Tonight in HD: March 26


SoHo Highlight: Luck (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) “I was prepared for—nay, expecting—this week’s episode of Luck to crawl toward its conclusion,” Paste magazine said. “But then Michael Gambon—dear, sweet, gentle Michael Gambon—gave us the first truly astounding ‘holy shit‘ moment of the series.” Observed New York magazine: “Episode seven of Luck at first feels like a placeholder, until you look back over it and realise that the universe is reordering itself beneath the surface of things. In the pilot, most of the characters seemed detached from life, or isolated; but now, with just two episodes left to go until the end of the season, they’ve formed or deepened relationships. More importantly, given the show’s seeming belief in kindness as good karma, a lot of the characters have taken responsibility for another human being or fellow creature.” The AV Club dubbed it “bit of an odd duck in the season’s story because it seems like it’s just a series of short vignettes about these characters we’ve come to love, but it closes in a way where there are storm clouds on the horizon, and it feels as if everything is about to come to a head.” ✮✮✮✮

Modern Family (TV3, 8.00, 5.1) Gloria persuades Jay to commit to a night of salsa dancing, after seeing his seemingly gay friend Shorty hoofing it with his girlfriend (guest stars Chazz Palminteri and Jennifer Tilly); Cam tries to pick up a woman at a bar (Leslie Mann); and Phil helps Luke to build a treehouse with surprising results. Most critics thought this one of the season's best episodes, thanks to lines like Cam's -- “You’re an amazing girl, Katie, you’re the whole package. I just prefer someone who has one” -- and a turn of events that's "as promising as anything that Modern Family has done in recent memory". ✮✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) April and Henri both want the same thing; Roo fundraises for Alf, trying to outshine Harvey; Irene gets a singing coach. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Monica considers a dream job in Pete’s new restaurant, but Phoebe fears there is more to the deal; Joey and Chandler adopt a baby chick and a duck. ✮✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Chris can’t protect Phoenix from teen lust; Lana pushes Daniel too far; Vasa’s heart puts her in line for disaster. ✮✮✮

Last Man Standing (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) When a neighbour’s home gets broken into, Mike thinks his fists and a cabinet full of rifles are enough to keep a home intruder at bay. ✮✮

Criminal Minds (TV One, 8.30) The BAU investigate murders in San Fransisco bearing the mark of the infamous Zodiac killer. Is the notorious murderer back? ✮✮

Desperate Housewives (TV2, 8.30) Bree is shocked to learn the identity of the person who dug up the body of Gaby’s stepfather; Lynette’s jealousy over Tom’s new girlfriend leads her to tell untruths about her to daughter Penny. ✮✮

Homeland (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) The relationship between Carrie and Brody becomes more complicated when they head to the countryside for the weekend. But they're not the only couple in the spotlight. Foreshadowed the Wall Street Journal: "Two 'couples' form bonds during pretty unusual circumstances, resulting in pivotal, game-changing moments for all involved." Quipped critic Alan Sepinwall: "Well, I was not expecting that at all. And thank goodness for that, because it was just splendid." Observed IGN: "Unlike with other series of similar pedigrees -- The Killing or The Walking Dead, for example -- the writing staff of Homeland are changing the rules on a weekly basis on this show. And tonight's episode, The Weekend, continues to up the dramatic ante as Brody learns of Carrie's true agenda. And Carrie learns all of Brody's darkest secrets." ✮✮✮✮✮

Person of Interest (TV One, 9.30) Reese and Finch reveal the latest case to Detective Carter, involving a building superintendent who keeps too close an eye on his tenants. ✮✮

Revenge (TV2, 9.30) Emily’s double life gets dangerously close to being uncovered. ✮✮

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV3, 9.40, 5.1) A disembodied brain is found at the site of a car crash, but it doesn’t belong to any of the victims. ✮✮

Saving Grace (TV3, 11.25, 5.1) When a mother of two vanishes, clues point to a teen girl and her druggie boyfriend as suspects. ✮✮

Hank (TV2, 12.00, R) Hank attempts to build a tree house with Henry, but finds that he needs Grady’s help; Tilly tries to get Maddie to do her chores by being more of a friend than a mum. ✮✮

Sky Movies Premiere: Season of the Witch (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) Nicolas Cage plays a 14th-century crusader (and Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman his sidekick) babysitting a woman accused of witchcraft in this medieval malarky that never opened here theatrically — and for good reason, judging by the less than spellbinding reviews: “It would take a lot more than holy water to rescue Season of the Witch from mediocrity” (Christian Science Monitor); “does to the medieval era what Cage’s Wicker Man did to Anthony Shaffer. Hokum and not in a good way” (Empire); “would’ve been great fun if only its creators had a sense of humour about the wild brew of absurdity they had percolating” (Variety). (2010)

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