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Somewhere in the exurbs beyond Albuquerque, N.M., the cast and crew of ABC's Tuesday crime drama "Killer Women" have set up camp for the day in a house.
Actually, it's one of two houses on the same property, sporting a sort of mullet theme -- party house in front, house for family living and work in back.
Shooting is taking place inside the house and outside at the pool that lies between the two houses (next to another outdoor party space and a lawn beyond decked out for more child-sized play - plus a putting green).
It's a far cry from the interior sets and deep-forest locations in Vancouver, Canada, where Helfer and Trucco used to film "Battlestar Galactica." And hey, »
ABC's new crime drama "Killer Women" debuted Tuesday (Jan. 7), featuring "Battlestar Galactica" alum Tricia Helfer as Molly Parker, one of the only female members the Texas Rangers, the Austin-based law enforcement body.
Showrunner Hannah Shakespeare tells Zap2it that what she hopes to do in the series is take a traditional procedural and stylize it with the feel of a modern western.
"I read tons of true crime, so that's what excited me when I read 'Killer Women,'" says Shakespeare. "The second element is I'm really drawn to westerns. Molly Parker is named after the unsinkable Molly Brown and Leroy Parker, who is Butch Cassidy. I wanted to combine the two. I wanted to do a modern western that would also appeal to my interests in true crime, and why women kill and the psychology of it. ...
"It's also cool with a woman, it's like I'm going to »
ABC‘s newest effort Killer Women is a mix of ideas that is difficult to nail down. Focusing on Texas Ranger Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer), the show is equal parts Longmire and Justified, which would be great, if you could stop there. Unfortunately, the show also throws in a splash of Scandal (in that it’s written like a glorified Telenovela), and a rather large scoop of, for lack of a better referent, Michael Bay (in that it has ludicrously unrealistic action scenes. That’s still something difficult to describe more thoroughly, and certainly something difficult to recommend.
The key problem with the show, apart from the nearly malicious waste of potential, is that it has to start somewhere, and this is a classic example of not knowing how to get out of the gates on solid footing.
Tricia Helfer is a solid casting choice, »
- Marc Eastman
Tricia Helfer is a force to be reckoned with as Molly Parker in ABC’s upcoming series Killer Women, but even a rough and tough Texas Ranger needs a support system. Even though some officers haven’t warmed up to the idea of having a female Texas Ranger around, Molly’s boss - Alex Fernandez’s Company Commander Luis Zea - is well aware of her ability and the value of her unique intuition that lets her tap into the minds of female killers. When Molly isn’t out making sure justice is served, she’s spending time with her big brother Billy (Michael Trucco), his wife Becca (Marta Milans) and their two daughters on their San Antonio ranch. Hit the jump for more on Killer Women’s supporting line-up. The Killer Women season premiere will air on ABC tonight at 10/9c. Even though they weren’t filming, Fernandez, Trucco »
- Perri Nemiroff
It's hard to imagine how Killer Women got made -- unless of course you didn't notice ABC touting the hell out of it being from Sofia Vergara (though it was created by Hannah Shakespeare -- and this is the first and last time I will resist an easy joke). So … wow. This is a really bad show. It's a show so bad that if it was smart enough to be a spoof, it would be genius. But it's not. Photos: 2014's New Broadcast and Cable TV Shows I wanted Killer Women to be a spoof. I wanted it to be so
- Tim Goodman
Unlike a lot of rail-thin actresses cast as cops on TV, the statuesque Tricia Helfer (a 6-foot-tall former model) at least looks like she might be able to take down a suspect. And the former “Battlestar Galactica” thesp’s appeal will be put to the test by “Killer Women,” an ABC drama that casts her as a Texas Ranger trying to right wrongs and catch bad guys in a world of chauvinistic modern cowboys. Shot with more style than the premise suggests (and counting “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara among its producers), “Women” is mindless fun, perhaps, but unlikely to make a killing.
Establishing what’s meant to feel like a Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino vibe, the series opens with a beautiful woman in a slinky red dress (guest Nadine Velazquez) strutting into a church and gunning down the bride. Of course, the plot runs a little deeper than that, »
- Brian Lowry
As someone with a soft spot for action and tough female leads, the moment Hannah Shakespeare’s agent suggested she take on Killer Women, there was no discussion necessary; Shakespeare was in. After going off to develop the narrative on her own, Shakespeare came back with a show centering on Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer), a female Texas Ranger. Even though Molly is clearly capable and a major asset as someone with the ability to understand why women kill, she’s still striving to prove herself in the male-dominated profession. Hit the jump for more. The Killer Women season premiere will air on ABC on Tuesday, January 7th at 10/9c. While in between scenes on the show’s Albuquerque, New Mexico set, Shakespeare sat down with Collider to run through how this opportunity landed in her lap, her passion for Westerns, the show’s connection to the Argentinian version (or lack »
- Perri Nemiroff
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