The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Friday

On TV this Friday: Chuck battles his BFF’s frosted tips, Nikita smells a (pretty) rat, Dean Winchester takes on a new partner, and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original feature stories and reporting, here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Chuck (NBC) | In what is far-and-away the best episode of the first three, Chuck fears that the Intersect may be corrupting Morgan’s brain, while Sarah helps Casey navigate his relationship with Verbanski (Carrie-Anne Moss). As previously teased, watch for a “tango” of sorts between Casey and Gertrude, and some crowd-pleasing hand-to-combat between [spoiler] and [spoiler].

8 pm A Gifted Man (CBS) | When Michael learns that a patient (Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey) with a brain tumor committed a ghastly crime, he struggles with whether to save the man’s life; a firefighter (Off the Map‘s Mamie Gummer) who appears to be disoriented is brought to Holt Neuro.

8 pm Nikita (The CW) | When Michael rushes off to help Cassandra, Nikita becomes suspicious when the damsel in distress’ story doesn’t add up; Alex mulls a tempting offer from Percy.

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9 pm Fringe (Fox) | The Fringe team investigates time loop anomalies with help from an electrical engineer and his physicist wife, who are played by real-life marrieds Stephen Root (Office Space) and Romy Rosemont (Glee).

9 pm Supernatural (The CW) | While on a hunt, Sam has a confrontation with someone from his past; Dean teams up with a quirky, laid-back hunter named Garth (Road Trip‘s DJ Qualls), when he finds himself in a situation he just cannot explain.

9 pm Bill T. Jones: A Good Man (PBS) | Filmed over two years, this American Masters doc details the creative process behind the most ambitious work of the director/choreographer’s career: a dance-theater piece in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial

9:30 pm The Last Play at Shea (Showtime) | Narrated by Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), this documentary chronicles the emotional final concert performance at Shea Stadium by Billy Joel, before the historic baseball arena was torn down.

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10 pm Sanctuary (Syfy) | In an episode directed by Robin Dunne (aka Zimmerman), Magnus gets tied up in an Abnormal scheme, while Will gets into trouble at the Liberian Sanctuary.

10 pm Blue Bloods (CBS) | Jackie goes undercover as an escort when she and Danny track down a serial killer who targets prostitutes; Erin meets a potential suitor (played by In Plain Sight‘s Fred Weller).

10 pm Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO) | The Season 9 finale’s roundtable guests include MSNBC news anchor Chris Matthews and commentator Andrew Sullivan (The Dish).

Which of the above is must-see TV for you? And by all means, hit the Comments to offer tune-in suggestions of your own!


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