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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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Boardwalk Empire
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Chair
Starz
Saturdays
11 PM ET 

The Honorable Woman
Sundance
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Intruders
BBC America
Saturdays
10 PM ET

The Knick
Cinemax
Fridays
10 PM ET

Manhattan
WGN America
Sundays
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

The Strain
FX
Sundays
10 PM ET


 
 
2014
Sep
14
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: Ken Burns, writer Geoffrey C. Ward and the rest of Burns’ eager and talented collaborators present what emerges, ultimately, as the finest Ken Burns epic to date: a joint biography of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The voices of those formidable historical figures are provided, respectively, by Paul Giamatti, Edward Herrmann and Meryl Streep, with narration by Peter Coyote and on-camera observations by, among others, Ward himself. Tonight’s Part 1, whi
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
14
 
 
Speaking of Boardwalk Empire, this show’s final season has Nucky (Steve Buscemi) planning for the repeal of Prohibition, and planning to go legit in the liquor distribution business. But that doesn’t come easily, and there are factions out to remove Nucky from the equation entirely. Yet just as transition doesn’t come easily, Nucky doesn’t go easily. Nor does Chalky, another Boardwalk Empire character with a keenly honed knack for survival.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
13
 
 
Some of the Doctor’s most chilling adversaries have been the ones that exist just on the periphery of perceived reality – the dangers that lurk just out of sight, out of frame, in the shadows and under the bed. Here comes another one – and the entryway this time is the mirror. And a children’s poem.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
13
 
 
This is the second episode of this new Starz! series, which really gets you closer to the personalities, and artistic styles, of the two fledgling directors selected to adapt and film the same script. For anyone with Hollywood dreams, it’s amazingly instructive, and, at times, maddening. Just as it should be. For my full review, see Bianculli’s Blog – and to hear my radio review of The Chair, visit NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross website.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
12
 
 
Do not miss this. Bill Maher is opening his new season with a high-wire-act two-parter of a bold live TV stunt. He always does Real Time live – hence the title – but tonight he’s rushing straight from that show, done for this week only from Washington, D.C., to a standup comedy concert act, also televised live by HBO. And the guest list for Real Time ought to help him relax a little, because he’s filled it with guests who need no help talking, or arguing, or expressing op
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
12
 
 
This is the first episode I haven’t previewed, because Cinemax only sent the first four episodes. But I’m really looking forward to seeing more, which is my very simple measure of a TV success story. Clive Owen stars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
11
 
 
This is the penultimate episode of the series – so as things get more intense and complicated for Nessa (Maggie Gyllenhaal), they get more intense and complicated for viewers as well. This is one limited series that has made good use of every hour, evolving its story deliberately, but very, very surely.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
9
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: For this final season of Sons of Anarchy, the opening episode both begins and ends with a song on the soundtrack that plays uninterrupted – wildly different songs, but in both cases accompanied by almost unwatchable depictions of graphic and sadistic violence. The point? Jax (Charlie Hunnam) has not exactly come to terms with the murder of his wife, Tara – and one of the people on whom he relies most, in the aftermath of that tragedy, is, unknown to him, Tara’s
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
8
 
 
The point of view in tonight’s new POV, titled The Genius of Marian, is an intimate look at a family sadly familiar with Alzheimer’s. Marian Williams Steele, the renowned artist, died from Alzheimer’s in 2001. Her daughter, Pam White, set to work on a book about her mother, tentatively titled The Genius of Marian, then was stricken by Alzheimer’s herself. Her son Banker White, one of Pam’s three children – portrayed, along with his mother, Pam, in the Marian S
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Sep
7
 
 
This is the official Sunday season opener for Sunday Night Football, and the kickoff match is indeed a high-profile one. It’s Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos vs. Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Luck, of course, is the QB who replaced Manning in Indianapolis, but this is more a game about top teams than just about the men at the helm. And the game is played at Mile High Stadium, so the Broncos have, and should enjoy, home-field advantage.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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