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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
our DVRs right now...


The Carmichael Show
NBC
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

GLOW
Netflix
Streaming

The Great British Baking Show
PBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

Orange is the New Black
Netflix
Streaming

Orphan Black
BBC America
Saturdays
10 PM ET

P.O.V.
PBS
Mondays
9 PM ET
Check Local Listings 

Power
Starz!
Sundays
9 PM ET

Prime Suspect
PBS
Sundays
10 PM ET
Check Local Listings

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

Twin Peaks:
The Return

Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 
2017
Jun
26
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: The valuable documentary series P.O.V. begins Season 30 tonight – quite an impressive achievement – and starts off with a season opener including Dalya’s Other Country, a study of a Syrian refugee who, with her mother, left Syria and the wartime travails there to begin a new life in the United States, specifically Los Angeles. High school is tough enough for most kids under regular circumstances, so imagine what Dalya is facing. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
25
 
 
Last week was Episode 7 of this Twin Peaks reboot – approaching the halfway point for this eagerly awaited, 18-episode David Lynch-Mark Frost rematch. Among its contents was a lengthy scene in which a worker at the roadhouse sweeps up debris from the floor as the instrumental “Green Onions” plays, presumably on the jukebox. But there also were moments of more arguable import, as when Diane (Laura Dern) came face to face with the dark alter-ego version of her former boss, Kyle M
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
25
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Among other things, tonight’s season finale includes the final appearance by T.J. Miller as Erlich. And Erlich has been so much of a loose cannon from the start, what he might do when he doesn’t even have to suffer the consequences… well, it’s both frightening and amusing to contemplate.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
25
 
 
SEASON FINALE: Last week, Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) experienced something that, for her, was all but unprecedented: a good news day. And for tonight’s season finale, she rides that wave, both with the unveiling of plans for her presidential library and with a new cycle of TV talk-show appearances. But when Selina rides a wave, expect a wipeout.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
25
 
 
Here’s yet another week that will be a challenge to recap. The “White House tapes” are dead, but the health care bill may be alive again – and that’s only for starters. Explain it, John Oliver – if you can. And this time, even though you got sued after last week show, keep the comedy coming. And the squirrels…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
24
 
 
Tonight’s “World Enough and Time” is the last episode before next week’s season finale, which will be the last episode before this year’s Christmas special – which will mark, somehow, the final appearance of Peter Capaldi as the current incarnation of the Doctor. The show’s current plot line, therefore, is running out of time – and tonight, Time is in play not only as an abstract, but as an adversary. And so is another Time Lord, making a return, a
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
24
 
 
This final season of Orphan Black is beginning to serve up answers, rather than puzzles – and tonight, finally introduces us to the long-discussed, never-seen scientist P.T. Westmoreland. It also takes several of the clones played by Tatiana Maslany – including Cosima, Rachel, and Alison – and realigns them yet again. And watch for Alison’s suburban husband Donnie, played by Kristian Bruun, to also be placed in serious danger this week. He’s not only in danger of be
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
23
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: Netflix has an easy-to-watch, ready-to-binge new series in GLOW, which premieres today with all 10 half-hour episodes of its comedy-drama available for viewing. It’s a fictional comedy based on a real TV show: a late-Eighties syndicated women’s wrestling show called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or G.L.O.W. In this salute to that early testament to TV tackiness, Alison Brie – from both Mad Men and Community, stars as an unsuccessful actress named Ruth, who atte
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
23
 
 
It’s Bread Week on The Great British Baking Show, which means that fortunes, and contestants, will rise and fall right alongside their creations. I don’t knead to come up with a bread pun when writing about this particular episode – but I feel, under the circumstances, it’s the yeast I can do. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
23
 
 
This week, Bill Maher and his guests get to discuss both the content of the Senate’s health care bill and the tweet in which President Trump revealed the “truth” about those purported tape recordings of James Comey. In terms of TV comedy, those topics are like swinging for the fences in a game of tee-ball. Should be easy… and fun.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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