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PICKS OF THE WEEK

Presidential parodies on Comedy Central, the Grammy Awards on CBS and Frank McCourt's acclaimed memoir "Angela's Ashes" on Showtime top this week in television.

SUNDAY

"Presidential Parody Weekend," Noon, Comedy Central. In observance of Presidents' Day, "Saturday Night Live" episodes featuring presidential and other political impersonations will be shown for eight hours Sunday and Monday. Though the most recent ones won't be available, there's no lack of material, including Dana Carvey as the first President Bush.

"They Call Me Sirr," 8 p.m., Showtime. Football player Sirr Parker inspires respect on and off the field, raising his younger brother while still in his teens, gaining an education and making it to the NFL. Kente Scott stars as Parker in this new cable movie.

"Celebrity Homes," 8 p.m., E! Penn Jillette (the big, loud one in the Penn & Teller magic duo) shows off his seemingly bizarre place in Las Vegas. Also, rocker Sammy Hagar's Hawaiian home.

"The Ballad of Lucy Whipple," 9 p.m., Channel 4. A mother and daughter (Glenn Close and Jena Malone) face obstacles of all kinds as they seek to build a better life for themselves during the California Gold Rush. This new made-for-TV movie also stars Robert Pastorelli.

"The Princess and the Marine," 9 p.m., Channel 2. A Bahraini princess (Marisol Nichols) elopes with a U.S. Marine (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), defying her country's ban on women's marrying non-Muslims. This new TV movie is based on a true story that brought headlines -- and serious, ongoing legal difficulties -- for the young couple.

MONDAY

"Good Will Hunting," 8 p.m., Channel 7. Should a slacker (Matt Damon) who's really a genius try to make use of his gifts? Robin Williams won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as the psychologist on the case in this 1997 movie.

"The Unfinished Civil War," 9 p.m., History Channel. The people at the History Channel say that this documentary started out to be merely the story of enthusiasts who re-enact Civil War battles. But the matter turned out to be more complicated when the filmmakers found that "the war still rages on" in the hearts and minds of many people.

"Daria," 10 p.m., MTV. The too-smart-to-fit-in teen returns for another season with sister Quinn and best friend Jane at Lawndale High School. Preceded by a mini-marathon of six repeat episodes.

TUESDAY

"School's In," 7 p.m., Disney Channel. Six outstanding teachers are honored in a program that includes scenes with their students. One example is Ron Clark, who moved from rural North Carolina to a school in Harlem, where he thought there was a greater need for his talents.

"The Target Shoots First," 8 p.m., Cinemax. A video diary by Christopher Wilcha reveals the "bland absurdities of corporate life" that he encountered as a young college graduate during two years of working for a giant mail-order company.

"A&E Biography," 8 p.m., A&E. Patti LaBelle, a musical phenomenon for four decades, is profiled. Those interviewed along with LaBelle include relatives and music journalists.

WEDNESDAY

"The Grammy Awards," 8 p.m., Channel 4. The 43rd annual ceremony honoring achievements in the recording industry will be shown live from Los Angeles. Scheduled performers include Madonna, 'N Sync, Dolly Parton and U2; among other leading nominees are Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray and Sisqo.

"National Geographic," 8 p.m., Channel 17. The dangers faced by those who work in the commercial fishing industry are documented in an episode called "Mayday! Lost at Sea."

"One Tough Cop," 8 p.m., Showtime. Stephen Baldwin is the title character in this 1998 movie, a New York City detective who hasn't broken his ties to a childhood friend who grew up to be a mob boss. With Chris Penn, Gina Gershon and Amy Irving.

"Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death," 9 p.m. We're not sure how well this 1988 movie works as satire, but we'd nominate it for the Title Hall of Fame.

THURSDAY

"Angela's Ashes," 8 p.m., Showtime. Frank McCourt's acclaimed memoir about his childhood in Ireland is the basis for this 1999 movie starring Emily Watson as Angela, the mother who perseveres in the face of overwhelming poverty. With Robert Carlyle and Ciaran Owens.

"Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," 10 p.m., AMC. Generally overshadowed by better-known classic westerns, this one, from 1957, would seem to rate at least an honorable mention.

FRIDAY

"10 Things I Hate About You," 8 p.m., Starz. Julia Stiles, who already seems to have won an extension on her 15 minutes, stars with Heath Ledger in this 1999 teen comedy that borrows from "The Taming of the Shrew" and goes well beyond the usual limits of the genre.

SATURDAY

"Phenomenon," 8 p.m., Channel 7. A blinding light changes John Travolta's life forever in this 1996 movie, giving him enhanced intellectual and perceptive powers. But is his new status really an advantage? With Kyra Sedgwick.

"Time Machine: Crossing the Bridge," 8 p.m., History Channel. "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Ala., is remembered as a key moment of the civil rights movement. When marchers were beaten and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 6, 1965, the world was watching -- and reacting.

"Boycott," 8 p.m., HBO. Another crucial chapter of the civil rights story is told in this new film about the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott that began in 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to surrender her "whites only" seat. Jeffrey Wright stars as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Terrence Howard portrays Ralph Abernathy. Both men were in their 20s when they assumed leadership of the historic boycott.

"The Trumpet Awards," 8 p.m., TBS. African-American achievers, including Ray Charles, Willie Mays, Maynard Jackson and Leslie Uggams, are honored at the annual ceremony.

"Kate Brasher," 9 p.m., Channel 4. Mary Stuart Masterson stars in this new drama as a loving but financially troubled single mother of two teenage sons. Rhea Perlman and Hector Elizondo portray people she encounters who provide help and inspiration.