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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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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
CW
Fridays
9 PM ET

Designated Survivor
ABC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Gilmore Girls
Netflix
Streaming

Good Behavior
TNT
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

Mars
NatGeo
Mondays
9 PM ET

Pacific Heat
Netflix
Streaming

Rectify
Sundance
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

The Voice
NBC
Mondays and
Tuesdays
8 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 
2016
Dec
7
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: The newest Hulu drama series, streaming beginning today, is a very slick little TV production: looking sunny, presented glibly, and with a subject matter, about scheming psychics, that’s ripe for picking in the right hands. And the right hands, at the center of this new show, is Jeffrey Donovan, whose laid-back swagger was on view for several successful seasons on USA’s Burn Notice. This new series introduces him as a likable rogue, but one who’s under the thum
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
6
 
 
Last night, the Top 8 sang twice each – and there was a lot on the line. Tonight, the voting results from viewers are in, and four of those eight singers will be heading home. It’s a big cut, and at this point will be more than a little painful. With the finals arriving next week, though, such accelerated ruthlessness is unavoidable.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
6
 
 
Right on the heels of last week’s Thanksgiving episode, This Is Us presents its first Christmas episode – a “fall finale” that makes room for a return appearance by Gerald McRaney, who in the series pilot played the doctor charged with bringing the triplets into the world.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
6
 
 
I’m still not completely sold on this new TNT series – but I am sold on watching Michelle Dockery, late of Downton Abbey, continue to shed her old prim Lady Mary image by taking on one alter ego and con-woman disguise after another. In this episode, which finds her back on the road eluding both her past and an impending arrest, she spends a good deal of it as a blonde. Yet she isn’t necessarily having more fun… Terry Kinney co-stars as her justifiably skeptical parole of
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
5
 
 
SERIES RETURN: After a short and too-silent hiatus, Samantha Bee is back. And her voice was missed, so welcome her back tonight, with her sorely needed take on the current news, and the political and Twitter choices of President-Elect Donald Trump.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
4
 
 
Each week this season, we’ve bounced between various outposts and settings, and characters, as we follow the story of the various communities under the iron hand of the Saviors. Tonight, we’re back in Savior land, which means a lot more screen time for Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan. And more time for Chandler Riggs as Carl as well, though the two characters don't exactly see eye to eye...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
4
 
 
SEASON FINALE: This is the season finale of Westworld, so for those who have followed this series, it’s a must-see episode. Just don’t expect too many solid answers, because a season finale, usually, is the time to dole out some long-simmering, intriguing questions.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
4
 
 
Alcohol continues to take its toll on one of the family members tonight – but there are other disrupting influences in play, including love, anger, and revenge. And wait, there’s more…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
3
 
 
Tom Hanks, whenever he appears opposite the likes of David Letterman or James Corden on an American talk show, comes ready to play, with plenty of material to delight his host and audience. Showing up on Graham Norton’s laid-back British talk fest, Hanks is liable to take it easier. But expect just as many laughs, because no one is better than Norton at making his guests feel at ease, and to get very, very funny moments out of them. Other guests sharing couch space with Hanks tonight inclu
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
3
 
 
On tonight’s new outing, Emma Stone returns as guest host. It’s her third appearance, and she’s been very game, and very funny, on previous outings. Musical guest: Shawn Mendes.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

The holiday shopping season is upon us and Cosmos, the 2014 reboot of the original Carl Sagan PBS series is a good fit for all ages. Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the series brings glorious state-of-the-art CGI to explore all the lessons of the universe. Animated segments illustrating historical moments in scientific discovery are contributed by Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy team. With a fresh style, these animated segments are critical to the clarity and success of the series, as is Tyson’s obvious passion for his subject. On sale at Amazon for $14. –EG