The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Friday

Kristen Wiig on PortlandiaOn TV this Friday: The Fringe team gets trapped, a Spartacus: Vengeance secret is revealed, Kristen Wiig wigs out on Portlandia and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features, we’ve picked 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm A Gifted Man (CBS) | A distraught woman takes the Clinica staff hostage after Michael testifies for a former patient who he believed suffered uncontrollable urges due to a brain tumor. Diane Neal (Law & Order: SVU) guest-stars.

8 pm Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo) | Brad Pitt stops by to talk about his career, his family and everything in-between.

8 pm Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC) | Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei travels to Italy to discover the events that led to her great-grandfather’s murder.

First Look Video: Nikita Gets Clean and Sober
Exclusive First Look: Nikita Flashes Back to Pre-Division Days

9 pm Fringe (Fox) | Peter, Olivia and Walter get trapped in a town from which there is no escape. (Storybrooke?) They soon learn that this mysterious occurrence is part of an experiment gone wrong.

9 pm Supernatural (The CW) | Sam must confront a childhood fear when a case takes him and Dean to Kansas to investigate Plucky Pennywhistle’s Magical Menagerie, a local pizza chain that hosts children’s birthday parties. (View photos here.)

9 pm CSI: NY (CBS) | Winter finale: When the CSIs investigate two seemingly unrelated deaths, their separate trails of evidence lead to a surprisingly connected conclusion. (Show returns March 30.)

Amy Acker Previews Her Angel Reunion on Grimm, Teases ‘Very Pink’ Once Upon a Time Visit

10 pm Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) | Spartacus must navigate a divide that opens up among the gladiators after news of Naevia’s fate spreads; Lucretia reveals a long-held secret to gain information.

10 pm Merlin (Syfy) | While saving Arthur’s life, Merlin is captured by Morgana, who delights in torturing the young warlock and places him under her control. Ultimately, she sends him off with one mission: Kill Arthur.

10 pm Portlandia (IFC) | A band called Cat Nap gets kidnapped by an obsessed fan (SNL‘s Kristen Wiig, watch preview below); Amber Tamblyn (House) guests as an intern whose ideas are shut down at the Women & Women First Bookstore .

10:30 pm The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (IFC) | Season 2 finale: Todd is on trial, and the public wants to see him hang.

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

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  1. kirads09 says:

    Must watch – Fringe
    DVR (because it is opposite) – Grimm
    Over the weekend catch up with CSI NY on demand

  2. Renee says:

    Friday nights are about Grimm for me.

  3. Nicole says:

    Fringe Friday!

  4. Taz says:

    I will be watching CSI NY
    Operation9 all the way!

  5. Tod says:

    I hope Nikita up in the ratings. Go Fringe !

  6. geordiegirl1967 says:

    Cannot wait for tonights SPN. Looks amazing.
    I also have my fingers crossed that Nikita’s ratings pick up.

  7. Jessica says:

    FRINGE, of course! :) It’s Fringe Friday!
    Plus… the EPs promised us that tonight’s episode would contain an answer to a huge mythology question!!! EEEEEEEP!

  8. What?! says:

    Yikes, that means I definitely catch up on the past two week’s episodes before I watch tonight’s episode.

  9. Denise says:

    Never watched Fringe until my step-father got me Seasons 1-3. Once I started watching I was hooked and I can’t stop. I am now in the middle of Season 3. Wow, what a ride!

  10. Tikkanen says:

    You left out Nikita! Percy threatens Nikita’s mentor, her drug counselor. I’ll watch or TiVo that and watch Linsanity on ESPN Knicks vs Lakers.

  11. Emily says:

    Fringe Friday is the best day of the week.

  12. King says:

    A Gifted Man, CSI: NY, Grimm, and Spartacus: Vengeance

  13. basma says:

    I will be watching supernatural for sure

  14. Erik says:

    Hey! Put Nikita in the right list of 8 pm shows!! The links to the videos are OK, but the show gets lost in that list.

  15. Realist says:

    It’s Fringe Friday, of course.

  16. Justin says:

    I’ll be watching Nikita, Grimm, Fringe, Merlin, CSI: NY, and Blue BLoods tonight.

  17. Chiana says:

    Fringe and Supernatural, naturally. Will also record Grimm, if I can time shift.

  18. Jen says:

    CSI NY!!! Then Supernatural!

  19. laura says:

    I´m not in states, so i´ll have to wait, but u should all watch fringe! i´m so sad that i can´t help with the ratings, but please, the fans from usa can, help our show!!

  20. sendean says:

    (possible mild spoilers ahead) I love every single episode in MERLIN season 4. However, this episode (4×06 “A Servant to Two Masters”) is my favorite “rewatchable” episode of the season. It is fascinating how the extremes of drama and humor can be merged seamlessly in the same episode. COLIN MORGAN is absolutely amazing as his portrayal of Merlin swings from dramatic seriousness to slapstick “pink panther” humor. BRADLEY JAMES is wonderful as Arthur shows great concern for Merlin’s well-being. And who knew how funny ANGEL COULBY could be as Gwen helps Gaius prevent assassination attempts. You do not want to miss this episode!

  21. Grace says:

    It’s A GIFTED MAN and CSI:N.Y. every Friday for me!!

  22. Levi says:

    I watched Portlandia. Seen every episode, thought it was a great one tonight!

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  24. sawe says:

    It’s Fringe Friday!!!!