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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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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
CW
Fridays
9 PM ET

The Good Place
NBC
Thursdays
8:30 PM ET

Emerald City
NBC
Fridays
9 PM ET

Lemony Snicket’s
A Series of Unfortunate Events

Netflix
Streaming

Man Seeking Woman
FXX
Wednesdays
10:30 PM ET

The OA
Netflix
Streaming

Portlandia
IFC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

The Real Mad Men of Advertising
Smithsonian
Sundays
9 PM ET

Sherlock on Masterpiece
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET
(Check Local Listings)

Sneaky Pete
PBS
Amazon Prime Video
Streaming
 
 
2016
Dec
19
 
 
Now more than ever, perhaps, we need this woman’s particularly acerbic and questioning comic approach to the headlines. And as we head into the new year, with all the activity in the headlines of late, Samantha is a very busy Bee indeed. Tonight, her unlikely special guest is Glenn Beck, who, like Bee, is decked out in a colorful Christmas special. “Is this how you imagined the End Times?” she asks him. Amazing. Even more amazing: He says yes.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
16
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: For the new second season of The Man in the High Castle, the involvement of executive producer Frank Spotnitz reportedly has been reduced, which is a bad sign. But this season, there’s a new addition to the cast: the talented Stephen Root (one of my favorite things about the delightful O Brother, Where Art Thou?), playing the very elusive and mysterious title character. He’s seen for the first time on this series – and even though he’s real, the realities
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
16
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new eight-part series was announced by Netflix only earlier this week, and drops today like a surprise Beyoncé album, all at once with little advance warning. It stars Brit Marling as a young woman named Prairie, who’s seen in the opening scene – captured on video from a camera phone – as she walks to the edge of a bridge and slides off. She survived the fall – but somehow, survived a lot more, too, including experiences that are a lot more my
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
15
 
 
Tonight’s challenges force the contestants to bake meringue pies and hors d’oeuvre tartlets. Too bad it doesn’t force them to spell them. But it reminds me of one of my favorite Mason Williams poems, Them Hors D’oeuvres. It goes, it in entirety: “How about them hors d’oeuvres, ain’t they sweet? / Little piece o’ cheese, little piece o’ meat.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
12
 
 
CYCLE FINALE: This is the beginning of this show’s two-night finale for its latest edition, which has introduced, very successfully, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys as the latest Voice judges. They’ve both done very well: Keys with her natural sincerity and beauty, and Cyrus with her bubbly young enthusiasm and rebellious streak. But they’re not going to emerge as winning judges their first time out. That honor will go to Adam Levine, thanks to Voice finalist Billy Gilman, who&rsqu
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
12
 
 
In tonight’s episode, the futuristic drama segment of this installment is inspired by an actual geological and meteorological phenomenon on Mars: planetary dust storms that envelop and temporarily smother the red planet. In the fictionalized dramatizations, this leads to a period of cabin fever – and the cabin is on a distant planet.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
11
 
 
MIDSEASON FINALE: Last week’s episode put most of the key players in place for a multi-pronged retaliatory attack: Carl joining the captive Daryl at Negan’s home base, Michonne capturing a Savior and demanding to be driven to Negan’s secret camp, Rosita arming herself with a single home-made bullet, and so on. With this being the midseason finale, it’s not out of line, or out of this show’s character, to expect a violent altercation, and even a death, tonight. Thoug
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
7
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: The newest Hulu drama series, streaming beginning today, is a very slick little TV production: looking sunny, presented glibly, and with a subject matter, about scheming psychics, that’s ripe for picking in the right hands. And the right hands, at the center of this new show, is Jeffrey Donovan, whose laid-back swagger was on view for several successful seasons on USA’s Burn Notice. This new series introduces him as a likable rogue, but one who’s under the thum
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
20
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This new, third season of The Affair gets even more complicated – because it adds yet another perspective to its twisted tapestry of a narrative. Talk about untrustworthy narrators: on this show, they’re all untrustworthy, and the truth is found, if it is at all, only by sifting through their various stories and biased accounts. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 now avaialble on Amazon.

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

 
 
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In a recent interview, SNL veteran Dana Carvey mentioned that an upcoming documentary about his failed 1996 ABC sketch comedy show was in the works at Hulu (no release date announced yet.) Too Funny to Fail will recount how the iconoclastic series, cancelled after eight episodes, got off to a horrendous start with network executives and advertisers. (The premiere included a sketch with Carvey playing then-President Bill Clinton — so eager to demonstrate his compassion he suckled a baby, puppies and a kitten simultaneously from a canine-like array of prosthetic nipples.) Considered a lovable sketch character and impressionist, Carvey’s edgier side turned out to be somewhat ill-suited for prime time. The show is considered a milestone however, for it’s now A-list stable of performers and writers: Louis CK, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Robert Smigel. (Includes one unaired episode and deleted scenes.) On sale at Amazon for $14. —Eric Gould

 
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