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Sun sets on ‘Moonlight’

By Kevin McDonough

United Feature Syndicate

A powerful figure from Joseph’s past becomes prey for Mick on a repeat "Moonlight" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG,V). 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. But nothing seemed to cure him of his inclination to go out of control when encountering human strangers. Milan demonstrates his "leader of the pack" strategies to help Buddy acquire some much-needed people skills. 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."

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Other highlights

• "NCIS" (11 a.m. to 10 p.m., USA, TV-14) fans can catch a 12-hour marathon.

• The search for the identity of "Wide Brim" continues on "Ghost Whisperer" (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG,V).

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

• 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, r) recalls the battle of Midway.

• Western Conference NBA Finals, game 2 (8 p.m., TNT).

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Series notes

Windy City police tangle on "American Gladiator" (7 p.m., NBC, r) … The staff race against the clock to free a boy from a block of cement on "Grey’s Anatomy" (7 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) … Wrestling on "Friday Night SmackDown!" (7 p.m., CW, TV-PG).

Late night

Liv Tyler and Tommy Johnagin appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) … Jay Leno hosts Terry Bradshaw and Cobie Caillat on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC) … Kristen Davis, Ira Glass and Ryan Bingham chat on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC).

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