On TV this Friday: Returning General Hospital favorite Lynn Herring has a ball (to plan), Fringe goes down the rabbit hole, winter arrives in Portlandia for the first time and Degrassi lets it ride in Las Vegas. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
2 pm General Hospital (ABC) | Lynn Herring reprises her role as Lucy Coe, who is enlisted to help plan the Nurses’ Ball (side note: whee!). Also, Today‘s Meredith Viera guest-stars as madam-turned-makeup-exec Bree Flanders, a character she first played in 2003.
7 pm White Christmas (AMC) | Sing along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney in the musical holiday hit. (If you can’t get enough snooooooow, snoooooow, snoooooow, it plays again at 9:45 pm.)
8 pm Kitchen Nightmares (Fox) | Chef Ramsay revisits restaurants he helped in the past to see whether his guidance boosted their success… or whether they ignored his advice like they ignore health codes.
8 pm Last Man Standing (ABC) | When he hears that Vanessa longs for their pre-kid Christmases, Mike plots a way to get Boyd and the girls away for the holiday.
8:30 pm Malibu Country (ABC) | Reba has some not-so-Christian thoughts when Kim is chosen to sing a solo in the church’s Christmas service.
9 pm Fringe (Fox) | Walter drops LSD in an attempt to recall a plan to defeat the Observers, while a mysterious signal leads Peter and Olivia to a grisly scene in the woods. (Read our in-depth preview.)
9 pm Great Performances (PBS) | The documentary Magical Mystery Tour Revisited chronicles the making of the legendary Beatles film and includes contributions from Paul, Ringo and Martin (Scorsese).
9 pm Degrassi Vegas (Teen Nick) | In this TV movie, the crew heads to Las Vegas with various motives – among them, Bianca and Drew plan to marry and Katie wants to win big to pay for school.
10 pm Haven (Syfy) | In Season 3′s penultimate episode, a string of bodies representing long-buried resentments casts a pall on the Haven High School Reunion. Also, Smallville alum Laura Vandervoort kicks off a two-episode arc as The Colorado Kid’s wife (get scoop).
10:30 pm Portlandia (IFC) | Sketches in this “bonus” winter episode – which airs in advance of Season 3′s January premiere — include Bohemian couple Peter and Nance trying to keep off holiday weight and Candace’s son (played by Saturday Night Live‘s Bobby Moynihan) visiting the feminist bookstore around Christmas.
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