Tonight in HD: November 4

The Hangover Part II bows on Blu-ray on November 30

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) When Monica and Chandler are financially strapped, she secretly asks a friend for a large loan; Rachel’s attempt to baby-proof the apartment confuses Joey. ✫✫✫

Shortland Street (TV2. 7.00) Brooke gets a taste of her own medicine; Maxwell makes his choice; Ula takes a foolish risk for friendship. ✫✫✫

The X Factor USA (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) After last night’s performances come the results of the US voting audience. ✫✫✫

The Bachelor (TV2, 8.30) A private performance from hit band Train makes for a “hot night” for Brad and but tempers flare as two of the women chasing commitment come to blows. If the ratings don’t improve over last week’s dreadful debut, expect The Bachelor the series to soon get dumped.

The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30, R) With Liam Neeson, The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper, An Idiot Abroad’s Stephen Merchant, and Blue performing their Eurovision entry, I Can.  ✫✫✫✫

Supernatural (TV2, 10.30) Sam, Dean, Bobby and Castiel track Eve to a small Oregon town where she’s turning the locals into demons, including their mother, Mary Winchester. The AV Club rated this episode a B, calling it the set-up for next week’s, “when the real test of the season begins”. ✫✫✫✫

Human Target (TV2, 11.30) When Chance and the team help a client suffering from retrograde amnesia discover who he is and why someone is out to kill him, Winston is forced to ask his ex-wife for help. Most blog critics thought the episode average, but some liked its exploration of Winston’s past. ✫✫✫

NCIS (TV3, 11.45, 5.1, R) A murder reopens a case from Tony’s past, forcing him and Gibbs to reverse roles. ✫✫

CSI: Miami (TV3, 12.45, 5.1, R) The investigation of a dead census worker sends the team into a high speed car chase and an explosion that threatens the lives of two CSIs. ✫✫

SoHo Spotlight: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Sky 10, 10.25) Four years after winning six of its 17 Emmy nominations, including best miniseries or telemovie, and languishing for a DVD release in the interim, this dramatisation of Dee Brown’s account of the US government’s Indian massacre at last is unearthed on NZ TV — just in time to mark the 40th anniversary of the book’s publication. Disappointingly, it is a movie and not a mini-series, which is why it tackles only the last two chapters. The New York Times thought it “seamlessly acted and produced” but as an allegory for the war in Iraq, “this project was doomed to overreach and to sermonise” (the screenplay is by Path to War’s Daniel Giat). Similarly, the Friends of the Little Bighorn Battlefield website points out many historical inaccuracies but acknowledges “the film contains episodes of brilliance and astounding beauty“. Anna Paquin, Aidan Quinn, JK Simmons and Wes Studi star. ✫✫✫✫

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