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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...


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
CW
Fridays
9 PM ET

The Good Place
NBC
Thursdays
8:30 PM ET

Emerald City
NBC
Fridays
9 PM ET

Lemony Snicket’s
A Series of Unfortunate Events

Netflix
Streaming

Man Seeking Woman
FXX
Wednesdays
10:30 PM ET

The OA
Netflix
Streaming

Portlandia
IFC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Real Mad Men of Advertising
Smithsonian
Sundays
9 PM ET

Sneaky Pete
Amazon Prime Video
Streaming

Victoria
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET
Check Local Listings
 
 
2017
Jan
17
 
 
This Is Us tonight presents an episode that is new, yet old: It’s going back to the series premiere, and presenting a sort of imminent prequel, by dramatizing the events leading up to the delivery of the triplets. Gerald McRaney returns, reprising his role as the maternity room doctor.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
17
 
 
Part 1 of 2. This new Frontline documentary, presented just days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, tries to explain, and explore, why our country seems so starkly polarized as the new chief executive is about to take office. Fittingly, for such a divisive and divided subject, this Divided States of America installment of Frontline is presented in two parts. It concludes tomorrow night. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
17
 
 
Tom Hardy continues his complicated role in this complicated series, which tells of corruption, ambition, and betrayal in early 19th-century London. Tonight’s episode deepens and clarifies not only the plot, but the characters.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
16
 
 
Returning for the new year, this series continues to move forward, giving power to some of its nascent villains and taking power from others. In the fall sequence of shows, we saw the rise of the woman who would become Poison Ivy and the increased derangement of the man who will become the Riddler. And starting with tonight’s episode, there are more tests, travails, and power grabs by the man some people already are calling the Penguin.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
15
 
 
SEASON FINALE: If it seems as though this new season of Sherlock just started, that’s because it did. Two weeks ago, Season 4 premiered. Tonight, with the episode The Final Problem, the series Sherlock on Masterpiece presents its season finale, with an episode focusing, fittingly, on the long and potentially deadly rivalry between Holmes and Moriarty. Benedict Cumberbatch stars. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
15
 
 
The Simpsons has been presenting TV episodes since 1989, and even mounted a full-length movie a decade ago – but tonight’s installment, “The Great Phatsby,” is the first one-hour episode in its amazingly long and impressive history. It’s about a long-time rival of Mr. Burns, a successful rapper named “Jay-G.” And the Great Gatsby references go on from there – as do the references to Empire, a fellow Fox TV hit. Taraji P. Henson, who plays the outra
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
15
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Jenna Coleman, who impressed me very much when she played the companion on Doctor Who from 2012 to 2015, gets a role here that befits the talent she displayed on that long-running cult series. Here, she plays Queen Victoria, starting from the day the teenager became queen of England in 1837. This first season follows her first three years as Queen – and even if you don’t think of this as an unofficial companion series to Netflix’s The Crown, about Queen Elizabe
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
13
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Forget about the Jim Carrey movie from a dozen years ago. This new Netflix version, overseen by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler and Barry Sonnenfeld (one of the show’s gifted directors), is delightful from start to finish. Well, start to the end of episode eight, which is all Netflix is providing during this first go-round. Each book in the original Series of Unfortunate Events series, telling of the continuing misadventures of a trio of orphaned siblings whose family
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
13
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Originally made for CBS, then picked up by Amazon, this series has a mouth-watering pedigree. It’s a drama series created by Bryan Cranston, star of Breaking Bad, and David Shore, co-creator of House – who worked with the creator of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, on Battle Creek for CBS. This one also has, as another executive producer, Graham Yost of Justified and The Americans. Giovanni Ribisi stars as a ex-con con man who adopts the identity of a former cellmate, a
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
13
 
 
Tonight’s episode has Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) attending a family bar mitzvah. And expect some music, because Patti LuPone guest stars as the rabbi.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 now avaialble on Amazon.

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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The Dana Carvey Show

In a recent interview, SNL veteran Dana Carvey mentioned that an upcoming documentary about his failed 1996 ABC sketch comedy show was in the works at Hulu (no release date announced yet.) Too Funny to Fail will recount how the iconoclastic series, cancelled after eight episodes, got off to a horrendous start with network executives and advertisers. (The premiere included a sketch with Carvey playing then-President Bill Clinton — so eager to demonstrate his compassion he suckled a baby, puppies and a kitten simultaneously from a canine-like array of prosthetic nipples.) Considered a lovable sketch character and impressionist, Carvey’s edgier side turned out to be somewhat ill-suited for prime time. The show is considered a milestone however, for it’s now A-list stable of performers and writers: Louis CK, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Robert Smigel. (Includes one unaired episode and deleted scenes.) On sale at Amazon for $14. —Eric Gould

 
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