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Matthew McConaughey Woody Harrels'True Detective.' | HBO photo

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in "True Detective." | HBO photo

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Updated: April 14, 2014 4:42PM



“INTELLIGENCE” (8 p.m. Tuesday, WBBM-Channel 2) and “killer women” (9 p.m. Tuesday, WLS-Channel 7): One show is about an ex-special forces op with a chip in his brain; the other is about a female Texas Ranger with a chip on her shoulder. Another thing they have in common: Neither pilot left me with a desire for more. ABC’s “Killer Women” centers on a sexy-but-strong law-enforcing heroine (Tricia Helfer), whose 10-gallon hat is lily white as she goes about solving preposterous crimes. Rating: ★½ stars. On CBS, Josh Holloway (“Lost”) stars as a renegade agent whose brain is connected to the global information grid in “Intelligence,” which feels more like a dumb action movie. Rating: ★★

“CHICAGO P.D.” (9 p.m. Wednesday, WMAQ-Channel 5)): Television isn’t clamoring for another cop show or another white male antihero. But viewers could do worse than Jason Beghe as the Dirty Harry-type head of an enigmatic intelligence unit in this “Chicago Fire” spin-off. The Dick Wolf-produced drama is darker than its sister show, but it packs potential for fun with the city’s cops and firefighters crossing paths both on and off the job. Rating: ★★★

“THE SPOILS OF BABYLON” (9 p.m. Thursday, IFC) and “ENLISTED” (8:30 p.m. Friday, WFLD-Channel 32): Two new comedies worth working into your DVR rotation start this week. “The Spoils of Babylon” is a star-studded, droll spoof of television miniseries from the ’80s. It’s worth tuning in if only to see “SNL’s” Kristen Wiig back on the small screen and Will Ferrell as the smug, alcoholic auteur behind this melodramatic saga of forbidden love. Rating: ★★★ “Enlisted” is a “Stripes”-like sitcom about three very different brothers serving together — and occasionally bonding — on an Army post for military flunkies in Florida. The Geoff Stults-led comedy has a heart that could beat stronger if the stereotypes get dialed down. Rating: ★★★

“TRUE DETECTIVE” (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO): Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson should star in everything, always — that’s how mesmerizing they are as Louisiana criminal investigators in HBO’s new anthology “True Detective.” With a self-contained season made up of eight episodes, the atmospheric series shifts between 1995, 2002 and 2012 as police try to track down a serial killer with occult tastes. But the real drama surrounds this mismatched pair of cops battling their own demons. Rating: ★★★★

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