'TV's Top 5': Netflix's Royal Deal and Inside Hulu's 'Woke' World

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During this week's podcast, hosts Daniel Fienberg and Lesley Goldberg also explore Netflix's big week and talk summer hits and misses.

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. Netflix's big week.
The streaming giant continues to be a draw for some of the world's brightest and this week signed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to a sprawling overall deal. On top of that, the Game of Thrones creators have set their first project under their huge nine-figure deal and Nielsen attempts to make some sense out of streaming ratings

2. Summer TV hits and misses.
Labor Day is here and with it comes the unofficial end of summer. That gives us an opportunity to look back at some of the hits and misses of the oddity that was summer TV during the pandemic, where a lot of networks and streamers undoubtedly had their plans turned upside down.

3. Mailbag!
In this recurring segment, we answer questions from listeners. Questions included this week explore if the Snyder cut could be eligible for a limited series Emmy (yes, really), why syndicated scripted shows like Xena have vanished and the status of NBC's Northern Exposure reboot, among others. If you have industry questions, email us at TVsTop5@THR.com.

4. Showrunner Spotlight.
Woke producing director Mo Marable joins the show this week to discuss his experience on the timely Hulu comedy about a cartoonist whose life changes after a case of mistaken identity leads to police brutality. Marable also opens up about notes that the Woke team received from white executives on the show and the problems that stem from not having BPOC executives in the room.

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 Starz's Power sequel, Woke, Peacock's Noughts and Crosses, Netflix's Away and Amazon's The Boys.

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.