The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Friday

On TV this Friday: Nikita must choose between lives or deaths, the Sheen family tree gets shaken, Grimm plays with Hansel and Gretel, the Portlandia po po get a makeover and more. As but a supplement to TVLine’s original features, here are nine shows you may want to keep on your radar. 

8 pm A Gifted Man (CBS) Michael saves a man from drowning and learns his identity is a mystery. (My advice: See if the name Jason Bourne rings a bell.)  Meanwhile, Kate discovers a girl she mentors has serious issues that she has failed to notice.

8 pm Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC) Season 3 of the family tree-climbing show kicks off with Martin Sheen (The West Wing).

8 pm Nikita (The CW) | If Amanda doesn’t agree to Percy’s demands, the Guardians will kill everyone in Oversight and in Division; Nikita is torn between letting the enemy fall and saving lives.

Supernatural‘s Jared Padalecki on the Loss of Cas and Bobby, Sam’s Crumbling State and Season 8

9 pm CSI: NY (CBS) | When a role-playing game turns lethal, one player falls victim to a bona fide killer and another is kidnapped. Control-Alt-Delete! Control-Alt-Delete!

9 pm Fringe (Fox) Astrid gets an unexpected visit from Alt Astrid; Peter and Olivia track a killer who is using a toxin that has yet to be invented. (Get some scoop!)

9 pm Grimm (NBC) Nick and Juliette befriend a pair of homeless siblings named (ahem) Hanson (Spy Kids‘ Daryl Sabara) and Gracie. Seriously, it’s gotta be tough playing catch-up with Once Upon a Time.

On Blue Bloods, a Bullet Hits Too Close to Home – Plus, the CBS Drama’s Special 9/11 Moment

10 pm 20/20 (ABC) | A special report titled “Hollywed” takes viewers inside the world of celebrity marriage and break-ups, sharing secrets from high-powered divorce attorneys and the stars themselves about what makes a Hollywood marriage work and why it can get so ugly so fast. (Hi, Kim and Kris!) Sounds salacious enough for sweeps.

10 pm Spartacus: Venegance (Starz) Spartacus and his men liberate a Roman villa; Oenomaus throws himself into the brutal Pits; Glaber supports Lucretia’s prophecies, despite Ilithyia’s protests.

10 pm Portlandia (IFC) Fred and Carrie are asked to help make the police force easier on the eyes. Is Step No. 1 shutting down every Dunkin Donuts Voodoo Doughnut shop?

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

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  1. Jessica says:

    Fringe!! Finally, the episode I’ve been waiting for since season one!

  2. xav says:


  3. James says:

    A new CSI NY tonight, cant wait
    #csiny #operation9

  4. kirads09 says:

    DVR: Grimm
    Catch up on CSI NY with on demand at some point.
    Hard when all three are opposite each other!

    • fringe_addict says:

      Fringe needs all viewers, Fringe should have a season 5 as planned, it’s really important to watch live. This is a fantastic show, incredible…

  5. Grace says:

    Watch A GIFTED MAN and CSI:N.Y. for sure!

  6. Renee says:

    Glad Grimm is back.

  7. mh says:

    finally Nikita is back!!

  8. Anon says:

    Does this mean Supernatural is not worth watching tonight?

  9. socalgal says:


  10. Erik says:


  11. Jlorentz says:

    “Step No. 1 shutting down every Dunkin Donuts?”
    Easily done–there are no Dunkin Donuts outlets in Portland…

  12. Liz says:

    Blue Bloods! Also, WDYTYA.

  13. Brandy says:


  14. King says:

    A Gifted Man, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, Grimm and Spartacus: Vengeance. I LOVE Friday night TV!

  15. Diane says:

    New Gary Sinise and Tom Selleck! Wait, of COURSE I meant new CSI:NY and Blue Bloods. Ha!

  16. dee says:

    GIFTED MAN!! Please people, give this show a shot. It’s good! And there’s Patrick Wilson eye-candy for the women, and Rachelle Lafevre eye-candy for the men. Win/win.

  17. Splendid says:

    Grimm is back! I’ve been waiting for a new episode for two looooong weeks!
    (I might have watched Fringe this season, but they killed off Joe Flanigan in the first episode and I was so disappointed!)

  18. Justin says:

    I’ll be watching Fringe, Nikita, Merlin, Grimm, CSI: NY, and Blue Bloods tonight. Wow, love Friday night tv!

  19. Pam says:

    It was a slow start to the season but things are really picking up. I loved the previews when our Astrid screamed when she saw her alt and Olivia wondered why more people don’t do that. lol.

  20. Tikkanen says:

    Nikita is today’s 24 – good action, slimy bad guys, multiple people with shades of gray, guns, explosions, silly plot twists, but one heckuva fun ride.

  21. Mikaylah says:

    Fringe, Grimm, and Nikita. I think there might be a new Supernatural on tonight as well. I love Martin Sheen, so I might watch Who Do You Think You Are? on Hulu at some point.

  22. Claire says:

    There is like a big void at 8pm… I’ll watch my Chuck dvds tonight !

  23. l. says:

    Maybe ill catch who do u think u are? and maybe also wut would u do? later tonite. I like the later cause it shows there is some good in this world along w some careless ppl. If not maybe I wanna watch touch that I never watched.
    Did ppl like touch??

  24. Nikki H. says:

    Why no mention of Supernatural? New episode tonight “Slice Girls” featuring Sara Canning (aka Aunt Jenna – The Vampire Diaries). I’ll be watching that for sure!!

  25. Aba says:

    Please, Portland policemen don’t need any sort of makeover if Detective Nick Burkhardt is one of their number…hahaha

  26. opus says:

    With CHUCK (sniff, sniff) gone, I’ll be watching A GIFTED MAN, followed by the (IMO) best network show on television, FRINGE, and then MERLIN. I will dvr GRIMM.

  27. Meh says:

    Can’t wait for Nikita! :D

  28. Cecelia says:

    Grim! I’m loving that show and like how they’re deepening and developing the characters and myths. They’re not afraid to go dark. I don’t get the constant comparison to “Once”. They’re very different*. There’s room for more than one fantasy show – just like there’s room for all the cop shows. Not all cop shows are compared to each other even though they repeat stories. We can enjoy both. It doesn’t have to be one or the other.
    *For one, and very importantly, “Grim” has a racially diverse cast and guests, though it could use more female regulars.

  29. Nancy says:

    Looking forward to the rest of Season 7 Supernatural and hoping for an 8th Season. Do wish that the CW would promote it more like they do for several of their other series. Just because it is an older show they should not lose focus on how great a show this is from its writing to the guys’ great acting!