On 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.
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.
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?
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!Follow @kimroots