On the Telly: "True Detective," "Enlisted' and "Kroll Show"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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The ubiquitous Nick Kroll ("The League") returns for the second season of his sketch-comedy free-for-all, "Kroll Show."

True Detective
Sundays, 9pm, HBO
Captive audience: Southern Gothic lovers; fans of this gotdamn Matthew McConaughey renaissance.
Moment of truth: Fifteen years ago, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson played brothers in the goofy Ron Howard comedy EdTV. Boy, how times have changed! These actors have only gotten more intense over the years, and it certainly shows in this new, moody, crime anthology drama. This opening season has the actors as a pair of mismatched yet similarly tortured detectives, tracking down a killer in the already-twisted boondocks of Louisiana. If you prefer your police procedurals with a heavy helping of riveting, relentless, existential dread, then this show is for you. And you should seek help.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

Enlisted
Fridays, 9:30pm, Fox
Captive audience: Scrubs/Cougar Town fans; those two or three people who actually remember The WB’s The Army Show.
Moment of truth: Well, here’s a show I was surprised to find funny and entertaining. The freewheeling, sitcom gagfest stars Geoff Stults (The Finder) as an elite, U.S. Army sergeant forced to come back home from Afghanistan and supervise outcast soldiers (including his two, screw-up little brothers) at a Florida army base. Created by Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, this show shockingly comes with the funny. Stults and the cast (which also includes Keith David as the base’s ornery, command sergeant) fully immerse themselves in the show’s pleasurably zany humor—and basically be all they can be.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

Kroll Show
Tuesdays, 10:30pm, Comedy Central
Captive audience: The League fans; Comedy Central watchers who need a sketch-comedy fix since Key & Peele wrapped up their season and Inside Amy Schumer’s new season is a few months away.
Moment of truth: The ubiquitous Nick Kroll (The League) returns for the second season of his sketch-comedy free-for-all. Kroll continues to ambitiously kill two birds with one stone on this show, as he comes up with a bevy of nutty, recurring characters while slyly mocking our media-oversaturated culture by placing them in ridiculous reality shows and other dubious TV programming. Along with rounding up many of his comic pals for supporting roles, he’s also bringing in big-gun guest stars like Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler (aka Kroll’s rumored boo). This show is pretty much SCTV fueled by Red Bull.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

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