April 04, 2011 12:00 PM

>The dark-suited spies on CBS’ comedy-drama CHAOS (premiering April 1) run around in a slapstick frenzy, thumbing their noses at the boss back at CIA headquarters, then return to drab offices that look as if they haven’t been redecorated since the second year of the Cold War. What’s the point of it all? FX’s spy parody Archer is funnier, and AMC’s short-lived Rubicon was a more sharply realized fantasy of work life in a shadow bureaucracy. This is a botched mission. []

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