How CBS Continues to Bet Big on Horror With ‘Clarice’

”‘Silence of the Lambs’ mega fans are going to have so many payoffs, and so many little Easter Eggs,“ star Rebecca Breeds, who plays Clarice Starling, tells TheWrap

CBS is continuing its experiment with its 10 p.m. slot, as the network known for procedurals and its “NCIS” franchise is increasingly trying out genre fare, particularly horror.

On Thursday, CBS debuts “Clarice,” a sequel to “Silence of the Lambs” that follows FBI agent Clarice Starling one year after the events of the film. (Just don’t expect them to reference that movie’s most famous character, Hannibal Lecter.) “Clarice,” with its focus on serial killers and their gory interests, will mark the second straight season that CBS will dabble with horror. Along with “Evil,” which features scenes of demonic possession and hauntings, CBS does not appear to be shying away from pushing the boundaries within its standards and practices department.

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Tim Baysinger

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