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AWARDS ALERT Animal issues take the spotlight in "The 24th Genesis Awards" (today at noon, Sunday at 1 p.m., Animal Planet), honoring creative treatment by both programs ("Bones," "Family Guy," "Ellen DeGeneres") and people (Tippi Hedren, presented by daughter Melanie Griffith). The best in Christian music fills "The 41st Annual Dove Awards" (Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m. and midnight, Gospel Music Channel), featuring Jordin Sparks, Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns, Bebe & Cece Winans, Wynonna and others. Vintage tube faves taking part in "The Eighth Annual TV Land Awards" (Sunday at 9 and 10:30 p.m., TV Land) include Betty White, Bob Newhart, Billy Crystal, "Bosom Buddies" duo Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, and the cast of "Everybody Loves Raymond," plus newcomers from "Glee." More performers and presenters at tvland.com/awards.


FICTION OR FACT? More movies get a reality check in the new second season of "The Real Story" (Sunday at 8 p.m., Smithsonian). This week, it's "The Exorcist," based on written records of a 1949 casting out of demons in St. Louis. Next week, it's "The Silence of the Lambs," where author Thomas Harris studied real-life FBI serial killer cases. More at smithsonianchannel.com.


BAD DRIVERS IN NYC! Shockeroo, I know. But "America's Worst Driver" (Saturday night at 10, Travel) finally gets around to visiting the most logical location in which to find its "winner." See previous contenders at travelchannel.com/americasworstdriver.


EVERYTHING, EXPLAINED The 400-year history of our country gets its first comprehensive TV telling in decades in "America: The Story of Us" (Sunday at 9 p.m., History), a 12-week chronological journey. Then, the horizon expands exponentially in another new series, "Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking" (Sunday at 9 and 10 p.m., Discovery). Explore more at history.com/america and discovery.com/hawking.


REALITY PREMIERES A former Dallas Mavericks player hits the road in "Ray Johnston Band: Road Diaries" (tomorrow at 8 p.m., HD Net), trying to make it in music while battling leukemia. Don't mess with the dress in "Girl Meets Gown" (Sunday at 10 p.m., WE), which eyes the action in a high-end Dallas bridal salon. Party hearty in "Sunset Daze" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., WE) with the higher-living residents of Arizona's Sun City retirement community. Sneak a peek at wetv.com/sunsetdaze.


REALITY RETURNS How can we miss them when they won't go away? Oh, wait. They will! (Some of them, anyway.) Self-absorption soars once more among the plastic people of "The Hills: Final Season," along with the second season of "The City" (Tuesday at 10 and 10:30 p.m., MTV). Online video at mtv.com/ontv.


BACK TO VIETNAM It's been 35 years since the fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam War. TV flashes back with "My Lai" (Monday at 9 p.m., WNET/13), exploring what led to the infamous incident in which an American military unit massacred an entire village. Plus, "Oh, Saigon" (Thursday at 9 p.m., WLIW/21) follows a Vietnamese refugee family returning decades later to the country they fled under fire. More on My Lai at pbs.org/amex.

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