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Chloe Sevigny 'Those Who Kill.' | A E

Chloe Sevigny in "Those Who Kill." | A&E

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Updated: April 4, 2014 6:11AM



“THOSE WHO KILL” (9 p.m. Monday, A&E): Television’s latest Nordic noir offering is rooted in a Danish crime series with Pittsburgh standing in as the serial killers’ bleak playground in this moody thriller. The always mesmerizing Chloe Sevigny (“Big Love”) stars as a homicide detective with personal demons. In another familiar trope, she enlists the help of a forensic psychologist (James D’Arcy, “Cloud Atlas”) with a talent for seeing things through the eyes of the criminals he’s hunting. What the 10-episode series lacks in originality it makes up for by piling on the creepy suspense. Rating: ★★★

“CHICAGOLAND” (9 p.m. Thursday, CNN): This eight-part docuseries comes off at times like a campaign ad for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose office granted the team behind the Newark, N.J.-based “Brick City” extensive access to the city’s inner sanctum. Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s police department gets pretty fawning treatment, too. The patchwork narrative covers Chicago’s murder epidemic, gang violence, public schools crisis, sports stuff — all familiar stories. But they’re packaged in an engaging, informative way, with Fenger High School Principal Liz Dozier lending a human heartbeat to what otherwise could be a run-of-the-mill big-city documentary. Rating: ★★★

“RESURRECTION” (8 p.m. Sunday, WLS-Channel 7): Broadcast and cable often take markedly different approaches to drama. Pay TV typically does a better job. That axiom is illustrated perfectly with ABC’s new series about dead people mysteriously coming back to life in rural Missouri. Bogged down by mundane subplots and generic characters, it lacks the atmosphere, tension and emotional pull that defined Sundance Channel’s recent “zombie” show, “The Returned,” a superb French drama with English subtitles. Rating: ★★½

“COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY” (8 p.m. Sunday on WFLD-Channel 32, National Geographic Channel and other Fox networks): Launched on PBS in 1980, late astronomer Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” remains the most successful American public television series of all time. Sagan’s collaborators have teamed up with Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “Ted”) and Fox — yes, you read that right — to create a contemporary spin on the original. Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the 13-part series sets out to explain complex theories about space, time and the laws of nature to the masses. I almost fell asleep typing that sentence — and watching the premiere. The use of animation makes it feel even more like something you’d see in a high school science class. Special effects have come a long way since 1980, yet they manage to be less impressive in this updated version that shoots for the stars but falls short. Rating: ★★½

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