'TV's Top 5' Podcast: Where the Broadcast Networks Stand After Hell Week

Hosts Daniel Fienberg and Lesley Goldberg discuss the latest cancellations, renewals and new series pickups at ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC and look ahead to a pair of very big finales.
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CBS renewed Michael Weatherly drama 'Bull' and producers Amblin TV pulled out of the series immediately afterward.

Welcome back to TV's Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter's TV podcast.

In every episode, the weekly podcast — hosted by The Hollywood Reporter's West Coast TV editor Lesley Goldberg (that's me!) 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).

This week, we bring you an upfronts-focused edition, looking at the surprising cancellations and renewals and new series orders at the Big Four broadcast networks as ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC have now all largely determined their new and returning fare. We'll run through the new schedules at each network before we get to the usual Critic's Corner. For complete upfronts coverage, bookmark THR.com/upfronts.

1. NBC. The network was first out of the gate with its formal presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers, and new entertainment presidents Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks have already met the press. What are the takeaways? Stability and a high priority on finding a new comedy. The segment begins at the 3:14 mark.

2. Fox. Perhaps the most interesting of all the broadcast networks. CEO Charlie Collier cleaned house (we'll miss you the most, Damon Wayans Sr.) and doubled down on scripted (and The Masked Singer) with 10 new series joining the slate, including three animated comedies. Listen starting at the 11:41 mark.  

3. ABC. Like Fox and NBC, the Disney-owned network has a new executive regime, but Karey Burke, Dana Walden and company seemed to want to wait until next season before putting their stamp on it. There were a lot of renewals — sorry, Constance Wu — and surprisingly few new series orders. The examination begins at the 20:37 mark.

4. CBS. In its first year without CEO Leslie Moonves weighing in on renewals, cancellations and new series orders, CBS largely kept things the same — including a renewal for Bull, which saw producers Amblin TV exit the Michael Weatherly drama. With Big Bang Theory ending, CBS remains committed to the multicam genre and ordered three new series. The network's new slate comes with a lot of huge names attached, too. The analysis starts at the 34:24 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 three high-profile series that are all ending within the span of a week: HBO's Veep and Game of Thrones and CBS' The Big Bang Theory. Tune in starting at the 42:46 mark.

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 ChatterScott 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 newly launched Series Regular (which continues its focus on Game of Thrones); 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.