DAVID BIANCULLI

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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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Baroness von Sketch Show
IFC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

CBSN: On Assignment
CBS
Mondays
10 PM

Comrade Detective
Amazon Prime Video
Streaming

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
TBS
Wednesdays
10:30 PM

Game of Thrones
HBO
Sundays
9PM ET

The Guest Book
TBS
Thursdays
10:30 PM ET

Manhunt: Unabomber
Discovery
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

Mr. Mercedes
AT&T Audience Network
Wednesdays
8 PM ET

Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Room 104
HBO
Fridays
11:30 PM ET
 
 
2017
Aug
13
 
 
The end of last week’s Twin Peaks: The Return gave us, at least, some old familiar faces and characters: Everett McGill’s Ed Hurley pining silently about his unrequited love for Peggy Lipton's Norma Jennings. James Marshall’s James Hurley, Ed’s son, reprising a song he sang on the original Twin Peaks. And Sherilyn Fenn’s Audrey Horne playing David Lynch’s existential version of “Should I Come or Should I Go?” to Clark Middleton’s oppressive C
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
13
 
 
I don’t mean to be critical, but last week’s epic battle sequence was really dragon. And this week, we learn not only who emerges from that battlefield victoriously – but, in at least one prominent case, whether Jaime emerges at all. Last week, in the very last shot, he wasn’t emerging – he was submerging.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
13
 
 
Last week’s season premiere was all about teasing – teasing the still-secret revelation about what happened to Ray, his wife and his family since the time we last saw them, and teasing the imminent arrival of Susan Sarandon as this year’s season-long guest star. This week, thanks to some extended flashbacks, the teasing continues. But I’m not complaining.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
13
 
 
This week’s installment is called Politics Aside, and looks at the many ways comedy has influenced politics over the ages. I haven’t previewed this installment, but here’s hoping Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Mort Sahl, That Was the Week That Was, and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Pat Paulsen (pictured), among other early political-comedy pioneers, all get credit where it’s due.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
12
 
 
SERIES FINALE: In last week’s episode, one long-time adversary finally was dealt with, by pregnant and captured Helena, while Helena herself ended the episode by having her water break, and the birth of her “miracle babies” ill-timed but imminent. Tonight’s episode is the finale for Orphan Black, so all the plots, subplots, and deadly confrontations will be resolved tonight, one way or the other. This has been a consistently entertaining and ambitious sci-fi series for BB
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
11
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new Netflix series stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as a mother fiercely determined to help her teen child, who’s autistic, navigate the world. Keir Gilchrist plays Sam, an 18-year-old on the higher end of the autism spectrum, and Michael Rapaport and Brigette Lundy-Paine play his father and sister, respectively. Tonally, Atypical is a comedy with sharp edges, closest on the TV comedy spectrum to ABC’s Speechless, which is about the supportive yet barely functional fa
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
11
 
 
Quite a lineup tonight: Bill Maher’s scheduled guests include Richard Dawkins, Jim Parsons, Jon Meacham, and Fareed Zakaria.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
10
 
 
If you watched last week’s two-part debut of Greg Garcia’s The Guest Book, you already get this show’s imaginatively unusual premise. It’s an anthology series with stand-alone stories and guest stars and a continuing series with regular characters and an ongoing narrative. It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping! And it works. Tonight’s third episode has, in its guest cabin, a couple sharing space with the husband’s boss and his much younger companion &nd
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
9
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This new 10-part series begins with an extended sequence so unsettling, and so craftily and patiently constructed, that it lets you know, from the start, that this is one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King story in years. And it is. David E. Kelley is the principal executive producer helming the adaptation here, just as he did with HBO’s Big Little Lies – and once again, he’s found the right approach, and the right cast, to make it all work. Brendan Glee
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
9
 
 
SERIES FINALE: The last two first-run episodes of Jerrod Carmichael’s sharp-edged NBC sitcom are shown tonight, in the final hour of prime time. The Carmichael Show deserves better than a late-summer burn-off – then again, it deserved to be renewed, so this ignominious farewell date and time is the least of its problems. And of NBC’s.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 
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Ray Donovan: Season One

The Liev Schrieber series is now back on Showtime for its fifth season and one thing is certain – no matter how bad the jam is, Ray, a Hollywood fixer for stars and crooks alike, finds an inventive way out. Created by Southland writer Ann Biderman, Ray Donovan has the similar emotional stakes and gravitas of that series, all starting with the release from prison of Ray’s father Mickey, a Whitey Bulger doppelganer. Things come unglued from there and season one sets Ray’s house of cards in motion. On sale at Amazon for under $12. –Eric Gould