The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Friday

On TV this Friday: Nikita reflects on Amanda’s less-evil days, 20/20 has a cautionary tale for prospective Mega Millions winners, Spartacus and Merlin wage final battles and more. As but a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are eight programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Undercover Boss (CBS) | The CEO of Yankee Candle Co. learns the basics. I’m thinking, “Wax on, wax off”…?

8 pm Nikita (The CW) | Nikita recalls what Amanda was like when she was first brought to Division; Alex surprises Ari by showing up at the board meeting with a powerful friend. (Watch an exclusive video sneak peek!)

CSI: NY Returns Tonight! Greek Grads Spencer Grammer, Aaron Hill Talk ‘Surprise’ On-Screen Reunion

9 pm Fringe (Fox) | The Fringe team faces a case that appears familiar to Peter — but, strangely, takes place in this tweaked timeline.

9 pm Grimm (NBC) | When a murdered shop owner’s sister (guest star Bree Turner) comes to town, Nick thinks he may have found a new ally in the creature world; Renard enlists Adalind to cast a spell on Hank.

9 pm Fairly Legal (USA Network) | A judge orders Kate to mediate an insurance dispute between a fishing boat captain and a deckhand involved in a debilitating accident. Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) guest-stars.

Supernatural Hot Shots: DJ Qualls Returns, and Dean and Sam Battle a Scary [Spoiler]!

10 pm Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) | Season finale: In “Wrath of the Gods,” as dwindling supplies and a superior Roman enemy brings the rebellion to its knees, Spartacus must restore hope to his people as they careen towards their final confrontation with Glaber’s army.

10 pm Merlin (Syfy) | Season finale, Part 2: With Camelot firmly in the grasp of Morgana and her reign of terror, Merlin must go to extraordinary measures to restore Arthur’s faith and prove to the young King that he was truly born to rule.

10 pm 20/20 (ABC) | Right before the live $500 million Mega Millions drawing at 11 pm, Barbara Walters & Co. look at past lottery winners and losers, as well as the scammers and swindlers who vie for a slice of the winner’s pie, asking the age-old question: Can money buy happiness? [Insert witty rejoinder here.]

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

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  1. Balaji K says:

    Blue Bloods
    Magic City (Premiere)

  2. kirads09 says:


    DVR Grimm
    Catch CSI NY On Demand over the weekend sometime.
    (kinda cool to see Lee Majors!)

  3. Morgan says:

    Fringe, Nikita, Supernatural

  4. Shaden says:

    Nikita and In Plain Sight

  5. theresa says:

    Watching Nikita, Fringe & Real Time w/Bill Maher. DVR Grimm.

  6. Marci says:

    Nikita for sure then Supernatural and Blue Bloods.

  7. As someone who has already seen Merlin’s “epic” battle, watch Spartacus instead. That one will be much more epic. I was really disappointed by Merlin’s lame finale – esp. when you consider the scale of its season premiere.

    Other than that: Supernatural, Grimm, Fringe.

  8. Shazza, UK says:

    I’m in the UK, so won’t get to see the new episode over here until Wednesday night, so I’m imploring all of my US cousins to watch Fringe!!! We need at least one more season of this brilliant show!

  9. Trent says:

    When did Friday become the best day for TV?

  10. Obaaand says:

    Fringe, Nikita and Supernatural.

  11. Charles says:



  12. Renee says:


  13. really!!!!!!!!!1 says:

    Of course after weeks of no CSI NY and Blue Bloods you do not have them as shows to watch…they are both good and deserve to be on this list

  14. Bella says:

    Fringe, In Plain Sight, DVRing Supernatural and catching Grimm On Demand tomorrow.

  15. Preston says:

    Well, this is all I need–to have hot shows on fri –ucb & nikita. csiny & supernatural–if they move missing to fri I’m done!!!

  16. Belle Vamp says:

    Grimm !!!..
    Supernatural (DVR)

  17. Tod says:

    Nikita \o

  18. Realist says:


  19. Justin says:

    Nikita, Grimm, Fringe, In Plain Sight, Fairly Legal, Merlin, CSI: NY and Blue Bloods. Man, this is going to be one BUSY Friday night for me.

  20. Lorie says:

    So glad Grimm is back!

  21. Kelly says:

    Fringe, In Plain Sight, Spartacus!!!

  22. C.C. says:

    Supernatural and Spartacus!!

  23. Jen says:


  24. Rowan says:

    DVR Fringe – to watch same night
    Blue Bloods
    DVR in Plain Sight to watch tomorrow

  25. Mrs. Peele says:

    Supernatural – always! record Grimm and In Plain Sight.

  26. Sid says:

    Nikita and SPN, DVR GRIMM

  27. This says:

    TAHMOH PENIKETT AND MICHAEL TRUCCO ON THE SAME SHOW?! Man, I don’t like Fairly Legal but I am so DVRing that tonight. And watching Grimm live.

  28. rubytu says:

    Fringe, Grimm, In Plain Sight.
    Seriously, does anyone want to watch a show that advertises itself like this: Watch the story of history’s greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and explicit sex. This is Spartacus.
    When did a network get so desperate? Am I right?

    • Justin says:

      No, you’re wrong. Spartacus HAS graphic violence and explicit sex. This will be seen as a marketing ploy (and its a good one for adults) and a warning to parents with underaged kids. I see nothing wrong with it.

      • rubytu says:

        yes, a marketing ploy, to appeal to the visceral
        not surprising in today’s political climate, with the lowering of intellect and civility

  29. Nikita, Spartacus, Fringe , Supernatural

  30. jesse says: