Tonight in HD: June 28

SoHo Highlight: Veep (Sky 10, 9.00, 5.1) Said New York magazine of the season finale: “The episode’s title, Tears, seems to be a reference to the emotional state of  [vice president Selina] Meyer and her staff after getting the veep’s latest (dis)approval numbers. At a staggering 66 percent, it’s no wonder phrases like ‘damaged goods’ and ‘political leper’ are being bandied about, and the Ohio gubernatorial candidate Meyer planned to stump for wants nothing to do with her. That, and the veep’s crowning glory, the Clean Jobs Bill, finally makes its way to Congress — just a little more battered, water-down, and pork-filled than she’d initially envisioned.” Echoed the AV Club: “It’s not a happy ending, but by now, we all know that’s not what we ought to expect from this series. Instead, it’s a terrifically funny finish to an impressive first season, an episode that combines the intricate plotting and acid repartee we’ve come to expect from Armando Iannucci with some real insight into the political process. And, yes, we also get to catch a glimpse of Selina’s human side. Turns out voters aren’t the only ones who appreciate that stuff.” ✭✭✭✭

Episodes (TV One, 10.05) Stephen and Beverley are still shocked by Merc’s decision to cast Matt LeBlanc but upon meeting him, find him charming. But is he putting on an act? Entertainment Weekly said if you found the premiere “poky”, persevere: “Episodes gets funnier with each succeeding episode, and the acting is superb. Yes: Matt LeBlanc = superb.” Agreed Time: “While the TV satire is far too broad, the dialogue is wittily written, and Matt LeBlanc–playing himself, inappropriately cast by the network to replace the elderly thespian who originated his role–turns out to be a pleasure to watch.” Concurred the Philadelphia Inquirer: “By the second or third episode, it evolves into another Hollywood rarity: a TV show that is truly about relationships, complex and captivating for the long haul.” ✭✭✭✭

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Jett rebels against John’s hard line; Ruby wants to move out with Romeo; Liam starts drinking again. ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Angry that Rachel interfered in her relationship with Ross, Jill (Reese Witherspoon) sets out to seduce him, and Chandler has trouble expressing emotion. ✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Vasa makes peace with her guilt; Wendy is empowered to give Murray a short shrift; Sarah is challenged by a needy Zac. ✭✭✭

Rescue 1 (TV2, 8.00) Season premiere: The team struggle to save two young men who are feared drowned at Hahei; a Coromandel motorcyclist is struggling with punctured lungs; a young man is trapped inside a car.  ✭✭✭

Once Upon a Time (TV2, 8.30, 5.1) Henry pleads with Emma to stay in Storybrooke and continue her quest to save the fairy tale inhabitants; Snow plans an attack against the Evil Queen in order to save Prince Charming. ✭✭

Bones (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) With the help of Special Agent Genny Shaw, the Jeffersonian team identifies the remains of a discount shopper and “extreme couponer” who was dragged along the road by an 18-wheeler.  ✭✭

Fringe (TV2, 10.30, 5.1) A traitor is revealed and an old enemy emerges from the shadows. ✭✭✭✭

The Unit (TV3, 11.45, 5.1) Jonas, Bob, and Grey must protect a VIP and other passengers when a commercial airplane is hijacked. ✭✭✭✭

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