Tonight in HD: May 30

Series Premiere: Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms (TV3, 8.30) Anthony ‘Snoddy’ Spencer discover the seductive world of the outlaw bikie — and the formidable force that is Jock Ross. “Is Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms in danger of trivialising one of Australia’s most horrific crimes – the Milperra massacre?” asked the Herald Sun. “Six bikies and an innocent 14-year-old girl died after a violent shootout between the rival Comancheros and Bandidos bikie gangs on Father’s Day 1984 and 28 people were injured. [The] first episode of the six-part series was little more than Underbelly on two wheels. Like Nine’s gangland franchise, Bikie Wars featured plenty of violence and nudity smothered in a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack.” The Age said “the biggest problem with Bikie Wars early on is that for a show about bikies and debauchery, it’s a tad mundane” — but thought the second episode an improvement — and reported a gang enforcer who lived through the period claimed the show was full of errors and lazy stereotypes. ✮✮✮✮

Sky Movies Premiere: Prom (Sky 20, 8.30, 5.1) Quipped The Washington Post: “For movie lovers, prom evokes cinematic memories of pig’s blood in buckets, virginity-losing contests and Pygmalion-style makeovers. You’ll find none of those things in Prom, Disney’s chaste take on the annual high school spectacular. Nor will you find much excitement, tension or resemblance to actual teen culture in this whitewash of the quintessential rite of passage.” But the New York Times pointed out “there are new tweeners every year. To them, the characters and plot devices in this perfectly competent film might well seem fresh.” (2011) ✮✮

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Xavier suspects Jett as Colleen’s burglar; Casey goes a step too far with Mr Townsend; Sasha seeks counselling. ✮✮

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R)Rachel accidentally kisses a potential boss; Joey becomes obsessed with Hot Girl (a woman in Ross’ apartment complex); Phoebe and Monica compete over who’s relationship is hotter. ✮✮✮

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Rachel gets more than she bargained for; TK tackles a difficult puzzle; good intentions end in disaster for Vasa. ✮✮✮

Two and a Half Men (TV2, 7.30, 5.1) Walden and Zoey’s relationship suffers after they share a near-death experience … and Walden shares his true feelings; Alan wonders if Lyndsey has a drinking problem. ✮✮

Road Cops (TV3, 7.30) Constable Turner uncovers a drunk driver putting his girlfriend in the firing line; three people in a two-seater sports car get pulled over; officers stop a boy-racer desperate to keep his car. ✮✮

2 Broke Girls (TV2, 8.00, 5.1) Max tries to pass off her cupcakes as kosher when she and Caroline serve them at a boy’s Bar Mitzvah. ✮✮

The GC (TV3, 8.00) The “mumsies” crash the boys night out; Time runs late for Cole’s gym opening; Jade Louise and Nuz wow everyone as they take the stage; Rosie snaps Zane checking out another girl! If you missed the interview on MediaWorks-owned Radio Live, it turns out Prime Minister John Key backs NZ On Air’s funding of this series: “Look, I don’t know whether if it’s a good show or not, but I’ve seen the controversy swirling around, and weren’t they saying it was the highest-watched thing? I suppose if the test is whether people watch something, then they’ve probably done their job, haven’t they?” ✮✮

The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 8.30, 5.1) When a corner office at the university opens up, Sheldon must compete for it with his office nemesis, Barry Kripke; Bernadette wants Howard to sign a pre-nuptial agreement. ✮✮✮✮

Happy Endings (TV2, 9.00, 5.1) Some people wait for the groundhog to signal the end of winter. Instead, the friends wait for Brad and Jane’s annual ‘spring smackdown’, their yearly blowout of a domestic squabble. ✮✮

Castle (TV One, 9.30, 5.1) Espito and Ryan head to Atlantic City for a part murder investigation, part bachelor party. ✮✮

Breakout Kings (TV3, 9.35, 5.1) A man who kidnaps and tortures women escapes during a candlelight vigil outside prison, and the team learns that he has a woman captive in an unknown location. ✮✮✮

Nikita (TV2, 10.30, 5.1) Nikita and Michael plan to take down Division and Oversight, using the contents of the black box to help them with their mission. ✮✮

This Is Not My Life (TV One, 11.55, R) Richard reveals his big plans for Waimoana but all Alec can think about is getting out. ✮✮

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