What to Watch Friday: Gosselaar Is Happy Again, Nikita Minus One, Hemlock Grove Debut and More

Happy EndingsOn TV this Friday: Nikita is one man down, Hemlock Grove makes its spooky debut on Netflix, Mark-Paul Gosselaar is back for more Happy Endings and Fashion Star hits the town. 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 Nikita (The CW) | This episode’s a big one: A major character dies. (Get scoop!)

8 pm Fashion Star (NBC) | The designers must interpret what a “big night out” means and design an ensemble that fits their vision. (I’m assuming there won’t be an outfit for my go-to night on the town — fro-yo for dinner followed by falling asleep watching SVU repeats — but you never know.)

8 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | Back-to-back episodes: Penny rebounds from last week’s bad news by having an affair with the Car Czar (returning guest star Rob Corddry), and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash) reprises his role as Chase, the ex-roommate whose life Max ruined.

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9 pm Vegas (CBS) | Katherine arrests Dixon after Violet accuses him of assaulting her, putting Sheriff Lamb in a tough spot. Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation) guest-stars as a bank manager. UPDATE: A CBS news special Boston Bombers will air in place of Vegas, the network has announced.

9 pm Grimm (NBC) | Nick fights a villain who wants to turn Portland into Pompeii, and Adalind meets a mysterious gypsy in Europe. (Watch a video sneak peek.)

9 pm Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) | Leonardo’s war designs fail, causing a rift with the Medicis. (Renewed!)

9 pm Shark Tank (ABC) | A Colorado man pitches the “perfect” English scone. (The fact that he’s from Colorado makes me skeptical, but I pride myself on giving all pastries a chance.)

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10 pm XIII: The Series (Reelz) | XIII tracks down a scientist who’s a prisoner of the corporation and has a special connection to the mysterious letters.

10 pm Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC) | Ann Curry sits down with Jackie and Warren Hance, whose three daughters were killed when their aunt drove the wrong way on the Tacomic Parkway in 2009.

Hemlock GroveHemlock Grove (Netflix) | Series premiere: This Netflix original murder mystery from Eli Roth (Hostel) follows a Gypsy teen (Terra Nova’s Landon Liboiron) and a spoiled young man (Bill Skarsgard, brother of True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard) suspected in the death of a girl. Famke Janssen (Nip/Tuck), Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under) and Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives) co-star. All 13 episodes of Hemlock Grove are available on the streaming video service today. (Watch a preview video.)

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  1. shin says:

    Hemlock Grove & Davinci’s Demon !

    and saving grimm until the season finale

  2. Nikita! This week’s episode looks so epic, we finally learn the truth about Amanda’s past AND the Division mutiny ends in a bloodbath.
    That being said, I don’t think the shower scene is in tonight’s episode but in 3×20, according to the tweets.

  3. lyn says:

    Foyle’s War PBS

  4. ollie says:

    NIKITA!! hemlock grove

  5. HAPPY ENDINGS. Touch returns next Friday for the last three episodes of the season or series.

  6. Shannon says:

    Grimm! Can’t Wait!

  7. Roger says:


  8. wrstlgirl says:

    I really want to watch Hemlock Grove but I’m not subscribing to Netflix streaming to do it :-( so for tonight it’s Vegas, Grimm and I’ll probably check out Rock Center although it’s highly likely the subject matter will change.

  9. Andy says:

    Happy Endings!

  10. Wild Flower says:


  11. JC says:

    I am hoping for a ratings surge for Nikita last week’s cliffhanger was amazingly good!!!

  12. Theresa says:

    Nikita, Happy Endings, Grimm & Real Time w/Bill Maher. Going to try & watch a couple of episodes of Hemlock Bay this week-end.

  13. James says:

    NIKITA of course best action show tv has seeen. People that have not seen it don’t know what they are missing

  14. Sable says:

    Since their first series, House of Cards,was so outstanding, I’ll definitely be trying Hemlock Grove. I’ll also be watching Grimm.

  15. A says:

    BTW, ‘Vegas’ will be on tomorrow night at 8.

  16. Lipstick Socialism says:

    I will forever love Mark-Paul Gosselaar

  17. CrimsonNClover says:

    Happy Endings, now and forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Kristoffer says:

    Does anyone know when/if things will be shown later due to the news coverage? The only thing I had scheduled to DVR was Grimm and Shark Tank but can’t seem to find anything online saying when things might actually be shown.