What to Watch Friday: Fringe Looks Sharp, The Gift of Doctor Who, Jenni Rivera Tribute and More

FringeIf you’re reading this, there’s a good chance the world didn’t end — so kick back in relief with a night of Friday TV! Fringe turns to a familiar face for help, Doctor Who is in the holiday spirit, ABC’s religious investigation goes Back to the Beginning and Drake & Josh must pull off the best Christmas ever. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

6 pm Bowling for Columbine (Current TV) | A week after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the cable net gets into the gun-control debate by airing Michael Moore’s Academy Award-winning documentary about the 1999 Colorado high school killings.

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8 pm Doctor Who: Best of the Christmas Specials (BBC America) | Prep for the Doctor’s Dec. 25 Christmas special with a review of yuletide outings from seasons past. And because you’ve been so good this year, feel free to stick around for The Brit List: The Doctor Who Ultimate List of Lists – a ranking of various things Whovian, featuring John Barrowman — at 10 pm.

8 pm Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh! (Nickelodeon) | In this TV-movie offshoot of the popular tween series, stepbrothers Drake and Josh must give a foster family the best Christmas ever — or face years in jail for a holiday party gone wrong.

8 pm Christmas in Washington (TNT) | Smash‘s Megan Hilty, The X Factor‘s Demi Lovato, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, disco diva Diana Ross, Gangnam Styler PSY and host Conan O’Brien will be on hand for the annual celebration at the nation’s capital.

8 pm We Love Jenni (Mun2) | Thalia, The Voice‘s Carson Daly, Snoop Dogg, The X Factor‘s Mario Lopez and others remember Latina singer Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month.

8 pm Drew Carey’s Improv-a-ganza (Game Show Network) | Miss Whose Line Is It Anyway? See your favorites from Carey’s old improv show – including Nashville‘s Charles Esten – as they once more get silly in front of a live audience.

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9 pm Fringe (Fox) | Peter, Olivia, Astrid and Walter need help to tap into a key piece of the puzzle to defeat the Observers. Enter Nina Sharp, who conjures a plan.

9 pm Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour (ABC) | Using the Old Testament as a guidebook, the journalist travels to the lands of the Bible to explore the fundamental roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. (Part 2 airs Dec. 28 at 9 pm.)

9 pm My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera (BIO) | A possibly haunted doll moves on its own… which is exactly what you want to watch as you’re up late wrapping your kids’ presents, right?

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10 pm Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street (Fuse) | Comedian Billy Eichner hits the sidewalks of New York to quiz unsuspecting passers-by about music and pop culture.

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!

Comments (15)

  • Doctor Who!

    Comment by Adam Bramble – December 21, 2012 04:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Today there is a marathon! Christmas there is a marathon! Last day of 2012 there is a marathon! Doctor Who, we love you! Go Matt Smith, we love you! Amy and Rory, we miss you so much! Karen and Authur, you left a forever impression on Doctor Who! Your my favorite companions to ever me on Doctors Who!

      Comment by Whovian – December 21, 2012 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe – the last one of the year. :( I will definitely miss this show.

    Comment by SK – December 21, 2012 04:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There are a couple million of us who’ll miss it. Fringe was one of the best shows on television.

      Comment by Jay – December 21, 2012 08:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree Fringe was one of the best, sorry its over.

        Comment by Dee – December 21, 2012 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Um, I didn’t realize until now that Whose Line is it Anyway’s Chip = Nashville’s Deacon. Mind. Blown.

    Comment by Allie – December 21, 2012 05:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He was always my favorite on the old “Whose Line Is It Anyway” show, which was the inspiration for Drew Carey’s improv show.

      Comment by Gwen – December 21, 2012 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tip for anyone who lives near the border: CBC is showing “A CHRISTMAS STORY” tonight.

    Comment by Jay – December 21, 2012 08:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A fairly dismal line up IMO, but it being the last payday before Christmas, I suppose a lot of folks will be at the mall tonight.

    Comment by Templar – December 21, 2012 09:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe it’s just me but I’m totally disgusted at the exploitation of showing Bowling for Columbine. Seems like a chance to cash in on a cause while people are mourning. Just gross.

    Comment by Erica – December 21, 2012 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks for letting us know about the Doctor Who special – BBC America actually starts airing Doctor Who specials today at 3pm Eastern, leading up to the primetime specials this evening.

    Comment by Morgen Pittman – December 21, 2012 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe

    Comment by Sable – December 21, 2012 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, what of it! If you’re going to leave a comment, try to make it a little longer, okay.

      Comment by Jay – December 22, 2012 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Billy on the Street! One of the funniest shows on TV.

    Comment by Roni – December 21, 2012 05:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe is one of the best shows TV has ever delivered, period. It is innovative, dynamic, immaginative and most importantly original. It is a travesty that this show is being cancelled, yet Jersey show reruns are still playing. I am proud to say that I have never seen one episode of Jersey Shore, America’s got talent and any reality show which seems to be th opposite of realistic. Fringe being a sci-fi show seems more logical and realistic than any other reality show out there. I see a gloomy future if TV keeps heading in the direction it is. But I digress, Fringe is what X-files initially was, entertaining and yet seemingly realistic and a bit controversial. It is a shame that shows such as Fringe and Firefly are stopped only to watch rehashed sit-coms and reality shows flourish.

    God help us all….

    Comment by Al – December 23, 2012 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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