Welcome to Episode 117 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. Oscars Preview.
THR‘s senior awards analyst and Awards Chatter host Scott Feinberg joins us this week to preview what to expect from Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards. ABC will telecast the kudos-fest from multiple locations, including Union Station in L.A. where attendees and their guests will rotate in and out of the courtyard setting without masks as producers look to celebrate motion pictures during a year unlike any other. Plus Feinberg offers his expert predictions on who will win — with a surprise or two thrown in for good measure.
2. HFPA in Crisis. Again.
The organization behind the Golden Globes continues to find itself the leading contender to win the prize for biggest hot mess. This week, the HFPA’s crisis consultant — the woman who inspired Scandal‘s Olivia Pope — and its diversity and inclusion officer both resigned as pressure mounts on the group to make substantial changes. Will NBC carry the Globes in January?
3. Legen —wait for it— Dary News?
Following at least three attempts, How I Met Your Mother is coming back to life with a sequel series that was picked up this week at Hulu. This segment explores the years-long process behind How I Met Your Father, starring Hilary Duff, and how it fits in with Hulu and Disney’s overall strategy.
4. Showrunner Spotlight.
Our guest this week is Eric Heisserer, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter behind The Arrival and Bird Box who returns to Netflix with genre play Shadow and Bone. The wide-ranging interview includes how the first-time showrunner wound up at the helm of the YA fantasy show, his goals in bringing Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse to life and the changes from the source material as he merges not one but two book series.
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 new season of The Handmaid’s Tale, Peacock’s Rutherford Falls and Netflix’s Shadow and Bone.
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 Steven Canals for a Showrunner Spotlight interview about the final season of FX’s Pose.