With the night's favorite dramas still weeks away from returning from the strike, game shows and news magazines dominate.

With the night's favorite dramas still weeks away from returning from the strike, game shows and news magazines dominate.

"Ghost Whisperer" and "Numb3rs" return with six new episodes each, beginning April 4. "Moonlight" returns a week later, with four new tales of vampire sleuthing.

ABC and Fox have used Fridays for "repurposed" repeats for much of the season. The news over on NBC is much less clear. There have been no official announcements about the return of either "Las Vegas" or "Friday Night Lights." If I were a betting man, I'd say the chances are slightly less than even for "Vegas." I think the suits at NBC are justly proud to have seen "Friday Night Lights" through two low-rated seasons. I'd be very surprised if they gave a third outing the green light.

"Dateline" (NBC, TV-14) offers a two-hour program where the theme seems to be "marriage can be murder." In the first installment (9 p.m.), a man makes an emotional, televised plea for his wife's return. But when the police search his house for clues, the "grieving" husband goes on the lam.

In the second hour (10 p.m.), a fugitive charged with his wife's murder assumes a new identity in a different state and insinuates himself into a new family. If this sounds familiar, it's because it resembles the plot to the 1987 thriller "The Stepfather," starring Terry O'Quinn, whom viewers may know as Locke from "Lost."

Scheduled on a two-hour helping of "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC): Frantic families look for three women who vanished in Japan. As reported here, the CW is dropping "Friday Night SmackDown!" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) from its schedule beginning in the fall. This comes as a surprise given the fact that "SmackDown!" is the second-most popular show for a network that is not exactly brimming with hits. It has already found a home on the MYNetwork. There's no word on what night it will air. The new cable series "Battle 360: Call to Duty" (10 p.m., History) offers a profile of the World War II aircraft carrier Enterprise. The series will follow the warship from the beginning of the war in the Pacific to the Japanese surrender. The "360" in the title refers to the full range of coordination between the carrier and its destroyer escorts, the aircraft above it and the submarines below. The first episode will air with limited commercial interruptions. BBC America launches the weekly news roundup "Newsnight" (10 p.m., BBC America) featuring news, commentary and interviews.

The investment-advice series "Fast Money" (5 and 8 p.m., CNBC) moves to Miami, Fla., to discuss emerging business opportunities in Latin America. An ailing man's odyssey through an overburdened health care system is the subject of the 2005 Romanian drama "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" (8 p.m., Sundance). Blake fights to get Topaz's attention on "Lemur Kingdom" (8:30 p.m., Animal Planet). A victim of Katrina appears to be delusional on "House" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14, V). Sarah Silverman guest-stars as Monk's delusional fan on "Monk" (9 p.m., USA, r, TV-PG). Last week's season finale reached nearly 7 million viewers, a record for "Monk." Kate and Paul have much to discuss on "In Treatment" (9:30 p.m., HBO, TV-MA). A rescue mission fights the clock on "Stargate: Atlantis" (10 p.m., Sci Fi). Women under stress receive advice to look "10 Years Younger" (10 p.m., TLC). "Secret History of the Bra" (midnight, National Geographic Channel, r) offers many "did-you-know?" moments. It turns out the average bra has more than 40 components, and more than 4 million are manufactured every day to supply the average woman with her closet of 6.5 bras. That adds up to a $16 billion industry.

An aging Nazi hunter (Laurence Olivier, who received his 10th and last Oscar nomination for his performance) tracks down a group of Nazi scientists (including Gregory Peck and James Mason) out to breed a new race of Hitlers in the preposterous 1978 fantasy "The Boys From Brazil" (2:45 a.m., TCM), based on a book by Ira Levin ("Rosemary's Baby" and "The Stepford Wives").

Kevin McDonough, a syndicated columnist who lives in Narrowsburg, can be reached at kmcdonough@unitedmedia.com.