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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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American Gods
Starz!
Sundays
9 PM ET

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

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
27
 
 
This new CNN documentary series, looking at some of the connections between music and real life, continues tonight with music associated with New York and the events of 9/11. Among them is a fresh Billy Joel interview, in which he recalls performing “New York State of Mind” for an audience of invited firefighters, with a fireman’s helmet placed on his piano to help him focus. “It was like a dirge,” he says of that particular song’s pace that evening – an
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
27
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Improv comedian Anthony Atamanuik has been impersonating Donald Trump for a while now, at the Upright Citizens Brigade and elsewhere – including a Comedy Central guest appearance that led to this gig. I haven’t seen the premiere of this new weekly series, which is being taped as close to air as possible to ride the waves of the real President Trump’s insanely rapid news pace – but I give the advance promo high marks for capturing Trump’s speech patt
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
26
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: This new Hulu series, based on the Eighties novel by Margaret Atwood, stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman swept up into a horrifying new world in which men rule completely, and women are relegated to one of several subservient roles: trophy wife, actual servant, guard or overseer, or fertile handmaidens, assigned to procreate with specific men to provide children for their barren wives. What’s most scary about this imagined dystopian and sexist world is that, in this new T
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
26
 
 
Ewan McGregor, in a dual role as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy, continues to be such fun to watch. But as this season of Fargo unspools, don’t dare take your eyes off the women – especially Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Carrie Coon. Great roles; superb actresses.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
26
 
 
Tonight’s episode is called “Breakout Year,” and tries to position Hank Azaria’s Brockmire for a post-meltdown comeback. The internet is what brought him down – and social media, and some unexpected fan bases, may be just the thing to propel him back up.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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…
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
TV WWorth Buying
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Anne of Green Gables: 30th Anniversay Edition [Blu-ray]

Moira Walley-Beckett, veteran of Breaking Bad (she won an Emmy for writing the “Ozymandias” episode) has a new adaptation of the 1908 "Anne of Green Gables" tale premiering in May on Netflix. Entitled Anne With an E, the new series will go deeper and darker into Anne’s back-story. The 1985 mini-series version, starring Megan Fellows, tracked the original children's novel of the spirited and headstrong 11-year-old orphan who finds a new family and rural life on Prince Edward Island. The adaptation received multiple nominations and awards, and perhaps more than any of the numerous AOGG sequels, animations and series, helped make a worldwide audience for the charming Anne, who is full of blundering charm and courage. Available at Amazon. –Eric Gould