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Preview in Two: ABC’s “Killer Women”

Published: January 3, 2014, 10:00 pm, by Terry Terrones

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Preview in Two is a new feature on the Pop Culture Blog. Pi2 (see what I did there) is a quick preview of an upcoming TV show that you can peruse in about two minutes. I watch the pilots of shows so you don’t have to! This way, you’ll quickly know whether an upcoming program is worth your time or not. We’ll start the New Year off with ABC’s “Killer Women.”

What is it?: “Killer Women,” watch the official trailer here.

Star appeal: “Battlestar Galactica” alums Tricia Helfer (Number Six) and Michael Trucco (Sam)

When does it air?: The pilot episode airs Tuesday January 7 at 9 p.m. on ABC

What’s the premise according to an ABC PR rep?: “Ballsy and badass Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer) is one of the first women to join the elite group of law enforcement agents know as the Texas Rangers. From executive producer Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) and creator Hannah Shakespeare (“The Raven”), “Killer Women” takes us inside the dangerous world of the Texas Rangers from a female perspective. While Molly is surrounded by law enforcement colleagues who want to see her fail, there are those within the Rangers who have her back. Molly also has the support of her loving family including her brother Billy (Trucco) and his wife Becca.”

What are the highlights?: This kind of role is right up Tricia Helfer’s alley. Her character requires her to be tough, physical, sexy and yet display a soft side, which she does well when interacting with the actors who play her niece and nephew on the show. If this show just focuses on her, it might do well.

What are the lowlights? Unfortunately there’s plenty. It’s yet another police procedural and the TV schedule is already chock full of those. The cast is bloated and there’s too much going on. In the pilot Helfer interacts with her family, her boss, a bunch of cops who refuse to accept her because she’s a woman, her smarmy husband who refuses to divorce her and the DEA agent she’s having an affair with. She also has to solve a murder with the help of her Texas Ranger super powers, which look like they’ve been lifted straight out of the “Sherlock Holmes: How to Use Deductive Reasoning to Solve Crimes” handbook. The pilot had too many story lines.

The Grade: (C-) I love Tricia Helfer. LOVE HER! But the “Killer Women” pilot was too convoluted. It also doesn’t really fit network TV. A show like this would have been a better fit for Showtime, HBO or Starz where the sex and violence could be a bit more ramped up. Instead ABC plays it a bit too safe, dipping its toe in too many genres but not really succeeding in any. But since I love Tricia Helfer, I’ll give “Killer Women” a few episodes to see if it can find its way.