Tonight in HD: July 13

Season Finale: Glee (TV3, 7.30, 5.1, F) Graduation is finally here, as McKinley High’s class of 2012 looks to the past and present while contemplating the future. “It turned out to be a solid, at times fantastic, season-closer where some of Glee’s general weaknesses turned out to be strengths,” Time magazine said. But Rolling Stone thought otherwise: “With a few exceptions (three words: Burt. Hummel. Beyoncé), the episode was a nonstop sapfest of too many tears and not enough nostalgia. And, when all is said and done, we were right back where we started: underdogs all the way.” As to who will graduate to season four, The Hollywood Reporter says “all 15 cast members are confirmed to return in some capacity, while it’s still unclear just how many episodes the swelling ensemble cast will appear in.” ✭✭✭✭

Season Finale: Vera (TV One, 8.30) DI Vera Stanhope sets out to retrospectively solve the murder of a teenage girl. As secrets and lies are exposed, Vera closes in on the truth and lays ghosts from the past to rest. Five Days’ Hugo Speer guest stars. After tonight’s episode, don’t expect to see this whodunit again in primetime on TV One. The network is pulling the four-part season midway because of lousy ratings for the premiere whereas in the UK it was popular enough to spawn a second four-part season. Clearly Brits weren’t put off by star Brenda Blethyn’s dowdy wardrobe. As she told The Daily Telegraph:  “I couldn’t care less about the way I look on screen. If you did, you’d never play the interesting parts.” ✭✭✭✭

MasterChef Australia (TV One, 4.45) Julia, Andrew and Kath face off in the pressure test with guest chef Maggie Beer. ✭✭

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Jett wants to know about his father; Indi’s stressed due to her life spiralling out of control; Roo’s taken aback when Lottie wants to live with her.  ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Rachel and Phoebe choose ‘backup’ husbands; Chandler fools Monica into believing he hates the idea of marriage – and she seeks consolation with Richard (guest star Tom Selleck). ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Maxwell comes to peace with his decision; Brooke battles divided loyalties; Phoenix is ambushed by an old foe. ✭✭✭

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 7.30, 5.1, R) Leonard and Koothrappali take a heartbroken Wolowitz to Las Vegas, leaving Sheldon locked out of his apartment and forced to bunk with Penny. ✭✭✭✭

The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30) With Charlotte Church, Welsh comic Rhod Gilbert and Danny DeVito, who confirms plans for a sequel to Twins: “We are going to call it Triplets. Arnold [Schwarzenegger] and I got together and talked about it and wanted to bring something new to the table so we decided to go to Eddie Murphy and see if he would be our brother, so we’ll see how it will work out.” ✭✭✭✭

Supernatural (TV2, 10.50, 5.1) Dean is furious after Sam disappears to follow a case with clues that are identical to a case Sam solved as a kid; the monster turns out to be the same demon Sam found years ago. ✭✭✭✭

An Idiot Abroad (TV3, 11.20) Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send reluctant traveller Karl Pilkington on a trip to see the Great Wall of China. ✭✭✭✭

Lie to Me (TV3, 12.20, 5.1, R) Eric Matheson, a man suspected of killing his wife, takes over the offices of the Lightman Group, and holds everyone hostage until they find the real killer. Raising Hope’s Garret Dillahunt guest stars. ✭✭

NCIS: Los Angeles (TV3, 1.15, 5.1, R) Forensic scientist Abby Sciuto joins the Los Angeles NCIS team when a murder case resembles the pattern for a serial killer she has been tracking. ✭✭

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