On 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.
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.
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.)
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 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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