'TV's Top 5': A Trip to 'Lovecraft Country' With Showrunner Misha Green

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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 latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executive and other guests and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).

This week's five topics are:

1. The TV industry's "great reckoning."
THR editor-at-large Kim Masters joins the show this week for a segment that explores the major executive shake-ups happening at WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal and how this is truly a turning point as the industry attempts to position itself for the streaming world and survive the financial impact of the pandemic.

2. Comedy Central's future comes into focus.
Two critically praised shows are moving — but not to a streaming platform you'd expect. This segment explores why it's happening, what the moves say about the linear cabler's scripted future and its larger strategy as part of ViacomCBS.

3. Black-ish's controversial episode surfaces.
Hulu, not ABC, has released the controversial episode of Kenya Barris' award-winning comedy. This segment explores the controversy that led to the prolific showrunner decamping Disney. P

4. Showrunner Spotlight.
This week, Misha Green joins the show to discuss HBO's highly anticipated drama, Lovecraft Country. The former Underground showrunner opens up about balancing racial allegories with pulp fiction, how the show was shopped to multiple other outlets and why she and producers Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams sold it to HBO. Additionally, Green opens up about the show's future and how she hopes to see it live on — in its current form — for multiple seasons.

5. Critic's Corner.
As usual, every episode ends with Dan's look at what to watch (or skip). This week, he weighs in on Lovecraft Country, Ted Lasso, Teenage Bounty Hunters, World's Toughest Race and High Score.

Hear it all now on TV's Top 5. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an episode. (Reviews welcome!) You can also email us with any topics or questions you'd like to be addressed in future episodes at TVsTop5@THR.com.