Tonight in HD: April 15

Season Highlight: Touch (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) If you haven’t dipped into this series since the premiere, tonight’s episode could warrant a revisit. The plot strands are typically divergent — a teenage heavy-metal fan in Baghdad shares a light moment with a US soldier, Martin encounters a man who knew his deceased wife, a lottery winner meets a depressed pastor — but Paste magazine thought it “heading in the right direction for what the show needs to become … David Simon, creator of The Wire, recently said in a New York Times interview that it was unfair for people to criticise his show because they were not aware of the beginning, middle and end, and how everything works together … Now while Touch will almost certainly never attain the status of The Wire, considered by many to be one of the greatest shows of all time, it also shares the problem of trying to build a complex interconnecting world, all while keeping the audience engaged without having them know the endgame. But unlike The Wire, which was based in Baltimore, Touch connects the entire world, from Iraq to Virginia and everywhere in between. This makes it harder to see how everything will come together in the end. But with Kite Strings, for the first time since the pilot, Touch feels like it has an endgame in mind, one that will at the very least attempt to connect all these disparate stories.” ✮✮✮

Pretty Little Liars (TV2, 5.30) Aria tries to process Spencer and Emily’s news about Jason while dealing with her feelings for him; Hanna tries to be nice to her future stepsister. ✮✮✮

The War at Home (TV2, 6.30, R) When Vicky’s friend comes to stay, Dave worries she will tell his wife about their intimate liaison in college. ✮✮✮

The Food Truck (TV One, 7.00) Season premiere: Chef Michael Van de Elzen attempts to create healthy alternatives to some of New Zealand’s most popular soft drinks to sell from his mobile kitchen at the Onetangi Beach Races on Waiheke Island. ✮✮✮✮

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 7.00, R) Sheldon and Leonard are invited to present their joint findings at a physics conference, but Sheldon refuses — so Penny steps in to mediate. ✮✮✮✮

Mike & Molly (TV2, 7.30) Mike starts cheating on his diet. ✮✮

Enlightened (TV One, 10.30) Wary of reverting to her old, hard-partying ways, Amy talks Levi into taking a rafting excursion, but changing Levi may be more difficult than she realised. ✮✮✮

The Almighty Johnsons (TV3, 10.30, R) Axl learns that the path to being a benevolent God, one who commands respect, is strewn with idiots and half-wits. ✮✮✮

Sky Movies Premiere: Yogi Bear (Sky 20, 5.20, 5.1) This live-action take on the ‘60s ‘toon, with a computer-generated Yogi and Boo-Boo, boasts stunning Kiwi locales and production values. But the screenplay is, well, threadbare. Anna Faris and Tom Cavanagh star; Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake lend their voices. (2010) ✮✮

Sky Movies Premiere: Hall Pass (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1)  There used to be something about Farrelly Brothers movies that made even the grossest gags funny. But that redeeming quality has long since deserted the duo. About sexually frustrated men of a certain age whose wives give them a week off their marriages to do whatever they want, Hall Pass is so mean-spirited and dispiriting that it could be mistaken for an Adam Sandler comedy. Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Jenna Fischer star. (2011)

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