On TV this Friday: Nikita‘s back in action, Blue Bloods deals with a wayward brother, a comedy legend heads to Hawaii, The Legend of Korra wraps up and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Carrie Diaries (The CW) | Samantha takes matters into her own hands when she’s unhappy with an art student’s painting of her in the class for which she’s modeling… nude.
8 pm Doctor Who: Explained (BBC America) | Get ready for Saturday’s simulcast 50th Anniversary Special with this look back at the many Doctors, featuring interviews with cast members past and present.
8 pm The Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon) | Hour-long season finale: Korra must defeat Vaatu, who is terrorizing Republic City.
9 pm Nikita (The CW) | Season 4 premiere: After being framed for the assassination of the President, Nikita is on the lam. When she re-enters the States to speak to a seemingly sympathetic reporter (guest-star Todd Grinnell, Revenge) and clear her name, she walks right into Amanda’s trap. (Watch an exclusive promo.)
9 pm Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) | The team investigates the murder of a secret service agent just as the President visits Oahu. Meanwhile, McGarrett’s Aunt Deb (Carol Burnett, Who Needs No Previous Credits!) visits for Thanksgiving and shares a shocking secret. (Get scoop.)
9 pm An Adventure in Space and Time (BBC America) | This dramatic re-telling of the creation of Doctor Who stars David Bradley (Game of Thrones) as William Hartnell, the actor who portrayed the First Doctor. Sacha Dhawan (Outsourced), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Brian Cox (Deadwood) play the unlikely production team behind the show.
10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | Baez’s estranged brother (Kirk Acevedo, Fringe), a recovering drug addict, is the lead suspect in a homicide she and Danny are investigating.
10 pm Haven (Syfy) | Following rumors of the appearance of an ancient mythical monster, the ghost-hunting Darkside Seekers arrive in Haven.
10 pm Strike Back: Origins (Cinemax) | Porter poses as an arms dealer to find a missing software engineer (Ewen Bremner, Elizabeth I) in Afghanistan. Alexander Siddig (Da Vinci’s Demons) and Toby Stephens (Jane Eyre) guest-star.
Betas (Amazon) | Series premiere: Amazon’s second original series — following last week’s premiere of Alpha House — follows the start-up mobile app craze through the lens of four friends played by Charlie Saxton (Hung), Jon Daly (Happy Endings), Karan Soni (The Neighbors) and Joe Dinicol (The L.A. Complex). Ed Begley Jr. (Arrested Development) makes “special appearances.”
Hit the comments with your must-see picks from tonight’s lineup!