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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

  
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American Gods
Starz!
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Americans
FX
Tuesdays
10 PM ET

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

Twin Peaks:
The Return

Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

VEEP
HBO
Sundays
10:30 PM ET
 
 
2017
May
28
 
 
This is the penultimate episode for this season, and for this series. Next Sunday, The Leftovers ends – whether or not it provides a satisfactory conclusion. (I’ve always felt that answering questions is not exactly what this series prizes the most.) But tonight, the next-to-last episode provides some sort of potential answers in its episode’s title alone. It’s called “The Most Powerful Man in the World (And His Identical Twin Brother).” And in addition to bei
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
28
 
 
These are hours three and four of the new Twin Peaks series – the hours that Showtime has made available to watch On Demand since last Sunday at midnight. I watched them then, to write my review for last Monday’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. And I’m still not sure what to think about them, except that despite so much use of Kyle McLachlan, the star of the original Twin Peaks back in 1990-91, they still haven’t used him very well, four hours in. We’ve seen him
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
28
 
 
Last Sunday, the two-hour premiere of Showtime’s Twin Peaks, despite all its advance hype and its defiant lack of advance screenings and information, drew fewer viewers than even this first-season Starz series – which, as it rolls out, may indeed be giving Twin Peaks: The Return competition not only in audience levels, but in levels of surrealistic unpredictability. Tonight, for example, the modern god known as Media, played by Gillian Anderson, adopts another of her high-profile gui
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
28
 
 
In tonight’s episode, Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) tries to complete her book manuscript, while planning for the unveiling of her official portrait – the one painted by the woman who slept with Selina’s ex-husband just as Selina was rekindling a romantic relationship with him.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
27
 
 
Last week, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) saved the day again, but lost his eyesight. This week, he continues to fight evil and try to save the human race and the universe – but this time while continuing to be blind. And the problem he faces, this week, is the sudden appearance on a pyramid from nowhere, which heralds a countdown to the end of life as we know it.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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
24
 
 
Hulu keeps rolling out episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale on a weekly basis – and so far, they’ve proven to be well worth the wait. Tonight’s episode goes back to the very first scene from the opening episode, when Offred (Elisabeth Moss), then still in her married life as Luke’s wife, June, is hunted down, knocked out, and dragged away, to her mandated new existence as a “handmaid.” But tonight, instead of following June from that flashback moment, we foll
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
May
24
 
 
Last week, Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor) returned home to find his loved one, Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), curled up in the bathtub – fully clothed, and in agony from the severe beating she’d received at the hands of Varga’s goons. This week, Ray and Nikki regroup, and plan an attack for payback --  but against Varga (David Thewlis) and his goons, who already have established themselves as chillingly ruthless adversaries.
 
 
 
  
 
 
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.

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