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Welcome to TV We're Watching (yes, another TVWW!), a handy, but by no means comprehensive list of weekly shows we enjoy watching – and that are in rotation right now. And on our DVRs. (Check out the full list -- not all shows are featured in the thumbnails. –TVWW.)

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit TV We're Watching for these and other shows on
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American Gods
Starz!
Sundays
9 PM ET

Anne With
An E

Netflix
Streaming

Better Call Saul
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Fargo
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

I Love Dick
Amazon Prime
Streaming

The Handmaid's Tale
Hulu
Streaming

iZombie
CW
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

Last Week Tonight
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Master of None
Netflix
Streaming

VEEP
HBO
Sundays
10:30 PM ET
 
 
2017
May
21
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Friday, I hosted a special Fresh Air salute to The Simpsons, honoring the 30th anniversary of Matt Groening’s animated characters as interstitial cartoon shorts on Fox’s The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. Tonight, more officially, the weekly series known as The Simpsons, which was spun off from those Ullman Show bumpers, concludes Season 28 – an amazing run all by itself. And it does so with an episode that really goes to the dogs. After a legal ruling involving a H
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
21
 
 
Since Downton Abbey concluded, many of the actresses on that period series have gone defiantly against type, embodying roles that are more modern, or less proper, or both. Tonight’s fact-based period drama, Dark Angel, definitely does the latter, but goes back even further in time than the former. Set in the 1860s and 1870s, just after the American Civil War, Dark Angel stars Joanne Froggatt – who played sweet, long-suffering Anna Bates in the downstairs part of Downton Abbey –
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
21
 
 
In tonight’s new episode, as we get closer to this series’ finale, Laurie (Amy Brenneman) heads to Australia to help Kevin (Justin Theroux) and Nora (Carrie Coon). Death is on the horizon – but death, in this story, may not be the end of things.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
21
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This revival of Twin Peaks, presented by original series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, picks up more than 25 years after the original series, and story line, ended. What happens next is a mystery in more ways than one, because Lynch and Showtime have refused to preview this new version to critics – except at a Friday night party in L.A. where attendees were sworn to secrecy until after tonight’s two-hour premiere. (Given those restrictions, I politely declined
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
21
 
 
Emily Browning, star of Sucker Punch, appeared in the first episode of American Gods, playing Laura Moon, the wife of series protagonist Shadow Moon. Laura was killed almost immediately, making it a very brief role indeed – until last week, when Shadow returned to his motel room to find his dead wife waiting on his bed, seemingly very much alive. Tonight’s episode four is all about her – and how she got that way.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
21
 
 
Just as President Donald Trump takes his first overseas trip as chief executive and gets a royal welcome in Saudi Arabia, fleeting former President Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) almost visits the Middle East, by touching down in Qatar.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
21
 
 
How quickly, and how cleverly, can John Oliver and company make sense of what’s happening almost as I write this, and you read this, overseas with the President Trump trip? We’ll see… and we must watch.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
20
 
 
Michelle Gomez guest stars in tonight’s new episode, reprising her increasingly important and imposing villainess role as Missy. It’s an episode written by current Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffatt, and is set in the Vatican. So in the same week President Trump visits Vatican City, so does the Doctor…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
20
 
 
SEASON FINALE: It’s the last first-run Saturday Night Live installment of the season, a time when the show’s writers and performers simultaneously are wheezing their way to the finish line and marshaling energies for one last great push of inspiration. The week in politics has given no end of inspiration – and with tonight’s show being the last time to play until fall, even pop-in players like Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy are good bets to show up. The guest host is D
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
19
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Season 3 of this very funny, impressively multi-layered character comedy launches today, with Ellie Kemper continuing to persist, and in most cases evolve, as former cult captive Ellie Kemper. Last year’s cliffhanger had the charismatic but criminal leader of that cult, played by Jon Hamm, threatening to resurface with plans for a new marriage. Ellie’s not the targeted intended bride, though – because she already was forcibly “married” to him back w
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
TV WWorth Buying
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Anne of Green Gables: 30th Anniversay Edition [Blu-ray]

Moira Walley-Beckett, veteran of Breaking Bad (she won an Emmy for writing the “Ozymandias” episode) has a new adaptation of the 1908 "Anne of Green Gables" tale premiering in May on Netflix. Entitled Anne With an E, the new series will go deeper and darker into Anne’s back-story. The 1985 mini-series version, starring Megan Follows, tracked the original children's novel of the spirited and headstrong 11-year-old orphan who finds a new family and rural life on Prince Edward Island. The adaptation received multiple nominations and awards, and perhaps more than any of the numerous AOGG sequels, animations and series, helped make a worldwide audience for Anne, who is full of blundering charm and courage. Available at Amazon. –Eric Gould