Music is in the air, with the American Music Awards on ABC and the 2004 Vibe Awards on UPN. CBS's "Amazing Race" has a local connection, Fox introduces "House" and "Frontline" looks at Wal-Mart. On cable, HBO chronicles the case of a female serial killer, the Travel Channel visits Peru, and Hallmark spotlights a love story from the 1800s. TLC test-drives some "Million Dollar Motors." A CBS miniseries tracks wild weather patterns. And paging Mac McGarry: If it's Saturday, "It's Academic."

american music awards

Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the awards show spotlights entertainers in nine categories of music: pop/rock, soul/rhythm & blues, country, rap/hip-hop, adult contemporary, Latin, alternative, contemporary inspirational and breakthrough.

Among the scheduled performers, all of whom also are nominees, are Usher, Toby Keith, Kanye West, Josh Groban, Gretchen Wilson, Kenny Chesney and Jessica Simpson.

A special tribute is scheduled for Bon Jovi, winner of the award of merit.

THE 2004 Vibe Awards

Tuesday at 8 p.m. on UPN

Back for its second year, Vibe magazine celebrates innovation in urban music. Award categories include best R&B song, R&B voice of the year, street anthem, club banger of the year and the boomshot award.

Queen Latifah, the show's executive producer, is expected to appear.

THE amazing race 6

Tuesday at 9 p.m. on CBS

A man from Gaithersburg is among the competitors in this fast-paced reality show in which teams of two vie for a $1 million prize.

Gus McLeod, identified as an adventure pilot and motivational speaker, and his daughter Hera form one of the 11 pairs trying to find their way around the world ahead of the rest.

After the initial two-hour broadcast, the show will return to its regular one-hour format on Nov. 23.


Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Fox

It's the perfect TV prescription: another TV doctor who's cranky and crusty. Played by Hugh Laurie, Gregory House is a physician who enjoys the medical puzzles of difficult cases but prefers little contact with patients.

House is an infectious-disease specialist whose team of elite young medical experts helps him solve diagnostic mysteries. With House's encouragement, they bend and even break rules to solve cases before it's too late for the patient.

House battles the hospital administrator, played by Lisa Edelstein, over paperwork and procedure, but even she admits he is brilliant and thus bearable.


Tuesday at 10 p.m. on PBS

The documentary series offers contrasting images of the impact of retail giant Wal-Mart: Empty storefronts in Circleville, Ohio, where the local television manufacturing plant has closed; and the high-rise buildings in the bustling South China town of Shenzhen, home to some of the cheapest, most reliable workers in the world.