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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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America in Color
Smithsonian
Sundays
8 PM ET

Broadchurch
BBC America
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
TBS
Wednesdays
10:30 PM

Game of Thrones
HBO
Sundays
9PM ET

The Great British Baking Show
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

Insecure
HBO
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Nineties
CNN
Sundays
9 PM ET

Orphan Black
BBC America
Saturdays
10 PM ET

Remember Me
PBS
Sundays
10 PM ET

Will
TNT
Mondays
9 PM ET
 
 
2017
Jul
11
 
 
Part 3 of 4. This joint biography, and lionization, of Dr. Dre  and Jimmy Iovine continues.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
10
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: ABC’s current Still Star-Crossed provides a sequel of sorts to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but without any real verve, style, or reason to watch. Tonight’s new TNT series, Will, seeks inspiration from Shakespeare, too, but this time from the playwright, not his plays. It’s been done before, of course, in Shakespeare in Love and in several other attempts, incuding the 1978 British miniseries Will Shakespeare: His Life and Times, starring Tim Cu
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
9
 
 
The decade covered tonight is the 1930s – and the images, in color, sometimes are vibrant and riveting. But not all vintage images, moving or still, need be colorized, an opinion I share with Eric Gould, in his latest Cold Light Reader column.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
7
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: In 1987, Nintendo released the video game Castlevania in America. It was a dinky little 8-bit Nintendo cartridge game, with incessantly repeating music and a basic plot that had the game player maneuvering a whip-wielding hero as he worked his way through levels of a castle inhabited by vampires and other monsters. That was 30 years ago – and I played it with my kids, along with an even more addictive game based on Jaws. Anyway, this new animated series – four episod
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
6
 
 
Thursdays in July, Ronald Colman is TCM’s Star of the Month. He’s a star that may need rediscovery, as some of his most commonly known contributions to popular culture, at this point, are one step removed. He’s the actor, for example, whose voice was channeled by Don Adams when coming up with the clipped confident sound of secret agent Maxwell Smart on Get Smart. And one of Colman’s most famous early characters, a dogged detective featured in a series of movies, was name-
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
5
 
 
My advice: Dig out your old copy of Hitchcock/Truffaut (or go buy a new copy, fast, because Francois Truffaut’s film-by-film analysis of the movies of Alfred Hitchcock is a mandatory part of any solid cinephile’s library), and stay tuned. This month, TCM is celebrating the master of suspense by presenting 50 Years of Hitchcock, and presenting not only the acknowledged classics from later in his career, but also representatives of his earliest work, even the silents. So tune in tonigh
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
3
 
 
This new episode takes a look at the war in Syria – and what makes it stands out is that it’s a long look, explaining the conflicts over a five-year period, beginning with the Arab Spring protests of 2011. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jul
1
 
 
When Dame Judi Dench shows up on this show, she relaxes so much, she acts like anything but a Dame. And she’ll be in good company tonight, because she’ll be sharing the guest couch with, among others, Steve Carell, Kristin Wiig, and Jamie Foxx.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
30
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: For Season 3 of this “bounty hunters in space” Syfy series, Killjoys is doubling down on the mystery it introduced at the end of last season: That Dutch, the bounty hunter played by Hannah John-Kamen, became aware of an evil lookalike, an alien ruler named Aneela (pictured). She, or they, join a long list of TV doubles, doppelgangers, and clones, which I happen to discuss in my latest column for TV Guide Magazine. That’s not me being cross-promotional. It&rsquo
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
28
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Eddie Huang, the opinionated iconoclast chef whose childhood is played for loose laughs in ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat sitcom, presents his personality and ideas undiluted in this documentary travel series – which is as interested in politics and culture as in food, which is why Huang’s World, returning tonight for Season 2, is presented by Viceland, and not by, say, the Food Network.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$
Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season One

IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012-16) was a respectable heir to the late ’70s PBS Fernwood 2 Night legacy of talk show satire — generally improvised by its host Scott Auckerman and his celebrity guests. Aukerman, a veteran of Bob Odenkirk’s Mr. Show and co-creator of Between Two Ferns, carries the ultra-droll torch here, tongue firmly in cheek, sans laugh-track. Comedy Bang! Bang! also helped launch the career of sidekick and musical conductor Reggie Watts, now leading the house band for The Late Show with James Corden. A bargain at Amazon, under $7. –Eric Gould

 
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