Allison Janney, Anna Faris
The Thursday Night Football experiment is over for now, with games now exclusively on the NFL Network while CBS resumes its regular programming, with a few new tweaks. Most notable is the move from Mondays of the underrated Mom, nestled at 8:30/7:30c between producer Chuck Lorre's higher-profile hits, the dominant The Big Bang Theory at 8/7c and the fading Two and a Half Men, finally entering its final season, at 9/8c.
Some milestones can't help but make a longtime TV viewer feel a bit long in the tooth. Such is the case this Sunday, as Fox's The Simpsons marks a full quarter-century of spooky satire with its 25th annual "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween trilogy (8/7c), which strikes a nostalgic chord from its opening fanfare, echoing the classic (and still-missed) theme from Johnny Carson's Tonight Show — with a macabre twist, naturally.
Missi Pyle, Jaime Pressly
In TV Land's first original single-camera comedy, Jennifer Falls, Jaime Pressly (My Name is Earl) plays Jennifer Doyle, a single mother who must move back in with her mom (Jessica Walter) after she loses her job. She's then forced to take a job at the bar owned by her brother Wayne, played by Pressly's Earl co-star Ethan Suplee. Creator Matthew Carlson, whose credits include pioneering single-camera comedies The Wonder Years and Malcolm in the Middle, filled out our showrunner survey to explain why Jennifer is worth falling for.
Missi Pyle, Dennis Haskins and Jaime Pressly
Mr. Belding who? Saved by the Bell's Dennis Haskins is going back to his principal-playing roots on the July 16 episode of TV Land's Jennifer Falls as Mr. Whitehorn, the boss at Jennifer's (Jaime Pressly) old high school.
Jaime Pressly has a drastic new 'do.
Jaime Pressly and Canadian actress/swimmer Estella Warren got into a tussle at a Hollywood club over the weekend and police were called to the scene, Us Weekly reports.
Phineas and Ferb
Disney Channel's "Freaky Freakend" programming stunt kicks off Friday night with body swapping-themed episodes of hit series A.N.T. Farm, Jessie, Gravity Falls and Phineas and Ferb. Episodes of Dog with a Blog, Austin & Ally and Shake It Up continue the fun on Sunday.
Jake Johnson, Zooey Deschanel
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."
Jim Rash and Joel McHale
This class will not be easily dismissed. "Did you know you can major in antics?" marvels Troy (Donald Glover) as NBC's class-act sitcom underdog Community returns from a too-long recess for an odds-defying fourth season (8/7c). There are new showrunners taking over from the show's ignominiously ousted creator...
Fox has canceled comedies I Hate My Teenage Daughter and Breaking In, Deadline reports.
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The cancellations will make room for new comedies It's Messy, Ben & Kate and The Goodwin Games, all of which Fox ordered to series Wednesday.