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PICKS OF THE WEEK

A profile of Ernest Hemingway on A&E's "Biography," Judge Wapner holds animal court on Animal Planet, and basketball greats are enshrined in the Hall of Fame on NBC to top this week in television.

SUNDAY

"Rescuers: Stories of Courage," 8 p.m., Showtime. In the final installment of this anthology of Holocaust stories, Michael Rappaport and Robin Tunney star in a love story involving a resident of a Jewish ghetto and a woman who lives just outside, and Daryl Hannah and Tim Matheson portray circus owners who allow Jews to hide from the Nazis in the cast of their show.

"Biography," 8 p.m., A&E. "Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling With Life." The legendary writer is the subject of a profile that "seeks to discover the man behind the myth." The narrator is granddaughter Mariel Hemingway.

"Steve McQueen: The True Hollywood Story," 10 a.m., E! Family, friends and colleagues talk about the sometimes troubled life of the movie actor, who rose to superstardom in the 1960s and '70s and died of cancer at age 50 in 1980.

MONDAY

"Fix-It Line," 6:30 p.m., Discovery. This new weeknight program promises "basic home repair information for ordinary people." Home videos and live call-ins will allow viewers seeking advice to show and tell just what it is that needs fixing.

"Judge Wapner's Animal Court," 7 p.m., Animal Planet. The "People's Court" judge is back, this time dispensing justice in cases that all have one thing in common -- the involvement of animals. (It's not hard to imagine angry confrontations over barking dogs, escaped snakes, etc., etc.) Bailiff Rusty Burell is back, too.

"Samson et Dalila," 8 p.m., Channel 17. James Levine conducts a Metropolitan Opera performance of the opera about the biblical strongman, with music by Camille Saint-Saens and a libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire. Placido Domingo is Samson, and the role of Dalila is sung by Olga Borodina. Sung in French with English subtitles.

"Profiles," "B.B. King: King of the Blues." 8 p.m., Bravo. Starting tonight, the "Profiles" series will be seen each weeknight at this time. It's part of a realignment of the Bravo schedule that will include occasional "theme weeks" of "Profiles."

TUESDAY

"The FBI Files," 10 p.m., Discovery. This new weekly series looks inside what until now has been "the world's least accessible crime lab," showing how the FBI uses science to solve some of the nation's biggest cases. (Also shown at 7 p.m. Saturdays.)

WEDNESDAY

"Profiles: The Real Ellen Story." 8 p.m., Bravo. Tonight's show revisits the landmark "Puppy Episode" of the Ellen DeGeneres sitcom, which aired only after an "epic struggle" to overcome opposition to DeGeneres' character's coming out as a lesbian. Though the series eventually was canceled, DeGeneres' partner, Anne Heche, says Ellen and "Ellen" "did get to change the world."

"Carnegie Hall Opening Night," 9 p.m., Channel 17. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in an all-Gershwin program in observance of the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth. Guest vocal soloists include Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Frederica von Stade. Part of the "Great Performances" series.

"Inside 'Frasier,' " 9 p.m., E! Fans of the popular sitcom may enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the show. Stars Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves and John Mahoney all take part.

"Invisible Places," 10 p.m. Discovery. "Subtropolis." Anything as big as Chicago's Sears Tower needs a huge underground substructure to hold it up. And there's a big tunnel under there, too.

THURSDAY

"Splendor in the Grass," 8 p.m., TCM. A night devoted to the theme of "Young Love" starts with this 1961 movie starring Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty and Pat Hingle. Beatty, Sandy Dennis and Phyllis Diller all made their film debuts here.

"Live by Request Starring Phil Collins," 9 p.m., A&E. Collins, who recently has toured with his own 20-piece band and now has released a greatest-hits albums, performs requests submitted by viewers who make toll-free calls or send e-mail. Host: Mark McEwen.

FRIDAY

"The Last Neanderthal?" 10 p.m., Discovery. It is believed that the Neanderthals, who were bigger and had larger brains than their Cro-Magnon neighbors, were in charge about 45,000 years ago. If they were doing so well then, why did they soon become extinct?

"Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead," 10:15 p.m., TNT. Now that Christina Applegate has her own series, here's another chance to catch her in a performance that may have surprised some of her fans from "Married ... With Children." The 1991 movie also stars Joanna Cassidy and David Duchovny.

SATURDAY

"Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony," 1:30 p.m., Channel 2. Boston Celtics great Larry Bird heads the list of inductees at the annual ceremony in Springfield, Mass. Also set for induction are Atlanta Hawks head coach Lenny Wilkins, University of Texas women's head coach Jody Conradt, Alex Hannum, Marques Haynes, Aleksandar Nikolic and Arnie Risen. Hosts: Tom Hammond and Ahmad Rashad.

"Farm Aid '98," 4 p.m. Country Music Television. The 11th marathon concert to benefit family farmers will be shown live. Those scheduled to take part include Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, along with hosts Martina McBride, K.T. Oslin and Michael Peterson.