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Sun sets on ‘Moonlight’

May 23, 2008

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A powerful figure from Joseph's past becomes prey for Mick on a repeat "Moonlight" (8 p.m., CBS). Fans of this detective/vampire hybrid have to be disappointed that it will not be returning in the fall. Of course, last May, CBS pulled the plug on "Jericho," only to relent and return that dark drama to the schedule mid-season. Unlike other new Friday-night series that arrived only to vanish rather quickly, "Moonlight" was a mainstay between "Ghost Whisperer" and "Numb3rs," and it returned for new episodes after the strike. So its cancellation surprised some, including me. On the other hand, the decision proves that while vampires live forever, networks are always searching for the fresh blood of new programming.

¢ Memorial Day weekend goes to the dogs, or at least to the critters. On "Dog Whisperer" (7 p.m., National Geographic), host Cesar Milan helps a Seattle couple cope with the unintended consequences of their good deed. After Sherry and Lee adopted an abandoned and abused pit pull, it took some time for Buddy to fit in with their three other dogs. Two repeat episodes of "Dog Whisperer" (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., National Geographic) follow.

¢ Fans of "Meerkat Manor" (7 p.m., Animal Planet) can catch up with four consecutive repeats in anticipation of Sunday's prequel movie "Meerkat Manor: The Story Begins."

¢ Turner Classic Movies reels off three consecutive comedies starring Jack Lemmon. He plays a cartoonist with homicidal fantasies in the 1965 comedy "How to Murder Your Wife" (7 p.m). Virna Lisi and Terry Thomas co-star.

Lemmon and Sandy Dennis play a salesman and his wife in "The Out-of-Towners" (9:15 p.m.), a 1969 comedy that depicts New York City as a crime-ridden, strike-plagued, garbage-strewn urban jungle on the brink of chaos.

Also set in Manhattan, "The Odd Couple" (11 p.m.) teams Lemmon with Walter Matthau as Felix and Oscar, mismatched divorced husbands in the 1968 screen adaptation of the Neil Simon stage comedy.

Tonight's other highlights

¢ "NCIS" (10 a.m. to 10 p.m., USA) fans can catch a 12-hour marathon.

¢ The search for the identity of "Wide Brim" continues on "Ghost Whisperer" (7 p.m., CBS).

¢ Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt star in the 2003 remake "Cheaper by the Dozen" (7 p.m., Fox).

¢ "Riches" star Eddie Izzard stars in back-to-back repeat comedy specials "Dress to Kill" (7 p.m.) and "Glorious" (8 p.m.) on BBC America.

¢ Scheduled on a two-hour "Dateline" (8 p.m., NBC): A woman's murder in Maplewood, Minn., continues to haunt her family and intrigue police 27 years later.

¢ Bear takes on petrified swamps that took a beating in the 2004 tsunami on "Man Vs. Wild" (8 p.m., Discovery). After fording waterfalls and scaling cliffs, he has to spend the night sleeping in a tree.

¢ "Battle 360" (8 p.m., History) recalls the battle of Midway.

¢ John Mayer, Norah Jones and Richard Ashcroft appear in an installment of "Live From Abbey Road" (8 p.m., Sundance) from 2007.

¢ A seemingly random shooting may have been premeditated on "Numb3rs" (9 p.m., CBS).

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