The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Friday

On your TV this Friday: Nikita plots a prison break, Fringe is no longer Peter’d out, Grimm serves up an episode that is juuuuuust right, and more. Barring a World Series Game 8, here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Chuck (NBC) | As the team sets out to help a man (Lost‘s Jeff Fahey) find his abducted brother (Smallville‘s Justin Hartley), Chuck plays handler to an increasingly restless Morgan; the Buy More finds an Awesome spokesperson to drum up business; Carrie-Ann Moss (The Matrix) makes quite an entrance. (Watch preview video here.)

8 pm A Gifted Man (CBS) | While at the clinic, Michael runs into a former football star (Stomp the Yard‘s Allan Louis) that he performed surgery on years ago, and is now a homeless shell of his former self. Paula Devicq (Party of Five) guest stars as a colleague of Michael’s.

8 pm Nikita (The CW) | Nikita and Michael scramble to break Ryan out of prison before Oversight gets to him; Alex comes face to face with someone from her past.

8:30 pm ThunderCats (Cartoon Network) | The Cats track the location of the first stone to the mystical Elephant Village, but Lion-O can’t find the specific location and the forgetful Elephants no longer remember where it is. (Um, maybe because they’re forgetful?)

Fringe Cast Previews Peter’s Return: ‘It’s Certainly Not the Reunion He Wished For’

9 pm Fringe (Fox) | Peter is back, though it’s not exactly “happy to see me” seeing as to this timeline’s Walter, Olivia et al, he’s just some stranger who knows wayyy too much top-secret stuff. But hey, maybe he can give a major assist in solving this big, new extra-confounding shapeshifter mystery! P.S. Keep a close eye on Olivia’s final scene….

9 pm Supernatural (The CW) | Sam and Dean investigate the gruesome murders of mediums in Lily Dale, the most “psychic” town in America. This episode is titled “The Mentalists,” heh.

9 pm CSI: NY (CBS) | The CSIs investigate when a fraternity’s (belated, thanks World Series!) Halloween prank goes awry and a pledge master is left for dead in an open grave. Damn, that trumps the battery acid hazing stunt that got pulled at my university.

9 pm Grimm (NBC) | In the episode “Bears Will Be Bears,” a case of breaking and entering — by a blonde girl named Gilda, hmmmm — introduces Nick and Hank to a mysterious family.

Versus World Series Game 7, Grimm Scares Up Strong Premiere Ratings

10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | Frank deals with a political crisis after Jamie and Renzulli respond to a religious center’s 911 call and are in turn injured by the church’s security team.

10 pm Boss (Starz) | As Zajac’s (Jeff Hephner) gubernatorial campaign starts to gain momentum, Kane must adjust to his medical reality.

10 pm Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) | This week’s roundtable guests include former New York Gov. David Paterson, while comedian Bill Engvall is one of the interview guests.

What will you be watching live-ish this Friday? And by all means, hit the Comments to offer additional tune-in suggestions of your own!