Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) digests startling news about Juliette Silverton (Bitsie Tulloch) and reels from a betrayal close to home on "Grimm" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
The fantasy police procedural, about Burkhardt's ability to see malevolent fairy tale creatures hiding in plain sight in human form, has a dependable cult audience. For better or worse, Friday nights have become the place for such series. "Fringe," another head-scratcher with a faithful following, just finished up its Friday night run, making way for Fox's New Age mystery "Touch" (9 p.m., TV-14). And "Cult" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14), the show-within-a-show about fans being sucked into the shadowy conspiracies of a fictional drama, is now on Friday nights as well.
Friday is also the permanent perch for "Golden Boy" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14), seen re-
cently in the "Vegas" Tuesday night slot. Told in flashbacks, the series chronicles the rapid rise of ambitious Detective Walt Clark, Jr. (Theo James), who is on his way to becoming the youngest police commissioner in New York's history.
Not only does CBS now
feature two shows (including "Blue Bloods") about New York City police commissioners, but they air back-to-back, as well.
---Like "Grimm," "Fashion Star" (8 p.m., TV-PG) makes its return to the NBC lineup. Hosted by Glamour magazine fashion editor-at-large Louise Roe, the show gives a dozen
aspiring designers the chance to impress buyers for some of America's biggest retail chains. The buyers also appear as guest judges on a weekly basis.
Like ABC's "Shark Tank" and CBS' recently yanked short-lived series "The Job," the buyers here can make a pre-emptive offer on a designer's work and bid against one another as the competition continues. Look for Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos to return as fashion mentors.
---Life after military defeat and occupation is the subject of three neo-realist dramas from Italian director Roberto Rossellini: "Rome, Open City" (8 p.m., TCM), "Paisan" (10 p.m.) and "Germany Year Zero" (12:15 a.m.). All were shot on location amid the rubble of post-World War II Europe from 1945-48.
---A naive young man (Mark Wahlberg) becomes an overnight sensation in the 1970s adult film world in the 1997 drama "Boogie Nights" (6:45 p.m., IFC, TV-MA). A breakout film for Wahlberg and director Paul Thomas Anderson, "Boogie Nights" also provided a comeback of sorts for Burt Reynolds.
---Ramsay confronts a Buckeye State tyrant on "Kitchen Night mares" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---"Gold Rush -- The Dirt" (8 p.m., Discovery, TV-PG) offers family gossip, recollections and a blooper reel.
---Lucy's frustrations grow on "Touch" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Walt investigates a suspicious death in the projects on "Golden Boy" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Winter preparations take
priority on "Yukon Men" (9 p.m., Discovery, TV-PG).
---Crassus' successes are not celebrated by everyone in the Roman camp on "Spartacus" (9 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
---Philadelphia clients demand a Caribbean-themed aquarium on "Tanked: Unfiltered" (9 p.m., Animal Planet, TV-PG).
---Thieves look to Bonnie and Clyde for inspiration on "Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---The city of Nome, Alaska, fetes the season's best gold panner on "Bering Sea Gold" (10 p.m., Discovery, TV-14).
---Rabbit closes in on his prey on "Banshee" (10 p.m., Cinemax, TV-MA).
---A home in Egg Harbor, N.J., is not all it's cracked up to be for a young family haunted by paranormal antics on "The Dead Files" (10 p.m., Travel, TV-PG).
A disturbed veteran sniper (Frank Sinatra) takes a family hostage as part of his plot to shoot the president in the 1954 thriller "Sud denly" (6:30 p.m., TCM). Sterling Hayden co-stars.
---The man from Squaw Valley visits "Undercover Boss" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
---Eve's soccer coach scores with the ladies on "Last Man Standing" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Amanda plots to retrieve the black box on "Nikita" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Kim's husband is a tad too friendly on "Malibu Country" (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---An innovative cardio-fitness workout is evaluated on "Shark Tank" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Jeff is surprised by a visitor to Nate's apartment on "Cult" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Kate Mara, Ben Gleib, April Richardson and Kurt Braunohler appear on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!, r).
---Al Pacino, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).
---Jay Leno welcomes Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain and
Michael Bolton on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC, r).
---"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC) glances back at the previous week's guests.
---Stephen Colbert and Anthony Anderson visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Chi McBride and Laurie Holden on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at email@example.com.