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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
8
 
 
Last week’s season opener of Sherlock ended with a sad stunner of an unexpected death. And tonight, we learn how the surviving characters cope in the wake of that… wake. Also, looming on the horizon, is Sherlock’s greatest nemesis, Moriarty. Benedict Cumberbatch stars. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
8
 
 
MINISERIES PREMIERE: This four-part documentary series is a decade-by-decade history not only of advertising, but of television itself – and, as such, is valuable as well as impressive. Syracuse University pop-culture expert Robert J. Thompson is all over this thing, and makes great use of his screen time – and Matthew Weiner is all over the opening episode, too, bringing clips from his Mad Men series and revealing just who, on the real Madison Avenue, inspired what. Expect plenty of
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
7
 
 
Tonight’s guests, in this delayed Christmas show, include Will Smith, Helen Mirren and Martin Freeman – who swap stories about being celebrities in public rest rooms. Only on The Graham Norton Show…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
3
 
 
It’s the first fresh installment of The Middle for 2017 – and one that, appropriately enough, is centered around the aftermath of a New Year’s celebration. But this one finds Frankie and company venturing into Orson’s safe room – which hardly seems a safe way to begin a new year.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
26
 
 
Ravi Patel, the Master of None and Scrubs performer who occasionally strides outside his comfort zone as an Indian-American standup comic and actor to write or do other ambitious stuff, decides to take a big leap in this very personal documentary, filmed and co-directed by his sister, Geeta. He allows his parents to set him up on a series of arranged meetings, ostensibly to find him a wife. And for reasons this documentary will make clear, all the women have to have the same name as his already
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
21
 
 
James Lipton’s guest in this new edition is Jessica Chastain, now starring in Miss Sloane. She broke out as Celia in 2011’s The Help, but has been acting for a while before that, including small guest roles in 2004 on ER and Veronica Mars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
19
 
 
Now more than ever, perhaps, we need this woman’s particularly acerbic and questioning comic approach to the headlines. And as we head into the new year, with all the activity in the headlines of late, Samantha is a very busy Bee indeed. Tonight, her unlikely special guest is Glenn Beck, who, like Bee, is decked out in a colorful Christmas special. “Is this how you imagined the End Times?” she asks him. Amazing. Even more amazing: He says yes.  
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
16
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: For the new second season of The Man in the High Castle, the involvement of executive producer Frank Spotnitz reportedly has been reduced, which is a bad sign. But this season, there’s a new addition to the cast: the talented Stephen Root (one of my favorite things about the delightful O Brother, Where Art Thou?), playing the very elusive and mysterious title character. He’s seen for the first time on this series – and even though he’s real, the realities
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
16
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new eight-part series was announced by Netflix only earlier this week, and drops today like a surprise Beyoncé album, all at once with little advance warning. It stars Brit Marling as a young woman named Prairie, who’s seen in the opening scene – captured on video from a camera phone – as she walks to the edge of a bridge and slides off. She survived the fall – but somehow, survived a lot more, too, including experiences that are a lot more my
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Dec
15
 
 
Tonight’s challenges force the contestants to bake meringue pies and hors d’oeuvre tartlets. Too bad it doesn’t force them to spell them. But it reminds me of one of my favorite Mason Williams poems, Them Hors D’oeuvres. It goes, it in entirety: “How about them hors d’oeuvres, ain’t they sweet? / Little piece o’ cheese, little piece o’ meat.”
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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