'TV's Top 5' Podcast: The Highs and Lows of 2018

In this week's supersized episode, hosts Lesley Goldberg and Daniel Fienberg close out the year with a look back at the biggest headlines, cast departures, executive changes and best (and worst) shows of 2018.
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The Hollywood Reporter's newly launched TV podcast, TV's Top 5, returns with its third episode with a special look back at the highs and (many) lows of 2018.

Every Friday, the weekly podcast — hosted by THR's West Coast TV editor Lesley Goldberg and chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg — will feature five topics that are top of mind in the TV industry and go inside the latest headlines, as well as provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).

The final episode of the year features a supersized discussion that leads off with the biggest headlines of the year, including downfall of CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, the impact of the Disney-Fox deal, the rise and fall of Roseanne and how Netflix continues to disrupt the industry by poaching executives and showrunners alike (starting at the 22-second mark).

For Goldberg and Fienberg's second topic, the duo takes a look back at some of the biggest cast departures of the year, including the curious case of former Lethal Weapon star Clayne Crawford (14:38).

The third topic features Fienberg taking his gloves off and breaking down the worst TV series of 2018, with apologies to Paramount Network's Heathers (21:18).

Fourth, Goldberg leads a discussion about the major executive departures of the year, which saw major changes at each of the Big 4 broadcast networks (33:24).

Wrapping things up, the fifth and final topic sees Fienberg closing out 2018 on a high note with his best TV shows of the year (36:34).

Watch (or skip, as the case may be).

Hear it all now on TV's Top 5 — and be sure to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an episode.

This will be the final episode of TV's Top 5 for 2018 and was recorded before news of Channing Dungey's move to Netflix and before CBS' board ruled that Moonves was fired for cause. TV's Top 5 will return with new episodes every week starting Friday, Jan. 4.