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."
Another former Disney Channel star is coming to Two and a Half Men, but this time she has her sights set on Walden (Ashton Kutcher)!
Lizzie McGuire alum Hilary Duff will guest-star on the CBS comedy's upcoming season...
Jonny Lee Miller
CBS has renewed a whopping 14 of its shows for the 2013-2014 season, the network announced on Wednesday.
In addition to the previously renewed NCIS and CSI, the network will bring back dramas NCIS: LA, Elementary, Person of Interest, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife .
Jon Cryer, Courtney Thorne- Smith
Two and a Half Men's longest-running couple, Alan (Jon Cryer) and former porn star Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne-Smith), will call it quits on...
Curtis Finch, Jr., Devin Velez, Ryan Seacrest
CBS led the way Thursday on an overall down night.
The Big Bang Theory drew 15.7 million viewers and a 4.5, falling a full point from its last original. Two and a Half Men (12.4 million, 3.3) dropped six-tenths, while ...
Cote De Pablo and Pauley Perrette
CBS has set finale dates for its primetime shows, including The Good Wife, NCIS, Two and a Half Men and CSI.
Will Nicki Minaj's "wife" Kree make the cut? How about Devin, the (quoting Nicki again) "Spanish Ken doll?" And could this be the end of the road for such curiosities as Zoanette "What's Tone Got To Do With It" Johnson and the appropriately named Charlie Askew? All will be revealed as Fox's American Idol moves back to Hollywood for a 90-minute live results show (8/7c), where America decides this year's Top 10 — but I wouldn't be surprised if the judges get a "wild card" pick should one or more of their faves fail to capture the voters' attention.
Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher(inset)
More than a year after Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher announced they were separating, Moore is filing divorce papers against Kutcher — which means the breakup may go to trial, the New York Post reports.
Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries beat not one, but two Big Four networks Thursday.
The CW series rose 30 percent to 2.9 million viewers and a 1.3 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, edging out ABC's Zero Hour (5.3 million, 1.1) and NBC's rating average of 1.2 between Community (3.1 million, 1.1) and Parks and Recreation (3 million, 1.3). Parks and Rec's second ...
Not exactly the breakfast of champions, eh?
Miley Cyrus found herself in hot water — or more precisely, hot air — when the ex-Disney star posted what appeared to be a picture of herself smoking a large marijuana joint on her Instagram account. Whatever ambiguity the picture left, the caption cleared right up: "High as f---."
Photos: TV's most heartbreaking deaths
It's unclear what...