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DOG-EAT-DOG WORLD: Dave has his stupid pet tricks, and now Jay wants to find the smartest pooch around. Tonight, ``The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'' launches its monthlong ``American Fido'' competition aimed at deciding the smartest, most talented dog in America. Each Monday, two dogs will do their best stuff on the show. Viewers have until noon Friday to vote for their favorite at www.nbc.com, with the round's winner announced on Friday's show. The three finalists will face off on Feb. 24 before a panel of celebrity judges to be announced. (Let me guess - Simon Howl?) We've seen the description of the contestants, and we have one question: If you're trying to find the smartest dog, why are most of them purebred?

THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, 11:35 tonight, NBC, Channel 4.

TIME TO TUNE OUT: Sweeps month should be cause for celebration among couch potatoes, but sometimes it just shores up the argument that TV is the single greatest cause of the decline of civilization. There are at least two shows today that will disappoint those who expect quality at this time of year. One is KNBC's daytime show ``The Other Half,'' which this week embarks on a ``Bridal Idol Mondays'' series in which betrothed couples compete for a wedding package. They're being judged and voted out by the studio audience based on, for example, how romantic their proposals were, with the aid of the oh-so-romantic judge Andrew Dice Clay. The other programming disaster (which will nonetheless draw a large rating) is the ``all gross-out episode'' of NBC's ``Fear Factor,'' which neither needs nor deserves a detailed explanation. Cable, anyone?
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