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Free-to-air TV: Tuesday, February 5

Next Stop Hollywood, ABC1, 9.30pm

IT'S nearly the final episode of the ABC's engaging and enjoyable documentary series (it could fall into the ''reality'' category, but features too much actual reality) following six Australian actors trying to get a break during the Los Angeles ''pilot season'' - a journey made by scores and scores of actors every year. The program's actors have had ''proper'' experience, but for most of them it's still been a hard six weeks. Tonight follows the six in their final week and there are some emotional moments. Actor and writer-director Craig finally lands a meeting with famed agency UTA, but when the Next Stop Hollywood crew asks for details, he insists he's not allowed to divulge anything, and there's a rare moment of hostility between him and the program's producers. Without giving anything away, not everyone gets a Hollywood ending. But there's always next pilot season.

Packed to the Rafters, Channel Seven, 8.45pm

IT'S a big night of surprises tonight, which this once top-rating program probably needs now the series has moved so far from its original premise. Youngest son Nathan returns from London with several announcements that leave Julie and Dave exchanging pantomime-style glances and hamming it up no end. Ben, meanwhile, decides to make a spur-of-the-moment life change, which leads to some excruciating mother-and-son exchanges between he and Julie, in which they wring out a metaphor until it's a husk of its former charming - if twee - self. It's hard to imagine where this series can head now the Rafter house is well and truly not packed.

Against the Wall, Channel Seven, 10.45pm

IT SEEMS odd that US cable channel Lifetime, which produces ''TV and movies for women'', made this cop show - until you actually sit through an episode. Against the Wall is billed as police drama with an edge of female empowerment, but it's more a cavalcade of cop-show and strong-female-character cliches. Our own Rachael Carpani (Jodi Fountain from McLeod's Daughters) is Abby Kowalski, who takes an opening in internal affairs to rise to the level of detective. The problem is that regular cops hate internal affairs, and Abby is from a proud family of regular, hard-bitten Chicago cops: her father and three brothers are all internal affairs-hating officers. They all, somewhat inconveniently, work at the same station and are often, it would seem, being investigated by internal affairs. It could be an interesting premise, but instead it's merely a loose plot device that weaves its way through what feels like a series of Naked Gun-style police-procedural parodies. Tonight's episode has everything: someone weeping while holding a framed photo to their chest, someone slapping a table during an interrogation before standing up and running their hands through their hair, scenes ending with moody night-time shots of the city skyline, a pregnant character eating a hot dog for breakfast (crazy!), our female heroine relieving tension by working out with a punching bag on the roof of her warehouse apartment. The only thing missing is a scene in which Kowalski gets an urgent call on the patrol car radio and must throw a half-drunk coffee out of the window. That's probably next week. But it might be prudent not to get too into Against the Wall, because it wasn't renewed for a second season.

Parenthood, Channel Seven, 9.45pm

IT'S a bit of a racy episode of Parenthood tonight, opening with Crosby and Jasmine getting it on on their kitchen floor and Crosby learning that Adam and Kristina schedule their sex, which they refer to, in their synced Google calendars, as Funky Time. But we learn all this with good reason, of course, and by the episode's end Jasmine wishes Crosby were more carefree and more like Adam when he misses an appointment. Young love is also explored tonight, as Drew, beginning his senior year, finds himself dumped on the first day. One of tonight's highlights is Sarah's new boss, grumpy photographer Hank (the brilliant Ray Romano in a recurring role), explaining his experience with women and offering Drew some sage advice.