What to Watch Friday: Kiefer's Back in Touch, CBS Fills a Job, CSI: NY Crossover Ends & More

Touch Season 2 premiereOn TV this Friday: Kiefer Sutherland gets back in Touch, five regular joes (and janes) think they’re right for The Job, Malibu Country takes a detour through Nashville and CSI: NY seeks a safe resolution to its Sin City sojourn. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar tonight.

8 pm Touch (Fox) | Two-hour Season 2 premiere: Martin and Jake are on the run from those who want to exploit the boy’s unique abilities, but Jake’s got another mission: to find the elusive Amelia. Meanwhile, Aster Corps genius Calvin Norburg (Lukas Haas, 24) and religious zealot Guillermo Ortiz (Said Taghmaoui, Lost) have some pretty crazy plans of their own. (Translation: It’s a rather different show now.)

8 pm Dateline (NBC) | Time-slot premiere: A mysterious crash leads investigators to uncover a minister’s terrible secret.

8 pm The Job (CBS) | Series premiere: This new reality competition, hosted by Lisa Ling, pits five employment-seekers against one another for a different gig each week. Tonight’s gainful employment: an assistant manager position with the Palm Restaurant Group.

8 pm Nikita (The CW) | A secret mission takes Nikita into dangerous territory, and when Michael, Alex and Ryan follow her into Kosovo, the outcome has far-reaching consequences for Division.

LAURA BELL BUNDY, REBA8:30 pm Malibu Country (ABC) | In order to keep from losing her deal with the record label, Rayna Reba agrees to collaborate with superstar bad girl singer Juliette Shauna (guest star Laura Bell Bundy, Hart of Dixie).

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9 pm CSI: NY (CBS) | In the conclusion of the CSI crossover that started Wednesday, Mac and the team partner with D.B. Russell to outsmart Christine’s kidnappers before it’s too late to save her. Navid Negahban (Homeland) guest-stars.

9 pm Spartacus: War of the Damned (Starz) | Spartacus considers striking a deal with some sketchy dudes in order to keep his people safe and fed; Tiberius makes a fateful decision.

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10 pm Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC) | Time-slot premiere: Stories include a look at what makes a romantic relationship “normal,” a profile of a pair of young endurance runners and an in-depth piece on GSN’s ratings Goliath The American Bible Challenge.

10 pm Banshee (Cinemax) | After losing his key witness against Proctor, things don’t get better for Lucas when an FBI agent arrives to monitor the situation. Will things look up when Rebecca Bowman, torn between passion and her Amish roots, finds a kindred spirit in the sheriff?

10 pm Merlin (Syfy) | Morgana kidnaps Gwen and locks her in the Dark Tower, so Arthur and his knights head off on a legendary quest while Merlin tries to figure out his nemesis’ endgame.

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25 Comments
  1. Elyse says:

    Nikita :)

  2. SK says:

    Fringe – Oh, that’s right, it’s over. :(
    CSI:NY – can’t wait to see what happens with this crossover.
    Merlin

  3. kirads09 says:

    Watching live – can’t miss – Touch
    DVR – The Job and CSI NY

  4. Last Man Standing, Malibu Country and CSI NY!!!!!!

  5. Liz says:

    Last Man Standing, Malibu Country and Blue Bloods.

  6. Paul says:

    Definitely CSI NY and Blue Bloods 2 of the best shows on TV.

  7. Nikita On Cw says:

    NIKITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Kaycee says:

    When I saw the picture I thought “WHAT? FRINGE IS BACK?” ’cause it totally looks like Astrid, Walter and Olivia …

  9. Nothing. Watch some movies and restart House of Cards again.

  10. abbyjo says:

    Cannot wait for Laura Bell Bundy on tonight’s Malibu Country. Love that girl!

  11. Sara says:

    Oh I’ll be recovering from Scandal….nothing tonight

  12. Nikita for me. I hope airing against the first hour of Touch won’t hurt it. Funny how the show was moved back to 8pm specifically to avoid the competition with other genre shows, and first we get a two-hour Fringe finale clashing with Nikita, now a two-hour Touch season premiere… we just can’t catch a break.

    • Shaun says:

      I thought it was partly to avoid a cruddy lead in?

      • That’s true as well, but in the beginning of the season, Nikita airing at 9pm pitted it against both Fringe and Grimm, which are genre shows that appeal to a similar audience. As such, the ratings dropped to hideous lows (0.3’s, even 0.2 once).
        I do think having America’s Next Top Model as a lead-in made matters even worse, because its audience is totally different from Nikita’s and unlikely to watch it, but going toe-to-toe against genre shows on the bigger networks was always going to end badly. On 8pm, there are mostly reality shows or comedies.

  13. King says:

    CSI: NY, Spartacus and Banshee

  14. Shaun says:

    Nikita,Spartacus and Banshee :) I should call it nekkid night :)

  15. sarah says:

    CSI NY
    Blue Bloods!

  16. Tran says:

    Touch finally returns.

  17. chris says:

    Shark Tank, Gold Rush then some more House of Cards

  18. bobbie says:

    Ok, I’ll watch 1 episode of CSI, NY. Once, and once only.
    Yay for Touch, and Bill Maher.

  19. scifisiren says:

    Nikita, fo shiz.

  20. nick1372 says:

    Last Man Standing
    Mailbu Country
    TOUCH!!

  21. Paul says:

    The Job Was A Refreshing Mix Of Top Chef, Chopped With The Feel Good Component Of Undercover Boss. Csi NY and Blue Bloods Were Spot On Brilliant! I Hope CBS Comes To Their Senses And Keeps Senise!!!

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