Shark Week
Premieres: Sunday, July 27, 2008 – Saturday, August 2, 2008
Network: Discovery Channel

Shark Week is an annual week-long shark-themed event that takes place on the Discovery Channel. The network airs various shark-related specials and episodes throughout the week. In addition to some old favorites (CLICK HERE for Discovery Channel’s weekly TV schedule), Discovery is also premiering a bunch of new shark-themed episodes:

MYTHBUSTERS: SHARK SPECIAL - Sunday, July 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The Mythbusters investigate some common shark myths to see if any of them are true. Do dogs attract sharks? Does chili powder repel them?

SURVIVING SHARKS - Monday, July 28, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Les Stroud (Survivorman) hosts this special that will explore some different techniques that might be effective in attempting to survive a shark attack. Stroud then takes these methods to the field (or the water, technically) to see how well they work.

DAY OF THE SHARK - Monday, July 28, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
This special takes a look at six shark attacks that took place during different times of the day. Shark experts discuss whether the time of day the attacks occurred played a factor and which times during the day are worse for shark attacks than others.

DIRTY JOBS: GREENLAND SHARK QUEST - Tuesday, July 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe heads to Greenland to check out some big sharks that inhabit the freezing cold waters in that area.

HOW NOT TO BECOME SHARK BAIT - Tuesday, July 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The title alone sounds like something anyone planning to go near the water might want to know. Escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, Yul Kwon (Survivor: Cook Islands), marine biologist Jeremia Sullivan and scientist Dr. Marty Jopson visit the Bahamas to test out some shark attraction theories in the hopes of helping viewers know what not to do if they want to avoid becoming some hungry shark’s next meal.

MYSTERIES OF THE SHARK COAST - Thursday, July 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
A team explores the tropical seas of Australia’s northeastern coast, where there are more species of sharks than anywhere else in the world to try to figure out why the sharks are disappearing.

Shark week! Discovery Channel’s been doing Shark Week since the late 80’s and the event seems to become more and more popular with each passing year. Perhaps it was the Jaws movies that increased people’s interest in the sharp-toothed sea-beasts but if there’s one thing that’s kept the fascination going, it’s Discovery Channel’s annual celebration of all things shark.

Granted, shark attacks aren’t all that common but considering how popular the beach is during the summer, it’s understandable that people’s interest in sharks and more specifically, shark-attacks might be piqued during this time of year. Plus, for most of us who don’t spend our summers wandering through the jungle or in the vicinity of large bears, it seems likely that if we were to be attacked by any kind of carnivorous beast, it’d probably be in the water, right? I suppose for that to be totally true, we’d also have to exclude rabid dogs, angry rodents and/or bored cats. And then there’s that whole level of extremeness that comes with sharks. They’re really scary. Scary is fun (when watching from the safety of your living room). So bring on the sharks!

For the full 2008 Summer TV Premiere Schedule: CLICK HERE

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