mythbusters: SHARK WEEK Special

Sunday at 9 p.m. on Discovery

Discovery Channel begins its 18th summer "Shark Week" with a two-hour premiere hosted by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman that investigates myths from the 1975 movie "Jaws."

The "Shark Week" schedule includes "Sharkbite! Surviving Great White" on Monday; "American Shark" on Tuesday; and "Shark Hunter: Chasing the Great White" on Thursday. "Mythbusters" repeats on Wednesday.

All of these shows begin at 9 p.m.

Hyneman and Savage also will turn up throughout the week in shorter segments to present facts about the fish.

espy awards

Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN

Sports and entertainment celebrities gather for the 13th edition of this annual show that salutes top performers and major sports achievements.

Matthew Perry, who played competitive tennis as a teenager in Canada, will host the show, taped July 13 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

Oprah Winfrey will present the Arthur Ashe Courage award, given to individuals whose contributions to athletics transcend sports.

For the second year, winners in all categories were determined by fan voting.

minding the store

Sunday at 10 p.m. on TBS

Comedian Pauly Shore gets a new career in this unscripted series. Shore takes over the Comedy Store, a Hollywood club credited with bringing fresh comic talent to the circuit since 1972. Shore's mother, who acquired the club in a divorce settlement, wants her son to turn around its sagging popularity.

Shore dreams up theme nights, consults with his sex therapist and literally tries to get his act together as cameras roll. The show airs Sundays through Aug. 14.


Monday at 10 p.m.

on GSN

In the first hour-long episode of this new series about billiards, four contestants compete in an elimination game of nine-ball with $20,000 for the winner.

Sal Masekela (ESPN's "X-Games") hosts; Ewa Mataya Laurance, who has won all major events on the Women's Professional Billiard Association tour, is the commentator; and Adrianne Curry, winner of "America's Next Top Model," racks 'em up.

Also on GSN this week: The third-

season premiere of Extreme Dodgeball Tuesday at 10 p.m., which returns with new rules, a new arena, new teams and celebrity captain players, as well as the first league commissioner, Rip Torn, star of last summer's film "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."


Tuesday at 10 p.m. on WETA, 10:30 on MPT

The assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in February prompted a million of his countrymen to take to the streets in a show of national unity. They drove out Syrian troops after 29 years of occupation and brought down their pro-Syrian government in what has been called the "Cedar Revolution."

A champion of Lebanon's independence from Syria, Hariri was the mastermind of his nation's revival after a civil war from 1975 to 1990.

This documentary follows various Lebanese factions -- Shiites, Sunnis, Maronite Christians, Druze and members of Hezbollah -- as they build a future.

P.o.v.: the brooklyN connection

Tuesday at 11 p.m. on WETA

While Albanian separatists were fighting for their independence in Kosovo, a charming roofer thousands of miles away in Brooklyn, N.Y., helped the guerrillas' cause in a major way.

Florin Krasniqi raised $30 million to buy arms in America and ship them legally to Albania, where they could then be smuggled into Kosovo. This documentary tells Krasniqi's story.

Though the Kosovo War ended in 1999, Krasniqi warns that he'll continue to funnel weapons to the fighters in the event of another struggle.

criss angel mindfreak

Wednesday at 10 p.m. on A&E

Illusionist Criss Angel blends mystery on the stage, on the street and in his public demonstrations, blurring the line between what is real and what is not.

A&E begins this new series with back-to-back episodes. Among Angel's feats are his attempt to become a human candle for his mother's 70th birthday, and his uplifting plan to levitate people.

venus & serena: for real

Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC Family

On tennis courts, they're known for muscular grace and championships galore. Away from tennis, Venus and Serena Williams have a fashion line, appearances at red-carpet events and photo shoots.

This six-part documentary shows the siblings from many sides as they prepare for matches, spend time with their parents and maintain what Venus describes as "the grind of keeping up with everything that we do."

super agent

Friday at 10 p.m. on Spike

This hour-long program follows University of Southern California defensive end Shaun Cody, an early draft pick of the NFL's Detroit Lions, as he decides which of nine agents will represent him and benefit from a multimillion-dollar client.

National Football League All-Pro Tony Gonzalez will serve as host and advise Cody as he puts the agents through challenges and tasks similar to those Donald Trump devises on "The Apprentice." In each episode, an agent who fails to impress Cody in the assigned task will be eliminated.

The winning agent will be selected on the final episode.

back to you & me

Saturday at 9 p.m. on Hallmark

After a seven-year hiatus, Lisa Hartman Black returns to television in a Hallmark original movie to play a physician who becomes disenchanted with her job and disillusioned with her personal life.

Black's character takes time off to return home, where she attends her 20th high school reunion and confronts her mother about issues involving the death of her father.

Miami ink

Tuesday at 10 p.m. on TLC

In this new series, four competitive artist-friends run a tattoo parlor in Miami's South Beach that caters to a variety of clients, including housewives, professional business people, teenagers and a series of actors and celebrities.

This show follows the artists -- Ami James, Chris Nunez, Chris Garver and Darren Brass -- from noon to night as they work to promote their art and then enjoy late-night camaraderie.

Yoji Harada is their apprentice.


Wednesday at 9 p.m. on A&E

Visit the tony tattoo parlor of Hart & Huntington, the first to be housed in a Las Vegas casino, the Palms.

There, Carey Hart, a freestyle motocross champion, and partner Thomas Pendleton create works of art on the skin of rock stars, celebrities, locals and tourists.

The series begins with episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m.