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Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Thursday

Jason Gann, Zachary Knighton, Elijah Wood, Vincent M. Ward, Dixie Perkinson, and Jim Mahoney in “Wilfred.”

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Jason Gann, Zachary Knighton, Elijah Wood, Vincent M. Ward, Dixie Perkinson, and Jim Mahoney in “Wilfred.”

Wilfred 10 and 10:30 p.m., FX

Here’s why we call them the dog days of summer. I love this often clever cult comedy, which returns for a third season with a pair of back-to-back episodes. It’s a buddy series about a man, played by Elijah Wood, and a dog, played by the sharp Jason Gann in a ridiculous dog suit. The dog leads the risk-averse man into trouble, which is a good thing. There’s an extra layer of humor in the writing for viewers who know dogs.

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Hannibal 10 p.m., NBC

This series has a few very enthusiastic fans – enough, in fact, to inspire the desperate NBC to renew the series despite the horrible ratings that bring in only about 2 million viewers a week. Alas, I am not one of those fans. The oh-so-mesmerizing way people speak on “Hannibal,” and the relentlessly gray look, and Hugh Dancy’s tic-filled performance, and the forced way the writers create suspense, just don’t turn me on. The season finale is Thursday night.

Gigolos 11 p.m., Showtime

Tip for viewers: baking soda, foil, and water get tarnish off quickly.

Style Pop 8 p.m., Style

What, mom is chopped liver?

Graceland 10 p.m., USA

There’s some part of me wants to see it.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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