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."
Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels are teaming up to produce a comedy about two brothers for NBC's 2013-14 season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Also on board is Meyers' younger brother, Josh Meyers, and The Colbert Report's Peter Grosz. The trio will act as writers and executive producers for the untitled project. Michaels will also executive-produce.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, Mena Suvari will play a girl sucked into a modern-day cult in CBS' Orpheus, while Blair Underwood has been tapped to star in another CBS drama, Company Town.... Mitch Rouse has landed the lead in the CBS comedy The Angriest Man in Suburbia.... Josh Meyers is That Guy in a Fox comedy.... Lori Loughlin has joined ABC's In Case of Emergency.... E-Ring's Kerr Smith is onboard for Fox's American Crime.... Rebecca Gayheart now is part of Fox's Vanished.... Patricia Wettig has been added to ABC's Brothers & Sisters family sudser.