Tonight in HD: March 14

Series Highlight: Sons of Anarchy (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) SAMCRO enlists a former foe to help stop the advancement of Charming Heights while the Sheriff presses Juice for more information. Ex-Baywatch beefcake David Hasselhoff (above, with Charlie Hunnam) guest stars as a Boogie Nights-ish filmmaker. “After a suffering from a lull last week with a weaker episode, the fourth season of Sons of Anarchy was back on track in Brick – with a number of interesting revelations, difficult decisions and even David Hasslehoff as a well-endowed porno producer,” WhatCulture! said. “A good concoction for 40 minutes of quality drama.” Tom Arnold returns as Georgie Caruso, in his first appearance since season two, and creator Kurt Sutter is said to have “terrific screen presence” in a pivotal storyline involving his recurring character, Otto. ✮✮✮✮

Sky Movies Premiere: Wild Target (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) Wild Target hits the bull’s eye with its casting, particularly Martin Freeman as a dapper hit man with a mean streak, but otherwise is a leaden farce about a fastidious, aging assassin (Bill Nighy) who falls for the free-spirited kleptomaniac (Emily Blunt) he’s hired to kill. It fitfully amuses but never triggers the mirth expected given the calibre of the talent. (2009) ✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Ruby catches Brax in the arms of another woman; Liam helps Irene with her music; and Colleen lets out that Bianca is pregnant. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Monica’s willpower is tested when she runs into Richard at the video store; Phoebe’s athletic date has a problem with short shorts. ✮✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Phoenix learns some hard truths; Hayley’s fear puts Chris at risk; TK is blindsided by Henare’s plans. ✮✮✮

Two and a Half Men (TV2, 7.30)  Walden receives divorce papers from Bridget, but forgets his depression when he meets a girl who looks like her. Glee’s Jane Lynch and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello guest star. ✮✮

SPCA Rescue (TV One, 8.00) The SPCA tries to save a miniature pony with a terrible injury; a penguin with a severed flipper needs life-saving surgery; time is running out for a dog up for adoption. ✮✮✮

2 Broke Girls (TV2, 8.00) Caroline tries to build herself a bed that folds into the wall in Max’s apartment; the chemistry between Max and Johnny heats up. ✮✮

Road Madness (TV3, 8.00) A driver gets distracted by a small insect; what happens when a driver is distracted at the wheel; a truck driver films outrageous footage of a cyclist in Wellington. ✮✮

Winners & Losers (TV One, 8.30) Frances and Zach fight their sexual attraction; Bec and Matt get closer; the surprise arrival of Jenny’s sister ruffles feathers; Sophie’s stalker makes a life threatening attack. ✮✮

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 8.30) A cute comic book artist puts Leonard’s relationship with Priya to the test, while Sheldon, getting into the spirit of Halloween, tries to scare the guys. ✮✮✮✮

The Almighty Johnsons (TV3, 8.30) Ty’s downward spiral picks up pace, while it is Gaia who spirals out of control. ✮✮✮

Happy Endings (TV2, 9.00) Jane and Brad spend a spooky Halloween housesitting in the suburbs, while the rest of the gang heads to a warehouse costume party. ✮✮

Harry’s Law (TV One, 9.30) Oliver and Cassie defend a college campus shooter who’s pleading insanity, while Tommy represents an organic farmer who produces his vegetables in a very bizarre way. ✮✮

Nikita (TV2, 10.30) A plan to foil Alex’s first assassination assignment goes awry when Nikita trusts the wrong person, and when Division is alerted that Nikita is near, Percy sends Michael to kill her. ✮✮✮

CSI: New York (TV3, 11.15, 5.1, R) When an unidentified shooting victim turns out to be a rising star in the underground world of hip-hop dance battles, the CSIs turn their attention to a long list of rival dancers. ✮✮

The Walking Dead (TV2, 9.30) Glenn, the only one breaking barriers between both groups, knows far too much for his comfort level; Daryl tries to make it back to the farm alive. This was the penultimate episode of season two before it took a mid-season break in the US,and apparently is where creator Frank Darabont exited. TV Overmind dubbed it “both a payoff and a set-up episode” while Collider ranked it among the season’s best: “Things of genuine importance happen, characters grow or change in interesting ways, and, sometimes unforeseen developments take place.” ✮✮✮✮
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