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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
14
 
 
To Bee or not to Bee? On the day after the attorney general testifies before a Senate committee, and on the day that happens to be President Donald Trump’s 71st birthday, the answer, in terms of TV recommendations, is: definitely be a Do-Bee.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
13
 
 
Tonight’s new episode is called “Conspiracy Weary” (say it aloud, and it’s funnier), and has Liv and her vampire buddies ingesting the brains of a diehard conspiracy theorist. And when I say “diehard,” in this case, it’s literal…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
12
 
 
Last week’s episode ended with Mike Ehrmentraut shaking hands with Gus Fring – forging a key link that will, in time (and in Breaking Bad), lead to their unlikely and sometimes uneasy partnership in the drug trade. Last week’s episode also showed Jimmy McGill painting himself out of a financial corner by becoming “slippin’ Jimmy,” another famous step in his evolution, or devolution, to the amoral Saul Goodman. Like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is one of the
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
12
 
 
SEASON FINALE: For tonight’s Season 3 finale of this freewheeling, very funny TBS police sitcom, series star Rashida Jones makes room for yet another celebrity guest star. This time it’s Peggy Lipton, formerly a TV policewoman of her own, on ABC’s iconic Mod Squad, as well as one of the stars reprising her Twin Peaks role in the current Showtime reboot, Twin Peaks: The Return. Tonight, on Angie Tribeca, she visits the coroner’s office – and, by visiting Angie Tribec
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
10
 
 
For a couple weeks now, Graham Norton has compiled a couch full of guests who have not, as a collective, been exciting enough to single out for special viewing effort. But tonight is different: In addition to the other guests, tonight’s Graham Norton Show makes room for two powerful screen icons. One is Tom Cruise, who’s been a member of Hollywood royalty since the 1980s. The other is a brand new icon: Gal Gadot (pictured), whose movie Wonder Woman just opened with a big enough box o
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
9
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Orange Is the New Black is back for Season 5, resuming where last season’s cliffhanger left off: with a prison riot. And the ramifications of that, much more serious and less playful than previous seasons, makes this latest round of OITNB a much darker shade of orange.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
5
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Well, it’s the premiere in the U.S., anyway. But in its native Australia, the series introduced here until the title The Heart Guy has been running under the name of Doctor Doctor. Either way, Rodger Corser stars as Hugh Knight, a competent young heart surgeon and inveterate party animal who’s forced to return to his sleepy small town of Whyhope. That basic plot makes this series, by any other name, a sort of cross between Northern Exposure (where a young New York do
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
5
 
 
SEASON FINALE: This series, a prequel and intermediate variant to the familiar Batman story from DC Comics, has been all about reinvention and new identities, many of them dramatic. Characters, over time on this series, have morphed into the Riddler, come very close to familiar alter egos as Poison Ivy and Catwoman, taken on more of the attributes and attitudes of the Penguin, and even stepped closer to the dark vengefulness of Batman himself. Two weeks ago, Morena Baccarin’s Lee, who star
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
4
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: News junkies have been awaiting, or at least anticipating, this new NBC showcase for Megyn Kelly ever since she left Fox News, shortly after she famously quizzed Donald Trump, at that first Republican National Debate (pictured), about his remarks about women. Now she’s got s show of her own, and her opening night guest is another man whose opinions are famously gruff and bellicose: Soviet leader Vladimir Putin.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
4
 
 
SERIES FINALE: I can’t remember the last time this has happened on TV – so if you can, let me know. Carrie Coon, right now, is at the center of two key investigations on two quality TV series, running on TV at the same time. One is FX’s Fargo, televised on Wednesdays, where she plays a police chief – and the other is The Leftovers, which concludes its series run tonight, with Coon (pictured, with co-star Justin Theroux) playing a woman trying to understand the sudden disa
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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