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Tune In Tonight: Kids walk on wild side

November 16, 2012

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“Were you raised by wolves?” I’m often tempted to ask that of badly behaving human beings. Donald Trump’s election night tweets come to mind.

It turns out some people have been all but raised by critters both feral and domestic. “Raised Wild” (8 p.m., Animal Planet) documents anthropologist Dr. Mary-Ann Ochota as she seeks to understand true-life tales of a girl raised by a pack of dogs. She still “walks” on all fours and snarls at strangers. A small boy from Fiji pecks for food on the ground because that’s what he learned from his foster “parents,” a flock of chickens. Will they feel like empty nesters when he leaves home?

First up, Ochota examines a 1922 report of a boy raised by monkeys in equatorial Africa. Next week, it’s the tale of the “Dog Girl of Ukraine.”

• It says something about Friday prime time that tonight’s most important “event” is the interview that won’t happen. Actress Lindsay Lohan was scheduled to sit down with Barbara Walters on “20/20” (9 p.m., ABC) to promote her Nov. 25 Lifetime movie “Liz and Dick,” in which Lohan impersonates the late Elizabeth Taylor. At the last minute, Lohan, who has just hired new publicists, decided to bail on “20/20” and instead do a “Tonight Show” interview next Tuesday, Nov. 20.

It’s not clear what will emerge as the takeaway theme from this throwaway story: Lohan’s insult to Walters? Or Jay Leno’s emergence as the go-to toothless cream puff for trouble-free interviews?

It’s curious that Lohan should be promoting a Liz Taylor biopic while the young star still appears to be stumbling through her own private “Valley of the Dolls.”

Tonight’s other highlights

• Cinnabon’s CEO does a human product placement on “Undercover Boss” (7 p.m., CBS).

• A winner emerges on “America’s Next Top Model” (7 p.m., CW).

• A patient coughs up worms on “Monsters Inside Me” (7 p.m., Animal Planet).

• A rap artist proposes to record a very different version of one of Reba’s old numbers on “Malibu Country” (7:30 p.m., ABC).

• Adalind returns, and she’s not happy, on “Grimm” (8 p.m., NBC).

• The SATs can be murder on “CSI: NY” (8 p.m., CBS).

• A team member goes rogue on “Fringe” (8 p.m., Fox).

• Duke comes to a grim conclusion while researching Crocker family history on “Haven” (9 p.m., Syfy).

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