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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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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
19
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This is Season 3 for Noah Hawley’s reimagining of the Coen Brothers Fargo ethos – the third time he’s started from scratch and introduced a new setting, plot, and cast of characters. And for the third time, based on tonight’s kickoff episode, he’s struck gold yet again. Ewan McGregor, in a dual role as very different brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy, is amazingly good, twice. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead, as Ray’s ex-con girlfriend and aspiring co
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
19
 
 
The film noir coma dream by Archer (J. Jon Benjamin) continues, with Archer and all his colleagues trapped in an alternate reality with different settings and identities. Hey, wait a second… except for the film noir part, isn’t that exactly what’s going on right now on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Except that on that show, the hero isn’t driving around with a beautiful redhead and a dead body.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
19
 
 
In the premiere episode of this very funny new IFC series, Hank Azaria’s Brockmire was introduced in a flashback meltdown, having just discovered his wife having extramarital sex, then railing about it on the baseball public address system where he was a booth announcer. His wife, Lucy, had decided to adopt a very “free” lifestyle – and after they split up, Brockmire had spent the better part of a decade overseas and on a bender. But now he’s back, working at a mino
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
17
 
 
A&E is promoting this series as reaching the point where there are only “two episodes until check-out.” And last week, with Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) in police custody, charged with several murders, and with the spirit of Norman’s dead mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) occupying his split-personality consciousness, things look bleak. Last week we saw her dressed as Norman, in the witness interrogation room, but we know, before long, we’ll also see him dressed as Norma
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
16
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Carrie Coon, soon to be seen as one of the protagonists in the new incarnation of FX’s Fargo, returns here for Season 3 of The Leftovers, playing Nora, the girlfriend of Kevin (Justin Theroux) – who may just turn out to be the savior in this strange religious parable. The Sudden Departure, a mysterious event in which 140 million people in the world instantly and inexplicably disappeared, is now almost seven years hence, as this new season jumps forward four years in
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
16
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: This new six-part miniseries is a Showtime co-production with a British production company, and tells a story of activism and radicalism in 1971 London. Frieda Pinto stars as Jas, an Indian immigrant pulled into the riptide of terrorism – with the energy and conviction of such iconic Seventies militant activists as, say, Patty Hearst or Angela Davis. This miniseries comes from John Ridley, who’s also the creator of ABC’s American Crime. For a full review, s
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
16
 
 
Speaking of John Ridley and American Crime: promos for tonight’s episode promise something truly unsettling and memorable for a prime-time TV series. And since American Crime, this season as always, has been compelling on a weekly basis already (Felicity Huffman, this year, has been especially captivating), the promo’s promise is intriguing bait indeed.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
14
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: This series, formerly on the now defunct Pivot network, returns for Season 2 on Amazon Prime Video. Richard Dormer returns as the star of this series, and for the new season, Fortitude adds Dennis Quaid as a new, big-name co-star. It’s essentially a murder mystery set in a remote town in Norway, with a lot of character exploration to boot. And a lot of frozen scenery, just as in Fargo. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
14
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This Netflix original series is a fully authorized remake of the 1988 low-budget cult hit, in which Joel Hodgson, then Mike Nelson, played futuristic space travelers forced by evil scientists to watch bad old movies – space travelers who maintained their sanity by heckling those films as they watched, with help from the equally vocal and sarcastic robots constructed for that very purpose: Crow, Tom Servo, and Gypsy. That often hilarious series, bounced around to several TV
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
14
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: The first season of Chelsea Handler’s wide-ranging, planet-hopping talk show on Netflix got much better as it went along, and for Season 2, which begins tonight, there’s even more change in store – and all the changes sound positive. Instead of last year’s thrice-weekly 30-minute format, the new Chelsea, beginning tonight, switches to a once-a-week, 60-minute show. This gives the hostess less work per week, but more time to delve into her topics, and just
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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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