3:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'TV's Top 5': Damon Lindelof Opens Up About All Things 'Watchmen'
Welcome to another episode of TV's Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter's TV podcast.
Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the week in TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunner and executive guests and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).
This week's five topics are:
1. Marvel's TV turnover. Marvel TV topper Jeph Loeb is on his way out. This segment looks at his hits and misses and what he was able to accomplish in his decade at the helm. (Hint: It's all not really that connected.) The segment begins at the 2:39 mark.
2. Broadcast check-in. CBS has given a vote of confidence to all five of its freshman shows, Fox has handed out some good news for a couple of its rookies and generally everything else is still status quo. This segment looks at the state of the fall class and what to make of those incredibly small same-day ratings. The analysis begins at the 7:47 mark.
3. Mailbag! In a recurring segment, TV's Top 5 hosts respond to listener questions including what that extra episode of Sunnyside represents, the status of a Happy Endings revival and which shows never got a chance to succeed before being canceled (and should be rebooted). The segment begins at the 12:41 mark. Email your TV-related questions to TVsTop5@THR.com.
4. Showrunner Spotlight: Damon Lindelof. The Watchmen boss sits down with Fienberg and Goldberg for a wide-ranging interview about its future beyond season one, "appropriating" Alan Moore's work against his wishes and, yes, his thoughts on someone doing the same with Lost. All that and more in the extensive interview, which begins at the 19:57 mark.
5. Critic's Corner. As always, every episode ends with Fienberg offering his thoughts about what to watch (or skip). This week, Fienberg weighs in on BoJack Horseman, Mrs. Fletcher and The Kominsky Method, among others. Tune in at the 55:58 mark.
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TV's Top 5 is part of THR's roster of podcasts, including Awards Chatter, Scott Feinberg's weekly in-depth (and award-winning) interview show focusing on the most interesting talents of the Oscar and Emmy seasons; genre reporter Josh Wigler's Series Regular; crafts expert Carolyn Giardina's weekly series, Behind the Screen, which explores the top artists and technologies creating film and TV magic; and Seth Abramovitch's monthly series, It Happened in Hollywood, which revisits indelible moments from 90 years of THR's entertainment history. Other podcasts are in the works.