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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
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
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
25
 
 
This ought to be perfect for a CW series. In tonight’s episode, Liv (Rose McIver), as always, eats the brains, and temporarily absorbs the memories and personality, of a murder victim, in order to help solve the crime. But this week’s victim is so CW-ready. The victim is, or was, a young woman prone to spreading stories. In other words, a gossip girl.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
25
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: In AMC’s The Son, a young actor and a veteran one share the same role, portraying the identical character at different times in his life. That’s the same approach used in this new National Geographic series, only the subject, and protagonist, in question is Albert Einstein. As a young man, he’s played by Johnny Flynn. Later in life, he’s played by Geoffrey Rush, who played a different type of genius, a musical one, in the 1996 movie Shine. For a full revi
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
25
 
 
This season’s story line on The Americans has been a real Paige-turner. They’ve started turning Paige (Holly Taylor, playing the daughter of the embedded Soviet spies masquerading as everyday Americans) into a fledgling spy. And the more she spies on the people she’s babysitting, the more involved she becomes…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
24
 
 
MIDSEASON RETURN: Coming back from its spring break, Gotham pays off a three-year plot development by turning one of its characters, Cory Michael Smith as Ed Nygma, into a full-fledged, recognizable costumed villain from the DC Comics Batman universe: The Riddler. But riddle me this: When is a bad guy like a hyena? When they both cackle…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
24
 
 
It’s not often you have documentaries based on a debate question, but tonight’s installment is – and the topic is, Should the Holocaust be off limits to comedians? Whatever your thoughts on the topic, there are at least two reasons not to miss tonight’s The Last Laugh. One is that it includes footage from the never-released, always controversial Jerry Lewis film The Day the Clown Cried (if you don’t know the plot, watch and gasp). The other reason to watch is that i
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
24
 
 
AMC sent out the first two episodes of this season’s Better Call Saul for preview. This is episode three – which means I’m as much in the dark about what will happen next as you are. And I’m probably even more excited to find out, unless you’re as helplessly and fanatically addicted to this series as I am.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
23
 
 
I wonder sometimes, what this political documentary series would do during a slow news week. I’ve come to suspect, though, that such an animal, in fewer than 100 days, has become all but extinct.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
23
 
 
MINISERIES FINALE: The first season of Feud, telling the story of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis during and after the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, concludes tonight. It’s the last we’ll see of Jessica Lange as Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Davis, because next season will present a new story, and a new Feud. But boy, these two have been great – and so has Alfred Molina, by the way, as director Robert Aldrich.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
23
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: For Season 4 of this series, the startup known as Pied Piper has become a victim of its own success – and the individual team members who created the company have to decide whether to stay on, sell out, or both.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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