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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

  
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America in Color
Smithsonian
Sundays
8 PM ET

Broadchurch
BBC America
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
TBS
Wednesdays
10:30 PM

Game of Thrones
HBO
Sundays
9PM ET

The Great British Baking Show
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

Insecure
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Nineties
CNN
Sundays
9 PM ET

Orphan Black
BBC America
Saturdays
10 PM ET

Remember Me
PBS
Sundays
10 PM ET

Will
TNT
Mondays
9 PM ET
 
 
2017
Jul
23
 
 
Tonight’s installment of The Nineties is “Can We All Get Along?,” and is about racially charged news events of that decade – including Rodney King and the L.A. riots, the O.J. Simpson murder trial, and the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
23
 
 
Last week’s opener, like most season openers on this show, reset the stage, and the chess board, and put pieces in motion towards one another. Tonight, expect some alliances you’ve never seen before, and some characters and actors sharing the scene for the first time. It’s getting to be unavoidable, and it’s eagerly anticipated.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
23
 
 
I’ll say two things about last week’s Twin Peaks. No, I’ll say three, because the continually amassing violence against women – pointed out so presciently by Ed Bark in his season-opening Twin Peaks: The Return review in his Uncle Barky’s Bytes column – shows no signs of abating. That’s a definite issue, as is, by now, the way-too-slow transformation of Dale Cooper back into the character we knew and loved. (Will he ever come back whole?) But here are th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
23
 
 
Part 2: This three-part miniseries continues, with Michael Palin’s Tom missing and unaccounted for, as investigators try to sort out the bodies, and mysteries, left behind in his wake. Last week’s opener shifted strongly into paranormal territory – and tonight’s installment has its scares of frights, and apparent ghosts, as well. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
22
 
 
Last week, Cosima stole a boat and attempted an escape – but this week, the schemers running the evil clone-making corporation, including Rachel (who herself is a clone), have more moves to make. And so do the clones themselves, who are banding together even more aggressively to rescue, save, and fight for one another.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
21
 
 
Tonight’s episode is all about “Desserts,” so if you’ve been waiting for this imported baking show to get its just desserts – well, tonight, it’s just desserts. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
19
 
 
Tonight’s episode has Cynthia (Loretta Devine) learning that her parents, after all this time, are having some marital difficulties. It leads to a multi-generational discussion about marriage – and also makes room for guest stars Starletta DuPois and Bill Cobbs, playing her parents. Jerrod Carmichael stars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
19
 
 
In tonight’s new episode, sexual assault victim Trish (Julie Hesmondhalgh) returns to the scene of the crime – a visit that may or may not jog her memory, and that also may or may not place her in additional danger.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
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IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012-16) was a respectable heir to the late ’70s PBS Fernwood 2 Night legacy of talk show satire — generally improvised by its host Scott Auckerman and his celebrity guests. Aukerman, a veteran of Bob Odenkirk’s Mr. Show and co-creator of Between Two Ferns, carries the ultra-droll torch here, tongue firmly in cheek, sans laugh-track. Comedy Bang! Bang! also helped launch the career of sidekick and musical conductor Reggie Watts, now leading the house band for The Late Show with James Corden. A bargain at Amazon, under $7. –Eric Gould

 
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