The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Friday

On TV this Friday: It’s Shark season on ABC, a Chuck fave gets caught in a Catch-22, Grimm‘s Monroe comes under fire and more. We’ve found eight programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Shark Tank (ABC) | The Season 3 premiere includes two women from Minnesota who have an online business plan to help people plan their own funerals. The only catch is you have to use PayPall! (I’m here all week.)

8 pm Chuck (NBC) | In the series’ penultimate outing, Sarah and Chuck must face big bad Nicholas Quinn (guest star Angus Macfadyen) aboard a bullet train when a mission in Japan turns into a hostage situation; Casey, meanwhile, is presented with an impossible decision. Gulp.

8 pm WWE Smackdown (Syfy) | In the latest chapter of what our Meg Masters touts as a “big, fun, soapy rivalry,” Daniel Bryan defends his title against Mark Henry.

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9 pm Fringe (Fox) | Peter’s visit to the other side intensifies as the alternate Fringe division faces off against a formidable new foe in a harrowing race against time. (Read preview.)

9 pm What Would You Do? (ABC) | This season premiere includes a make-up counter employee who pushes concealer on a woman with a birthmark, and a man who kisses another man when his wife goes to the loo.

9 pm Grimm (NBC) | While investigating a “gruesome” (versus lovely?) homicide, Nick learns that a seemingly mild-mannered resident could be festering a potential monster created from a dark childhood; Monroe is sent an unsettling message by the creature community, who are beginning to question his allegiance.

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10 pm 20/20 (ABC) | Chris Cuomo has the latest on the luxury cruise ship that sank after striking rocks off the coast of Tuscany, Italy, including the investigation into the captain’s actions.

10 pm Merlin (Syfy) | An assassin’s attack during Arthur’s birthday party throws the kingdom into chaos. I can imagine — after all, bounce houses don’t stand a chance against arrows and maces.

Which of the above is must-see TV for you? Also, hit the Comments to politely offer tune-in suggestions of your own.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. kirads09 says:

    Grimm (DVR during Fringe, then watch.)

  2. Jeff says:


    Merlin, Merlin, Merlin.

    It is the most compelling, imaginative, fun, enticing, engaging show on TV and literally the only series on the air on ANY network I am not ashamed to watch with my family and that we enjoy together, each of us on different levels.


  3. kevin says:

    The beginning of the end for CHUCK heading towards next week’s two hour series finale. Can’t wait what’s going to happen in the end.

    • CJ says:

      The “beginning of the end” for Chuck was actually a couple of seasons back–it’s been on life support for a LONG time.

  4. max says:

    No SPN -,-
    damn you one week hiatus =(

  5. Adam Lipkin says:

    What’s with both TVline and TV Guide’s What’s New page pretending Portlandia doesn’t exist? It’s one of three shows (with Grimm and Fringe) going on my DVR tonight.

  6. Giovanni says:

    “Casey, meanwhile, is presented with an impossible decision.” – What decision? :-\

  7. Cortexifan says:


  8. Mikaylah says:

    I’ll watch Fringe, Grimm, and Merlin tonight. The Grimm preview looks good, and I love the developing relationship (bromance) between Monroe and Nick.

  9. Toto says:

    I’m at the point of liking Monroe better than Nick on Grimm. I like Nick, but Monroe is more fun and more interesting.

  10. Josh says:

    Grimm and WWE, isn’t Supernatural new tonight too?

  11. Anne says:

    My DVR also said Spartacus starts tonight!

  12. Justin says:

    I’ll be watching Fringe, Grimm, Merlin, and Chuck.

  13. Danielle says:

    Aw, no new Nikita tonight. :( I’ll only be watching Fringe and Grimm, then. Sadly, I got bored with Merlin about a season and a half ago.

  14. Grace says:

    I watched A GIFTED MAN and CSI:NY and LOVED them both!!!
    I SO HOPE these two great shows are renewed!!