Tonight in HD: March 8

SoHo Highlight: Treme (Sky 10, 9.30, 5.1) Delmond pitches his fusion project to Dr John; Toni enlists a private eye for the Abreu case; Davis debuts his band while Annie resists debuting her song. Sixties pop fans can see Susan Cowsill, of The Cowsills, in a bittersweet cameo when she fronts the modern lineup of the band who plays with Harley and Annie onstage. “A family band with an unearthly gift for harmonies, The Cowsills were the inspiration for The Partridge Family,” the AV Club notes. “I’m not sure if Susan Cowsill still lives in New Orleans or not. Her brother, and bandmate, Barry Cowsill died in the days after Katrina.” Cowsills diehards should check out this Huffington Post Q&A. Meanwhile, with this being episode eight of 10, “season two starts the turn into the homestretch,” critic Alan Sepinwall says, “with various characters being forced to confront uncomfortable truths — sometimes with good results, sometimes not.” ✭✭✭✭✭

Bones (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons (right) guest stars when the team discover the death of a storm chaser may not have been caused by the tornado he was pursuing. ✭✭

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Bianca and Liam struggle to keep their big news a secret; the investigation into the murder leads the Police to Dex and Xavier; Irene tries her hand at Karaoke. ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) When the gang plays touch football on Thanksgiving, Joey and Chandler argue over who gets to date a model, and Ross and Monica argue over winning in a case of sibling rivalry. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Bree finds it good to be bad; Hayley oversteps the boundaries; Evan puts his money where his mouth is. ✭✭✭

Once Upon a Time (TV2, 8.30) Henry explores the inside of a mysterious sinkhole to see if its contents can link Storybrooke to the fairytale world; Jiminy Cricket yearns to leave the family business. ✭✭

Crash Course (TV2, 11.30) Greg Murphy pits two testosterone-fuelled teens against a pair of plucky pensioners in a handbrake parking face off to find out who’s the better driver: the young or the old. ✭✭

Mental (TV3, 11.45, 5.1) When a young factory worker loses his fingers in an industrial accident, he refuses to have them sewn back on. ✭✭

Sky Movies Greats Premiere: The Queen (Sky 22, 8.30, 5.1) Queen and country were never as divided as in “that week” in 1997. While the nation wept over the death of the “people’s princess”, the Royals kept a stiff upper lip in the face of a public backlash over their refusal to mourn as openly. Treading a fine line between satire and docudrama, The Queen amusingly and empathetically dramatises the pressures on the House of Windsor and how newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair helped to stop the monarchy from self-destructing. Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen and James Cromwell star; Stephen Frears directs. (2006) ✭✭✭✭

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