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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
17
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This fourth and final season of Turn: Washington’s Spies begins tonight, getting to the end of its revolutionary story – and I mean that literally. Ian Kahn stars as Gen. George Washington.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
17
 
 
As we time-travel through this latest season of Doctor Who, we’re also rapidly approaching the moment when Peter Capaldi will leave the title role, and turn it over to someone else. Meanwhile, tonight the Doctor and his companions go backward in time, to ancient Scotland – where they pursue the long-standing mystery of the vanished Ninth Roman Legion.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
17
 
 
This final season of Orphan Black already is shaking things up considerably, with the clones dividing, reuniting, and tentatively agreeing to new alliances. The emotional stakes are high – and they work because Tatiana Maslany, in every role she plays here, is believable, sympathetic (even Rachel), and identifiable.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
16
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: In this new six-part weekly series based on the mystery novels of Giles Blunt, stars Billy Campbell (The Killing, Once and Again) as John Cardinal, a police detective working in the very cold northern landscape of Ontario’s Algonquin Bay. This Canadian series opens with a central mystery – a missing indigenous teen girl – but also spends time establishing Cardinal’s virtues, and vices. His personality is as chilly as the snowpack around him, and that envi
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
16
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: In England, this will be the last season for this beloved series as occupied by its familiar and charming hosts (except for Paul Hollywood, all the hosts are going elsewhere when British Baking Show shifts to a new British network). In the U.S., we still haven’t seen some of the earlier seasons, so we have more episodes with Mary Berry and company that will be unearthed and imported. But beginning tonight, this is the last lap for these deliciously passionate baking judges
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
16
 
 
This week’s scheduled guests include Eddie Izzard, a very smart comedian with a singularly global viewpoint. His take on this week’s events, and in particular on America’s political situation and gun-violence history, ought to be fascinating. Just not, necessarily, very funny.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
14
 
 
SEASON FINALE: The season’s final episode of The Handmaid’s Tale is televised tonight, with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) reaching neither the end of her journey nor the end of her rope. But the way things are going, inside and outside her prison-type household, things are getting very tense. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
14
 
 
Tonight’s new episode is titled “Shoot-Up-Able,” and has Jarrod (Jarrod Carmichael) surviving a tragedy that requires police to visit the house to investigate. And when they show up, the reaction of the family members, to police and to the subject of guns, sets off another set of volatile, and very different, family reactions.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
14
 
 
Last week’s Fargo episode was an amazing one, showing Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and her determined escape from what seemed like a rendezvous with certain death – an escape aided by a character who has appeared now in all three Fargo miniseries. As for Ray Wise’s character, who chatted with Nikki on a plane and in a bar earlier in the season, showing up again in what may or may not have been a remote bowling alley, who can tell? But this is the next-to-last episode
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
14
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Syfy unveils its newest weekly series – this one a grindhouse homage that’s set in a dystopian future that’s actually a reimagined past: a Mad Max-ish 1999. Christina Ochoa stars, in a show that’s not to be taken at all seriously, but ranks high with its scenes of sex, violence, robots, and blowing things up. The “Farm Film” critics on SCTV would have loved it, because things on this show “blow up real good.” For a full review, see
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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