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UPDATED 08/07/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/07/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

Fear Factor (NBC, Aug. 1, 8 p.m. ET) This week's competitors, chosen by viewers, take part in a stunt dubbed "the largest explosion in Fear Factor history!" Awesome.

The World Series of Pop Culture (VH1, Aug. 3, 10 p.m. ET) If you're lost on the whole Middle East conflict, but you do know the name of the oldest Cosby kid, this is the game show for you.

Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo, July 31, 9 p.m. ET) Dreamy Hugh Laurie undergoes a little invasive interviewing by James Lipton.

Shark Week (Discovery Channel, begins July 30) Among the specials in the 19th year of the franchise (hosted by Mike Rowe—see box on page 40): Science of Shark Sex. Sounds painful.

Shock to the System (here!, Check listings) Morgan Fairchild plays a socialite whose son is murdered. Gay detective Donald Strachey (Chad Allen) is on the case.

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