Tonight in HD: March 15

Series Highlight: Bones (TV3, 8.30, 5.1, F) A cryptic message penned in human blood is discovered at a national monument. “Right before Bones goes on a bit of a hiatus for Emily Deschanel’s maternity leave, the show introduces a new multi-episode plot arc involving a hypersmart serial killer,” CliqueClack said. “Bones has actually had a pretty good history with its serialised story lines. I’m going to call them ‘Big Bads’, even though they probably don’t exactly fit the definition. But from Howard Epps to the Gravedigger, the show has done fairly well with creating antagonists that haunt the team over the course of many episodes – the whole resolution to the Gormogon storyline notwithstanding. Will the new serial killer live up to the expectations? The storyline is only just starting, but I suspect he will.” Next week in this slot TV3 will premiere the Bones spin-off, The Finder. ✮✮

Once Upon a Time (TV2, 8.30) David – aka John Doe – must choose between staying with Kathryn or Mary Margaret, and Prince Charming encounters a life-changing event. “It’s Prince Charming’s story, kind of, this week,” the Wall Street Journal said. “Not much magic in it.” But the AV Club argued it “has some good forward movement for the series’ plot, even if the story isn’t very captivating.” ✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) The Walker house is searched by police; Romeo’s past comes back to haunt him; Ruby tries to forgive Brax. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Phoebe is reunited with her former singing partner, Chandler dates a woman with a prosthetic leg; Rachel’s new job continues to put a strain on her relationship with Ross. ✮✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) TK commits to the greater good; Ula sees Evan’s true worth; Evan is rewarded beyond his expectations. ✮✮✮

Crash Course (TV2, 11.30) Greg Murphy finds out where is the safest place to sit in a serious car smash, and British bobbies battle bad behaviour on their roads. ✮✮

Mental (TV3, 11.45, 5.1, F) Series finale: a patient who believes he’s about to turn into a werewolf takes the entire team hostage. Star Chris Vance can next be seen as The Transporter in the TV series spin on the action movie franchise, which is being made for Cinemax (which commissioned SoHo’s Strike Back). ✮✮

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: Step Up 2: The Streets (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) “In a sequel that features the original’s Channing Tatum only in cameo, a Baltimore teen (Briana Evigan, very winning) enrolls at an arts academy, leaving her street-dancing pals behind. So far, ho hum,” said Entertainment Weekly. “But when she decides to form a new crew with her classmates, Step Up 2: The Streets improves considerably — and it doesn’t skimp on cool pretzel moves.” (2008) ✮✮

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