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Television With A Conscience: 8 Shows Honored (PHOTOS)

07/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" episode about prejudice and an Alzheimer's documentary with Maria Shriver are among eight programs to be honored Wednesday for demonstrating the power of TV.

The third annual Television Academy Honors spotlighting shows found to exemplify "television with a conscience" will be hosted by Dana Delany. The announcement was made by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Presenters were scheduled to include former Vice President Al Gore, Joel Grey and Shriver, the first lady of California and former NBC News correspondent.

The programs to be honored:

TV with a Conscience

"This is about the television community and the people who work in it putting their heart and soul into their work," said academy Chairman and CEO John Shaffner. "None of these stories would be told if someone didn't say, `I have to do this.'"

In the vast media sea, he said, the Academy Honors are "here to keep our mind on the main thing: TV can really matter and make a difference," Shaffner said.

The awards will be presented at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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