TV picks for Aug. 24-28: 'Chelsea Lately,' 'BoJack Horseman,' 'MTV Video Music Awards,' 'World's Wildest Commercials'

  • Updated: August 23, 2014 - 2:00 PM

The big goodbye

I have mixed feelings about this week’s live finale of “Chelsea Lately.” On one hand, Chelsea Handler was the sole woman in late-night TV, holding her own in a field that continues to all but ignore females and minorities. On the other hand, Handler’s caustic treatment of staff members — whether in jest or in reality — got old really fast. A lot of Hollywood disagrees. More than 30 celebrities are expected to stop by for the special, including Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Helen Hunt, David Hasselhoff and 50 Cent, who used to date Handler. For those craving more of her, look for a new talk show to pop up soon through Netflix. 10 p.m. Tuesday, E!

Giddy up!

In the new animated series “BoJack Horseman,” Will Arnett voices a washed-up sitcom star who’s more interested in living in the past than in writing his long overdue memoir. Oh, did we mention that BoJack is half-horse, half-man, prone to gobbling cotton candy until he pukes? Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg has created a colorful, sardonic world for his talented cast, which includes Amy Sedaris and Aaron Paul. Now streaming on Netflix.

I want my MTV awards

How big have the “MTV Video Music Awards” become? Consider that the Emmy Awards were moved to Monday, in large part so they don’t have to compete against Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, who will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. While Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke will not be on the main stage this year, they will be offering lap dances in the backroom. 8 p.m. Sunday, MTV

High ad-venture

Former “Saturday Night Live” player Chris Parnell brings his droll sense of humor to “World’s Wildest Commercials,” a countdown of the 20 most outrageous ads, including spots that are deemed too naughty for the U.S. market. Let’s hope the gig doesn’t do damage to Parnell’s other job as the voice of “The Box” in Progressive spots. 9 p.m. Thursday, KSTP, Ch. 5

Neal Justin

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