Welcome to another episodes 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 showrunner and executive guests and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).
This week’s five topics are:
1. Four is the new six. An increasing number of scripted originals are ending after four seasons — specifically comedies and dramas on Netflix. In this segment, Goldberg and Fienberg discuss the why behind the shorter season runs and how it could impact creators and outlets like Netflix. The segment begins at the 4:11 mark.
2. Network check-in: TBS and TNT. With the streaming wars in the backdrop, WarnerMedia-owned basic cable networks TBS and TNT — on the surface at least — are struggling to determine just what they are. TBS was exclusively focused on comedy but now has ordered a new drama. And Snowpiercer — developed for TNT back in 2016 — was just returned to the drama-focused network following a brief detour on TBS. Oh, and half-hour game shows from TBS quietly moved to TNT as well. Then there’s Sesame Street‘s move — complete with its massive library — from HBO to upcoming streamer HBO Max. What’s going on with these networks?! The discussion starts at the 15:05 mark.
3. Sports! Major League Baseball’s playoffs have arrived and with it, networks like TBS and Fox are rooting for teams in major markets to advance. This segment explores why live sports — including wrestling and, yes, baseball — are increasingly in demand at broadcast and cable networks. (Oh and yeah, go Dodgers!) The sports talk begins at the 21:41 mark.
4. Showrunner Spotlight: Kit Steinkellner. The creator of Facebook Watch’s critical darling Sorry for Your Loss sits down for an in-studio interview to support her dramedy about grief. She also discusses the process of how the show landed on the social networking platform, Facebook feedback and the future of the series starring Elizabeth Olsen. The interview begins at the 26-minute mark.
5. Critic’s Corner. As always, every episode ends with Fienberg offering his thoughts about what to watch (or skip). This week, Fienberg weighs in on Adult Swim’s Primal, Netflix’s Raising Dion and Big Mouth. Tune in at the 51:04 mark.
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TV’s Top 5 is part of THR‘s roster of podcasts, including Awards Chatter, Scott Feinberg‘s weekly in-depth (and award-winning) interview show focusing on the most interesting talents of the Oscar and Emmy seasons; genre reporter Josh Wigler‘s Series Regular; 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.