On TV this Friday: Chuck battles his BFF’s frosted tips, Nikita smells a (pretty) rat, Dean Winchester takes on a new partner, and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original feature stories and reporting, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Chuck (NBC) | In what is far-and-away the best episode of the first three, Chuck fears that the Intersect may be corrupting Morgan’s brain, while Sarah helps Casey navigate his relationship with Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss). As previously teased, watch for a “tango” of sorts between Casey and Gertrude, and some crowd-pleasing hand-to-combat between [spoiler] and [spoiler].
8 pm A Gifted Man (CBS) | When Michael learns that a patient (Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey) with a brain tumor committed a ghastly crime, he struggles with whether to save the man’s life; a firefighter (Off the Map‘s Mamie Gummer) who appears to be disoriented is brought to Holt Neuro.
8 pm Nikita (The CW) | When Michael rushes off to help Cassandra, Nikita becomes suspicious when the damsel in distress’ story doesn’t add up; Alex mulls a tempting offer from Percy.
9 pm Fringe (Fox) | The Fringe team investigates time loop anomalies with help from an electrical engineer and his physicist wife, who are played by real-life marrieds Stephen Root (Office Space) and Romy Rosemont (Glee).
9 pm Supernatural (The CW) | While on a hunt, Sam has a confrontation with someone from his past; Dean teams up with a quirky, laid-back hunter named Garth (Road Trip‘s DJ Qualls), when he finds himself in a situation he just cannot explain.
9 pm Bill T. Jones: A Good Man (PBS) | Filmed over two years, this American Masters doc details the creative process behind the most ambitious work of the director/choreographer’s career: a dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial
9:30 pm The Last Play at Shea (Showtime) | Narrated by Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), this documentary chronicles the emotional final concert performance at Shea Stadium by Billy Joel, before the historic baseball arena was torn down.
10 pm Sanctuary (Syfy) | In an episode directed by Robin Dunne (aka Zimmerman), Magnus gets tied up in an Abnormal scheme, while Will gets into trouble at the Liberian Sanctuary.
10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | Jackie goes undercover as an escort when she and Danny track down a serial killer who targets prostitutes; Erin meets a potential suitor (played by In Plain Sight‘s Fred Weller).
10 pm Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) | The Season 9 finale’s roundtable guests include MSNBC news anchor Chris Matthews and commentator Andrew Sullivan (The Dish).
Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the Comments to offer tune-in suggestions of your own!