'TV's Top 5' Podcast: Broadcast Upfronts Preview and Hulu's Hot Streak

Hosts Daniel Fienberg and Lesley Goldberg also discuss the latest Netflix headlines in what was a very busy week of TV news.
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The fate of "Lethal Weapon" is among the questions that remain as broadcast networks head into upfront week.

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's five topics are:

1. Broadcast networks' upfront preview. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW, over the next two weeks, will make a slew of renewals, cancellations and new series orders as they each prepare to present their schedules to Madison Avenue ad buyers. So what are the big narratives to look out for at each of the networks? This extended segment is a network-by-network preview of what could happen in the weeks ahead. The analysis begins at the 4:14 mark.

2. Hulu's hot streak. This week, the streamer picked up a pair of Marvel live-action scripted dramas, ordered a Nicole Kidman limited series from Big Little Lies showrunner David E. Kelley based on Liane Moriarty's book Nine Perfect Strangers and renewed comedies PEN15 and Ramy. All the news arrives as Hulu is in the midst of a hot streak, riding high on Emmy buzz for The Act and Shrill and ahead of George Clooney's highly anticipated TV return in Catch-22 and the third season of The Handmaid's Tale. The segment begins at the 18:44 mark.

3. Network Check-In: Paramount Network. The Viacom-owned network, which rebranded from Spike TV last January, is on its second executive in as many years as Comedy Central president Kent Alterman this week outlined his plans for Paramount Network 2.0. So what is the new plan for the new network? The check-in starts at the 23:25 mark.

4. Netflix's busy week. The Obamas have announced their first slate of content for the streamer. Netflix head of originals Cindy Holland opened up for the first time about the controversial One Day at a Time cancellation and why the streamer is committed to recently renewed comedy On My Block. The analysis of Netflix's moves begins at the 29:11 mark.

5. Critic's Corner. As always, every episode ends with Fienberg offering his critical thoughts about what to watch (or skip). This week, he weighs in on HBO's Chernobyl and Netflix's Dead to Me and Tuca & Bertie. Tune in starting at the 37:41 mark.

Note: The next episode of TV's Top 5 will be on Monday, May 13, and include a special analysis segment about all the news at the broadcast networks. That will be followed May 17 with a post-upfronts wrap-up.

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.