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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

  


American Horror Story: Cult
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

The Deuce
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Episodes
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Guest Book
TBS
Thursdays
10:30 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Manhunt: Unabomber
Discovery
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

Mr. Mercedes
AT&T Audience Network
Wednesdays
8 PM ET

Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

You're The Worst
FXX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET
 
 
2017
Aug
19
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: AMC’s tale of the early Internet – a sort of more serious prequel to HBO’s Silicon Valley – begins its fourth and final season tonight. If the series ever returns, it’ll be as a 2.0 reboot. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
19
 
 
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: This three-part series, from some of the makers of Planet Earth II, looks squarely and exclusively at America – that part also known as John Ford country, and the wide open lands – and, yes, the wild west. Part 1 is shown tonight, beginning at 9 p.m. ET with a special look at the impact of the Acme company on the hunting habits of Wile E. Coyote in his unending quest to catch the Road Runner. (Okay, I was kidding about that last bit. Meep meep!)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
16
 
 
This program premiered last week, so this is a rerun – but it felt so good to watch it, I’m pointing out its prime-time repeat tonight in case you’d be similarly interested in watching some civil political discourse. Rubinstein’s joint interview this week is between former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and they take turns answering very interesting questions about their experiences as the chief executive – including how they felt when they first occupi
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
13
 
 
This week’s installment is called Politics Aside, and looks at the many ways comedy has influenced politics over the ages. I haven’t previewed this installment, but here’s hoping Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Mort Sahl, That Was the Week That Was, and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Pat Paulsen (pictured), among other early political-comedy pioneers, all get credit where it’s due.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
11
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new Netflix series stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as a mother fiercely determined to help her teen child, who’s autistic, navigate the world. Keir Gilchrist plays Sam, an 18-year-old on the higher end of the autism spectrum, and Michael Rapaport and Brigette Lundy-Paine play his father and sister, respectively. Tonally, Atypical is a comedy with sharp edges, closest on the TV comedy spectrum to ABC’s Speechless, which is about the supportive yet barely functional fa
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
8
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: The intentionally abrasive duo of Julie and Billy, played with irreverent glee by Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner, returns for Season 3. Billy gets a job as a TV show’s warm-up act, a plot device last explored in HBO’s Crashing – and Julie attends a Passover Seder, an even more familiar premise for TV comedy. But on Difficult People, expect, in both cases, unprecedented levels of rudeness. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
4
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This is so weird, it’s hard to describe, but here goes. It helps if you’ve been a fan of What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, like I have, for decades, because that Sixties Woody Allen film debut establishes a parallel – up to a point. In that film, Allen took an existing action film from the Pacific Rim, and dubbed it with intentionally incongruous and funny dialogue, to turn it into some absurd hunt for a secret recipe. Comrade Detective sort of does the same thing,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
2
 
 
I’d like to see how Samantha Bee would handle a slow news week. But that’s only because I’m desperate, after six months, for a slow news week.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
21
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Many critics are comparing this new drama series to AMC’s Breaking Bad – an unfair comparison, and not only because it sets an almost impossible standard to equal. But comparisons to that and other prestige crime series are unavoidable, as well as unfortunate.  In Ozark, Jason Bateman stars as Marty Byrde, a white-collar Chicago criminal, a money launderer whose connected partner is deeply embroiled with a Mexican drug cartel. Laura Linney plays Marty’s wi
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
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Show Me a Hero

David Simon’s The Deuce is now premiering on HBO, and like his other series built around ensemble casts and urban themes (The Wire, Treme) Show Me a Hero similarly explored inner-city and political collisions. Following a Yonkers city councilman running for mayor (Oscar Isaac) the miniseries portrays the conflict when federally-mandated public housing came to a middle-class white neighborhood. Simon’s strongest suit is when he brings the stakes to the street and everyday characters. Available at Amazon for $15. –Eric Gould