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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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Baskets
FX
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
CW
Fridays
9 PM ET

Emerald City
NBC
Fridays
9 PM ET

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
TBS
Wednesdays
10:30 PM ET

Curling Night in America
NBCSN
Thursdays
7:30 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

Victoria
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET
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2017
Jan
15
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Jenna Coleman, who impressed me very much when she played the companion on Doctor Who from 2012 to 2015, gets a role here that befits the talent she displayed on that long-running cult series. Here, she plays Queen Victoria, starting from the day the teenager became queen of England in 1837. This first season follows her first three years as Queen – and even if you don’t think of this as an unofficial companion series to Netflix’s The Crown, about Queen Elizabe
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
13
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Forget about the Jim Carrey movie from a dozen years ago. This new Netflix version, overseen by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler and Barry Sonnenfeld (one of the show’s gifted directors), is delightful from start to finish. Well, start to the end of episode eight, which is all Netflix is providing during this first go-round. Each book in the original Series of Unfortunate Events series, telling of the continuing misadventures of a trio of orphaned siblings whose family
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
13
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Originally made for CBS, then picked up by Amazon, this series has a mouth-watering pedigree. It’s a drama series created by Bryan Cranston, star of Breaking Bad, and David Shore, co-creator of House – who worked with the creator of Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, on Battle Creek for CBS. This one also has, as another executive producer, Graham Yost of Justified and The Americans. Giovanni Ribisi stars as a ex-con con man who adopts the identity of a former cellmate, a
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
13
 
 
Tonight’s episode has Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) attending a family bar mitzvah. And expect some music, because Patti LuPone guest stars as the rabbi.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
13
 
 
In this episode, keep your eye on the character of Tip (Jordan Loughran), whose gender-bending persona, harking all the way back to author L. Frank Baum’s original Ozma of Oz, is almost shockingly topical. I’d say more, but I don’t want to Tip my hand…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
12
 
 
Episode two of Season 9 presents Jerry Seinfeld driving around in a car he uses as an everyday form of transportation: His powder-blue 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster. “This is my car,” he explains matter-of-factly. “I use it to go places, run errands, drive people around.” And his traveling companion in this vintage, reliable auto is a vintage, reliable comic: Norm Macdonald, whose conversational topics of choice include… Bill Cosby.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
12
 
 
The new episodes of The Good Place continue, with a continuing story line that makes the outcome somewhat of a mystery – but not really, because if Eleanor (the one in heaven by mistake) is banished from the good place, there’s no more series.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
12
 
 
In tonight’s new episode, Carrie dates a hunk. On this show, after seven seasons, I do believe this is a first…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
11
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Schitt’s Creek, the undervalued comedy import from Canada, begins Season 3 tonight on the POP Network, still starring veterans SCTV cohorts Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara as wealthy pampered parents who, after a major financial setback, retreat to go live in a small town they once purchased as a joke, became of its name. (See the show’s title.) Levy’s son, Daniel, is a co-star and series creator.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
11
 
 
This series isn’t afraid to tackle sensitive or polarizing topics, such as its reputation-making episode on “the N word.” Tonight, it tackles another very sensitive topic: the T word. That’s T as in Trump, and tonight’s installment is all about the family’s reaction to the presidential election. Well, make that reactions, because little about this family unit is unified.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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The Dana Carvey Show

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