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Welcome to January, TV.com readers. It's officially the midseason, which means a deluge of new TV shows will soon be hitting your TV screens. Some will be worth a look, and some won't, but the bigger question is this: How do you find the time to figure out which is which? I'm glad you asked, because I'm here to help! Next up in our trusty Hey TV.com, Should I Watch [X] Show? series is ABC's Killer Women. The network has been home to over-the-top dramas for awhile now, so the series should fit right in between the likes of RevengeScandal, and Grey's Anatomy. But should you watch it? Read on to find out.


Killer Women... is this a show about a gang of female serial killers?

Oh, how I wish that's what the show was about; I'd watch the hell out of a show about a gang of female serial killers! Especially if it was a reality series. But unfortunately, Killer Women is a by-the-numbers procedural disguised as a pretty lady who's about to rob you of an hour of your time. It follows a lone female Texas Ranger on an elite squad that's committed to justice as she takes down (literal) lady killers. She's painted as a badass who gets shit done while her male colleagues look down on her for being a woman. Welcome to Texas! (J/K I love you, Texas. Texas forever.)


All right, so who created Killer Women, and who's in it?

The promos really want to drive home the fact that Killer Women is from executive producer Sofia Vergara, as if she's some sort of goddess of TV creation. ABC probably would've been better off if it'd played up the return to television of Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer as Molly Parker, the ballsy Texas Ranger at the center of the series. The role reunites Helfer with former BSG co-star Michael Trucco, who plays Molly's brother Billy. The rest of the cast includes Alex Fernandez as a father-figure Ranger who knew Molly's dad, Marta Milans as Billy's wife Becca, Jeffrey Nordling as Molly's jerk ex-husband, and Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as a DEA agent and Molly's current beau. Also, The League's Nadine Velazquez makes for a nice guest-star in the pilot, and Brad Leland (Friday Night Lights' Buddy Garrity) appears briefly because he's contractually obligated to appear in every series about Texas.



When do the women start killing?

Killer Women premieres Tuesday, January 7 at 10pm. That puts it up against Person of Interest on CBS and Chicago Fire on NBC, as well as the Season 5 premieres of Justified and Cougar Town on FX and TBS, respectively.


Who might enjoy Killer Women?

Fans of Sofia Vergara, probably. See also: people who don't want to think too hard about TV, people who don't require heavily serializes plots, people who don't mind too much when a series is only half as good as it could be.


What's killer about Killer Women?

If I'm being honest, I really liked Marc Blucas as DEA agent Dan Winston. His character's relationship with Parker isn't remotely new or even that exciting—they bed each other and use each other for information while dancing around their feelings—but dammit if Blucas and his facial hair didn't win me over somehow. I guess time heals all wounds, Riley Finn. For Battlestar Galactica fans, it's fun to see Helfer back on TV playing another badass (or at least someone who's described as being one, even if she doesn't actually come off that way), especially with Trucco popping in every now and then as her brother.



What should maybe be killed about Killer Women?

Unfortunately, a lot. The pilot is so matter-of-fact that it casts Killer Women as just another boring procedural with flat caricatures and poorly done southern accents. There isn't enough meat to the first case—about a woman who kills an assistant district attorney on her wedding day—to make viewers feel invested in the outcome. All the core characters seem like one-note archetypes, and series opener didn't provide much of reason to care about them. 

There's a lot of talk about Molly being a fierce Ranger, someone who's not to be trifled with, but for most of the first hour, that's all it is: talk. Even when the series attempts to actually show us that Molly's a badass—like when it puts a gun in her hands as she makes a rescue attempt—it falls flat. It's not that Helfer can't handle the material; after all, this is the woman who breathed life into several different versions of Number Six on Battlestar Galactica. No, the problem is that the material isn't there in the first place, as the writing leaves plenty to be desired. For fans hoping to see Helfer in a new and exciting role, Killer Women is probably going to be a letdown. 

However: Despite everything you just read, this isn't necessarily a bad show. If the writing improves in future episodes, the series could evolve into a fun Tuesday-night ride, with plenty of action and sexiness. But for now, it feels a bit like a campy series from the 1990s instead of the badass-in-2014 that it wants to be.


So gimme a verdict—should I watch it?

