Tonight in HD: January 5


SoHo Highlight: Treme (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Davis concocts a remedy for the post-Mardi Gras blues; Annie makes a decision that Sonny takes personally; Colson warns Albert to avoid trouble on St Joseph’s night. The AV Club dubbed Wish Someone Would Care, in which a key character dies, “a hell of an episode“. It was written by George Pelecanos, who always wrote the penultimate episode of each season of The Wire. While, as Alan Sepinwall observes, “those scripts tended to feature the worst possible developments for the characters we cared most about … Pelecanos and [co-creator] David Simon found a way to deliver a Treme version of a Pelecanos Episode, one that did feature a death, as well as suffering for many other characters, yet still felt drawn in the same scale as the rest of the series.” ✭✭✭✭✭

Chuck (TV2, 10.30)

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Everyone knows the sex of Ross’ baby except for Ross, who doesn’t want to find out until it’s born; Rachel’s relationship with Paulo hits a snag when he makes a pass at Phoebe. ✭✭✭✭

Modern Family (TV3, 7.00, 5.1, R) The kids surprise Phil and Claire with breakfast in bed on their anniversary, only to catch them in a compromising position. ✭✭✭✭

Chuck (TV2, 10.30) When a spy is murdered in Castle, it’s up to Chuck to figure out ‘who done it’; Morgan’s Buy More troops wage war against Large Mart. ✭✭✭

Lie to Me (TV3, 11.25, 5.1, R) Cal and his team try to prevent the assassination of a South Korean ambassador at his son’s wedding, but the case takes a different turn when someone else is shot instead. ✭✭

Diplomatic Immunity (TV One, 11.35, R) Comedy about the misadventures at the consulate of The Most Royal Kingdom of Feausi. ✭✭✭

Mental (TV3, 12.20, 5.1) Jack tries to reach the catatonic Gideon, but the cure may be worse than the symptoms. ✭✭

The Vampire Diaries (TV2, 2.30, R, F) ✭✭✭

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: What’s the Worst That Could Happen? (Sky 22, 6.50, 5.1) Danny DeVito plays a dodgy billionaire who goes one-on-one with a suave thief (Martin Lawrence) he catches breaking into his mansion — and whose lucky ring he steals! The convoluted consequences might have made an entertaining read but on screen they’re a clumsy, shambolic bore, bereft of wit, sophistication or intrigue. For a crime caper, what could be worse? (2001) ✭

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