HD Heads-Up: April 11

The season two premiere of Fear the Walking Dead (SoHo, 9.30 tonight) walks “a fine line between ‘calming’ and ‘soporific’ but … mostly manages to stay on the right side of it, judging by the first three episodes,” Newsday reckons. The Hollywood Reporter isn’t so sure: “The visual presentation of season two paints an intriguing contrast to The Walking Dead – but the chemistry isn’t close to where it needs to be right now to make the show more compelling.” Concurs Variety: “Fear the Walking Dead returns, looking every bit as much at sea, dramatically speaking, as it did throughout its truncated first season” …

Prime’s 60 Minutes returns for a new season tonight at 8.30 — and will air here in HD for the first time. The channel promises “a fresh new look” for the veteran newsmag, the content of which is now totally foreign sourced. The premiere will visit Molenbeek, a Brussels’ suburb known as “terror town”, follow Donald Trump on the campaign trail and interview Star Wars director JJ Abrams …

Prime’s also confirmed tonight’s 9.30 documentary, A Very British Brothel, will be in HD. It concerns a mother and daughter who run a massage parlour in Sheffield, where The Guardian reports “regular punters are greeted with a cheery ‘Hiya, love!’ And if it weren’t for the dress code, or the procession of sheepish men being led up and down the stairs, you’d think it was a laundromat or a minicab office” …

The Telegraph thought it “a positive spin on the sex trade” while The Independent quipped: “These insights into the lives of people who buy and sell sex are particularly relevant. It’s only a shame they must be sandwiched between the repeated close-ups of wrinkly cleavage and scuffed stilettos, which are apparently obligatory in any even vaguely sex-related Channel 4 documentary” …

Guesting on Prime’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon this week are: Kerry Washington, Ken Jeong and Dion (Monday); Fallonventions, Sir Ben Kingsley, and  Common & Ice Cube (Tuesday); Amy Schumer, Richard Linklater and Zara Larsson (Wednesday); Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper and Conrad Sewell (Thursday); and Hugh Laurie and Future (Friday) …

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