Based on characters from Thomas Harris’ novels, here’s another moody, creepy new series that looks at the early days of a cinematic-serial killer. This time out it’s Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played to the mannered, genteel hilt by Mads Mikkelsen) who assists criminal profiler Will Graham (a scruffy, tortured Hugh Dancy) and the FBI in tracking down some nasty serial killers. Be warned, this is a grisly, violent hour that might not be to everyone’s, ahem, taste. Series premiere, 10:01 p.m. Thursday on NBC (seattletimes.com/tvlistings).
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“Person of Interest,” 9 p.m. (CBS): Finch infiltrates a tech corporation to gather intel on an executive whose number has come up.
“Mysteries at the Museum,” 9 p.m. (Travel): Embroidery created by a woman who subsists without food and a book of all the birds of North America.
“The Mindy Project,” 9:30 p.m. (Fox): During a night out by herself in the city, Mindy hits it off with an attractive man (Josh Meyers) who turns out to be a prostitute.
“Men at Work,” 10 p.m. (TBS): Tyler plans to create the perfect woman for Milo; Gibbs experiences a different side of Neal during a car ride.
“NY Ink,” 10 p.m. (TLC): Ami James welcomes new staff members to the Wooster St. Social Club.
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