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Welcome back to TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV podcast.
In every episode, the weekly podcast — hosted by The Hollywood Reporter‘s West Coast TV editor Lesley Goldberg (that’s me!) and chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg — will feature five topics that are top of mind in the TV industry and go inside the latest headlines, as well as provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).
This week’s five topics are:
1. Friends is officially leaving Netflix. The former NBC comedy, a hit for Netflix, is — as expected — moving to WarnerMedia’s newly named streaming platform HBO Max. What else is on the platform and how will Netflix ever survive? (Yes, that’s sarcasm.) The analysis begins at the 4:06 mark.
2. San Diego Comic-Con TV preview. More than 60 TV panels will attempt to cut through an insanely cluttered weekend of events, activations and enough marketing materials to make even the casual fan dizzy. The segment starts at the 13:07 mark.
3. Stranger Things season three ratings sort of explained. It’s Netflix’s selective data vs. Nielsen’s metrics, neither of which make a whole lot of sense. But in a larger sense, will there be a fourth season? And what should that be? The discussion begins at the 22-minute mark.
4. A visit to Love Island. CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl joins TV’s Top 5 for an interview about the network’s big summer bet. Hear the executive’s thoughts on the early ratings returns, how big of a swing it is to air an unscripted show five nights a week for a month, why it’s airing in the summer (and not live) and expectations for a second season. The interview begins at the 30:53 mark.
5. Critic’s Corner. As always, every episode ends with Fienberg offering his thoughts about what to watch (or skip). This week, it’s Dodgers-Red Sox! (And thoughts on season two of Starz’s Sweetbitter, Aziz Ansari’s puzzling Netflix stand-up special.) Tune in starting at the 42:14 mark.
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 Goldberg and Fienberg with any topics or questions you’d like to be addressed in future episodes at TVsTop5@THR.com.
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