What to Watch Friday: The Fringe Farewell, Nikita on Mole Patrol, Merlin's Daddy Issues and More

FRINGE_513_2On TV this Friday: Fringe observes its series finale with two epic episodes, moles take their toll on Nikita, being Banshee‘s new sheriff isn’t as E-asy as it looks and Merlin must figure out what to do about his dead dad. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm Fringe (Fox) | Series finale: Our last night with Walter & Co. begins with Olivia embarking on a dangerous journey into the unknown. Then, in the series’ finale/100th episode, Peter, Olivia, Walter, Astrid and Broyles face off against the Observers in a final battle for the fate of mankind. (To prepare, watch the trailer, then hear the cast tease the final hour, reflect on the show’s biggest gross-outs and reveal what they’d like to keep as mementos.)

8 pm Nikita (The CW) | Per Birkhoff, Amanda has reactivated the kill chip in Sonya and placed a second mole in Division. Meanwhile, Michael confronts Alex about her drug use. (The show’s boss drops big scoop on Division’s mole issue, ‘Salex’ surprises and more.)

8 pm Undercover Boss (CBS) | Going incognito at one of his restaurants, the president of Moe’s Southwest Grill realizes one of his catering directors is going out of her way to bring in new business.

8 pm Last Man Standing (ABC) | Ed checks the Outdoor Man workers’ immigration status, and Kristin finds a creative way to make extra money.

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9 pm CSI: NY (CBS) | A masked man is found at the base of a skyscraper known for its history of mysterious deaths; on her day off, Jo runs into a stranger with a surprising link to her past (Falconer?!). Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) teases her vengeful guest-starring role.

9 pm Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN) | What’s left for Lance Armstrong to talk about in Part 2 of this “world exclusive sit-down”? Did he also date Lennay Kekua?

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10 pm Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) | Season 11 premiere: CNBC reporter Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, former Ohio Rep. Steve LaTourette and SCTV/Saturday Night Live alum Martin Short fill the roundtable. In addition, Maher interviews former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey and journalist Rula Jebreal.

10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | The Reagans band together to defend Danny when circumstances — and a bag of cocaine in his trunk – make the NYPD think he’s involved in a drug deal.

10 pm Banshee (Cinemax) | Lucas and his team raid a barn where Banshee youth – including Carrie’s daughter Deva — are rolling on E stolen by one of Proctor’s underlings.

10 pm Merlin (Syfy) | When Arthur is given the power to summon his dead father, he finds himself torn between his head and his heart.

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



Comments (24)

  • loving Banshee!

    Comment by Lia – January 18, 2013 06:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Gotta give Cinemax credit – so far they’re three for three (Strikeback and Hunted, now Banshee). Pilot was insane and the teaser after the show was crazy… Plus I’ve already alerted family and friends that from 8PM-10PM I’m on Do Not Disturb mode – Fringe!!!!!!

      Comment by sladewilson – January 18, 2013 12:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Of course, I’ll be watching the FRINGE finale, but also, CSI:NY, Blue Bloods, Nikita and Merlin.

    Comment by Justin – January 18, 2013 06:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FRINGE AND MORE FRINGE!!!! So sad to see the end. :(
    MERLIN!!

    Comment by SK – January 18, 2013 06:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • CSI:NY will have to wait this weekend. I can’t miss the series finale of Fringe.

      Comment by SK – January 18, 2013 06:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sad to say goodbye to Fringe :(

    Comment by Ella – January 18, 2013 06:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • nikita glad someone is finally noticing alexs drug use.

    Comment by ollie – January 18, 2013 06:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CSI:NY’s on the back burner, because I have to watch the epicness that’s bound to be the Fringe finale!!!

    Comment by Tiera – January 18, 2013 07:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait to see Fringe. I tried watching Banshee and didn’t make it past 20 mins. OMG horrible.

    Comment by mm – January 18, 2013 08:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really wish I could watch “Banshee”; but, I don’t have Cinemax :/

    Comment by Mila – January 18, 2013 08:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FRINGE!!! I am sad to see it go but with what John Noble has said about the finale has got me so intrigued.

    PVR Nikita, CSI NY & Blue Bloods.

    Comment by Vannesa – January 18, 2013 08:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t wait to see how Fringe ends! But it’s also so sad that there will be no more Fringe after this. End of an era for a criminally underrated show.

    Comment by Mikael – January 18, 2013 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Undercover Boss (I enjoy food companies the most!), CSI: NY and Banshee

    Comment by King – January 18, 2013 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe. My Fridays will be empty now, no other shows I watch are on Fridays or Mondays.

    Comment by Tori Melching (@lizjaxe) – January 18, 2013 08:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • COLIN MORGAN WHO PLAYS MERLIN IS TOTALLY THE BEST!

    Comment by MAY – January 18, 2013 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Crap! When did Merlin return? Have I missed many episodes?

      Comment by Melissa – January 18, 2013 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • This show tonight is episode 3. The past 2 shows were a 2 parter.

        Comment by Lisa – January 18, 2013 12:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’ve got that right. Colin is #1 in my book!

      Comment by Lisa – January 18, 2013 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Shark Tank another rerun?

    Comment by forwarddad – January 18, 2013 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe, of course!
    Then, Merlin!

    Comment by Jenna – January 18, 2013 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Banshee was a solid pilot but unfortunately I don’t have Cinemax.

    Comment by Jared – January 18, 2013 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Without a doubt, Merlin!! But lets get it straight, Merlin doesn’t have daddy issues, Arthur does. It’s Arthur’s dead father, Uther.

    Comment by Lisa – January 18, 2013 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad to see Fringe end, it made me wan’t to try my hands out in the field of science.
    Will definetly DVR’n Nikita

    Comment by FRNG – January 18, 2013 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll miss Fringe it was a great show.

    Comment by Dee – January 20, 2013 04:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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