s greatest gift can become a dangerous burden.
Vice (11 p.m., HBO) – A South Korean priest helps North Koreans flee their country; Indo-Pakistani conflict in Kashmir.
SATURDAY APRIL 13
Louis C.K.: Oh My God (10 p.m., HBO) – The Emmy-winning, self-deprecating comedy master follows his highly successful Live at the Beacon Theatre with this HBO special filmed at Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix. Hopefully this can tide fans over through the Louie hiatus.
Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – Vince Vaughn hosts for the first time since 1998; Miguel performs.
SUNDAY APRIL 14
Game of Thrones (9 p.m., HBO) -– Dany attempts to buy all 8,000 troops from Kraznys; Stannis seeks another demon-baby from Melisandre; Theon escapes from his captors; Tyrion finds himself unequipped for his new duties.
MTV Movie Awards (9 p.m., MTV) – Rebel Wilson hosts the 22nd annual show with performances by Selena Gomez, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and the Pitch Perfect chicks plus appearances by Brad Pitt, Danny McBride, Zachary Quinto and more. Peter Dinklage will present the Comedic Genius award to Will Ferrell (the two co-starred in Elf).
Veep (Season Premiere, 10 p.m., HBO) – Selina’s party gets crushed at midterm elections, forcing her to work more closely with a senior White House strategist (Gary Cole), who appears to have more power than her.
Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC) – Reefer madness! Linda Cardellini! Crazy facial hair! There’s so much to take away from last week’s killer season premiere, and a lot to look forward to as the show continues into 1968 — an extremely tumultuous year in American history. Jon Hamm directs this week’s episode.
Bar Rescue (10 p.m., Spike) – Jon Taffer takes on the show’s first comedy club.
MONDAY APRIL 15
RuPaul’s Drag Race (9 p.m., Logo) – In a sickeningly sweet challenge, the queens create confectionary couture.
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