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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

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
15
 
 
Michael Mando’s Nacho, the Iago-like gang functionary in Better Call Saul, is caught between two evils in tonight’s episode – and both of those evils, Mark Margolis' Hector Salamanca and Giancaro Esposito’s Gus Fring, are very evil indeed. And since Nacho never made it to the events depicted in Breaking Bad, whose narratives post-dates those in Saul, there’s every reason to be nervous about Nacho’s long-term survivor. Meanwhile, tonight’s episode offers
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
15
 
 
In tonight’s episode, Angie and the gang pursue a case, and some very unusual clues, by heading to New York City. The episode’s title, a nice nod to Midnight Cowboy and Dustin Hoffman’s famous “I’m walking here” ad lib: “I’m Solvin’  Here.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
12
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Jill Soloway of Transparent brings another intentionally and creatively provocative TV series to Amazon. This one takes the 1997 novel by Chris Kraus, told through a series of letters written by an infatuated yet infuriated artistic woman to a self-centered yet charismatic intellectual figure named Dick, and turns it into a playful comedy-drama, with Kathryn Hahn as the central protagonist, and Kevin Bacon as the embodiment of the self-satisfied artist, running an arts program i
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
12
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: I adored the 1985 PBS version of Anne of Green Gables, a delightful miniseries produced and exported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC, working with Netflix, is behind this new version as well. It’s renamed Anne with an E, and it’s excellent to a T. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel, more than a century old, still casts a potent spell, and still is suitable (make that fabulous) entertainment for the entire family. And now, as adapted by Moira Wa
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
12
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Aziz Ansari returns, after too long an absence, with Season 2 of his impressively distinct and comically honest situation comedy. It begins in Italy, where Ansari’s Dev has gone to get over a bad breakup and enroll in cooking school – and goes from there. My only complaint is that Netflix has started churning out so many series these days that the return of Master of None, on a day when Netflix also launches Anne with an E, may get lost in the mix. At least for today
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
10
 
 
After her triumphant special, Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Samantha Bee returns to remark on very recent current events. And oh, my – with the unexpected presidential firing of FBI director James Comey, Bee’s comic outrage ought to be dialed way past 11.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
9
 
 
SPECIAL PREMIERE: I had listed this in Sunday’s Best bets by mistake. Netflix actually premieres this special today – so I’ll repeat what I wrote a few days ago. Netflix continues its bumper crop of standup comedy specials by presenting the very dry, very clever Norm Macdonald in a new standup special. The promo for it consists of the former anchor for “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live musing about how weird it is that the accepted abbreviation for “iden
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
9
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Just as I’m picking up my cap and gown for college graduation ceremonies, so is Axl. The difference is, I’m a professor, so there’s no pressure, whereas Axl is so thrown by the thought of entering the “real world” for good that he assents to a heart-to-heart talk – with his mom (Patricia Heaton). And Sue, halfway through her own college experience, is a bit depressed by it all, but not for long, as her day, and the season for The Middle, ends wi
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
9
 
 
Tonight, Liv (Rose McIver), whose brain-eating survival habits lead her to temporarily absorb the memories and personalities of the corpses upon whom she feasts, isn’t so much snacking on brains, as on scatterbrains. She eats the brains of a woman best described as a “hot mess” – which has Liv, before long, acting like a warmed-over mess.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
7
 
 
Xena: Warrior Princess did it. Buffy the Vampire Slayer did it. Scrubs did it. Even Psych did it. They all presented special musical episodes of their otherwise non-musical series – and tonight, thanks to a spell causing everyone to sing rather than speak, it happens on Once Upon a Time as well. And yes, that’s the same plot used for the “Once More with Feeling” musical episode of Buffy, the landmark episode with music and script by Joss Whedon.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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