'TV's Top 5': How Courtney Kemp Is Building a 'Power'-ful Universe

Courtney A. Kemp at STARZ Madison Square Garden Power Season 6 Premiere-H 2020
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During this week's podcast, hosts Daniel Fienberg and Lesley Goldberg also break down the wave of "un-renewals" and the broadcast networks' fall strategies.

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 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. "Un-renewed" is now a thing.
In the past week, three scripted shows had their renewals reversed. This segment explores how the pandemic is forcing networks and streamers alike to re-think which shows move forward and the new metrics that prompted Netflix to drop two dramas and TruTV to reverse course on a comedy.

2. Broadcast networks plot a return to normalcy.
ABC, CBS and NBC all have announced premiere dates and offered a look at the efforts they're taking to get scripted and unscripted fare back on the air. This segment explores the long and challenging road to getting scripted back on track and how each of the three networks are working toward those goals.

3. Mailbag!
In this recurring segment, we answer questions from listeners. Questions included this week explore the future of One Day at a Time if the second-run on CBS goes well; what positives can come from the pandemic; and more. If you have industry questions, email us at TVsTop5@THR.com.

4. Showrunner Spotlight.
Power creator and showrunner Courtney Kemp joins the show for an interview about how she's turning the Starz hit into a franchise with four — you read that right, four! — spinoffs already in the works. Kemp also opens up about how the industry can support Black writers, lessons she learned from Greg Berlanti on Eli Stone, her long-term aspirations (network president!?) and why Starz balked at hiring Ava DuVernay to direct Power. Good stuff!

5. Critic's Corner.
As usual, every episode ends with Dan's look at what to watch (or skip). This week, he weighs in on HBO Max's Pure and Raised by Wolves; Showtime's Love Fraud and Peacock's A.P. Bio.

Hear it all now on TV's Top 5. Be sure to subscribeto 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.