What to Watch: Nunsense on House, XIII Spies U.S. Debut, Gravity Falls' Monster Mash and More

On TV this Friday: A memorable House call, the Common Lawmen engage in role play, XIII‘s number is up and Gravity Falls and Chasing UFOs know the truth is out there (but go about finding it in very different ways). Here are eight programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm House (Fox) | It’s all Chase, all the time in this Repeat to Revisit, when Princeton Plainsboro’s [spoiler alert!] future Head of Diagnostics returns to work after his stabbing and treats a pretty nun.

8:30 pm House Hunters on Vacation (HGTV) | A Minnesota family who’s never been far from home travels to Kaui and chooses from three dream vacation homes there. (They should totally stop by Postcards Café in Hanalei, because the food there is awesome.)

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9 pm XIII: The Series (Reelz) | No, it’s not the Olivia Wilde House spin-off Matt Mitovich has been pining for. Rather, this series — which has already aired in Canada — concerns a former CIA operative (Night Stalker‘s Stuart Townsend) who wakes up with a new face, no memory, mad spy skills and a tattoo of Matt Damon the titular Roman numeral. Understandably, he wants answers. Aisha Tyler (The Talk) co-stars.

9 pm Whale Wars (Animal Planet) | As the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society continues its efforts to end Japanese whaling, Captain Paul Watson sends a team to board a heavily armed security ship while the Brigitte Bardot’s crew hustles to evacuate its ailing vessel.

9 pm Chasing UFOs (NatGeo) | Series premiere: Wannabe Mulders and Scullys will want to check out this Ghost Hunters-type show about a team that investigates alleged extraterrestrial activity.

9 pm Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS) | It’s a rough night for Calvin: In back-to-back episodes, he gets suspended at work and then has a pregnancy scare with Miranda.

9:30 pm Gravity Falls (Disney) | In the official premiere of this animated series, twins Dipper (voiced by Parenthood’s Jason Ritter) and Mabel (30 Rock’s Kristen Schaal) set out to prove that a legendary sea monster exists at the bottom of a local lake.

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10 pm Common Law (USA Network) | Dr. Ryan has Wes and Travis engage in role play, which sounds far kinkier than it plays out. But it works: The exercise helps them solve the case of a woman who was strangled to death.

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

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  1. patchouli says:

    House who?

  2. G says:

    Nothing tonight, probably try and catch up on some DVR’d shows.

  3. Renee says:

    XIII: The Series…Anybody watched this? Sounds interesting. Was it good?

    • damian says:

      i haven’t watched the series yet but the french/belgian comic books (from which it is based on) are great so if it’s anywhere near that it’s worth watching. And btw it existed way before the Bourne thing.

  4. A says:

    I’ve seen ‘XIII: The Series’. It is AWESOME! Can’t wait for Season 2!

  5. Bella says:

    Common Law

  6. RENNIE says:

    Nothing,xii is weak.going to watch ice age 4

  7. Mark says:

    Gravity Falls looks pretty awful. I don’t like the studio that’s doing the animation. It looks very similar to that awful cartoon The Replacements.

  8. TC says:

    Kimberly, you don’t need to add [Spoiler Alert!!!] to a freaken repeat! :-P

  9. ZmaX says:

    Gravity Falls is awesome! I saw the sneak preview of the actual first episode and it was hilarious. I was glad to see the first episode was the beginning of the story w/ them first going to Gravity Falls and finding out about the strange occurrences rather than the show starting off with the characters already living there and well aware of the mysteries.

    Storyline wise, it a lot better that what Disney Channel usually comes up with. The episodes are 22 – minutes rather than Disney’s current pair of 11-minute episodes. The stories are bigger and gives time to really get to know the characters. And the characters are really likable, especially Mabel, I can actually imagine seeing her in a live-action comedy.

    They did a great job with the animation. I’m glad that they’re going with hand drawn rather than Flash, the animation looks much more smooth and natural. Ian Worrel’s style really stands out and gives the show a slight edginess, a dark humor even that Disnye’s current shows don’t have. The scenes in the woods are done beautifully and give the show a nice air of mystery.

    @ Mark why don’t you like the studio that’s doing the animation? (Rough Draft Studios) they have worked on shows like Kim Possible, SpongeBoB, Samurai Jack, The Simpsons and a bunch more (especially a lot of CN’s icon 90s shows).

  10. TheDude says:

    Truely one of the barest nights of TV of probably the entire year. Good thing I got some Netflix for the weekend. 21 Jump street + finally gonna check out BBC’s Sherlock.

    • Pattie says:

      Sherlock is awesome! I watched season one via Netflix’s instant streaming and am now watching Luther since season two isn’t yet available. :)

  11. Sheldon W. says:

    Pity you barely acknowledge Aisha Tyler’s role XIII. She’s a pretty key character and Tyler plays her wonderfully.

  12. Bob says:

    Ah, summer. Nada on the tube, time to enjoy the weather.

  13. MaryAnn says:

    Thank you for including XIII on the list. It truly is an excellent series — I was hooked after watching the first episode last night. I would recommend to anyone interested in the premise to check it out. I actually it enjoyed it a lot more than the Bourne movies it is so obviously a copy of.