On 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.
8:30 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).
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.
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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