On TV this Friday: Austin & Jessie & Ally think it’s hip to be (in Times) Square, Last Man Standing doesn’t duck the tough questions, Fringe recruits a great Scott and Haven‘s Audrey gets a wake-up call. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Kitchen Nightmares (Fox) | Chef Ramsay tries to save a beachside restaurant and the marriage of the pair who own it, both of which suffer when business ebbs each winter.
8 pm Nikita (The CW) | An arms dealer captured by Nikita winds up depending on her for survival when Amanda double-crosses him.
8 pm Last Man Standing (ABC) | Mike brings home a duck he shot for dinner, precipitating a conversation about the circle of life during which Ryan, a vegan, offers a surprising opinion.
8 pm Austin & Jessie & Ally All-Star New Year (Disney Channel) | In this hour-long crossover, Austin is booked to play Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Whee! But when he, Ally, Trish and Dez get stuck on Manhattan’s crowded streets, Jessie comes up with a plan to save the day. Watch an exclusive clip:
9 pm Fringe (Fox) | As she looks for a key piece of equipment for Walter, Olivia encounters the oracle-like Simone (guest star Jill Scott, Steel Magnolias). Meanwhile, Peter’s in danger as he observes überObserver Captain Windmark. (Read preview.)
9 pm CSI: NY (CBS) | The CSI’s go all Boardwalk Empire as they investigate the murder of an owner of a 1920s-inspired speakeasy. Melissa Fumero (One Life to Live) guest-stars.
9 pm Restless (Sundance) | This two-part miniseries stars Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery as a woman who discovers that her mother was recruited as a spy during World War II. (Part 2 airs next Friday.)
9 pm Phineas and Ferb (Disney Channel) | Season 4 premiere: National Hockey League star Luc Robataille helps out when the brothers’ hockey game gets a little insane. Candace, meanwhile, tries to keep her resolution of not busting the boys as they plan their own New Year’s Eve ball drop.
10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | In a twist, The Sopranos‘ Chazz Palminteri and John Ventimiglia guest-star as good guys vs. wiseguys — law enforcement officials working against the Mob.
10 pm Haven (Syfy) | Audrey awakens to find all of Haven’s residents asleep — except for one man.
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