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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.)

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American Horror Story:
Roanoke
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Better Things
FX
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Circus
Showtime
Sundays
8 PM ET

Designated Survivor
ABC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Documentary Now!
IFC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

High Maintenance
HBO
Fridays
11 PM ET

The Good Place
NBC
Mondays
10 PM ET

This Is Us
NBC
Tuesdays

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

Quarry
Cinemax
Fridays
10 PM ET
 
 
2016
Jul
17
 
 
This is Must-See TV, if you’re at all into politics. (And this year, if you’re not, you’re making a big mistake, whatever your affiliation.) Tomorrow is the start of the 2016 Republican National Convention, and this documentary series, somehow, will capture the lead-up to Donald Trump’s announcement – a tweet – of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (pictured) as his vice presidential running mate.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
17
 
 
Tonight is Episode 3 of this stunningly photographed new nature series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and tonight’s show pays attention to jungle animals. The photography on The Hunt has been astounding, so even if you’re busy elsewhere, record this for later.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
17
 
 
This is the second episode of this excellent new eight-part crime series – and tonight is the episode where John Turturro, barely seen in the pilot as a rumpled attorney, steps into the center stage spotlight as he offers to represent a young man accused of a brutal murder. He steps up in sandals, but still. For my full review on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, visit the Fresh Air website. For another full review, see David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
17
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new HBO series stars Walton Goggins and Danny McBride as rival candidates for a retiring principal’s position at a high school. Bill Murray makes an extended cameo as the outgoing principal, but doesn’t have much to do. It’s fun to watch Goggins, so astounding as a star of The Shield and Justified and a recurring guest star on Sons of Anarchy, dive headlong into a purely comedic role – but the tone of the comedy is uncomfortably uneven, with one tras
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
15
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Winona Ryder stars as the mother of a missing boy in this new Netflix series, an eight-part supernatural thriller set in Indiana in 1983. For those old and warped enough to remember the 1991 TV series Eerie, Indiana, this may seem like a super-nostalgic blast from the past. And that may be a fair description of what series creators Matt and Ross Duffer, currently of Fox’s Wayward Pines, are after. For a full review, see Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
15
 
 
Next week, Bill Maher will do a couple of shows live from the site of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Tonight, still in Los Angeles, his scheduled guests include Republican consultant Frank Luntz (pictured, with Maher), and former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
14
 
 
For some reason, BBC America has moved tonight’s latest episode of this tense and brooding series from 10 p.m. ET to 6 p.m., where a lot of people who have followed the series to this point are unlikely to find it without help. So, here’s the help.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
13
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This six-part British series, based on a drama series from Israel, is about a family slowly realizing that its youngest member, a 5-year-old boy named Joe (Max Vento), belongs on the autism spectrum. The parents, played by Lee Ingleby and Morven Christie, get their first hints at Joe’s fifth birthday party – but there are other reactions to register and absorb, from Joe’s older sister and his aunt and uncle to Joe’s crusty grandfather, played by the show&
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
13
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Last year, this USA Network drama came out of nowhere, with little promotion or advance warning last summer, to become one of the more intriguing new shows of 2015. This year, for Season 2, the central secret is out: The identity of the mysterious central character is now known, and the show’s protagonist, Elliot (Rami Malek), has to deal with the consequences of that revelation. And, as well, with the consequences of the computer hack that severely disrupted the E Corp bu
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jul
12
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Beginning tonight, Hulu begins streaming weekly episodes of Season 2 of this very funny comedy, whose stars as Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner (pictured), playing humorously unlikable friends who see the worst in everyone and everything, except one another. Tonight’s guest stars include Tina Fey, playing herself.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: An advance copy of David’s upcoming book from Doubleday has just arrived! The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available on Amazon for pre-order for its November 15th release. You can read some of the dustcover summary here, including: “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. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television,…he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series and the variety show. David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, including exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.” —TVWW

 

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Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theater: The Complete Collection

My kids grew up devouring this series, which began on Showtime from 1982. Actress, producer and host Shelley Duvall, pioneering the green-screen set technology used today by Once Upon a Time, invited her show-biz friends to revisit and reimagine their favorite fairy tales of old – and what makes this series so great is that she had such talented friends. Billy Crystal and Fred Willard in The Three Little Pigs, Robin Williams as The Frog Prince and Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell in Little Red Riding Hood. And there’s Duvall herself, starring in Rumpelstiltskin and Rapunzel (opposite Jeff Bridges). Directors included Francis Ford Coppola and Tim Burton, and the spin on most of these stories is a total delight. (Repackaged and re-released, 2015.) On sale at Amazon for $25. – DB