As hard as it is for me to say this, because I really want to see Helfer succeed, you'd be better off skipping this one. If you want a series featuring a badass protagonist who looks good in boots and a hat, watch Justified. If want a series with a strong female character who looks good with a gun in her hands, you'd be better off waiting 'til summer, when you can spend some time with Helfer's real-life BFF and former BSG castmate Katee Sackhoff in A&E's Western series Longmire.


I think I might like to see a trailer before I make my final decision.

You got it, dude.



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Killer Women premieres Tuesday, January 7 at 10pm on ABC.


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AIRED ON 3/30/2014

Season 1 : Episode 8

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Hot garbage, it made it a whopping 6 episodes, which was 5.5 more than it should have. Couldn't have been any worse than the Following though..
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So, here I am with little to do on a COLD afternoon when I come across this show again. "Sure, why not? Not like you have anything else better to do" I say and settle in for episodes 2 and 3.

I think they got the marketing all wrong for this show. Instead of heavily promoting Sophia Vargara trying to channel her inner Tarantino/Rodgriguez (and failing) why not promote what this show actually is...a Texas based cop show about women, both good and bad, with an Hispanic touch.

So far, we've had a woman blackmailed into killing to save her family, a woman assassin who preyed on abusive husbands and a woman veteran trying to right government wrongs and helping with military benefits.

Attempted style aside, it's not a bad show and the focus on law enforcement as well as criminal activity from a female perspective where both hero and protagonists are women is original enough a concept for me to get behind. It's a Texas version of (the cancelled way too soon) 'Prime Suspect' of a woman earning respect in the all boys club.

It will eventually need a little more substance over style and some actual character and story depth over the cliches, but IMO, the intent of what is being attempted is enough for me to give this series a shot.
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And upon discovering it's been cancelled two episodes in...I guess none of that matters. Though this confirms the failed marketing because while certainly not great, it wasn't 2 episodes bad. Viewers didn't give the show a shot.

I dunno if it would have done better than the 0.9 and 0.7 it did If promoted for what it actually was, but at least it would have gone out on it's own merrits.
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I, too really love this show. The actors and story lines are great. It's a nice twist from the intense, man driven cop shows. The episodes are light and easy to watch and bringing in a little bit of romance always adds that extra spark. I always loved Walker Texas Ranger, which was so popular for so long, and now having an independent, sexy/smart and beautiful woman as Texas Ranger brings us into the 21st century. Sofia Vergara is a genius. I hope this show does well!
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I really love this show. True, I've always been a fan of Marc Blucas but even though there isn't a lot to think about and it's kind of fluff, sometimes you just need that. It's sad there's only eight episodes, I don't think you can formulate anything in that amount of time.
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Having seen 2 episodes so far I must admit that I kinda enjoy the show, even if some of it is cliche.
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Because I'm an idiot and slightly curious, I watched the pilot...UGH!!!

The writing was awful, the acting no better and the overall feel...UGH! It's like a laymen with no actual knowledge on how to create a film had a Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez marathon and told Sofia Vergara all about the cool movie they saw. She then turned around and tried to describe what she had been told to the director of this show and said, "We should do that"

No style. No finesse. No slick camera angles. None of the things that make those gritty films so cool. Just cheezy post production work to try and re-create the same effect. No soul.

Perhaps in this Tarantino/Rodriguez for dummies book which is the template for this series, somebody missed the chapter about tongue in cheek. That 'Dusk Till Dawn', 'Grindhouse', and the Mexico Trilogy aren't supposed to entirely be taken seriously.

