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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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The Americans
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Better Call Saul
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Brockmire
IFC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

The Circus: Inside the Biggest Story on Earth
Showtime
8 PM ET

Fargo
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Genius: Albert Einstein
NatGeo
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

iZombie
CW
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

Last Week Tonight
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Silicon Valley
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Son
AMC
Saturdays
9 PM ET
 
 
2017
Apr
28
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: It’s Season 3 for Sharon and Ron, the very unlikely couple played by Sharon Horgan and Ron Delaney on this sharp-witted Amazon comedy series. When they started as a “couple,” they were a weekend hookup that went a different way after she became pregnant. Now, to begin the new season, they now have two kids, and these new episodes will include infidelity, addiction, unemployment, and more. And supporting player Carrie Fisher, who finished filming this season of
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
28
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Justin Simien’s 2014 movie of the same name is the inspiration for this new Netflix spinoff, and claims him as an executive producer, and occasional writer and director, as well. The narration is provided by Giancarlo Esposito, who’s moonlighting from duties as the returning Gus Fring on AMC’s Better Call Saul. But here, he’s only heard, not seen, as each installment of Dear White People focuses mostly on a different core character. Central to the opening
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
28
 
 
This week’s guest list includes Sen. Elizabeth Warren and longtime political activist (and actor and director) Rob Reiner, as well as nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
27
 
 
More comic-book strangeness: This bizarre CW adaptation of the Archie comic books, with its darker tone and characters, is up to episode 11 out of this season’s 13, so we’re nearing whatever cliffhanger the writers have in store. Meanwhile, tonight, there are some sparks between Fred and Mary, whose renewed chemistry might have them rethinking their divorce. They’re played by two teen-idol icons from a previous generation: series regular Luke Perry and recurring guest star Moll
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
27
 
 
This new CNN documentary series, looking at some of the connections between music and real life, continues tonight with music associated with New York and the events of 9/11. Among them is a fresh Billy Joel interview, in which he recalls performing “New York State of Mind” for an audience of invited firefighters, with a fireman’s helmet placed on his piano to help him focus. “It was like a dirge,” he says of that particular song’s pace that evening – an
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
27
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Improv comedian Anthony Atamanuik has been impersonating Donald Trump for a while now, at the Upright Citizens Brigade and elsewhere – including a Comedy Central guest appearance that led to this gig. I haven’t seen the premiere of this new weekly series, which is being taped as close to air as possible to ride the waves of the real President Trump’s insanely rapid news pace – but I give the advance promo high marks for capturing Trump’s speech patt
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
26
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: This new Hulu series, based on the Eighties novel by Margaret Atwood, stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman swept up into a horrifying new world in which men rule completely, and women are relegated to one of several subservient roles: trophy wife, actual servant, guard or overseer, or fertile handmaidens, assigned to procreate with specific men to provide children for their barren wives. What’s most scary about this imagined dystopian and sexist world is that, in this new T
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
26
 
 
Ewan McGregor, in a dual role as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy, continues to be such fun to watch. But as this season of Fargo unspools, don’t dare take your eyes off the women – especially Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Carrie Coon. Great roles; superb actresses.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
26
 
 
Tonight’s episode is called “Breakout Year,” and tries to position Hank Azaria’s Brockmire for a post-meltdown comeback. The internet is what brought him down – and social media, and some unexpected fan bases, may be just the thing to propel him back up.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
25
 
 
The Voice tried something new last night – adding a fifth chair to its live, two-hour Top 10 performance show, to let a guest mentor chime in with after-performance reactions. The inaugural mentor for this experiment was Shania Twain, who was very nice, and always had positive things to say. She did not, however, say them quickly enough, or originally enough, to warrant all the air time she gobbled up. But with the right mentor, this might prove to be another welcome addition. On tonight&r
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
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The Birthday Boys: Season One

Bob Odenkirk has returned as everyone’s fave crook lawyer for the third season of Better Call Saul. But before his spin as Jimmy McGill, (who would take the name of Saul Goodman for Breaking Bad) he had a career in sketch comedy, even penning the “Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker” sketch for Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live. Odenkirk’s long resume includes four seasons on HBO in the ’90s in Mr. Show with David Cross, and in 2013-14 he starred in this sketch comedy show, The Birthday Boys, for IFC. Odenkirk and crew delve here into the thinking man’s absurdist style of humor, recalling the best of Monty Python, Kids in the Hall and The Ben Stiller Show. On sale at Amazon for $14. – Eric Gould