'TV's Top 5': Inside HBO's 'Industry' Investment

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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. Election 2020.
At the time of our recording, former vice president Joe Biden was on the cusp of victory as a handful of battleground states remained too close to call. This segment explores how TV networks have covered the race and the breakout stars of "Map TV."

2. Chuck Lorre's shows go pandemic-free.
During last week's episode, we explored how scripted TV is writing about the pandemic. This week, we explore the opposite — how CBS comedies, especially Chuck Lorre's shows — are avoiding writing about or depicting the pandemic.

3. More exec changes.
This week, Dawn Olmstead became the latest high-profile exec to change jobs as she will move from Universal Content Productions to Anonymous Content. This segment explores what that means for UCP parent company NBCUniversal and more.

4. Showrunner Spotlight.
Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, the longtime friends and first-time showrunners behind HBO's financial drama Industry. The series creators of the London-set discuss how they went from working at big banks to writing about the same world for the HBO/BBC co-production. The duo also open up about why Girls creator Lena Dunham wanted to direct the pilot and how she made her mark on the show. Industry premieres Nov. 9 on HBO.

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 HBO Max's Two Weeks to Live, HBO's Industry, FX on Hulu's A Teacher and Showtime's Moonbase 8.

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.