In this image released by Summit Entertainment, Kristen Stewart, right, and Robert Pattinson are shown in a scene from "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1."

Summit Entertainment, Andrew Cooper

Trying to understand the phenomenal appeal of the "Twilight" saga still perplexes its cast and creator.

"All the credit goes back to the characters and the books," says Taylor Lautner, who plays werewolf Jacob Black in the film series. "It's where it all started. We're all extremely honored to be in a situation to bring those to life."

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" is a major nominee at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, including a nod for Teen Choice Movie and notices for its cast.

The ceremony airs live at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on Fox. Winners are determined by young fans, who may vote online once a day for their favorites.

No Doubt, Flo Rida and DJ Pauly D are scheduled to perform. Presenters represent a who's who in the world of teen appeal, such as Dax Shepard, Jordin Sparks, Selena Gomez and Victoria Justice.

Categories include Choice Movie Actor: Romance, Choice Male Voice, Choice Movie Liplock and Choice Movie Hissy Fit.

So, no, this isn't exactly the Academy Awards.

But in some ways it's just as important, as it indicates what's popular with a heavy pop-culture demographic, especially among females.

In the Choice Movie category, "Twilight" faces off against "The Lucky One," "Think Like A Man," "This Means War" and "The Vow."

As for the success -- obsession? -- surrounding "Twilight," "The characters in the books is what appeals to (fans)," Lautner says. "I don't know if it's how they relate to them or what. I have no idea."

Other highlights for the week of July 22-28 (listings subject to change; check local listings):


-- "Squidbillies" (12:15 a.m., Adult Swim). A new season spreads out for this tale of hillbilly sea creatures living in the Georgia mountains.

-- "Raw" (8 p.m., USA Network). The brawny wrestling show airs its 1,000th episode. Impressed now, "Meet The Press"?

-- "Bachelor Pad" (8 p.m., ABC). Past "Bachelor" contestants and their fans compete in this "Big Brother"-type contest.

-- "Alphas" (10 p.m., SyFy). A second season opens for the story of ordinary people coming to terms with certain abilities.


-- "Trust Us With Your Life" (9 p.m., ABC). Moments from Jerry Springer's life are re-created by comedians in this improv game.


-- "The Middle" (8 p.m., ABC). In one of last season's funnier episodes, the family looks for a new home because its current one is in such bad shape.


-- "3" (10 p.m., CBS). In this new search-for-love series, three women of various ages are followed as they look for Mr. Right.


-- "Summer Olympics: Opening Ceremony" (7:30 p.m., NBC). Let the London Games begin.


-- "Summer Olympics" (8 p.m., NBC). Highlights include men's gymnastics and beach volleyball.

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