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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...


American Gods
Starz!
Sundays
9 PM ET

Anne With
An E

Netflix
Streaming

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

Master of None
Netflix
Streaming

VEEP
HBO
Sundays
10:30 PM ET
 
 
2017
May
19
 
 
I confess to not being familiar with political analyst Boris Epshteyn, who is scheduled as the leadoff guest for tonight’s show – but given my Rocky & Bullwinkle tutelage, I’m presuming that Boris will have a lot to say about Russia. But the other guests slated to appear are among host Bill Maher’s all-time most vocal and intelligently combative guests: astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, conservative editor David Frum, and liberal academic Cornel West.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
18
 
 
For two weeks running now, the scheduled episode of CNN’s Soundtracks – about the shooting of students at Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard in 1970, and the music it inspired, such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s searingly swift response, “Ohio” – has been pre-empted by breaking news emanating from the White House. And a betting man, or woman, would be wise to bet that tonight will make it three for three. But I’m setting my DVR anyw
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
17
 
 
This week’s newly streamed episode of The Handmaid’s Tale involves a political visit by the Mexican delegation – one that provides Serena Joy, played by Yvonne Strahovski, with the chance to display her importance, including her control over her handmaids. But she, too, is a woman, which makes her power play somewhat tenuous in this future society, where most women have been stripped of position, power, and many other freedoms. Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, one of the handmai
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
17
 
 
Last week, Ray Stussy tried to steal his older brother’s valuable postage stamp by donning a wig and shaving his facial hair, to look more like brother Emmit – and then to talk and bully his way into his brother’s safety deposit box. That ruse worked, but the stamp wasn’t there. So tonight, Ray dons the wig again, to carry out another half-baked (or quarter-baked) scheme: filming a blackmail sex tape, with Ray’s “Emmit” being shown in a compromising posi
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
16
 
 
It’s elimination night on The Voice – and after Chris Blue and others sang so well Monday night, whatever cuts will come tonight, at the end of the viewer vote, are bound to hurt. And that goes for the performers’ fans as well as the singers themselves. Most American Idol or Voice competitions boil down to an obviously dominant one or two contestants. This cycle, on The Voice, it’s much more of a free-for-all.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
16
 
 
DOCUMENTARY MINISERIES PREMIERE: In this new documentary series, PBS tackles one of my more obscure and enthusiastic musical interests (okay, I have lots of those, but still). American Epic is the story of what is now called American roots music – the music that bubbled up, like moonshine from a still, from mountain hollers and bayou backwoods. Tonight’s episode is called “The Big Bang,” and looks for the originals of country, bluegrass, and other forms of American music.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
16
 
 
Tonight, Liv (Rose McIver) absorbs the memories and personalities of Seattle’s latest murder victim – a preschool teacher who was well-known, at least by the faculty at his school, of being a smug womanizer. Now, temporarily, it’s Liv’s turn to act that way…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
16
 
 
Last week’s episode, “Darkroom,” ended with a chillingly effective scene in which Elizabeth and Philip (Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys) took daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) into their world even more, by showing her how they developed and printed the photos Paige had taken while babysitting at the pastor’s house. They were photos of his diary entries, and the pages developed contained entries that went from idle musings to deep concerns about Paige, making the pastor more of an
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
15
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited inspired one of the most celebrated miniseries ever made, the 1981 version starring Jeremy Irons. Now, from Acorn TV, comes another import devoted to a work by the same author. Decline and Fall, though, while it’s set in the same gorgeous posh British estates and institutions, is a lot more comic and playful an approach. It’s Waugh’s first novel, and he delights in playing with his caricatured characters &ndas
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
15
 
 
Just as Bates Motel got even more interesting, in its final season, as it neared the point when its story line began to merge with the familiar one we knew from Psycho, this Fox series prequel to the Batman saga is getting even sharper as its characters turn, slowly but ever so surely, into the familiar heroes, and villains, from the established lore. Last week, Camren Bicondova’s Selina, whose character is destined to be the future Catwoman, finally aligned with a key moment from the Catw
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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