HD Heads-Up: April 4

The reviews are in for tonight’s movie-length bloodbath on The Walking Dead (TV2, 9.30). “The 90-minute season finale featured maybe 12 good minutes,” reckons top US critic Tim Goodman in The Hollywood Reporter. “And it won’t matter a bit to the show’s fans.” He argued the finale left a sour taste, “not only because it was so incredibly lifeless and so transparently manipulative, but because it found the show getting away with murder, killing its better self. To see the writers and producers milking the audience for all it’s worth is less disheartening than predictable” …

Variety echoed this viewpoint, summing up the producers’ attitude towards the audience as: “Thanks for your patronage, gang. Good luck guessing who’s dead. Have a good summer, we’ll see you around Halloween!” The trade paper thought that was a shame, “since the extended 93-minute episode was at times a minor masterpiece of tension and almost unbearable intensity” while Deadline Hollywood described it as “hardcore, even if it took a while for the real action to begin” …

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is quizzed about his endorsement of Donald Trump tonight on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (Prime, 10.35/repeats 2pm Tuesday). The Washington Post claimed he was “defensive” and the interview “awkward” but The Hollywood Reporter thought Christie a “good sport” about Fallon’s “dozens and dozens” of jabs …

Also guesting this week on The Tonight Show are Aaron Paul and Nate Bargatze (tonight), Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale and Wild Belle (Tuesday), Greg Kinnear, Padma Lakshmi and Andrew Dice Clay (Wednesday), Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau and Alessia Cara (Thursday), and Fred Armisen, Jonathan Groff and The Lumineers (Friday) …

Empire returns tomorrow night (TV2, 9.30) after a “very strong” comeback in the US last week, Variety reports. “Fox’s Empire has proven it’s the rare show strong enough to survive a lengthy midseason hiatus, returning Wednesday with surprisingly robust numbers that towered over everything else on the night.” Moreover, The AV Club thought it improved on a disastrous first half of the season : “Empire is back, along with its constant threat of becoming a good show” …

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