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PICKS OF THE WEEK

Other than a three-night Bill Moyers-hosted PBS special on addiction, other noteworthy programs this week include a Discovery Channel special on the phenomenon of conjoined twins and the annual Kids Choice Awards on Nickelodeon.

SUNDAY

"Safety Patrol," 7 p.m. Channel 7. Bug Hall plays a clumsy 11-year-old who dreams of becoming a member of the school safety patrol. Just when it seems his chance is at hand, attendance boundaries are changed and he winds up at a new school. He soon finds out the members of his new school's safety patrol are bullies and are in league with a pair of bumbling school employees (Lainie Kazan and Curtis Armstrong) in stealing things from the school.

"The Warner Bros. Story: No Guts, No Glory -- 75 Years of Award Winners," 8 p.m. TNT. Dustin Hoffman hosts this special, the first of four that will air this year, on the individuals and movies that helped build the Hollywood film studio. Featured Sunday are interviews with actors Sandra Bullock, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Mel Gibson, Kevin Spacey and director Oliver Stone.

"Chance of a Lifetime," 9 p.m. Channel 4. John Ritter and Katey Sagal star in this romantic comedy about a mismatched couple who marry for convenience (he's jobless and needs insurance coverage to pay for back surgery) and wind up falling in love for real. Jean Stapleton also stars, along with Lynne Thigpen.

"Joined at Birth," 9 p.m. Discovery Channel. "ER" alumnus Sherry Stringfield narrates this documentary exploring the phenomenon of conjoined twins. The hour focuses on six sets of twins, three who are conjoined and three who were separated after birth. It also includes interviews with families and former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

MONDAY
"In Search of History," 8 p.m. History Channel. "Greek Odyssey Week," a look at the cradle of Western civilization, opens with a report on deities such as Apollo, Poseidon and Zeus.

TUESDAY

"Steve McQueen: King of Cool," 10 p.m. AMC. He was born in 1930 in a small Indiana town, just like James Dean, but unlike Dean he lived long enough to become a big star via a succession of major screen roles. This special looks at McQueen's life and career via a series of interviews with his ex-wife, his children, acting colleagues, directors and producers.

"Nova: Search for the Lost Cave People," 8 p.m. Channel 17. Nova cameras travel to the Mexican state of Chiapas, where in an isolated canyon vertical cliffs housed the remains of ancient humans. The remains were discovered by an Italian cave explorer in 1990, which led to the Nova expedition. In the cliff caves, the team of paleobotanists and paleoanthropologists found many artifacts, including cotton cloth and carvings made from pumpkin rinds. Archaeologists believe the remains are those of the Zoque, people who lived in the highlands of Mesoamerica nearly 1,000 years ago.

WEDNESDAY

"Mark Russell Comedy," 8 p.m. Channel 17. Buffalo's political satirist entertains with pointed one-liners and sharp-witted song parodies.

THURSDAY

Figure Skating, 8 p.m. Channel 7. Todd Eldredge and Elvis Stojko are among the competitors scheduled to appear in the men's free skate at the World Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis. Following Thursday's two-hour telecast, ABC will cover the ladies short program and free skate Saturday. Gold medal winner Tara Lipinski has withdrawn from the world championships.

"The General Hospital 35th Anniversary Show," 10 p.m. Channel 7. Soap and "GH" staple Anthony Geary hosts this one-hour retrospective of favorite moments, highlighted by interviews and recollections from the show's stars of the past and present. Joining Geary to introduce segments of the show will be Kathy Kinney, Jackie Zeman, Kin Shriner, John J. York, Kimberly McCullough, Ingo Rademacher and Vanessa Marcil.

FRIDAY

"The Age of Innocence," 9 p.m. USA. Martin Scorsese departed from his intense dramas ("Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull") to direct this lavish 1993 adaptation of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning period piece about a lawyer (Daniel Day-Lewis) torn between the mysterious woman he loves (Michelle Pfeiffer) and the fiancee (Winona Ryder) he is obligated to marry in 19th century New York.

SATURDAY

"Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids Choice Awards," 8 p.m., NICK. Rosie O'Donnell returns to host the show in which kids get to vote for their favorites in a variety of categories, including favorite movie, favorite TV show, favorite actor and actress, favorite book, favorite video game and favorite cartoon. The show will air from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.

-- News Wire Services

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