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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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American Gods
Starz!
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Americans
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Better Call Saul
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Fargo
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

I Love Dick
Amazon Prime
Streaming

The Handmaid's Tale
Hulu
Streaming

iZombie
CW
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

Last Week Tonight
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Twin Peaks:
The Return

Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

VEEP
HBO
Sundays
10:30 PM ET
 
 
2017
May
27
 
 
Last week, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) saved the day again, but lost his eyesight. This week, he continues to fight evil and try to save the human race and the universe – but this time while continuing to be blind. And the problem he faces, this week, is the sudden appearance on a pyramid from nowhere, which heralds a countdown to the end of life as we know it.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
26
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This four-episode limited series – or mini-miniseries, or whatever we should call it these days – is a British import about very unattractive characters (behaviorally, not physically) in a very attractive setting. The setting is Cornwall, where Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones) plays a successful chef with two grown kids, an ex-wife whose recipes built his reputation, and a younger second wife who suspects him of cheating on her. And he is – with his
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
26
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: It’s Season 3 for Bloodline – and in this episode, the normally reliable character, played by Kyle Chandler, goes off the rails. Or, at least, goes off the road, after a car accident that can best be described as unusual. It involves an alligator…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
24
 
 
Hulu keeps rolling out episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale on a weekly basis – and so far, they’ve proven to be well worth the wait. Tonight’s episode goes back to the very first scene from the opening episode, when Offred (Elisabeth Moss), then still in her married life as Luke’s wife, June, is hunted down, knocked out, and dragged away, to her mandated new existence as a “handmaid.” But tonight, instead of following June from that flashback moment, we foll
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
24
 
 
Last week, Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor) returned home to find his loved one, Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), curled up in the bathtub – fully clothed, and in agony from the severe beating she’d received at the hands of Varga’s goons. This week, Ray and Nikki regroup, and plan an attack for payback --  but against Varga (David Thewlis) and his goons, who already have established themselves as chillingly ruthless adversaries.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
23
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: First three episodes of Season 3, the new season, are available today, as Casual embarks on yet another run of 13 episodes about an unusual, but not twisted, sort of sibling living arrangement. Tommy Dewey plays a single man whose sister, played by Michaela Watkins, is newly divorced – and with a teenaged daughter (played by Tara Lynne Barr) to raise, she decides to cohabit with her bachelor brother. It’s a Casual living arrangement that leaves plenty of room fo
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
23
 
 
Last week’s episode was an interrogation showdown in which Elizabeth and Philip (Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys) asked questions of another couple. She was a Russian woman, now living in the U.S., and suspected by the spies’ Russian handlers of being a former Russian prisoner of the Nazis in WWII who survived by turning against, and killing, some of her fellow prisoners. The woman’s husband, an American, loved her, and knew nothing of her suspected past. By the end of the hour, bot
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
22
 
 
Jimmy celebrated his courtroom victory over his brother last week, and saved some of the expenses of his law practice’s advertising budget by pitching his remaining TV ad space – as “Saul Goodman.”  So it’s started – but the evolution of Saul, like this series, is far from over. Thank goodness, because I love this series.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
22
 
 
Tonight’s episode is called “License to Drill,” and introduces a femme fatale into the mix. It also introduces what looks like a chain-mail suit of armor, based on publicity photographs, for reasons TBS didn’t even bother to begin to make clear. But with Angie Tribeca, anything goes, truly.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
21
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Friday, I hosted a special Fresh Air salute to The Simpsons, honoring the 30th anniversary of Matt Groening’s animated characters as interstitial cartoon shorts on Fox’s The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. Tonight, more officially, the weekly series known as The Simpsons, which was spun off from those Ullman Show bumpers, concludes Season 28 – an amazing run all by itself. And it does so with an episode that really goes to the dogs. After a legal ruling involving a H
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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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Anne of Green Gables: 30th Anniversay Edition [Blu-ray]

Moira Walley-Beckett, veteran of Breaking Bad (she won an Emmy for writing the “Ozymandias” episode) has a new adaptation of the 1908 "Anne of Green Gables" tale premiering in May on Netflix. Entitled Anne With an E, the new series will go deeper and darker into Anne’s back-story. The 1985 mini-series version, starring Megan Follows, tracked the original children's novel of the spirited and headstrong 11-year-old orphan who finds a new family and rural life on Prince Edward Island. The adaptation received multiple nominations and awards, and perhaps more than any of the numerous AOGG sequels, animations and series, helped make a worldwide audience for Anne, who is full of blundering charm and courage. Available at Amazon. –Eric Gould