'Killer Women' is a hot mess.
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So, the pilot was pretty clumsy. Some terrible dialogue and a pretty flimsy plot. Writing needs to be tighter, maybe throw in a few curve balls. The original Argentinian show (Mujeres Asesinas) upon which this was based sounds much more interesting, tbh, I'd rather watch that with subtitles than another standard procedural like this. Has anyone seen that, and if so, was it any good? Right on the money about Justified and Longmire being much, much better options for those who might be jonesing for a cowboy hat. Will give it at least one more chance to grab me, I think.
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Wow, that was terrible.
"Everybody knows the Rangers are the best interrogators in the world."
SHENANIGANS!
Just off the top of my head... SAS, MOSAD, CIA, Scotland Yard, FBI, NCIS, my Grandmother, MI5 & MI6, the Russian and Chinese secret police, US Military Police, Homeland Security, The Secret Service and Kate Beckett.
And what's with that red screen? Are they trying to make it look like a cheap Tarantino/Rodriguez knock off? The dialogue was poor, the shoot-outs were ridiculous and it was suffering from a deadly case of pilot-itis. And why is it that every man in a position of power has to be a complete dick except for the one she is dating? Not all guy's are arseholes Ms. Vergara! This is worst thing about the 4 Episode Test, I know there are three more of these to suffer through 9there's still that 1 % chance it comes good).
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Did you notice how bad Tricia Helfer was in the shootout scene - she had her eyes closed most of the time!
Her delivery of some of the awful dialogue was a saving grace, but not enough to keep me watching.
But this does show that she can act, its just a pity the material is so poor
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I was referring to the fact that they were all shooting four feet away from each other and couldn't hit shit, except when DEA Riley Finn (or whatever he's called in this one) managed to shoot the leg of an unlabelled container whilst reversing a car and yet the driver of the car chasing them was no more than two car lengths away and was probably the easiest target - and wasn't it convenient that the container even held a highly flammable substance? They'd have been fucked if it was full of water... or empty! But yeah, she needs to learn to shoot a gun if she's going to be a Texas Ranger, although you'd have thought she'd have done that four months ago!

The writing was terrible and the dialogue was straight out of "Michael Bay's Action Film Making for Dummies". I still hate that opening scene though were the gorgeous woman in a bright red dress carrying a gun walks down the middle isle of a church during a wedding right up to the bride shoots her twice, 'runs' out of there and down a dozen stone steps in high heel shoes and she's in the car driving away before any of the many "Law Enforcement Professionals" attending the wedding have even realised that the bride's dress isn't white any more.

It was very bad is what I'm saying, not quite Betrayal bad, but not far off.
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Caprica, how can I not give it at least the four episode test. Is Longmire any good?
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Longmire is great, I highly recommend it.
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Loved the premier of Killer Woman!! Can't wait to see the next episode...
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If it's just lady killers she's going after then she's got a relatively small pool to work with considering men are murdered at a rate almost five times that of women according to the department of health and human services
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Who wouldn't watch a show called Killer Women, starring Trisha Helfer. Me, that's who. I was gonna give it a go but you folks talked me out of it--THANKS!
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Tricia Helfer is worth at least looking one episode or part of one.
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I'll pass
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This seems like its going to follow the formula of Chase with Kelli Giddish a bit too much already, which although fun at times, had a myriad of things wrong with it when it was cancelled early on.
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They probably shouldn't have named the main character "Molly" if she's supposed to be a badass...
But I <3 the cast! Maybe I'll check out the pilot just for the actors.
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Ugh, no thanks.
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It's a real shame to see Tricia Helfer wasted on this rubbish.

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That trailer is truly awful but it did make me laugh when the voiceover came in, just rediculous.
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I'll probably try it on Hulu just because of the BSG folks.
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this has nothing to do with "mujeres asesinas"!
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Too specific and limited. Will claim to be about female empowerment while showing Tricia's ass a lot, lol.
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Lots of shows start off pretty awful but then improve and become quite decent or better, hopefully this is one of those. Besides, Number 6 and Sam Anders deserve at least the 4 episode test. For frak's sake. ;-)
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Oh brother! I actually hit the "follow" next to this thing when it was on the midseason schedule list but after watching this trailer......zzzzzzz....this looks awful. Why is Sofia Vergara listed a some awesome producer? This looks like her first gig...and a very bad one.
Ugh, disappointed since I originally followed it with the hope of watching a show about women who are killers.
"Killer Women"? That title is flat out false advertising if you ask me!
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I love Tricia Helfer but I am sick of cop shows... I will definitely watch the pilot tonight, but I don't know if I'll stick with the show for long.
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what a waste, just cast her on Lonfmire ffs

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Who giving money for this crap, no wonder the world is having ecommery issues if the ones that do have money just flush it down the toilet!
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Quentin Tarantino...yes. Robert Rodriguez...yes. Sofia Vergara...umm...ain't no Tarantino or Rodriguez.

