Ellen's Back at the Emmys
The 57th Annual primetime Emmy awards
Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS
Ellen DeGeneres returns to host the show for the first time since 2001. That year, the awards were delayed twice before finally airing in November, and DeGeneres was praised for her sensitive performance, combining a note of seriousness with her signature dryly comic touch. This month, DeGeneres, a New Orleans native, opened her third year of hosting a daily syndicated show by asking viewers to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
She will emcee as prime-time TV salutes its best. "Desperate Housewives" and "Will & Grace" lead the nominations with 15 each. For a list of nominees in major Emmy categories, see Page 30.
dAncing with the stars
Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC
Time for a ballroom brawl! Okay, maybe not, but it's definitely a duel on the dance floor. The surprise summertime hit yielded a winner, Kelly Monaco, who was the judges' choice, but viewers preferred runner-up John O'Hurley.
Now Monaco, with partner Alec Mazo, will face off against O'Hurley and Charlotte Jorgensen in a 90-minute competition. And this time, viewers decide who waltzes off with that trophy.
Wide Angle: H5N1 -- Killer flu
Tuesday at 9 p.m. on MPT, 10 p.m. on WETA
This new documentary goes to Vietnam, where the avian influenza virus is creating a grim challenge for officials, doctors and epidemiologists.
The World Health Organization estimates that a worst-case scenario of a global bird flu epidemic could claim as many as 100 million lives -- a tragedy that might stem from a sick duck on the Mekong River Delta, where the current outbreak began.
THE APPRENTICE: MARTHA STEWART
Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NBC
The woman who built an empire
and branded it with her own name is looking for help. Sixteen Martha wannabes will vie to assist her, hoping to score a gig with Stewart's company.
In this version of the reality show that Donald Trump has made famous, Stewart assigns tasks that reflect her own expertise in marketing, style, entertaining and home decor.
Each week, Stewart will cut one candidate with her own dismissive catchphrase.
Thursday at 9 p.m.
Trump himself returns for the fourth season of "The Apprentice," ready to aim "You're fired" at a new crop of hopefuls. The show has ditched last season's "Street Smarts vs. Book Smarts" competition, which Trump disliked.
Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC
Singer-songwriter Amy Grant
functions as a combination fairy godmother-Santa Claus in this new reality series. Grammy-winner Grant, accompanied by a team of experts, will visit towns where residents' hopes and dreams will become life-changing reality.
The "wishes" range from the superficial (helping sports junkies live their secret fantasies) to the serious (a family's medical crisis, a factory's looming shutdown and a teacher's imperiled job). Viewers will hear the stories and see the transformations
Helping Grant in granting wishes are Carter Oosterhouse ("Trading Spaces"), Eric Stromer ("Clean Sweep") and Diana Mizota ("Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls")
Friday at 9 p.m.
The contributions of Latino players to America's pastime are spotlighted in this original documentary. Among those spotlighted is Roberto Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer who died in a 1972 plane crash. His widow and children recall his accomplishments.
Other featured Latino players include the three Alou brothers -- Jesus, Matty and Felipe -- who played outfield for the 1963 San Francisco Giants.
-- Written and compiled by the TV Week staff