The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Friday

On TV this Friday: We see an extra dose of The Mentalist, a red-hot Grimm, Portlandias very special season finale, sibling rivalry on Blue Bloods and more. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Shark Tank (ABC) | For those who want some homemade soup and stories about walking five miles in the snow, tune in to check out the “Rent-a-Grandma” service. Also being shilled to the Sharks: a robotic basketball-training apparatus.

8 pm Undercover Boss (CBS) | The CEO of Oriental Trading Company crashes the party (supply chain) by unintentionally shutting down production after fumbling on the assembly line.

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9 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Special night and time! Jane and the CBI try to narrow down the list of suspects when a terminally ill man is found murdered; Cho is forced to face his demons.

9 pm Grimm (NBC) | During an arson investigation, Nick finds himself in the heated world of fire dancing, where he meets a woman (Danielle Panabaker, Shark) who just might be too hot to handle. Daniel Baldwin (Homicide) also guest-stars.

9 pm The Ultimate Fighter Live (FX) | Season 15 premieres on a new network and with a new game plan: 13 weeks of live fights between the international field of 32 dedicated fighters, followed by a second season this summer. UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber will serve as coaches.

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10 pm Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) | Jon Hamm chats with Maher about the upcoming season of Mad Men. Oh, and a handful of political figures also stop by. But did we mention Jon Hamm?

10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | After the defendant’s attorney in Erin’s prosecution is murdered, Danny is assigned to the investigation, and that takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level.

10 pm Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) | Spartacus and his rebels try to increase their numbers by freeing fighters enslaved in foreign wars; Lucretia seeks to recruit one of her husband’s former gladiators to outmaneuver powerful Romans.

10 pm Portlandia (IFC) | The Season 2 finale marks the first episode to tell one continuous and linear story, as all of Portlandia’s residents get caught up in an intricate, complicated world — in line at a new, trendy brunch spot. The Shawshank Redemption‘s Tim Robbins, St. Elsewhere‘s Ed Begley Jr. and axed X Factor host Steve Jones guest-star.

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:


    DVR the Mentalist

  2. Sur says:

    No Fringe. No Nikkita. No Supernatural. How depressing!

  3. Morgan says:

    The Mentalist saves a pretty boring night. Thanks, Jane.

  4. bhm1304 says:

    “Spartacus” is adding Ellen Hollman’s new character “Saxa” tonight and from everything I’ve been seeing and reading about the actress this may be a character to watch.

  5. Steven says:

    Darth Maul returns tonight on Star Wars The Clone Wars!

  6. Lorie says:

    Who Do You Think You Are? and Grimm (I’m loving this show!)

    My DVR will be busy with Ghost Adventures, The Dead Files, The Mentalist and Blue Bloods.

  7. Lambsilencer says:

    I keep saying for years now that Danielle Panabaker is too hot to handle.. ;)

    No, seriously. I think she’s one of the most gorgeous women in the business, and with talent to waste. Get this girl a series gig, ASAP.

    Looking forward to tonight’s hotness! :D

  8. macontosh2000 says:

    Good nothing for me tonight, I should be able to put more time into Mass Effect 3!

  9. Justin says:

    Grimm, Blue Bloods and Merlin is on my must-watch list tonight.

  10. G says:

    Star Wars the Clone Wars will be it for me tonight. That and some end of season tournament basketball.

  11. em says:

    Seems like Grimm is the only thing tonight for me.

  12. b says:

    The Steve Jones on Portlandia isn’t the exiled X-Factor dude, but the Sex Pistols guitarist and host of Jonesy’s Jukebox (*Miss you, Indie 103.1!*)