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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...


The Carmichael Show
NBC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Flaked
Netflix
Streaming

GLOW
Netflix
Streaming

The Great British Baking Show
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

Loch Ness
AcornTV
Streaming

Orange is the New Black
Netflix
Streaming

Orphan Black
BBC America
Saturdays
10 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

Silicon Valley
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

Twin Peaks:
The Return

Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 
2017
Jun
21
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Last Sunday, Carrie Coon, as Nora Durst on The Leftovers, was dead center at the final episode of that mercurial, unpredictable drama series. Tonight, as former police chief Gloria Burgle, she’s at dead center of another one. Can’t wait. And I’m worried about her, about Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Nikki Swango. I’m rooting for them both to survive this final episode of Season 3 of Fargo – but I’m afraid, on this bleak and boldly surprising s
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
20
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Part 1 of 2. This year’s iZombie season finale is called “Looking for Mr. Goodbrain,” and has Liv (Rose McIver) eating the brains of a woman who had a romantic history with Ravi (Rahul Kohli). Big mistake, because now Liv has unwanted and uncomfortably intimate visions of sexual romps with Ravi – and also has new zombie-brain urges of sexual promiscuity… with anyone.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
19
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Acorn TV will roll this series out weekly, as the latest British import (in the U.K., it was shown as The Loch) offering streaming viewers a chance to catch another across-the-pond mystery with local scenery, characters, flavor, and intrigue. This time it’s Scotland’s Loch Ness, home of the famed, elusive Loch Ness Monster purported to live deep in its depths. The opening scene of Loch Ness shows us a different mystery at the loch floor: a dead body, floating vertica
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
19
 
 
This show isn’t what you’d call appointment television. But it’s such fun television – and so innocent, even when it’s being a little PG-rated naughty – that it’s the kind of show you can watch as a family without embarrassment, and enjoy thoroughly. And the antics of these improv comics invariably make me laugh out loud, an accomplishment very few actual scripted comedies these days manage to achieve.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
19
 
 
SEASON FINALE: We critics here at TVWW often agree to disagree, in a congenial clash of opinions that encourages frank but civil discussions of our opinions of television. Better Call Saul is a perfect example. David Hinckley has a new All Along the Watchtower column in which he admits to not caring much about the season finale of Saul because, he argues, there’s no one worth rooting for. Yet my reaction is so different that I consider Saul, even more than Fargo, this season’s very b
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
18
 
 
This is Episode 7 of the reboot of Twin Peaks – about time for something to happen, don’t you think? Last week, the biggest revelation was that Laura Dern has been cast as Diane (pictured), the heretofore never-before-seen woman to whom Kyle McLachlan’s Agent Cooper, in the old Twin Peaks, used to dictate notes about fir trees, cherry pie, and chocolate bunnies.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
18
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Last week, American Gods took an interesting detour that devoted the entire hour to a lengthy flashback explaining the relationships and pasts of two characters. Tonight, we return to the “present” story line in full, meet some new characters (including one god played by Kristin Chewoweth), and, no doubt, end with one hell, and one heaven, of a cliffhanger.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
18
 
 
This penultimate episode of the season also is the penultimate Silicon Valley appearance by T.J. Miller, whose HBO special premiered last night – and who is leaving the show after next week’s season finale.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
18
 
 
This very, very funny comedy, having its best season yet, continues to surprise, and delight. Last week it had great fun making room for a guest appearance by Jean Smart ([pictured). And this week, it focuses on Anna Chlumsky (pictured) and other members of its own regular supporting cast – where the talent is as hilarious as it is deep.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
18
 
 
Again, what a week. Again, I can’t wait for Oliver not only to explain it all, but to make light of it – because light, these days, is a treasured commodity.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 

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