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updated 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/10/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

I don't know which I'm more excited about this week: the MTV Video Music Awards or the start of the NFL season. MTV is mounting its best live shindig yet (Thurs., Sept. 6, 9 P.M. ET) with such performers as M.C. Hammer, Mötley Crüe, Sinéad O'Connor, Madonna, 2 Live Crew, Faith No More and a reunion of New Edition. Arsenio Hall hosts again. (Maybe I'm just fickle, but his unctuous manner is beginning to bug me.) When pro football kicks off this weekend, the most closely watched rookie will be TNT. For its first-ever NFL broadcast (Sun., Sept. 9, 8 P.M. ET), the cable channel has Skip Carey and Pat Haden in the booth and the Eagles and Giants on the field.

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