Tonight in HD: June 14

SoHo Highlight: Veep (Sky 10, 9.00, 5.1) Selina uses a baseball stadium to launch an anti-obesity campaign. Most US bloggers thought this one of the best episodes yet because of a pivotal plot point. “While Baseball might not have been the funniest episode of Veep it gave the show some focus as it is the first episode that initiated a multiple episode narrative arc,” The Celebrity Cafe observed. “Just when I was SURE that Veep was beyond my liking or my comprehension it delivered an episode more firmly plotted, less talky and overall better than everything in the series to date,” said The Faster Times. “This episode, unlike all the others has a narrative structure, and feels like it’s in the realm of Curb Your Enthusiasm in terms of humour escalation and sheer amount of ground covered in half an hour.” ✭✭✭✭

Fringe (TV2, 10.30, 5.1) An electrical engineer and his wife, a professor of theoretical physics, are involved in a series of time-loop anomlies. Entertainment Weekly thought this episode “high grade Fringe … heartfelt and heady, a fraternal twin to the season two classic White Tulip, about the time-traveling scientist trying to save his wife, even at the expense of his own humanity and other lives.” The Los Angeles Times said the episode highlighted how much Fringe “has grown in the last four years. It started off as your run-of-the-mill procedural, though not exactly run-of-the-mill. Fringe Division investigated transit buses encased in amber, planes crashed by crazy werewolf-like creatures and little hairless boys living under construction sites. (Whatever happened to that kid?) As Fringe aged, the writers have really mastered tying the crazy science of the week to characters we know and love.” Stephen Root and his wife Romy Rosemont (pictured) guest star in their first on-screen appearance together. ✭✭✭✭

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Liam tries to cut ties with Hayley; Indi faces dropping out of uni; Alf returns from Thailand. ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Joey develops a hernia just as his health insurance expires due to lack of acting work; Ross affects a British accent during lectures. ✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Bree forms a criminal partnership; an accidental death causes strife for Bella; Ula fears her family isn’t enough. ✭✭✭

Once Upon a Time (TV2, 8.30, 5.1) Mr Gold attempts to uncover August’s true identity, and Rumplestiltskin agrees to let his son find a way to take away his evil powers and turn him back into the loving father he once was. ✭✭

The Finder (TV3, 8.30, 5.1, F) Series finale: Walter’s older brother asks him to visit their dying father, whose last wish is for his son to use his gift to find the love of his life, their mother. ✭✭

Sky Movies Premiere: Daydream Nation (Sky 20, 10.35, 5.1) A city girl gets caught up in a small-town romantic triangle with a teacher and a stoner classmate. “Toggling between the tonalities of Donnie Darko, Ghost World and the collected works of David Lynch, the blackly witty Daydream Nation takes its title from a Sonic Youth album,” observed the New York Post. But Time Out New York thought it this “pretentious take on identity development is woefully lacking in either subversive humour or genuine pathos; the overwrought end-of-the-world backdrop of a rampaging serial killer and a toxic industrial fire only poisons the concoction further.” 2 Broke Girls’ Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Josh Lucas and Andie McDowell star. (2010) ✭✭

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