What to Watch Friday: The Olympics Open, Nikita Revisits the Past, Lost Girl's Body Issues & More

On TV this Friday: Cue the pomp and ready the circumstance, because the London Olympic games have arrived! Elsewhere: You can’t go home again, though XIII and Nikita‘s Alex try anyway; Olivia Wilde graces House with her presence and Effie Trinket herself swings by Comedy Bang! Bang! May the odds be ever in your favor, and here are nine programs to check out tonight.

7:30 pm 2012 Summer Olympics: Opening Ceremony (NBC) | It’s unlikely the kick-off will match China’s mandatory citizen participation efforts from four years ago, but the Danny Boyle-directed opening to this year’s summer games will involve a cast of thousands and a performance by Sir Paul McCartney — definitely worth seeing.

8 pm House (Fox) | In this Repeat to Revisit, a collegiate cheerleader who hears his dead brother’s voice is interesting and all, but the real draw is the glorious return of Olivia Wilde’s Thirteen.

8 pm WWE SmackDown (Syfy) | A fatal four-way match determines who’ll challenge Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Title.

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9 pm Nikita (The CW) | In tonight’s second Repeat to Revisit, Alex infiltrates her childhood home (and bumps into ghosts from her past) as she continues her mission to destroy Gogol.

9 pm XIII: The Series (Reelz) | (A non-House) XIII arrives at the Pacific Northwest paramilitary training camp where he allegedly trained. And the camp’s leader is not happy to see him.

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10 pm Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) | Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, 30 Rock) does a decent Star Wars droid impression as she visits with Scott.

10 pm Lost Girl (Syfy) | Bo’s investigation of mysterious disappearances threatens her physique. I can totally relate: My investigation of Boston Kreme donuts threatens my physique all the time.

10 pm Common Law (USA Network) | When Travis and Wes’ mentors — played by Lost alumni Kevin Tighe and Jeff Fahey — are called in to consult on a high-stakes, drug-related murder, the detectives quickly grow a new appreciation for each other.

11 pm John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central) | The Daily Show With Jon Stewart correspondent Oliver hosts this hour of sets from up-and-comers Jared Logan, Adam Newman, Emily Heller and Hannibal Buress.

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

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  1. MaryAnn says:

    My “can’t miss” show for Fridays is REELZ channel’s “XIII.” Think “Bourne” with a focus on the characters instead of just the action and a story line you can actually follow. And Stuart Townsend in the lead doesn’t hurt either.

  2. Jess says:

    so excited about the olympics! i’m going to be glued to NBC for the next 2 weeks. I hope the opening ceremony would be decent. like you said, it’s not going to be as amazing as China’s (which is probably the only country with that many people and that much nationalistic pride to pull off what it did), but i’m still excited to see London decked out in glorious olympic gear after just coming back from there a couple of months ago!

  3. Renee says:

    Olympics and dvr Nikita.

  4. Sara says:

    Sorry if this has already been answered, but why is NBC not showing the Opening live? They could have a repeat during primetime

    • Renee says:

      They want the primetime ratings. If I remember correctly from years past…virtually nothing is shown live.

  5. Liz says:

    I can’t wait to watch the Olympics tonight. It better be an awesome opening ceremony.

  6. Velvet says:

    Opening Ceremony
    Lost Girl

  7. Justin says:

    The Olympics opening ceremony, Lost Girl and Common Law are on my must-watch list tonight.