Remember when Fridays used to be devoid of any first-run TV because execs though people were too busy going out and having fun to sit at home and watch television? Either they were wrong about those notions, or people just can’t afford to go out anymore. Whatever the case may be, Fridays are all right for watching again.

Tonight’s only new show is on…


“A Gifted Man,” 8 P.M.

What Is It?: A drama about a neurosurgeon (Patrick Wilson) who decides to stop being an asshole after getting visits from his dead ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle).

Why To Watch: Jonathan Demme directed the pilot, (and is executive producer), and you miss Friday night shows about visits from dead people. (“Medium.” “Ghost Whisperer.”)

Why To Turn the Channel: The overarching story about a guy who stops being a jerk so he can help with a free clinic? A little too sappy, even for TV.

Returning Shows:


Gordon Ramsay continues his domination of Fox television with another season of “Kitchen Nightmares” at 8 P.M. This season he’ll visit places you can only hope you’ve never eaten in in California, Georgia, and Texas.

At 9 P.M. “Fringe” returns, and after the WTF finale of last year, in which Peter Bishop, and his very existence, seemed to just disappear, I can’t wait. Of course, Joshua Jackson is still a cast member, so I doubt his disappearance will be permanent…


Surprisingly, “Nikita” was actually renewed last season, but it’s been moved to Fridays at 8 P.M. The better to help out “Supernatural” (9 P.M.) on a night of tough audience numbers?


“CSI: New York” is still on TV. Who knew? Watch it at 8 P.M. followed by the second season premiere of “Blue Bloods,” that police drama starring a New Kid on the Block and Magnum P.I., at 9 P.M.


The only premiere NBC has tonight is “Dateline NBC” at 9 P.M., but since they no longer do “To Catch a Predator” episodes, who cares?

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Rain Jokinen watches a lot of television and movies and then writes things about them on the Internet. She's a San Francisco native, and yeah, she'll rub that fact in your face any chance she gets.

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