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What to Watch on Monday: Memorial Day documentaries, ‘MasterChef’ and ‘Petals on the Wind’

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Unfinished Confederate graves near the center of the battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (July 1863)

Death and the Civil War (9pm, UNC-EX) - This "American Experience" documentary, based on historian Drew Gilpin Faust’s book "This Republic of Suffering," looks at how the nation was transformed by the staggering number of Civil War casualties. At the war's start, some predicted it would be a brief and bloodless affair, but by the war's end, an estimated 750,000 people were dead. On the main UNC-TV channel at 9 p.m., “ Marching Once More” documents more than 100 survivors of the Battle of the Bulge as they returned to Belgium and Luxembourg in 2004 to reflect on the brutal six-week battle that claimed 19,000 American lives. The locally produced documentary features Chris Christensen, a veteran from Southport, who fears once the ceremonies end, memories of the largest and deadliest military conflict in world history will also fade away. Check the schedule on the UNC-TV website for more airings of each program.

Also on tonight . . .

MasterChef (8pm, Fox) - In the Season 5 premiere, thirty chefs present their signature dishes to the judges for a chance to compete for a cookbook deal and a $250,000 grand prize.

Petals on the Wind (9pm, Lifetime) - In the sequel to "Flowers in the Attic," it's ten years after the Dollanganger siblings escaped from their grandmother's attic, where they were held for two years. They're forced to face forbidden feelings they developed for each other and seek revenge against their abusive mother.

24: Live Another Day (9pm, Fox) - An impending attack brings two unlikely people together to stop it. Also, Margo makes her demands known and President Heller's order for a military lockdown may be too late.

American Ninja Warrior (9pm, NBC) - Season 6 opens with a qualifying round in Venice Beach, Cal., and features obstacles such as the Slack Ladder and the Jumping Bars Into Cargo.

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