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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
our DVRs right now...


Comrade Detective
Amazon Prime Video
Streaming

Episodes
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
TBS
Wednesdays
10:30 PM

Game of Thrones
HBO
Sundays
9PM ET

The Guest Book
TBS
Thursdays
10:30 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Manhunt: Unabomber
Discovery
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

Mr. Mercedes
AT&T Audience Network
Wednesdays
8 PM ET

Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Weekend Update Summer Edition Live!
NBC
Thursdays
9 PM ET
 
 
2017
Aug
20
 
 
Last week, one character looked to another and asked, “What happened?” And the other character answered, “I don’t know. Something.” Welcome to Twin Peaks: The Return, on the down slope. It’s as inscrutable as ever… but last week, I did find myself staring intently at the screen, either wondering what was happening, or waiting for something to. But it’s definitely got me watching again, with, among other things, Andy taking his trip to somewhere el
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
20
 
 
This week’s installment is called Isn’t It Ironic?, and is all about the music of that decade – from the rise of hip hop to the ascendance of Alanis Morissette. Hence the episode’s title.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
20
 
 
Some battle lines were drawn last week, some alliances formed, and some knees bent – but the biggest move forward, as this series approaches its end game, was Jon Snow’s mission to head north, to the other side of the wall, to capture and bring back a member of the undead army. The plan, I guess, is to bring back living proof of the non-living – but it won’t be easy.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
20
 
 
Last week’s episode provided an extended flashback, showing us Ray and Abby’s 21st anniversary – an unexpected voyage that included not only a trip to a brothel, but other scenes that showed us Ray and Abby connecting as never before. It showed, more than at any other point on Ray Donovan, why these two were so connected to each other. We felt for them, and especially for her, at a whole new level – and then the show, right after it giveth, taketh away, in a sad, deeply e
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
20
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This is the return, for the final season, of one of TV’s most undervalued current series. Episodes has, over its run, provided a detailed spoof of Hollywood, with a selfish and vain character at its center, that at time has rivaled Curb Your Enthusiasm. Instead of Larry David playing a comically confrontational version of himself, Episodes has Matt LeBlanc playing a selfish, vain, and usually uncaring version of himself. He was the actor brought in by an all-talk, no-talen
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
20
 
 
President Trump is still on vacation. Yet things keep happening, and John Oliver isn’t.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
19
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: AMC’s tale of the early Internet – a sort of more serious prequel to HBO’s Silicon Valley – begins its fourth and final season tonight. If the series ever returns, it’ll be as a 2.0 reboot. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
19
 
 
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: This three-part series, from some of the makers of Planet Earth II, looks squarely and exclusively at America – that part also known as John Ford country, and the wide open lands – and, yes, the wild west. Part 1 is shown tonight, beginning at 9 p.m. ET with a special look at the impact of the Acme company on the hunting habits of Wile E. Coyote in his unending quest to catch the Road Runner. (Okay, I was kidding about that last bit. Meep meep!)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
18
 
 
Today’s guests include two people equally adept at one-liners and vocal outrage: Penn Gillette and (pictured) Sen. Al Franken. Also on the show: Amy Holmes and Gavin Newsom. But hey -- what's there to talk about?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
17
 
 
Last week’s premiere of this Saturday Night Live summer series was just what you wanted from an August edition of Colin Jost and Michael Che’s “fake news”: full of jokes, topicality, and attitude. It was fast and furious (Alex Moffat and Mikey Day, as Eric and Donald Trump Jr., stole that first show), and I’m looking forward to tonight’s second edition.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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

 
 
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Ray Donovan: Season One

The Liev Schrieber series is now back on Showtime for its fifth season and one thing is certain – no matter how bad the jam is, Ray, a Hollywood fixer for stars and crooks alike, finds an inventive way out. Created by Southland writer Ann Biderman, Ray Donovan has the similar emotional stakes and gravitas of that series, all starting with the release from prison of Ray’s father Mickey, a Whitey Bulger doppelganer. Things come unglued from there and season one sets Ray’s house of cards in motion. On sale at Amazon for under $12. –Eric Gould