Tonight in HD: March 19

SoHo Highlight: Luck (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) As Ace pitches his deal to buy a piece of the racetrack, Israel visits Smythe, DiRossi and Cohen onboard Smythe’s yacht, where he’s offered a “second salary” as an informant; an earthquake spooks many of the horses at Santa Anita, but Escalante decides to go ahead and race Mon Gateau. This is episode six of nine, which apparently is all there will be now HBO has shut down filming of season two because of one horse fatality too many. For one of the best analysis of why Luck ran out of luck, read Tim Goodman’s take in The Hollywood Reporter while for an overall round-up, see Grantland’s autopsy. ✮✮✮✮

Homeland (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) Reeling after losing key players in Nazir's plot against America, the CIA orders polygraphs on everyone who came in contact with them. Warned the AV Club in its B+ assessment: “The Good Soldier is an episode that makes me a touch uncomfortable—and not in a good way, I don’t think. The show has been building to a bunch of things that happen in this episode for a while, but they’re the sorts of things that could irreparably disrupt the carefully built world the show has come up with. This is an episode of big moments and big revelations—appropriate for the season’s halfway point—but every single one of those moments promises fallout that will shift the status quo by quite a bit. On one level, it’s exciting to see the show attempting to do all of this stuff at once. On another level, it’s terrifying, simply because the show could screw any one of these things up and tear the whole edifice down." ✮✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Sasha comes clean; Xavier resolves to stick the academy out; Indi and Dex find themselves full of regret. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) When Rachel discovers Ross slept with Chloe, the other four friends are trapped in Monica’s bedroom, forced to listen in on an ensuing row as Rachel decides to break up with Ross. ✮✮✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Bree passes the blame for her own failing; Nicole gets an unexpected reprieve; Daniel faces the awful truth. ✮✮✮

Piha Rescue (TV One, 7.30, F) Season finale: a surf school lesson sparks a major emergency; the Piha Surf Club loses one of their own. ✮✮

Last Man Standing (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Vanessa asks Mike to be the one who says “no” to Mandy when she wants to try out for a modelling show. ✮✮

Rapid Response (TV One, 8.00, F) Season finale: desperate measures are called upon to try to save a three-year-old’s life; a disturbing incident is reported at a high school; Intensive Care paramedics attend a builder who may never walk again after falling from scaffolding. ✮✮

Criminal Minds (TV One, 8.30) The BAU team searches the boxing scene in Philadelphia for a killer with a blood lust, and Hotch makes a connection with a fellow triathlete. ✮✮

Desperate Housewives (TV2, 8.30) Halloween finds Gaby, Bree and Lynette attempting to exhume and move the body of Gaby’s stepfather; Susan discovers that being art teacher Andre’s intern doesn’t involve art. ✮✮

Person of Interest (TV One, 9.30) As Detective Carter deals with the fallout from her recent encounter with Reese and Finch, the Machine baffles the duo by giving them multiple Social Security numbers. ✮✮

Revenge (TV2, 9.30) The Grayson Fourth of July parties are legendary, but this year’s festivities ignite the wrong kind of fireworks when an incriminating surveillance video pops up and breaks the bond of trust. ✮✮

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV3, 9.35, 5.1) The CSIs investigate when a woman’s body is discovered near a freakish attraction at a 19th century-inspired travelling sideshow. ✮✮

Saving Grace (TV3, 11.15, 5.1) A member of the squad is found murdered at a joint frequented by policemen, and the case turns more complex in light of a bizarre confession. ✮✮

Hank (TV2, 12.00, R) ✮✮

Modern Family (TV3, 8.00, 5.1) When Phil takes Haley to his alma mater on a trip to visit colleges, Claire persuades Mitchell and Cameron to include her in their boys' night out. New York magazine says the episode features "a gorgeous, sexually alluring creature with an exotic accent, dark shiny hair, and a bodacious physique — and hallelujah, for once it wasn’t Gloria! Even better, it's Claire who gets to do the objectifying as Gilles Marini (above, best known for really stretching his acting muscles as the Naked Guy from the Sex and the City movie) plays a sexually ambiguous hunk who brings out Claire’s inner Samantha Jones. And whenever Modern Family can get Claire out of her OCD housewife rut and remind us that she’s actually fun, well, let’s just say in our best Kim Cattrall voice: Honey, it was fabulous." ✮✮✮✮

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