Friday on TV: Cristela Series Premiere, A to Z Encore, The Knick & More

News & Notes

Get The Knick Soundtrack at AmazonTonight, ABC has the series premiere of Cristela.

Over on cable, Chiller has the TV movie premiere of Animal, Discovery Channel has the fifth season finale of Bering Sea Gold and the third season finale of Airplane Repo, and Showtime has the documentary premiere of Genesis – Sum of the Parts.

Netflix premieres the Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me comedy special as of this morning.

Prime Picks

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW): New. Comedian Gary Anthony Williams joins in the fun. A repeat episode follows.
Cristela (ABC): Series Premiere. A law-school student that has had her ups and downs in home life and thus school, gets a shot at an internship at a big law firm. Starts a minute after the half hour and runs 29 minutes. Cristela is very sitcom-y, especially the premiere. Yet, it has two things going for it. First, Cristela is very likable and you want to see her succeed, both in real life and her character on the show. Second, it made me laugh. It shows promise that is could grow into a really solid show and has a perspective that isn’t on TV all that much, at least from a lead character. Next week’s second episode, which is actually the fourth produced, already shows some growth. Even if the real set is jarringly different from redecorated Last Man Standing set they used to film tonight’s “Pilot” episode. Will you be checking this one out tonight?

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS): New. Three women rob a tour bus and get in way over their head after taking something of that people are willing to kill for to get back.

The Knick (Cinemax): New. Robertson tries to cover up a late night crime at the hospital. Thackery goes to Lucy for some help. Plays twice. Last week’s episode, “Working Late a Lot,” replays right before over on MoMax.

Solid Selections

Last Man Standing (ABC): New. Ed’s new girlfriend doesn’t like Mike, which puts a strain on their friendship. Runs 31 minutes.
A to Z (NBC): Repeat. Last night’s episode, “B Is for Big Glory,” replays.

Gotham (FOX): Repeat. This past Monday night’s episode, “The Balloonman,” replays.

Blue Bloods (CBS): New. Danny and Baez temporarily get assigned new partners. Jaime and Eddie go up against a cocky detective for a collar.

Other Options

  • Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (Food Network): New. Guy checks out three “One Street Wonders.” Plays again later.
  • Haven (Syfy): New. Vince and Dave take a trip to try and find out more about where Dave came from, but their digging only causes more problems back in Haven. Plays at 7:00pm ET/PT before wrestling now. Starting off a Thursday night was already a weird spot to air this show, but this seems even stranger. Plays again later. Last week’s episode, “Much Ado About Mara,” replays right before.
  • Homeland (SHO2): Repeat. This past Sunday’s fourth season premiere episodes, “The Drone Queen” and “Trylon and Perisphere,” replay. Runs one hour and 40 minutes.
  • On the Menu (TNT): New. Four home cooks are challenged to create a new breakfast dish for Denny’s. The winning dish will be available on the Denny’s menu as of Saturday. Like the concept of the show and the ability to actually be able to taste the winning dish, but the show isn’t all that exciting. Much of the tension feels forced. Plays again later.

Sports Notes

  • ESPN has Friday Night College Football with Washington State at Stanford.
  • TBS has Game 1 of the ALCS MLB Playoff with the Kansas City Royals at the Baltimore Orioles.

Friday TV Marathons

Cold Case (ION): Five episodes today.
Criminal Minds (A&E): Five episodes tonight.
Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (Food Network): Has 12 episodes tonight.
Good Times (TV One): Has 10 episodes early.
Hawaii Five-0 (TNT): Five episodes in late night.
Law & Order (SundanceTV): Eight episodes tonight.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (USA Network): Has 20 episodes today.
Modern Family (USA Network): Has 10 episodes tonight into late night.
The Walking Dead (AMC): Seven episodes tonight and into late night.

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