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updated 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The new season doesn't officially begin for another two weeks. Tell that to the networks. Fox, as is its practice, is launching many of its shows preemptively to avoid the September stampede. This year Fox's fast start has set off a chain reaction, not unlike what happens in those tense seconds before a race when one swimmer jumps the gun, springing off the blocks: Suddenly the pool is full of swimmers. This week we'll look at no less than five new series. In August! Praise the Lord and pass the sourdough pretzels.

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