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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Thursday

Greg Wiliiams

Da Vinci’s Demons 7:30 p.m., Starz

This is a flawed but enterprising and entertaining new show, which mixes up period drama, mysticism, playful action, sexual situations, murder, “The Name of the Rose,” and oddly Sherlock Holmesian detecting. In other words, it is unique. Tom Riley (above) plays Leonardo Da Vinci in his 20s, a dashing fellow always ready with a quip but also a troubled man who uses drugs to calm his hyperactive brain. The plot lines don’t quite come clear in the premiere, which Starz is re-airing on Thursday night. But more will make sense after Friday’s episode 2.

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Gigolos 11 p.m., Showtime

At the end of last season, Brace had decided to get testosterone injections and Nick considered going into porn. Drama! Now the boys are back for — no kidding — season 4. Who’s who? There’s a bald guy (Vin), a bottle blond (Brace), a longhair (Ash), a bad boy (Nick), and a boy next door (Bradley). Is any of it real, or is it all staged? I’m thinking the viewership doesn’t much care. Pictured: Bradley (left) and Brace.

Chasing Tail 10 p.m., History

A bunch of guys go to Connecticut to kill Bambi.

Hannibal 10 p.m., Channel 7

He eats organic.

Glee 9 p.m., Channel 25

Don’t tell Rachel not to star in “Funny Girl,” she’s simply got to.

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