3:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'TV's Top 5': 'BoJack Horseman' Creator on Ending the Netflix Hit; Inside the Animation Boom
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 showrunners and executive guests and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).
This week, we're coming to you from Pasadena, where the winter edition of the Television Critics Association's press tour is winding down after an insanely busy crush of breaking news from streamers, cable and broadcast networks alike.
This week's five topics are:
1. Super Bowl 54 preview.
The biggest TV-viewing day of the year arrives Sunday as the 49ers take on the Chiefs on Fox, which will use the big game to launch the third season of celebrity singing competition series The Masked Singer. This segment breaks down what to expect from the game, the commercials and why a post-Super Bowl slot doesn't always guarantee success.
The segment begins at the 5:09 mark.
2. The future of True Detective.
This week, creator Nic Pizzolatto departed his longtime home at HBO for a lucrative overall deal with FX Productions and Fox 21 that will see him re-team with season one star Matthew McConaughey for a drama at the basic cable network. So, what does that mean for the future of the HBO anthology? And should there even be a fourth season?
The discussion begins at the 11:18 mark.
3. Inside the booming adult animation business.
As Netflix says farewell to BoJack Horseman, the streamer is making plans to continue to bulk up on its adult animation programming with a telling deal with an animation production house. Meanwhile, Amazon has picked up two new animated comedies. This segment explores why streamers — and Fox — are suddenly all-in on adult animated comedies.
The analysis begins at the 15:02 mark.
4. Showrunner Spotlight: Raphael Bob-Waksberg.
Speaking of animated hits, the creator of Netflix critical darling BoJack Horseman joins TV's Top 5 for an in-studio interview about saying farewell to the series, why it wasn't his decision to end it and what happened with Tuca and Bertie, among other topics, as part of a lengthy and wide-ranging interview.
The conversation begins at the 20:57 mark.
5. Critic's Corner.
As always, every episode ends with Fienberg offering his thoughts about what to watch (or skip). This week, he weighs in on the HBO's McMillions, Spectrum's Manhunt, CBS' Tommy, USA Network's Briarpatch and more as the broadcast networks launch their midseason programming.
Tune in at the 1:03:08 mark.
Coming next week: The co-creator of Fox-turned-NBC favorite Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dan Goor, joins TV's Top 5 for a Showrunner Spotlight interview.
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 Goldberg and Fienberg with any topics or questions you'd like to be addressed in future episodes at TVsTop5@THR.com.
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; Seth Abramovitch's monthly series, It Happened in Hollywood, which revisits indelible moments from 90 years of THR's entertainment history; and Hollywood Remixed, hosted by Rebecca Ford and Rebecca Sun, which focuses on underrepresented or misrepresented stories and characters in Hollywood. Other podcasts are in the works.