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Welcome to the first episode of 2021 and the 101th overall 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).
To celebrate the beginning of a new year, strap in for a jam-packed episode featuring the following five topics:
1. The most-anticipated new scripted shows coming in 2021.
Expect big swings from new streamers Peacock and HBO Max and even bigger ones from established and free-spending platforms like Apple and Netflix as the list features everything from the first show Shonda Rhimes has penned since the Scandal finale, Oscar winners and, yes, reboots and sequels.
2. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
From Better Call Saul and Superstore to Shameless and Grace and Frankie, a number of network-defining hits are poised to end their runs in the year ahead.
3. Production update.
After a year that completely upended the world, the pandemic could derail production even further as L.A. — one of central filming hubs — has become the new epicenter. One studio has already extended its holiday hiatus as SAG/AFTRA expects further filming delays in Southern California as a result of the latest COVID-19 surge. Are we headed for another shutdown?
4. Showrunner Spotlight.
Wax on, wax off! Showrunners Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald join the show this week to preview the third season of YouTube-turned-Netflix favorite Cobra Kai. The trio open up about bringing legacy characters back, their long-term plans for their Karate Kid sequel and their larger goal of expanding their so-called “Miyagi-verse.” “While we don’t see Cobra Kai as The Simpsons going on forever, it can have an end — look at Better Call Saul and El Camino. The deeper and richer you make the world, the more opportunities there are,” Schlossberg says. “When we pitched to Netflix, the show wasn’t just season three and four; we talked about all the possibilities we think there are with this franchise.”
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 Cobra Kai, Fox’s Call Me Kat and The Great North and NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.
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.
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