What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Briarpatch’ and ‘Tommy’

A murder-mystery series with Rosario Dawson debuts on USA Network. And Edie Falco stars in a new drama series on CBS.

Rosario Dawson in “Briarpatch.”
Rosario Dawson in “Briarpatch.”Credit...Scott McDermott/USA Network
Gabe Cohn

BRIARPATCH 10 p.m. on USA Network. “The thing about homicides, well, most of them are damn simple,” a lawman says in the first episode of this new murder-mystery series. “But every now and then, you’ll get one that’s tricky. Like this one right here.” He’s talking to Allegra Dill (Rosario Dawson), a powerful government staffer who has returned to her fictional, very surreal Texas hometown to investigate her sister’s death. (The sister was blown up by a car bomb.) The killing is at the center of the series, but its heart may lie elsewhere: Andy Greenwald, a former TV critic who wrote the show (it’s based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name), said in an interview with The New York Times last year that he was influenced by shows like “Twin Peaks” and “Lost.” “They all had a community of characters who you wanted to spend time with and who you’d get excited about whenever they appeared onscreen,” he said. “‘Who did it?’ is kind of the most boring question you can ask. It seems like the most important question, but it’s really just the engine that fuels the deeper dive into the weirder, richer emotional lives of the characters and the community.”

KATY KEENE 8 p.m. on the CW. The Archie Comics character Katy Keene ditches the fictional town of Riverdale for the stranger-than-fiction New York City in this new, fashion-forward musical series. A spinoff of “Riverdale,” the show reimagines Katy (Lucy Hale) and a few other Archie Comics characters as young New Yorkers chasing their dreams, which include Broadway stardom and fashion-business success.

TOMMY 10 p.m. on CBS. Edie Falco plays a high-ranking New York Police Department officer who ditches New York for Los Angeles in this drama series. Tommy (Falco) has good professional reasons to leave: In the first episode, debuting Thursday, she starts a new gig as Los Angeles’s first female chief of police. Given the stakes of the new job — an early challenge sees her navigating a conflict between the L.A.P.D. and Immigration and Customs Enforcement — she probably isn’t going to have much time to enjoy the weather.

MISS AMERICANA (2020) Stream on Netflix. Taylor Swift offers a controlled look at her life and creative process in this new documentary, which highlights the loneliness of being one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. “Miss Americana” shows Swift’s professional life to be filled with pressure and battles with the patriarchy; it tells the story of an artist maturing both as a creator and as a person. “What’s bracing about this film, which Lana Wilson directed, is the way it weds Swift’s loneliness and her arrival at empowerment,” Wesley Morris wrote in his review for The Times. Morris called it “85 minutes of translucence with Taylor Swift.”