What to Watch the Week of September 10: Netflix’s Best Rom-Com of the Year, the 2023 VMAs, and More

Finally, for those asking about Barbie and when the global blockbuster will be available to stream…well, we’re getting very close. For the cost of approximately two movie tickets, you can own it digitally and watch it whenever you want. Plus, there are a lot of bonus features.

On that note, read on for all the good stuff this week. I’ll see you back here next Sunday for the final season of Netflix’s beloved dramedy Sex Education and the fascinating docuseries The Super Models, on Apple TV+.

Tuesday, September 12

2023 VMAs (MTV): The annual awards show that celebrates artists’ cultural impact and work during the last year will air live from New Jersey’s Prudential Center. Taylor Swift leads this year’s nominations with eight. She is closely followed by SZA (six), Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo, and Sam Smith (five each), and Blackpink, Diddy, and Shakira (four each). First-time nominees include Petras, Metro Boomin, and Rema. Meanwhile, Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive the Global Icon Award (he’ll also perform), and Shakira will be honored with MTV’s Video Vanguard Award (she’ll perform as well). Olivia Rodrigo is also scheduled to perform. The first round of presenters include Bebe Rexha, Charli D’Amelio, Coco Jones, Dixie D’Amelio, Emily Ratajkowski, French Montana, GloRilla, Ice Spice, Jared Leto, Madelyn Cline, Rita Ora, and Sabrina Carpenter. We’ll be covering the biggest moments and the night’s best fashion. 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT

Taylor Swift at the Best MTV Europe Music Awards 2022 held in Duesseldorf, Germany, last November

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for MTV

Barbie (Warner Bros. Pictures): Okay, so Barbie is not streaming on Max—yet—but as of today, the most talked-about movie of the year is available for early Premium Digital Ownership at home for $29.99 and 48-hour rental via PVOD for $24.99 on platforms where you purchase movies, including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu, and more. Included with the film are these special featurettes, ranging from 5 to 11 minutes: “Welcome to Barbie Land,” “Becoming Barbie,” “Playing Dress-Up,” “Musical Make Believe,” “All-Star Barbie Party,” and “It’s A Weird World.” If one of these doesn’t include special footage of America Ferrera’s dynamite monologue, we will have a problem. But I’m holding out hope. Available for purchase/rent

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