What to Watch Friday: Merlin Conjures Its Final Season, Welcome Back to Portlandia and More

Merlin Cancelled, Will End After Season 5On TV this Friday: Merlin begins its magical final season, CSI: NY kills two vics with one weapon, Blue Bloods look for a green murderer and Portlandia gets back to quirk. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

7 pm – 1 am (Saturday) Californication marathon (Showtime) | Relive Hank’s Season 5 return to Los Angeles – in all of its tawdry glory. (Check out what’s in store for Season 6, which gets underway Jan. 13.)

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8 pm Undercover Boss (CBS) | The CEO of Mood Media goes undercover at his company that helps stores “communicate with consumers” via sounds, sights and… smells.

8 pm Last Man Standing (ABC) | When Eve is suspended from school for calling someone a bad name, Mike’s surprised to learn that constitutes bullying.

8:30 pm Malibu Country (ABC) | Reba tries to rally the school moms to help her revive the music program.

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9 pm CSI: NY (CBS) | The CSIs are puzzled when two different victims are linked by the same unusual weapon. Jeff Branson (All My Children) guest-stars. (Pssst, longtime viewers will not want to miss this one.)

9 pm Great Performances (PBS) | Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies follows the prolific musician as he returns to South Africa more than 25 years after the seminal album’s release.

9 pm Shark Tank (ABC) | Among tonight’s hopeful entrepreneurs: two buddies who combine their favorite pastimes – beer and arcade games – into one cabinet.

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10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | Danny and Kate try to track down a radical, environmentally minded serial killer.

10 pm Merlin (Syfy) | Season 5 premiere: The final season opens with Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table by Arthur’s side… and Camelot’s destruction already in the works. (But will the mythical world live on past the final episode?)

10 pm Portlandia (IFC) | Season 3 premiere: Back-to-back episodes find Spyke and Iris joining a gang of former MTV stars to take the music channel back from tweens, and the mayor sends Fred and Carrie on a door-to-door mission to Seattle to recruit new Portland citizens.

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  1. SK says:

    Merlin – I’m so sad this is the last season :-(

  2. Jenna says:

    Merlin! Excited and sad at the same time. This is a great show.

  3. omabin says:

    malibu country!

  4. Templar says:

    HGTV Castles On Camera. Featuring Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey is filmed.

  5. Derek Odom says:

    Its important to note that tonight’s Last Man Standing features a ‘Tool Time’ reunion!

  6. forwarddad says:

    Just can’t wrap myself around Blue Bloods wo Jackie. Would be better off to promote brother Jamie and have him be Danny partner.

    • Jan says:

      I agree about missing Jackie. I hope she’s doing better with whatever is ailing her. She was such a strong counterweight to Danny’s sometimes mercurial character. I would not want to see Jamie and Danny working together as partners. Jamie deserves his own patch of sunshine to thrive and grow into his own person. Danny would always overshadow him. This show is one of my 5 top appointment tv shows.

      • Jay says:

        Danny’s the detective, Jamie’s the beat cop, they should stay where they are. What they should do is give Jamie a girl! As for Jackie, if she comes back great, if she doesn’t, I’ll get over it.

  7. Anna says:

    DON’T WATCH MERLIN, IT’S A TRAP! This season will crush your soul – not to be overly dramatic or something…

  8. Ricky says:

    What about True Justice on Reelz doesnt S2 start today?

  9. Eliza says:

    Merlin <3

  10. david says:

    wait i thought fringe was back for 1 ep this week and 2hr series finale next week? i guess i am wrong

  11. Roni says:

    Portlandia and Billy on the Street.

  12. Patricia Pfaff says:


  13. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Portlandia. I am excited for this. I love it when they bring in Kyle Maclachlan to play the mayor. And that sketch sounds like it’s going to be pretty funny. My dad is from Portland, so I know the city well, plus I grew up in Seattle. As a native Seattleite, I always wanted to run away to Portland to live when I was a teenager. “Portland. Where young people go to retire.”

  14. nick1372 says:

    Last Man Standing & Malibu Country

  15. Ruby says:

    I am a huge fan of CSI-NY and have been since day 1. That is a great show. Mr. Sinese and the cast are great in this show. I hope it gets renewed for fall 2013.