What to Watch Friday: Merlin's Enchanted Exit, The Moment Passes, Men in Treehouses and More

MerlinOn TV this Friday: Merlin casts his final spell, a wannabe conductor has his Moment, an encore of The Following boldly Poes where no one has gone before and Treehouse Masters wood love to build you a high-end hideaway. 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 Dateline NBC (NBC) | Even when a story is so heinous you can scarcely believe it’s true, isn’t it comforting to have Lester Holt and his glasses around to tell you about it?

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9 pm Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz) | Leonardo builds an underwater suit and uses the sewers to enter the Vatican, where he meets the Pope and the mysterious prisoner.

9 pm Primetime: What Would You Do? (ABC) | Season premiere: John Quiñones is back and ready for a whole new round of shaming you into doing the right thing.

9 pm The Following (Fox) | Repeat to Revisit: Seasoned followers and Joe Carroll newbies alike can start all over again with the bloody serial killer thriller’s pilot.

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10 pm Merlin (Syfy) | Series finale: Merlin faces the moment of his destiny as the fate of Arthur and all of Camelot rests in his hands. No pressure.

10 pm XIII: The Series (Reelz) | XIII undergoes a face-change operation and starts to believe he really is Victor Gong. But he’s wrong.TreehouseMasters

10 pm Treehouse Masters (Animal Planet) | Series premiere: “Visionary and tree whisperer” Pete Nelson designs plush digs for those wanting an arboreal escape. Bart and Milhouse, eat your hearts out.

10 pm Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) | Guests include journalist Michael Isikoff, actress Brit Marling, writer James Poulos and humorist Paul Rudnick.

10 pm Maron (IFC) | Gina Gershon (Rescue Me) guest-stars as Marc’s age-appropriate date; Mark Duplass (The League) also appears.

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11 pm The Moment (USA Network) | Season finale: A man pursues his dream of being an orchestra conductor. (Not yet renewed.)

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  1. SK says:

    MERLIN!! So sad to see this show go. I’m going to really miss it! : (

  2. KT says:

    Same here! I’ve been watching it since the very beginning and I’ve really enjoyed it.

  3. bobbie says:

    Dateline, Maron, Real Time

  4. Liz says:

    I’ve watched Merlin for 5 years- so sad that we are at the end (and not expecting a happy ending, considering how the legends go). Can’t miss this finale!

  5. Jeff says:

    When talking about Dateline it is easy to believe it’s not true. Remember when they wanted to show how dangerous some SUVs where, they attached explosives to the bottom when they couldn’t recreate the desired effect naturally. That show is about as believable as a Bernie Madoff I.O.U.

  6. lyn says:

    Foyle’s War on PBS

  7. David says:

    I don’t get it. Been watching Merlin online (seriously like watched 4 seasons in a week, I was hooked.. great series) but season 5 was missing (people were asking for it) so I looked online. Season 5 DVD sets are already out, reports say the show was cancelled after 5 seasons.. What is this series finale they are playing??

    • carles says:

      The US is late in airing the series finale of Merline (season 5 finale). It has already aired in the UK.

  8. Brian says:

    I am also very sad that Merlin won’t be back for a 6th season. With such great storylines, I have become hooked on the show for 5 years. It would have been nice to see how Arthur and Merlin got along after knowing of Merlins magic and life after the death of Morgana. What could have been, oh well, all good things must come to an end. I think this show has a big following, why would it be cancelled?