What to Watch Friday: Merlin Reappears, Happy Endings Finale, Maron Trolls for Laughs and More

ADAM PALLYOn TV this Friday: Merlin returns for its final run of episodes, Happy Endings wraps (forever?) with babies and a bride, the Reagans are Blue indeed after tragedy and Marc Maron gets going on IFC. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Nikita (The CW) | Cyrus returns to help Nikita, Michael and Alex try to regain control of Division’s full-of-secrets black box, which is now (naturally) in Amanda’s evil little hands.

8 pm Undercover Boss (CBS) | The president of Orkin’s parent company finds out what bugs his employees as he tackles a major cockroach infestation (ick) and swarming bees.

8 pm Happy Endings (ABC) | Double-episode season finale: First up, Penny’s mom (returning guest star Megan Mullally, Will & Grace) and Dave’s dad (returning guest star Michael McKean, Laverne & Shirley) announce they’re adopting a baby together, while Max joins Brad and Jane’s tennis club. Then, Law & Order: SVU‘s Stephanie March (finally!) shows up as the third Kerkovich sister, who’s in town for her Jane-planned wedding (to Las Vegas‘ James Lesure). (Check out a preview photo!) Not yet renewed; find out its current status. (Might USA save it?)

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9 pm Vegas (CBS) | Sheriff Lamb’s investigation into the death of Porter Gainsley’s attorney triggers an attack that puts Katherine in the hospital and leaves Lamb without a badge.

9 pm Touch (Fox) | Martin has an intense encounter with Aster Corps enforcer Tanner; Trevor Wilcox goes undercover to prevent more innocent test subjects from being harmed.

9 pm Shark Tank (ABC)  | This may be the weirdest/best ep yet: Entrepreneurs hawk a frozen gumbo brick, a bird feeder that shocks squirrels and an artisan coffee subscription business.

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10 pm Merlin (Syfy) | The fifth and final season resumes as Merlin risks everything to put an end to Morgana’s control over Gwen.

10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | Lotsa loss tonight: Danny takes it hard when a young woman he promised to help commits suicide, and the project gangs deal the Reagans a terrible blow. Kamar de los Reyes (One Life to Live) and Joanna Gleason (The West Wing) guest-star.

10 pm XIII: The Series (Reelz) | To secure a Tesla letter, XIII crashes an ultra-exclusive party hosted by a psychotic Russian oligarch.

10 pm Maron (IFC) | Series premiere: Comedian Marc Maron stars in this scripted comedy based on his life and podcasts. Judd Hirsch (Taxi) plays his father and Nora Zehetner (Grey’s Anatomy) is his girlfriend; Andy Kindler (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Josh Brener (Glory Daze) co-star. Tonight, Marc and guest Dave Foley (NewsRadio) go on a mission to hunt down an Internet troll.

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

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  1. Adiel says:

    Merlin could eventually end up being a character on Once Upon a Time.

    • ollie says:

      even though we really really dont need any more characters on ouat they probable would have merlin on, they already had lancealot.

      • mia says:

        We didn’t get to see enough of poor Lance though. But I agree there’s too many characters

        • lyn says:

          ITA. It’s getting like trying to remember everyone’s name at the Pentagon. I want to see how lifting the curse affected Jefferson & Grace, Grumpy and Nova etc.

    • K. says:

      I would love to see Merlin on Once Upon a Time as long as it’s the same actor! It’s kind of hard for me to watch Merlin now knowing Arthur dies in the end.. Also watching Nikita and Blue Bloods!

  2. Me says:


  3. harry says:

    please don’t cancel Happy Endings!

  4. ollie says:


  5. Juan says:

    Please pick up Happy Endings USA PLEASE

  6. Kim R says:

    “Deals the Reagans a terrible blow”?? What does this mean?? :O

    • carolinagirl says:

      There is supposed to be a death tonight. Can’t even imagine who – not necessarily a family member but someone that would affect them all. Maybe their priest or someone close but not in the family

  7. Happy Endings (hope it wnon’t be a “sad ending” for the network) and Touch (it may get canceled after the season or series is over).

  8. DavidSask says:

    Can ABC cancel Happy Endings already officially so USA or TBS can pick it up please and appease us fans!!

  9. Rebecca says:

    First, NBA playoffs LETS GO CELTICS! Then Happy Endings!! Keeping my fingers crossed these aren’t the last episodes.

  10. lyn says:

    I’ll be watching Foyle’s War on PBS. Since they moved Grimm, nothing else on Friday appeals.

  11. Andy says:

    I’ll be watching the end of Happy Endings on ABC, before it gets picked up by another network.

  12. Eric says:

    I’ll be watching Happy Endings’ (probable) series finale. I sure do hope USA revives it though.

  13. Paul8148 says:

    Don’t forget to catch up on TBBT if you went to Ironman last night. Bob Newhart is GOD!

  14. kirads09 says:

    Undercover Boss

    DVR: Touch