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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 Carmichael Show
NBC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Flaked
Netflix
Streaming

GLOW
Netflix
Streaming

The Great British Baking Show
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

Loch Ness
AcornTV
Streaming

Orange is the New Black
Netflix
Streaming

Orphan Black
BBC America
Saturdays
10 PM ET

Prime Suspect
PBS
Sundays
10 PM ET
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Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

Twin Peaks:
The Return

Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 
2017
Jun
4
 
 
SERIES FINALE: I can’t remember the last time this has happened on TV – so if you can, let me know. Carrie Coon, right now, is at the center of two key investigations on two quality TV series, running on TV at the same time. One is FX’s Fargo, televised on Wednesdays, where she plays a police chief – and the other is The Leftovers, which concludes its series run tonight, with Coon (pictured, with co-star Justin Theroux) playing a woman trying to understand the sudden disa
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
4
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new series is a missed opportunity – a TV series, based on  a nonfiction book about the burgeoning standup comedy scene of the 1970s, rewritten and whitewashed as a fictional work featuring mostly composite characters. The major reason to watch also is the major reason this series should have played it straight, and fact-based: Melissa Leo is a marvel as Goldie, the tough-talking owner of an L.A. comedy club that serves as home base for a parade of aspiring young
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
2
 
 
DOCUMENTARY SERIES PREMIERE: This new six-part documentary series on the Grateful Dead is directed by Amir Bar-Lev, with Martin Scorsese credited as an executive producer. Don’t expect Scorsese to be as hands-on creatively as he was with, say, his excellent George Harrison documentary – but for Deadheads, and even casual music fans of the Sixties and beyond, Long Strange Trip should prove a very instructive, if by necessity meandering, road map of the musical and social countercultur
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
2
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Will Arnett returns with Season 2 of his often downbeat series, about a former alcoholic named Chip who, as he struggles to get his life together, may be losing his grip on the “former” part. This season, things start out even more bleak for poor Chip, which wouldn’t have seemed possible at the end of last year. But here we go…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
1
 
 
MIDSEASON PREMIERE: Nashville returns on CMT for the second half of its season, with action that picks up 10 weeks after the cliffhanger that ended the first half of Season 5. The seismic shakeup there is that Rayna Jaymes, the veteran country star played by Connie Britton, died in a car crash, and her friends and lovers and colleagues now must go on without her – as must Nashville. But Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) continues to fight her demons in considering a return to the stage –
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
31
 
 
Part 2 of 3. Tonight’s concluding installment, “We Are What We Eat,” breaks down foods into key components, then breaks down some of the cooking methods to explain exactly how the preparation of certain foods alters what happens to them in the process, and how those results affect us afterward. Watch, in particular, for a segment on baking, where it’s explained how the chemical reaction sparked by kneading breads leads to the production of gluten, and the chemical reactio
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
30
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: Series creator Beau Willimon has departed this show as of the start of the current season, Season 5, which is unveiled today on Netflix. House of Cards is now overseen by Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson, but they have fine TV pedigrees: She was a writer on The Americans, and he worked with Tom Fontana as a writer on both Copper and The Borgias. And this season, so long as Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright continue at the epicenter as this show’s ultimate power couple,
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
26
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This four-episode limited series – or mini-miniseries, or whatever we should call it these days – is a British import about very unattractive characters (behaviorally, not physically) in a very attractive setting. The setting is Cornwall, where Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones) plays a successful chef with two grown kids, an ex-wife whose recipes built his reputation, and a younger second wife who suspects him of cheating on her. And he is – with his
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
26
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: It’s Season 3 for Bloodline – and in this episode, the normally reliable character, played by Kyle Chandler, goes off the rails. Or, at least, goes off the road, after a car accident that can best be described as unusual. It involves an alligator…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
23
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: First three episodes of Season 3, the new season, are available today, as Casual embarks on yet another run of 13 episodes about an unusual, but not twisted, sort of sibling living arrangement. Tommy Dewey plays a single man whose sister, played by Michaela Watkins, is newly divorced – and with a teenaged daughter (played by Tara Lynne Barr) to raise, she decides to cohabit with her bachelor brother. It’s a Casual living arrangement that leaves plenty of room fo
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 

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