'TV's Top 5': 'Rick and Morty' Duo on Their New Hulu Comedy; Hank Azaria Bids Farewell to 'Brockmire'

Hulu's "Solar Opposites" and IFC's "Brockmire" Split Publicity-H 2020
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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 week in TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners and executive guests and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).

This week, we continue to come to you remotely — via the wonders of Google Hangout and our incredible producers — as we do our part to keep a social distance in this uncertain time.

This week's five topics are:

1. Hollywood's path back to production.
THR senior writer and Friend of the 5 Bryn Sandberg returns to the show for a segment that explores the ways in which film and TV production could resume. From the demise of globe-trotting shows to sequestering casts and crew, a wide range of ways forward are all on the table.
The segment begins at the 5:12 mark.

2. Parks and Recreation's special return.
If you haven't watched this week's one-off scripted Parks and Rec reunion, beware! Dan and I each have differing thoughts on the special as we debate the merits and its value.
The discussion begins at the 16:43 mark.

3. Hank Azaria says farewell to Brockmire.
Ahead of the series finale of his IFC comedy, Azaria joins the show this week for a wide-ranging interview that includes saying farewell to the series that was originally supposed to be a movie, how the show plotted its final run and his thoughts on how and if baseball season can successfully return.
The interview begins at the 25:21 mark.

4. Showrunner Spotlight: Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan.
The co-creators of Hulu's Solar Opposites join the show to discuss the long road to the screen for their Hulu comedy, what they're able to get away with on a streamer that they can't do on Adult Swim and if there would ever be a crossover with Rick and Morty.
The interview begins at the 57:07 mark.

5. Critic's Corner.
As usual, every episode ends with Fienberg offering his thoughts on what to watch (or skip). This week, he weighs in on Netflix's Hollywood, Amazon's Upload and Showtime's Billions.
Tune in starting at the 1:33:22 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.