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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 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. HBO Max’s big boost.
In perhaps the most landscape-shifting move of 2020, WarnerMedia just blew up the theatrical distribution window with news this week that all 17 of its feature films earmarked for 2021 would debut day-and-date in theaters and on streamer HBO Max. While the effort is a clear response to the ongoing pandemic and the company says the plan is to do so only for 2021, is that a genie that can really be put back in a bottle? This segment explores why this is such a game-changing move, how it turns HBO Max into a must-have service and what it means for the cable bundle.
2. Executive carousel: the Disney edition.
ABC will now be overseen by the exec in charge of Hulu as Disney continues to restructure its executive ranks to better position the company for the streaming future. This segment dives deep into this week’s changes and what they mean for TV viewers.
3. Felicity Huffman’s return.
Hollywood remains the most forgiving town as the actress, a year out of serving an 11-day term for her role in the college cheating scandal, has booked her follow-up gig. This segment explores what’s next for the Desperate Housewives and American Crime actress and the challenges that ABC could face in trying to market the series (should it move from the script stage).
4. Showrunner Spotlight.
Our guest this week is Peter Moffat, the BAFTA-winning creator of British series including Criminal Justice (which was adapted as HBO’s The Night Of), who joins us to discuss his new Showtime limited series Your Honor. Moffat opens up about working with Breaking Bad grad Bryan Cranston and how the actor-producer strove to make sure the legal drama didn’t step on Walter White’s toes. Moffat also notes that Cranston stepped in to direct the finale when production on the series resumed after the pandemic-related shutdown. Plus is Your Honor really a closed-ended limited series? “Do I know what season two would look like? Yes,” he says.
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 Netflix’s Big Mouth and Selena: The Series as well as Showtime’s Your Honor.
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 at TVsTop5@THR.com with any topics or questions you’d like to hear us discuss as part of our recurring Mailbag segment.
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