01/15/1990 at 01:00 AM EST
>The week holds two of the six awards shows brought to us each year by dick clark productions, inc. (Yes, it's Mr. Bandstand and no, I don't know why he uses lowercase letters. He certainly capitalizes on everything else.) On Sunday (Jan. 14, 8 P.M. ET), in a live ceremony hosted by Dinah Shore, Paul Reiser, Julie Brown and Joe Namath, cable congratulates itself at the ACE Awards. If you're wired, you won't be able to escape the ACE—12 channels will carry the show simultaneously. On Monday afternoon (Jan. 15, 3 P.M. ET), NBC offers the Soap Opera Awards, hosted by Terry (Santa Barbara) Lester and soap alumna Dixie (Designing Women) Carter. This enterprise is to the summer's Daytime Emmys what the People's Choice Awards are to the big three (Oscar, Grammy and Emmy). Readers of Soap Opera Digest vote for the winners in 22 categories, including my favorite: Super Couple.