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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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Comrade Detective
Amazon Prime Video
Streaming

Episodes
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
TBS
Wednesdays
10:30 PM

Game of Thrones
HBO
Sundays
9PM 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

Weekend Update Summer Edition Live!
NBC
Thursdays
9 PM ET
 
 
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
7
 
 
In this second outing of this new summer series experiment from CBS News, Adriana Diaz provides a report on gun violence in Chicago. She spent a week there, mostly at street level, talking to members of gangs and crews there to understand the motivations for gun violence there, and the ways in which weapons enter the city and the underground marketplace.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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
4
 
 
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Bryan Fogel, a cyclist and a filmmaker, learned firsthand what many good reporters learn while investigating their subjects: Go where the story takes you, even if you didn’t expect to go there. In his case, he set out to make a film about the effects of performance-enhancing drugs, and intentional doping, on athletes in the cycling world. What he ended up doing was uncovering proof of a deep-seated, organized doping scandal by Russian athletes at the 2014 Olympic Game
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
4
 
 
In this week’s episode of this anthology series from the Duplass brothers, James van der Beek plays one-half of a couple (Davie-Blue plays the other half), and the two of them use their time and location in a hotel room to play a joke on a pizza delivery boy. Or, perhaps, more than one joke. ("No anchovies? You've got the wrong man. I spell my name Danger!...")
 
 
 
  
 
 
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
28
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: When F. Scott Fitzgerald was writing The Last Tycoon, Hollywood press agents and newspaper gossip columnists controlled the image of Hollywood, studio chiefs controlled them and everyone else, and writers, actors and producers worked within and without the system to make movies, and sometimes art, while going about (and often hiding) their private lives. Peeking behind the glittery curtain of show biz was a rarity then, but it’s commonplace enough to be tired now – a
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
24
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: True Blood fans have reason to be excited by this new NBC series – but only in theory. It’s based on a series of novels by Charlaine Harris, the author of the original True Blood stories, and it’s another small-town tale of a place where vampires, witches, shapeshifters and other supernatural creatures coexist, however uneasily. But HBO had series creator Alan Bell to make sense and sensuality of it all – and this NBC series is more like a vampire with ba
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
24
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This out-of-this-world comedy – well, technically, an aliens-infiltrating-this-world comedy – begins its second season tonight. The truth is out there, and the extraterrestrials are down here. So now what?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
23
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Issa Rae, the star and co-creator of this smartly self-aware sitcom, has not only made a worthy spiritual successor to HBO’s Girls – young women, as friends, trying to cope with life and love in the big city – but done it with two significant tweaks. The city is L.A., not New York, and Issa and her girls are black, not white. Do those changes make a difference? When the writing and acting is in such good hands, absolutely – and here comes Season 2.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
TV WWorth Buying
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Ray Donovan: Season One

The Liev Schrieber series is now back on Showtime for its fifth season and one thing is certain – no matter how bad the jam is, Ray, a Hollywood fixer for stars and crooks alike, finds an inventive way out. Created by Southland writer Ann Biderman, Ray Donovan has the similar emotional stakes and gravitas of that series, all starting with the release from prison of Ray’s father Mickey, a Whitey Bulger doppelganer. Things come unglued from there and season one sets Ray’s house of cards in motion. On sale at Amazon for under $12. –Eric Gould