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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

  
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Almost Royal
BBC America
Saturdays
10 PM ET

The Divide
WeTV
Wednesdays
9 PM ET

Drunk History
Comedy Central
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

The Leftovers
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

NY Med
ABC
Thursdays
10 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

Rectify
Sundance
Thursdays
9 PM ET

The Strain
FX
Sundays
10 PM ET
 
 
2014
Jul
21
 
 
This new POV sounds like an unlikely subject for a captivating documentary: It follows two young dancers as they prepare for competition in a ballroom competition – in Denmark. Yet if you’ve ever been sucked in by So You Think You Can Dance or Dancing with the Stars, or swept away by the healing drama of Silver Linings Playbook, give this a chance. Two very dissimilar young people unite forces to compete, and their growth and passion – off the dance floor as well as on –
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
20
 
 
In tonight’s episode two, we learn more about the few passengers who were able to walk away, eventually, from that otherwise fatal flight. And we also learn about the plane’s mysterious cargo – a dirty little secret, having to do with dirt and a vintage box, that echoes one of the memorable myths from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Welcome aboard, folks. Corey Stoll stars as the scientist trying to tie all these mysterious threads together.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
20
 
 
William Masters (Michael Sheen) begins a new job, which should put an end to a chance of any relationship, at least professionally, with Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) – but it won’t.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
19
 
 
This installment is the most ripe for cross-cultural sarcasm, because fake royals Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy (Amy Hoggart) descend upon Washington, D.C. They’re confused, initially, in their sightseeing quest for the White House, because a lot of the houses look white. And when these faux royals begin chatting up and querying some actual Washington politicians – well, it’s like The Daily Show with a British accent. Which, I guess, makes it exactly like The Daily Show last su
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
18
 
 
On tonight’s show, the guests include Nate Silver (the statistician who’s said some eye-opening things when he’s visited Maher in the past) and Star Trek veteran George Takei, who once memorably roasted William Shatner by giving him a tip on how to correctly pronounce his former co-star’s last name, after decades of getting it wrong. “It’s Ta-KAY!,” Takei (shown here) told Shatner with measurable irritation in his voice. “You know… like toup
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
17
 
 
Tom Hanks, whose Playtone company is one of this fine documentary series’ production partners, appears on camera in tonight’s episode – and, since Hanks so memorably proved he had the right stuff by portraying astronaut Jim Lovell in 1995’s Apollo 13, he’s more than earned the right to put the Space Race, which both predated and outlasted the Sixties by a few years each way, in his own entertaining perspective. But he’s far from the only one on tap tonight &nd
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
17
 
 
Tonight’s episode is called “Act As If,” and continues the story line begun last week as Daniel (Aden Young) emerged from his coma and went to Atlanta. I’m going to Act As If I know what’s going to happen next, though I don’t have a clue. But that’s something I plan to rectify by watching tonight’s Rectify.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
17
 
 
This medical documentary series continues to over-perform in the ratings, based on summer TV fare in general and serious nonfiction TV in particular. But at the same time, ABC seems to under-promote it, out of either a lack of what should be pride or a failure of what should be a celebration of success. But I’ve said from the beginning you should watch NY Med, and, like the cases that come through the trauma doors of the hospitals documented by Terence Wrong’s camera crews, every day
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
16
 
 
Tonight’s second episode of this new CBS series is titled “Extinct,” but that could be misleading: the story line seems to be heading towards a new life beginning, not an old one ending. In this hour, Sam (Camryn Manheim) gives Molly (Halle Berry) an ultrasound – the results of which could confirm Molly’s very baffling suspicions, and eerie nightmare visions, about being impregnated while on a year-long solo space flight. Let’s hope tonight’s episode is
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
16
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new WE tv series was two years in the making – and originally was made as a series pilot for AMC, which reportedly passed on the series in favor of the much less compelling Low Winter Sun. In time, though, AMC’s loss became WE tv’s gain, because the sister network (along with IFC and Sundance, others under the AMC Networks umbrella) continued to develop The Divide, eventually positioning it as its first original scripted drama. It’s a big step for WE
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
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James Garner: 1928-2014
By David Bianculli
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
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From the Earth to the Moon (2009 Special Edition)

The anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969 is this month, so it’s a good time to revisit the 1998 Emmy-winning HBO miniseries from Ron Howard and Tom Hanks that made a docudrama out of the Gemini and Apollo space projects. From the Earth to the Moon was a very high budget affair and got 17 nominations as it built its story around the milestone events, including Edward H. White's first US spacewalk, the Apollo 1 launch pad fire and the successive moon landings in the early '70s. There is plenty of historical footage here to tell the whole tale and a special treat in the finale, with clips from French filmmaker Georges Méliès' 1902 Le Voyage dans le Lune to complete the story – that’s the one where the ship lands in the moon’s eye. 12 hour-long episodes on 5 discs, and a great deal at $15.99. –Eric Gould
 
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