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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...


The Americans
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

Better Call Saul
AMC
Mondays
10 PM ET

Brockmire
IFC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

The Circus: Inside the Biggest Story on Earth
Showtime
8 PM ET

Fargo
FX
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Genius: Albert Einstein
NatGeo
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

iZombie
CW
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

Last Week Tonight
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Silicon Valley
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Son
AMC
Saturdays
9 PM ET
 
 
2017
Apr
23
 
 
Talk about hubris: In tonight’s episode, Selina visits the dedication for the opening of the library honoring President Hughes.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
23
 
 
I said this last week, and I’ll say it again: Good luck summarizing this week, John Oliver. And he did a great job last week, by the way, explaining in detail the upcoming election in France, and its importance. So expect, tonight, he’ll do that again, only in retrospect.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
22
 
 
The way this AMC Western is structured, we follow the character of Eli through two different time frames. Eli as the family patriarch, played by Pierce Brosnan, is shown in 1915, dealing with inventions and interlopers in the “modern” era. And Eli as a young boy, captured then raised by Comanches, is shown tonight in 1849, facing a very daunting survival test.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
22
 
 
Leave it to Doctor Who to make a happy-looking ejomi seem even spookier: By putting happy faces and thumbs up on  a malevolent robot, who will retaliate if you don’t reflect the same pleasant mood. Smile when you say that, pardner…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
22
 
 
SNEAK PREVIEW: Caroline Dhavernas stars in this new Lifetime series, which premieres officially tomorrow but is slipped onto the schedule tonight as a special sneak preview. She plays a woman who’s sort of a superhero with an alter ego, only her goal is not to save lives, but to take them. By day, she saves live as an ER doctor. By night, she and a sidekick go out on missions to help terminally ill people commit assisted suicide.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
22
 
 
Katherine Kelly continues to star as Miss Quill, head of the Coal Hill School – which, it’s worth noting, was part of the plot of the very first episode of Doctor Who. And that was back in 1963.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
22
 
 
I’d call this the best talk show in America – except it’s not in America. It’s imported from England – and imports more genuine moments of both humor and conversation than any of our current home-grown talk shows. Try it; you’ll love it.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
21
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Titus Welliver returns as LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch for Season 3, which takes place 18 months after the events ending Season 2. Conceivably, that gives the emotionally battered detective time to heal, at least emotionally – but apparently, that’s not the direction the show is taking. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
21
 
 
After a week off, Bill Maher returns, with a show devoid of celebrity guests – but filled, instead, with journalists, activists, authors and politicians. Usually, these turn out to be the liveliest, and most informative, shows of all.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
19
 
 
In tonight’s episode, President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) has to force his hand to get his way assembling a new U.S. Supreme Court. Sound familiar?
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
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The Birthday Boys: Season One

Bob Odenkirk has returned as everyone’s fave crook lawyer for the third season of Better Call Saul. But before his spin as Jimmy McGill, (who would take the name of Saul Goodman for Breaking Bad) he had a career in sketch comedy, even penning the “Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker” sketch for Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live. Odenkirk’s long resume includes four seasons on HBO in the ’90s in Mr. Show with David Cross, and in 2013-14 he starred in this sketch comedy show, The Birthday Boys, for IFC. Odenkirk and crew delve here into the thinking man’s absurdist style of humor, recalling the best of Monty Python, Kids in the Hall and The Ben Stiller Show. On sale at Amazon for $14. – Eric Gould