'TV's Top 5' Podcast: Holiday Hits (and Misses), 2019 Preview

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The Hollywood Reporter's recently launched TV podcast, TV's Top 5, returns Friday with its first episode of 2019.

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 fourth overall episode of TV's Top 5 leads off with a discussion about the holiday season's hits (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Bird Box and Netflix in general) and misses — Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. — starting at the 46-second mark.

Goldberg and Fienberg also take a look ahead into 2019, including some of the high-profile shows that are ending — Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, Jane the Virgin, Veep and Orange Is the New Black — (12:31), as well as some of the big-scripted bets that will bow in 2019 — The Twilight Zone, Watchmen, Fosse/Verdon, etc. — (17:22).

Scott Feinberg, host of THR's Awards Chatter podcast, also guests this week for a preview of some of the surprises that could come during Sunday's Golden Globes (21:36).

The episode wraps with Fienberg's "Critic's Corner," featuring his weekly recommendations of the week (35:56).

TV's Top 5 joins THR's roster of podcasts, including Awards Chatter, Feinberg's weekly in-depth interview show focusing on the most interesting talents of the Oscar and Emmy seasons; 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.

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