Welcome to Episode 118 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. May TV Preview.
If you thought April was just getting back to pre-pandemic levels of TV — and quality TV — just wait until you hear about the high-profile new cable and streaming originals that are coming in May. Plus, an unusually high number of broadcast, cable and streaming shows are either starting or finishing their runs in the month ahead. In this segment, Dan takes another early look at the Emmy race, which, like the summer temperatures ahead, is just starting to heating up.
2. About That ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Finale.
Marvel just wrapped up the second of its Disney+ original TV series, only Falcon came to an end with a different vibe than WandaVision. Breaking it all down is THR‘s Heat Vision editor and Friend of the 5, Aaron Couch, who joins us to discuss what’s next for Marvel — and Cap.
3. The Oscars Were a Thing That Happened, Too.
Yes, the ratings fell off a cliff but that was to be expected. This segment explores what worked on the telecast and what didn’t, and the reasons behind the ratings implosion for both the Oscars and other pandemic era awards shows.
4. Showrunner Spotlight.
Pose co-creator Steven Canals joins the show this week for a lengthy and insightful conversation about the final season of FX’s groundbreaking ballroom drama. The discussion includes how Canals knew that season three would be the end, how the abbreviated seven-episode order brings the show to its natural conclusion, the ways in which the pandemic impacted ballroom scenes and the parallels between COVID-19 and the HIV/AIDS epidemic that is at the heart of the final season.
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 offers reviews of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Apple’s The Mosquito Coast, Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience and FX’s Pose.
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 Mailbag questions you’d like to be addressed in future episodes at TVsTop5@THR.com.
Coming next week: We are joined by Meredith Scardino for a Showrunner Spotlight interview about Peacock’s girl group comedy Girls5eva.