You can't help but get a deliciously squirmy tingle when the infamous (to the viewer, anyway) Hannibal Lecter quips, "It's nice to have an old friend for dinner" while serving tongue to his guests, including an unctuous and chatty shrink whom Lecter sizes up by coolly noting, "Your tongue is very feisty."
This scenario takes place several episodes into the midseason run of NBC's feverishly twisted, fascinatingly macabre and visually remarkable procedural-with-a-twist Hannibal (Thursday, 10:01/9:01c), by which time I was completely creeped out and thoroughly hooked. In much the same way A&E's Bates Motel introduces a younger version of Norman Bates before he had his crazy mama mummified in the cellar, Bryan Fuller's Hannibal presents the mad Dr. Lecter before his secret identity as a cannibalistic serial killer is known to anyone but his victims. He is caginess personified, taking on the role of advisor and therapist to tormented FBI profiler/consultant Will Graham (from Thomas Harris' Red Dragon). Will has an ability to project "pure empathy" and see grisly crimes from the killer's POV, which Lecter describes quite accurately as "an uncomfortable gift."read more
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New Girl is killing me with this relationship drama! Please tell me that Nick and Jess will wise up and get together, and that Cece will dump her fiancé for Schmidt. — Mina
NATALIE: Good news: Nick and Jess will go on a first date. Bad news: Their date doesn't go as planned. "Neither one of us wants to admit to being on a date," Zooey Deschanel tells us. "And then Russell, Dermot [Mulroney]'s character, is in the same restaurant." Awkward ex alert! Meanwhile, it seems that Schmidt is not going to try and win back Cece after all. "He will try and get a plus-one for her wedding and tries to find an ex-girlfriend of his [played by Merritt Wever]," Max Greenfield says. "And when he finds her, he realizes, 'Oh, wait a minute. This was special when we were together.'"
So Ryan's new boss on The Following is clearly one of Joe's people, right? — Jason
ADAM: Wow...read more
Jess is about to get a blast from her past: Dermot Mulroney is set to reprise his Season 1 role on New Girl, TVGuide.com has confirmed.