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Guy groups rule, right?

MTV launches a second season of its Ultra Sound series with the premiere of "Revenge of the Boy Bands" on Saturday at noon. Why don't bands like 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys get the respect they desire? Are these groups nothing but merchandising machines, or do they actually have talent? This episode of Ultra Sound addresses those questions and others with a behind-the-scenes look at prefab pop.

The image of success

The ceremonies won't be held until next month, but we know some of the people who'll be getting something at the NAACP Image Awards in February. One of the biggest honors will go to actor, rapper and Grammy winner Will Smith, who will be saluted as the civil rights organization's Entertainer of the Year. Michael Jordan will also be honored, with the Jackie Robinson Sports Award.

Disney World digs dinos

Though Disney's new Animal Kingdom has its share of fake dinosaurs, now it has some REAL dinosaur bones on display. At the Fossil Preparation Lab in DinoLand USA, park guests can watch paleontologists work on a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil. The scientists are visible through the lab's giant plate-glass windows. More than 350 bones from one dinosaur were uncovered near the Black Hills of South Dakota. Eventually, an exact replica cast of the dinosaur will be displayed at Animal Kingdom. The real bones will be sent to a museum in Chicago.

C'mon and zoom

For those of you who don't usually watch PBS, here's a good reason to start tuning in: Zoom. The show debuts today at 4:30 p.m on WEDU-Ch. 3. Zoom is a daily, interactive series for kids. Each show is jam-packed with games, videos, stories, experiments, recipes and brain teasers, all contributed by viewers and performed by a cast of seven everyday kids. Kids can also zoom on the Web at http://www.pbs.org/zoom. The TV show will repeat Saturdays at 8 a.m.

Coolest puppet on the planet

In its January issue, Spin magazine gave a thumbs-up to Skeeter, the puppet voiced by Bill Bellamy in the Nickelodeon show Cousin Skeeter (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.) According to Spin, the show is "funny and surprisingly down for children's TV." New episodes of Cousin Skeeter will air in March.

_ Compiled from staff and wire reports

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