Tonight in HD: February 20


SoHo Highlight: Luck (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Ace shows off his famous temper, Renzo sets his sights on claiming one of Escalante’s mystery horses and Lonnie parties with two unscrupulous women. ”Luck in some ways seems to me like an interesting flip side of Deadwood,” reckons The AV Club’s Kevin Dunn. ”My theory of the HBO holy trinity has always been that the three programmes represent three different stages of the American empire: Deadwood traces its birth; The Sopranos traces its decline; The Wire traces its death. Luck is pitched much more closely to one of the latter two in spirit, even if it’s resolutely nothing like either in practice, being much too sprawling for something like The Sopranos’ laser-like focus, and much too focused for The Wire’s attempts to create an entire fictionalised version of a real-life city. But that sense of decline and a nation coming to the end of its greatness resonates throughout the hour.” ✭✭✭✭

Homeland (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) Carrie receives a new piece of electronic evidence from an undercover agent while staying glued to the surveillance footage of life in Brody's home. "In its second episode, Homeland does some very good second-episode things," New York magazine said. "Specifically, it expands the universes of its main characters in a way that opens up some interesting avenues for the story." Note the earlier time slot as TV3 tries to win more hearts and minds for what's shaping up to be the best new drama of 2012. ✭✭✭✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Phoebe’s world view is shattered when she learns how Old Yeller really ends; Rachel becomes upset when she learns Ross has planned their whole life together. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Chris can’t let a broken wing slide; Ula buys herself some leeway; Callum decides what’s best for his son. ✭✭✭

Piha Rescue (TV One, 7.30) A capsized boat sparks a major emergency; an after hours rescue turns from bad to worse; two boaties are missing at the Raglan Bar. ✭✭

Last Man Standing (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Mike reluctantly agrees to baby proof the house at the request of the rest of his family.

Rapid Response (TV One, 8.00) A violent attack leads to life threatening injuries; Intensive Care paramedic Nick Scott attends a patient struggling to recall events; the search is on for a suspected driver of a high-speed motorway crash. ✭✭

Revenge (TV2, 9.30) Emily sets her sights on her next target, Bill Harmon, a wealthy hedge funds manager and trusted family friend who testified in the trial that wrongfully convicted her father. Observed Inside Pulse of the second episode that Salt's Phillip Noyce directed: "Following the pilot in which we learned of Emily’s adversaries and her motivations, Revenge could have gone down a couple paths – serialised, where Emily concocts a massive plot to take down Victoria, or the procedural route, which Revenge is taking. Both would be unrealistic given the circumstances, but the procedural route is easier to handle, as the audience doesn’t really need to watch every week to keep up and the writers don’t need an overly complex web of plots." ✭✭✭✭

Modern Family (TV3, 8.00, 5.1) Mitchell and Cameron plan to break the news of adopting another child, though this revelation may not sit well with Lily. After last week’s dude ranch detour, “When Good Kids Go Bad was back on the show’s home turf, and the stronger of the two,” critic Alan Sepinwall says. “I’m in general not a big fan of comedy stories built around characters lying or keeping secrets until the most mortifying moment possible. That said, the final scene at Cam and Mitchell’s house was kind of terrific.” ✭✭✭✭

Criminal Minds (TV One, 8.30) The BAU search California’s Angeles National Forest after bodies mysteriously turn up in the mountain lakes; Rossi struggles with an agonising decision regarding his ex-wife. ✭✭

Desperate Housewives (TV2, 8.30) Susan eases her overwhelming feelings of guilt by making some dangerous choices; Gaby plans a sexy surprise to help Carlos get his sexual mojo back. ✭✭

Person of Interest (TV One, 9.30) Reese finds himself captivated by their latest person of interest, a beautiful, shrewd and remarkably resourceful woman adept at problem solving. ✭✭

CSI: Crime Scene International (TV3, 9.35, 5.1) Three suspects each confess to murdering a family and the CSIs must determine which one is telling the truth. (Note later time slot.) ✭✭

Nurse Jackie (TV3, 11.20, 5.1, R) When one of Jackie’s patients returns with more severe symptoms, Zoey second-guesses Jackie’s initial treatment. ✭✭✭✭

Hank (TV2, 12.00, R) ✭✭

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