'TV's Top 5': Samantha Bee on Her Trump-Free Future, 'Zoey's' Boss on Covid Changes

Samantha Bee from TBS' Full Frontal - Jane Levy from Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Courtesy of Full Frontal; NBC

Welcome to episode 102 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 latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executive and other guests and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).

This week's five topics are:

1. Attack on the Capitol.
Like everyone else, we were glued to our screens as the Capitol went from certifying Joe Biden as the next president to a site of a domestic terrorist attack. This segment looks at how the TV networks covered a day that will forever be a stain in American history.

2. Samantha Bee's return.
Ahead of next week's sixth season premiere of her TBS late-night comedy Full Frontal, host Samantha Bee joins us for a wide-ranging interview that includes a discussion about the attacks on the Capitol, how she feels sitting on the sideline during a historic day and how she plans to shift her beloved series from covering the Trump regime to the Biden administration. Here's a preview of what to expect from the 30-minute conversation: "Bring on the dork parade, please!" Bee also reveals that Full Frontal is moving into a new, audience-free studio as she firmly believes those days are over.

3. Production update.
Other studios and streamers have delayed production amid coronavirus surges in Los Angeles as the mid-January return may likely be pushed as cases in the region continue to reach terrifying new highs and a new, more contagious strain has reached Southern California.

4. Showrunner Spotlight.
Austin Winsberg, the creator and showrunner of NBC's Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, joins us this week to discuss how the pandemic dramatically altered the second season of his musical dramedy. With the loss of star Lauren Graham to filming more intimate scenes featuring fewer cast members, the pandemic has altered the way Winsberg approaches his Jane Levy starrer. That said, hope remains a common theme in season two. "This is a musical, hopeful show about wish fulfillment," he says. "We were already living and seeing the pandemic all around us and I didn't want the coronavirus to be part of Zoey's world."

5. Critic's Corner.
As usual, every episode ends with Dan's guide to what to watch (or skip) in the week ahead. This week, he weighs in on NBC's Mr. Mayor, CBS All Access' Coyote, HBO's Tiger, Netflix's Pretend It's a City, ABC's Call Your Mother and Apple's Dickinson.

Speaking of Dickinson, we'll have creator/showrunner Alena Smith on the show next week.

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 us with any topics or questions you'd like to be addressed in future episodes at TVsTop5@THR.com.