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Posted: Sunday, November 7, 2010 12:15 am | Updated: 1:36 am, Mon Nov 15, 2010.

Kendra Wilkinson is ready to turn the spotlight back on.

The TV personality has spent her summer happily away from show business.

"I've been taking a break from everything. I've been spending more time with the baby, who has started taking his first steps," says the former "Girls Next Door" star who fronts her own series, simply titled "Kendra" (returning for a new season 8 p.m. Sunday on E!).

"It's been a great time to get away from Hollywood and catch up on what's important in life."

Blond and bubbly, the 25-year-old used to be a party girl at the Playboy Mansion. Now, as her reality show reveals, she's more domestic. Her conversations have gone from late-night antics to babies and laundry.

Before marrying Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett and giving birth to their son, Wilkinson was best known as being one of Hugh Hefner's live-in girlfriends. "Kendra" is a spinoff from "Girls Next Door" and is one of the E! channel's most successful programs.

"I've changed a lot in two years," she says, "but I'm not going to say I'm a saint. We're all human, and we all go through stages in life.

"We all make mistakes, and thank goodness I am starting to make the right decisions at the right time."

Her past has made headlines. A sex-tape scandal featuring a man who is not her husband surfaced earlier this year. In her book "Sliding Into Home," she detailed her harrowing teenage years of drug abuse and working as an underage stripper.

"I don't like to be perfect," she says. "I'm OK with making mistakes. You learn from them. I don't regret them. I learn from them."

Motherhood, she says, has changed her view of life. "I can see life a lot clearer now," she says.

Wilkinson doesn't watch her own series.

"I want it to be organic," she says. "If I do watch it, I'll start trying to do things (during filming) to make things look better, and I don't want that.

"This show needs to be as close to the truth as it can be."

Other highlights for the week of Nov. 7-13 (Listings subject to change):

SUNDAY

"Great Migrations" (6 p.m., National Geographic Channel). A seven-part special looks at how nature is able to make survival happen for millions of creatures across the globe. Alec Baldwin narrates.

"Desperate Housewives" (8 p.m., ABC). Down-on-her-luck Susan (Terri Hatcher) takes a job as fussy Lynette's (Felicity Huffman) nanny.

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" (8 p.m., Bravo). NeNe hopes her troubled son will find inspiration from a club owner. Taking a problem kid to a club is a good idea? Only on this show.

MONDAY

"Rules of Engagement" (7:30 p.m., CBS). Joan Collins is David Spade's mother? In what universe?

"Conan" (midnight, TBS). Conan O'Brien marks his return to late-night talk with this new series. How long will it take for him to take a jab at Jay Leno? Any takers?

TUESDAY

"Auction Hunters" (11 p.m., Spike TV). Ever want to know what's lurking in storage units? This series will show what's there and the auctions behind them.

WEDNESDAY

"The 44th Annual CMA Awards" (7 p.m., ABC). Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood oversee the event, live from Nashville, Tenn. Performers include Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Sugarland.

THURSDAY

"SpongeBob Square-Pants: Mystery with a Twistery" (9 p.m., Nickelodeon). SpongeBob goes on an adventure to save a Krabby Patty recipe from the wrong hands.

"Wartorn: 1861-2010" (7 p.m., HBO). Soldiers have had post-traumatic stress dating back to at least the Civil War, and this documentary chronicles how it's been determined and the treatments.

SATURDAY

"The Lost Future" (7 p.m., SyFy). In a future world divided by tribes, mutant beasts carry a deadly disease that may destroy mankind.

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