Trying to make this look, feel and sound like Pulp Fiction, Grindhouse and Once Upon a Time in Mexico don't make it so.
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I specifically stayed away from those comparisons in my preview, but I won't lie: that's exactly what it looks like they wanted to go for.
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And they weren't shy about it either. Though I suppose trying to emulate two of the most stylistic directors in the game isn't the worst idea...even if just a touch ambitious. Even if you take away all their tricks and just leave the dialogue, you could have a fixed camera in a room with nothing but two people talking and it would still be better than anything 'Killer Women' could hope to achieve. Though of course now, I'm gonna have to check it out...just cause...dammit!
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Dammit, I really really want Tricia Helfer back on TV. This just doesn't do it for me.
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Judging by the trailer:

No, you should never under any circumstances watch this show.
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Cancelled after only 3 killer women. Place your bets.
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I hate it that it's always considered a solid and complete character description to say "badass woman". If people sold a show with a "badass guy" everybody would be "yeah but how? what's makes him special?"
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Oh man! I love Tricia Helfer and Michael Trucco. Plus I'm looking for a show to replace In Plain Sight. I'm going to give it the four episode test 'cos Tricia deserves that at least. Fingers crossed that it gets better.
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I didn't need you to tell me not to watch this one, tv.com. I could figure that out all by myself.
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This sounds horrendous.
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I'll give it the 4, but that trailer made it look terrible.
Seriously, a woman walks down the middle of a church in a bright red dress during a wedding carrying a fricking gun in her hand and none of the gun-totting guests react until after she has shot the bride and "run" out of the church in her high heels and jumped into her car? It's that kind of BS that ruins shows like this, plus the fact that that trailer pretty much looked like the entire plot of the episode. I love Helfer, but I have very low expectations for this show. I thought the show with her and Summer Glau where they were both handlers in a K9 unit sounded better. Lets be honest, Glau is being wasted on Arrow, she deserves to lead her own show and her and Helfer could have worked brilliantly together.

And who gives shit that Vergara is involved?

And Longmire is brilliant.
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"The promos really want to drive home the fact that Killer Women is from executive producer Sofia Vergara, as if she's some sort of goddess of TV creation."

This was my exact thought every time I saw an ad for this. I've noticed Jennifer Lopez gets loudly trumpeted when she's behind the scenes of something, too. Eva Longoria had it for a while as well but it didn't last long for her. Is there some message we're supposed to be getting about female Hispanic EPs?

To me, when it comes to TV, I don't care who's behind the scenes as long as what enters my brain is entertaining, although I have started to think of "From EP J. J. Abrams" as a sign of something that will disappoint, the exact opposite of what I used to think just a few years ago.
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Shame...as I really would love to see Tricia Helfer in something awesome which she should be in. But this.....sounds very blah especially what it's up against so the prospect of watching this ain't blowing any wind up my skirt any time soon. I'll give it a big fat miss unless I hear some really great reviews which sounds like wishful thinking.
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ill give it a go who knows might end up being good. might end up being crap. dont judge a book by its cover
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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Sad for Number 6, she deserves better.
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I need to trim Monday viewing. The pilot will get one chance.
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Keep us posted on your Monday trimmings.
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It's on ABC and sounds cheesy imo. I was hoping for a show about badass women but this doesn't sound like a show for me.
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Frak it, I'm watching anyway.
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If there's nothing else I might try and use it as a comedown from what is no doubt going to be a Justified that leaves me wanting more.
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for the record though I haven't seen the trailer. I generally don't whatch them because I feel like they're rarely ever a good representation of what I'm in for.
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watch*
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I get that the show has potential... but... um... shouldn't the show be fully cooked and oozing badassery considering it's going up against Person of Interest, Chicago Fire, Justified , and Cougar Town.
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Nah.
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I don't get it. That is why they bought the right of "Mujeres Asesinas"? That is an Argentinian show which is a drama about real life women who comit killings. It didn't has a stable cast, so there was not a police detective, or ranger, or anything as a lead. They were more intimates stories and it was interesting. This just seems awful.
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Tricia Helfer gets one episode. Though I don't have high hopes for this show. Especially with ABC and Sofia Vergara involve somehow.
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I don't care what anyone says, I liked Riley. I mean, Spike was still her best beau IMHO but I liked corn-fed Iowa boy Riley more than Broodmeister 5000 Angel.
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