TV highlights for Friday, April 19, 2013

April 18, 2013
HIGHLIGHTS

Documentary “Chasing Ice” (National Geographic at 8 p.m.) — which landed an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song — follows environmental photographer James Balog as he sets out to present photographic evidence of climate change, with the help of some time-lapse cameras filming in the Arctic mountains.

Reality show “Playing With Fire” (E! at 8), about the drama among chefs in New York City, continues as Jennifer gets ready to open her new bakery, and Derek and Daniel’s rivalry flares up as they prepare to participate in a boxing match.

To say that Penny isn’t taking her broken engagement well appears to be an understatement on “Happy Endings” (ABC at 8), as she decides that hooking up with Jane’s boss is a good choice. Later, Max’s scorned roommate — guest star Mark-Paul Gosselaar — who declared he would ruin Max’s life, reappears only to conclude that Max’s life is so sad that there’s nothing worth wrecking.

Nikita is captured and has to go through Amanda’s torturous mental conditioning process on “Nikita” (CW at 8), which means that she has to uncover some terrible memories. However, the tables turn when Nikita learns Amanda’s deepest, darkest secret. Meanwhile, Michael also is taken away by conspirators.

“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” (TLC at 9) turns into a inter-regional battle when a bride makes the mistake of bringing her mother (from New York) and her future mother-in-law (from the South) to a fitting.

Katherine arrests Sheriff Lamb’s son, Dixon, after Violet says he assaulted her on “Vegas” (CBS at 9). While Lamb tries to help his son, Savino deals with a suspicious Lena, who finds the body of a gambler in one of the Savoy’s suites.

RETURNING SHOW: Boston-based Vows Bridal Outlet, which features discounted wedding dresses, is back for a second season on “I Found the Gown” (TLC at 10, 10:30), as owners Rick and Leslie DeAngelo scour the country for inexpensive dresses to bring back to their store.

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, California State University at San Bernardino, is an interview guest on “Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO at 10), along with automotive expert Dan Neil. Roundtable guests are political commentator Amy Holmes, journalist Nicholas Kristof and author Salman Rushdie.

— Emily Yahr

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