Tonight in HD: February 13


SoHo Highlight: Luck (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) New David (Deadwood) Milch drama that takes a provocative albeit plodding look at the worlds of horseracing and gambling with a cast that includes Dustin Hoffman, Law & Order’s Dennis Farina and Nick Nolte. “Deadwood fans already know that Milch doesn’t make it easy for viewers to get a purchase on his series,” the San Francisco Chronicle warned, “but for those willing to do the work, Luck, pays off.” Said Time: “Luck too is far from perfect, but I found a lot to love in its rough edges.” But the New York Times was less impressed: “This nine-episode series is maddeningly and needlessly opaque, and so deferential to the rites and rituals of the track that the storytelling is laboured and even joyless.” ✭✭✭✭

Modern Family (TV3, 8.00, 5.1) Season premiere: During a Pritchett clan vacation at a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Jay has a showdown with a cowboy. "The third season of Modern Family began on shaky ground, with the writers sending the extended Pritchett/Dunphy clan to a dude ranch, the type of wacky-location stunt that's usually reserved for the fifth or sixth season of a dying sitcom," Slant magazine observed. "Subsequent episodes have been better, with the families back where they belong in bland, upscale suburbia, but they're still uneven." ✭✭✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Joey buys a big screen TV and two leather recliners with his new-found money; Ross and Rachel attempt to have their first real date, but it’s difficult for Rachel to overcome their long friendship. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Wendy’s determined to make amends; Lana’s asked to deny her heart; Brooke causes Bree serious damage. ✭✭✭

Piha Rescue (TV One, 7.30) A husband is missing in front of Lion Rock; lifeguards lose sight of their man; a body is spotted in the rip. ✭✭

Last Man Standing (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Series premiere: Manly man Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) decides to spend more time at home with his three daughters. Newsday thought this man-about-the-house comedy “dreadful. Or to use a more manly phrase, aaarrgggh, awful.” But The Hollywood Reporter pointed out: “It would be a trillion times worse without Allen’s veteran presence and ability to sell comedy in that set-up/punch-line kind of way.” ✭✭✭

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) Season premiere: "Well, it's official," the Los Angeles Times said. "There is nothing Ted Danson can't do. Including walk into an aging franchise, crash through its calcified conventions and deliver a whole new sort of genius investigator — one who isn't tortured or crazy, one who can ask his wary new team about local farmers markets with the same easy confidence that he uses to dress down a subordinate who thinks paperwork is beneath him." ✭✭✭✭

Rapid Response (TV One, 8.00)  Chaos reigns when a boy is hit by a car outside a school; emergency services are called to reports of a pipe bomb; Intensive Care paramedic Bryan Dittmer must deal with the aftermath of a turf war. ✭✭

Criminal Minds (TV One, 8.30) The BAU team searches for children being abducted in St Louis, and Rossi receives some shocking news from his first wife. ✭✭

Desperate Housewives (TV2, 8.30) Season premiere: “The women deal with the consequences of covering up Gaby’s stepfather’s death and the fallout isn’t pretty,” The Hollywood Reporter said. “It was a strong return, because it relied on the series’ strength, which is the bond these women have with each other.” ✭✭

Person of Interest (TV One, 9.30) Reese and Finch track a judge known for his hard line on crime, but the judge wants nothing to do with their brand of vigilante justice. ✭✭

Revenge (TV2, 9.30) Series premiere: Emily Thorne returns to the extremely privileged community in the Hamptons to right the wrongs done to her family 17 years ago. “Until we find out what happened long ago, we’ll just enjoy watching all the beautiful, golden-tanned people say awesomely ridiculous things like: ‘These guys really put the suck in seersucker,’” Entertainment Weekly said. ✭✭✭✭

Homeland (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) Series premiere: A US Marine (Damian Lewis) rescued after years in Afghanistan returns home a hero. But a CIA operative (Claire Danes) suspects he may be an enemy agent. “Classified memo to all Washington-area intelligence wonks (and wannabes): we have a new show to fuss over, which arrives with a taut air of near-perfection” (Washington Post); “once you watch the first episode, it’s going to be hard standing the wait for the next” (Wall Street Journal); “bar none, the best thriller on American TV” (New York Post). ✭✭✭✭

Nurse Jackie (TV3, 11.25, 5.1, R)  A man is admitted with a steak knife sticking out of his chest; Eddie gives Jackie a Cartier bracelet for their one-year anniversary, but she rejects the gift. ✭✭✭✭

Hank (TV2, 12.00, R) ✭✭

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