Tonight in HD: March 27

Season PremiereThe Closer (TV One, 11.05) When Brenda’s squad investigates the quadruple murder of a family, she accidentally stumbles into the middle of an FBI investigation that may have been a factor in the homicide. While the fifth season first aired three years ago in the US (and was released here on DVD 18 months ago), its belated TV One debut marks the first time the series has aired in HD. The final six episodes of season seven start in July on US TV, and will be followed by the launch of Major Crimes, a spin-off with largely the same cast but with Mary McDonnell as top cop. She joins the show as Captain Sharon Raydor in episode three of this season as Brenda’s new internal affairs nemesis. While this season is frustratingly inconsistent, veering from the shockingly dark to the insufferably cute, Kyra Sedgwick as TV’s most arresting policewoman since “Pepper” Anderson remains the constant that keeps you hooked.  ✮✮✮✮

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: The Sum of All Fears(Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) Ben Affleck was recruited to be the screen’s third Jack Ryan in what was neither a sequel nor a prequel to the CIA ace’s other adventures but an enthralling -- and refreshingly considered if doomed -- new beginning for the Tom Clancy franchise that’s long since been overshadowed by the Bourne trilogy. For his fourth screen Hollywood mission, Ryan is barely out of spook school when he tries to thwart a terrorist plot to nuke the US. Morgan Freeman and James Cromwell co-star. (2002) ✮✮✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Heath’s double-timing comes out; Tyler returns and steals a knife; there’s speculation about Irene and Eddie. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) The gang go to Joey’s play and Ross begins to suspect Rachel’s date (guest star Ben Stiller) is unhinged. ✮✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Vasa gets painful mixed messages; Roimata battles wool-pulling; Chris ejects an intruder. ✮✮✮

The Middle (TV2, 7.30) Frankie and Mike consider moving the family to an apartment when the Heck home begins to literally fall apart. ✮✮✮✮

The Secret Lives of Dancers (TV3, 7.30, F) It’s the North Island leg of the tour, and as the curtain comes down on a sellout season there’s an emotional farewell to one of the company’s most popular dancers. ✮✮✮✮

Suburgatory (TV2, 8.00) Dallas convinces Tessa to let Dalia plan the ultimate birthday bash for Tessa at the country club; when George throws his back out, Sheila Shay cares for him. ✮✮

Missing Pieces (TV3, 8.00) Iona has not contacted her family since moving to Australia 25 years ago. Her sister is now looking for her but Iona’s 34-year-old daughter is not sure she wants anything to do with her runaway mum. ✮✮✮

Nature’s Great Events (TV One, 8.30) Annual rains in Africa’s grasslands attract the greatest concentration of large animals on the planet.  But this epic journey is also dangerous as the carnivores close in around the wildebeest. ✮✮✮✮✮

Go Girls (TV2, 8.30) Life can go in very different directions as Cody and Amy both discover, when visitors rock their world. But can a frock sale really make that much difference? ✮✮✮

NCIS (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) The crash of a plane carrying the caskets of deceased soldiers is investigated when a discrepancy is found in the DNA testing of the remains. Part one of two. ✮✮

NCIS: Los Angeles (TV3, 9.30, 5.1) The NCIS team hunts an international killer with chameleon-like qualities. ✮✮

Fringe (TV2, 2.30, R) Walter flashes back to 1985 while explaining Peter’s otherworldly origins to Olivia. ✮✮✮✮

Sky Movies Premiere: Your Highness (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) In this comedy from Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green, two princes on a daring mission to save their land must rescue the heir apparent’s fiancée before their kingdom is destroyed. Danny McBride (who co-wrote the screenplay), Natalie Portman, James Franco, New Girl's Zooey Deschanel and Homeland's Damian Lewis star. As the New York Times sagely observed: “May be better enjoyed in an herb-enhanced condition.” (2010) ✮✮

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