Tonight in HD: April 25

SoHo Highlight: The Killing (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Double-episode season-two premiere of a whodunit that polarised many viewers with its inconclusive season-one finale. “If you’re moving on with The Killing, you’re either a sucker for punishment or a hopeless fan of Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and her Scandinavian sweaters,” declared the Philadelphia Daily News. “The good news is that you will get answers,” USA Today reported. “The bad news is that they don’t so much advance the story as circle around it.” Quipped the New York Daily News: “The premiere is actually very good. Of course, it would be a whole lot better if there were a new investigation into a new crime.” But Variety reckons The Killing “remains compelling, and the writers are adept at overcoming the stodgy pace by dangling tantalising clues near each hour’s end, creating a strong pull to see what transpires next.” ✮✮✮

The Walking Dead (TV2, 9.30, F) Season finale: A zombie horde hear the nearby the survivors and come to attack their prey. In the ensuing chaos, the group is fractured and loyalties are questioned. TV2 is wrapping up season two with a double-episode because, says a publicist, “the final is so compelling and we don’t want fans to have to wait until next week to see the exciting conclusion to the series”. Cynics might think it had more to do with TV2 wanting to quit a series that has underperformed in the ratings or a desperate bid to stop viewers from tuning into TV3’s movie-length episode of Sons of Anarchy. However, US critics and record ratings confirm the final episode is ferocious fun. Said Time magazine: “The nearly half-hour Battle of Greene Farm was so well executed, it removed a bit (but just a tiny bit) of my anger over the almost zombie-free weeks of the endless Sophia Hunt.” ✮✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Summer Bay say goodbye to Elijah; April sees Casey and Henri kissing; Colleen encourages Dex to get back together with April; Irene and Eddie part ways. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Ross and his ex-wife get jealous when their lovers go to England together; Rachel’s plans to seduce her boyfriend go awry. ✮✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Brooke’s plans backfire wonderfully; Gabrielle is confronted by love; Lana faces a massive decision. Watch for a cameo by World designer Denise L’Estrange Corbet. ✮✮✮

Two and a Half Men (TV2, 7.30, 5.1) Walden’s mother Robin arrives and Alan is smitten with her – even as she reveals a secret about Walden’s past that sends him into a downward spiral. Mimi Rogers guest stars. ✮✮

2 Broke Girls (TV2, 8.00, 5.1) Caroline’s pedigree no longer gets her special treatment at Barney’s department store, where she tries to return some expensive rings for cash. ✮✮

Castle (TV One, 8.30, 5.1) Gunshots, a fleeing van and a massive blood pool all point to murder, but when Castle and Beckett arrive at the crime scene, they discover it lacks something – the victim. ✮✮✮ 

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 8.30, 5.1) Sheldon gets in trouble with Amy, and it’s up to Penny to teach him how to be a better boyfriend; Howard must come to grips with Bernadette’s dislike of children. ✮✮✮✮

The Almighty Johnsons (TV3, 8.30) Sometimes all it takes is a door getting kicked down, and a large man walking in, for many many truths to be revealed. ✮✮✮

Mike & Molly (TV2, 9.00, 5.1) When Molly gets disappointing news at work, she is thrown into a funk that threatens to ruin Christmas. ✮✮

Harry’s Law (TV One, 9.30, 5.1) Harry defends two separate clients: a school principal trying to expel a student for having anxiety attacks, and a former client who believes his sister was murdered. ✮✮

Sons of Anarchy (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) SAMCRO faces a powerful adversary that threatens their business with the Cartel. Drea de Matteo and Tom Arnold guest star. Admitted Entertainment Weekly: “I thought Sons of Anarchy might back away from the stakes it raised with last week’s harrowing episode Hands. Silly me: This week’s Call of Duty was 90 minutes of SOA stake-raising, hell-raising.” ✮✮✮✮✮

Feedback (TV2, 11.30, R) Orlando uses a thermal imaging camera on a prominent children’s entertainer, shocking even the muck-happy Feedback team – and threatens to finish the show for good. ✮✮

CSI: New York (TV3, 11.40, 5.1, R) A reformed drug addict is discovered dead in an alley, and the evidence suggests he was murdered by being run over with a car. ✮✮

This Is Not My LIfe (TV One, 11.55, R) Alec is determined to learn what happened to Kyle and finds an unlikely ally in Dr Collins. ✮✮

Sky Movies Premiere: Why Did I Get Married Too? (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) Four couples try to save their marriages at a beach retreat in a melodramatic comedy starring Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry and two distinguished veterans who deserve better: Louis Gosset Jr and Cicely Tyson. The Washington Post likened it to “an empty but diverting beach read. Your brain recognises that the dialogue, for example, doesn’t come from any place that remotely resembles relationship reality.” (2010) ✮✮

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