Tonight in HD: February 27


SoHo Highlight: Luck (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) Ace enlists Nathan Israel, a cocky, young whiz kid, in his plans; Walter (Nick Nolte, above) decides to enter his colt, Gettinʼup Morning, in his first race. Episode three was the first to be written by track journalist Bill Barich (Laughing in the Hills), and as a result, tips Indie Wire, improves Luck’s odds of becoming a winner: “The first season of almost any television series is almost always a revelation – sometimes more to the writers than the audience. Andre Braugher grabbed Homicide by the throat and dragged the series after him; President Bartlett refused to be a subsidiary character in West Wing, demoting Sam Seaborn in the process. Barich has found the power (and the depth and nuance) in the players Luck needs to succeed. It’s suddenly become a much more interesting day at the races.” ✭✭✭✭

Home & Away (TV3, 5.30) Five years after the Summer Bay soap went 1080i in Oz, TV3 at last starts screening it here in HD (albeit not in 5.1). While TVNZ led the HD serial trend with Shortland Street, there’s no sign of it following suit with Neighbours (which has been shot in 1080i since 2008) and Coronation Street (which switched to HD in 2010). Home & Away’s changeover coincides with Bianca and Liam’s wedding being interrupted by a paparazzo, Xavier being confused about where he stands with Sasha, and a body being found at the Caravan Park. ✭✭

Friends (TV2, 6.30, R) Ross reveals his Princess Leia fantasy to Rachel; Chandler wants Joey to bond with Janice. ✭✭✭✭

Shortland Street (TV2, 7.00) Vinnie and Brooke team tup; Sarah shuns romance; Ula wavers on the brink of honesty. ✭✭✭

Piha Rescue (TV One, 7.30) An intoxicated tourist mistakes Piha for a nudist beach; a man is missing for two days; a little boy is left alone on the beach. ✭✭

Last Man Standing (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Mike has to take his grandson to work when his behaviour at Grandparents Day gets him kicked out of preschool. ✭✭

Rapid Response (TV One, 8.00) A babysitting night turns into a nightmare; a car crash leads to a violent standoff; emergency medical technician Anthony Ivan is called to a pregnant woman about to give birth in the back of a van. ✭✭

Criminal Minds (TV One, 8.30) After a series of tornadoes hits Kansas, the BAU are called when bodies turn up in the aftermath of the storm; JJ faces pressure on the work and home fronts. ✭✭

Desperate Housewives (TV2, 8.30) Mike begins to think that Susan is having an affair with Carlos; Bree suspects that her detective boyfriend may secretly be investigating her. ✭✭ 

Homeland (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) An exclusive television interview will thrust the Brody family into the national spotlight, unless Dana pulls off her plan to sidetrack the whole bogus process. ✭✭✭✭✭

Person of Interest (TV One, 9.30) The Machine identifies a school teacher who witnessed a mob hit as their next POI.  Now, Reese and Finch protect the unfortunate soul who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. ✭✭ 

Revenge (TV2, 9.30) The future of a major political figure hangs in the balance as Emily plots to avenge her father’s life and death. ✭✭✭

CSI: Crime Scene International  (TV3, 9.35, 5.1) Nick visits an art exhibit on a date and realises that one work of art contains decomposing body parts. ✭✭

Nurse Jackie (TV3, 11.20, 5.1, R, F) A distraught Eddie drowns his sorrows at Kevin’s bar, and then returns to the hospital and causes a scene. ✭✭✭✭

Hank (TV2, 12.00, R) ✭✭


Modern Family (TV3, 8.00, 5.1) This episode looks to be as uneven as season three’s first two. Slant magazine said Phil on Wirecrossed the line into unfunny farce when Mitchell and Cameron, each starving from a juice fast, have meltdowns at a business function, but in a much more effective narrative thread, Phil and Luke watch the documentary Man on Wire and become obsessed with tightrope walking: ‘Seeing a weird, wonderful little man pursuing his dream of walking on a tightrope made me think I could pursue my dream … of walking on a tightrope,’ Phil intones to the camera.” ✭✭✭✭

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