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Screen Gems: TV the week of October 26

30 Rock (9:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC) How hot is Tina Fey? She has won two acting Emmys in a row, and Tinafey her send-ups of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live have sent its ratings soaring to the highest levels in years. (A week ago, an SNL episode with Fey and Palin was the highest-rated show on the entire network.) So let's see if all the buzz translates to some viewers for the season debut of 30 Rock, the vicious workplace satire that's the funniest sitcom on TV that nobody watches.

Inside New Orleans High (10 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic Channel) -- New way to scare your kids: Threaten to send them to Walter L. Cohen High School in New Orleans, where more money is spent on security than on books, one in six girls is pregnant, and only 25 percent of the senior class goes on to college. During the six months this documentary was being made, at least four students were shot.

Primal Fear (9 p.m. Monday, History Channel) -- A documentary on humans' most basic instinctual fears, which include sharks, snakes, suffocation and Walter L. Cohen High.

Paranormal State (10 p.m. Monday, A&E) -- A group of Penn State students performs an exorcism. No, not on the football team, though "demonic possession'' would explain a lot about how the 496-year-old Joe Paterno is still coaching.

Coolio's Rules (10 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen) -- A reality show about the rapper who recorded Gangsta's Paradise (‘‘I'm a loped-out gangsta, set-trippin banger/And my homies is down, so don't arouse my anger'') trying to raise four daughters as a single parent. When they screw up, he threatens to send them to Walter L. Cohen High.

Legend of the Seeker (8 p.m. Saturday, WSFL-CW 39) -- Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, the guys who created Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, are back with another syndicated fantasy epic. (It won't necessarily air in this time slot outside South Florida.) This new series stars Craig Horner (Monarch Cove) as a magician battling an evil tyrant and Bridget Regan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as his bodyguard. I don't know why the magician can't just turn his enemies into frogs and save that bodyguard salary, but they probably explain it in Season Six.


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