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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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Boardwalk Empire
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Chair
Starz
Saturdays
11 PM ET 

Dr. Who
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET

The Intruders
BBC America
Saturdays
10 PM ET

The Knick
Cinemax
Fridays
10 PM ET

The Mindy Project
Fox
Tuesdays
9:30 PM ET

POV
PBS
Mondays
10 PM ET
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Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

The Strain
FX
Sundays
10 PM ET



 
 
2014
Sep
20
 
 
Doctor Who is especially adept at introducing villains who have a primal sense of terror about them – truly creepy bad guys that seem crafted from the stuff of childhood nightmares. Tonight, here comes another one… a high-security alien prisoner known as the Teller.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
19
 
 
Part 6. Tonight’s installment of The Roosevelts treads on some familiar ground – World War II, which Ken Burns and company already have chronicled so effectively and evocatively. But here, the date that will live in infamy is given an even more personal perspective, as we learn how President Franklin Roosevelt, as well as First lady Eleanor, dealt privately with the very public pressures of a global war. For my full review, see Bianculli’s Blog. And to hear my review on NPR&rsq
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
19
 
 
In tonight’s episode, a risky new operation is tried. I know, that description could work for almost any episode – but still… I’m there. Clive Owen stars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
19
 
 
Last week, Bill Maher pulled of his bold two-parter, doing a live version of this show from Washington, D.C., then being escorted across the city to do a full standup comedy act, also live. He not only juggled those feats nicely, but in the second venue, he proved he’s still one of the best at shutting down unwanted hecklers. Tonight’s guests, with the show back in its home base of Los Angeles, include Gen. Colin Powell and actor Wendell Pierce.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
18
 
 
This week’s challenge creeps me out: Contestants are asked to design fashions, for young models, based on a line of American Girl dolls. What’s next: “Bride of Chucky – The Wedding Dress Mini-Challenge?” But I’ll watch anyway, because last week’s inventive “Project Rainway” challenge resulted in one of the best shows, and sets of fashion designs, in years.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
16
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: In this season opener, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) may actually have found some lasting measure of happiness with Danny (Chris Messina) – unlikely as that sounds. But their newly intimate relationship seems to be working – at least for now.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
16
 
 
In last week’s season premiere, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) ended up torturing and killing the man he was told killed his wife, Tara. What he doesn’t know yet – but is bound to find out before this final season of Sons is over – is that Jax was lied to. And the lie, as viewers know already, came from the real killer: Gemma (Katey Sagal), Jax’s own mother. It’s quite an intense story line – which might explain why last week’s premiere was, by far, the high
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
14
 
 
Speaking of Boardwalk Empire, this show’s final season has Nucky (Steve Buscemi) planning for the repeal of Prohibition, and planning to go legit in the liquor distribution business. But that doesn’t come easily, and there are factions out to remove Nucky from the equation entirely. Yet just as transition doesn’t come easily, Nucky doesn’t go easily. Nor does Chalky, another Boardwalk Empire character with a keenly honed knack for survival.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
13
 
 
This is the second episode of this new Starz! series, which really gets you closer to the personalities, and artistic styles, of the two fledgling directors selected to adapt and film the same script. For anyone with Hollywood dreams, it’s amazingly instructive, and, at times, maddening. Just as it should be. For my full review, see Bianculli’s Blog – and to hear my radio review of The Chair, visit NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross website.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
8
 
 
The point of view in tonight’s new POV, titled The Genius of Marian, is an intimate look at a family sadly familiar with Alzheimer’s. Marian Williams Steele, the renowned artist, died from Alzheimer’s in 2001. Her daughter, Pam White, set to work on a book about her mother, tentatively titled The Genius of Marian, then was stricken by Alzheimer’s herself. Her son Banker White, one of Pam’s three children – portrayed, along with his mother, Pam, in the Marian S
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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