Tonight in HD: March 13

SoHo Highlight: Hell on Wheels (Sky 10, 9.30, 5.1) The Cheyenne derail a train; Durant dispatches Cullen and Elam on a mission of vengeance; Lily struggles to find her place in Hell on Wheels. The title of episode eight, Derailed, sums up its critical reception. The AV Club: “Hell On Wheels sometimes seems deranged. That’s what I liked best about it. Here’s what I find increasingly intolerable about it: it is conventional, in the laziest, safest, least interesting way imaginable, even as it keeps congratulating itself on its daring and edgy ballsiness.” WhatCulture!: “Whether it’s the lack of narrative focus, characters that fail to link to the story in any meaningful way, the clichés, or its non-existent sense of urgency, Hell on Wheels’ faults can all be boiled down to one major issue: lazy writing.” TV Fanatic: “It’s not that Hell On Wheels needs to redefine the western genre to be a good show. Rather, a bit more focus on a consistent story that doesn’t place its characters from one western themed plot to the next would do it wonders. The characters are clearly all in place, they just need to further establish those relationships among them and set up less contrived situations to deal with.” ✮✮✮

The Middle (TV2, 7.30) After a costume party fiasco, Sue desperately wants to be noticed by the guys and asks Mike for his advice (“What do boys want?” “You know, your mom’s just down the hallway…”); Frankie takes Brick’s social skills group trick or treating. In the US, this became the most watched episode of the series to date. ✮✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Brax warns Tyler not to mess in Casey’s life; April thinks about the sacrifices she makes for Heath; Gina and John’s future is unclear. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Ross becomes jealous of Rachel’s new colleague; Joey lies on his CV and is forced to teach a Broadway cast to dance. ✮✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Bree forges a new path; TK puts his foot down with his father-in-law; Phoenix faces a violent dilemma. ✮✮✮

The Secret Lives of Dancers (TV3, 7.30) Finally, the curtain goes up on the Sleeping Beauty season — can Abigail overcome the worst stage fright of her career?  ✮✮✮✮

Suburgatory (TV2, 8.00) George and Tessa are excited to celebrate their first suburban Halloween; Dallas’ husband comes home from one of his many business trips. ✮✮

Missing Pieces (TV3, 8.00) A North Shore pensioner seeks the baby she put up for adoption in England 50 years ago; a lost son does not know his father is dead or that he is due an inheritance. ✮✮✮

Go Girls (TV2, 8.30) Kevin has his heart’s desire, but Cody is about to lose everything. ✮✮✮

NCIS (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) A Navy lieutenant is murdered by forced over-hydration; Gibbs meets Ducky’s new love. Cheryl Ladd guest stars. ✮✮

NCIS: Los Angeles (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) Jada Khaled is abducted during an ambush, and the team rushes to save her. ✮✮

Fringe (TV2, 2.30, R) A specific group of guests are targeted with a toxin at a wedding. ✮✮✮✮

Sky Movies Premiere: Stan Helsing (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) Said the New York Times of this Scary Movie rip-off : “Essentially an excuse to recycle every horror movie cliché since Lon Chaney Jr. grew a muzzle … A detention hall filled with 14-year-old boys would probably demand greater sophistication.” (2009)

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: Bad Company (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) Joel Schumacher (Trespass) directs Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock in an action-comedy about the street hustler twin of a murdered CIA agent who’s recruited to complete his brother’s mission. The result is slick, familiar fun that wears out its welcome. (2002) ✮✮

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