TV's Top 5

Welcome to TV's Top 5! Each episode features The Hollywood Reporter's West Coast TV Editor Lesley Goldberg and Chief TV Critic Daniel Fienberg breaking down the latest industry headlines. The podcast is broken into five segments, offering a deep-dive analysis of the latest TV news and a critical look at current and upcoming shows. Every episode of the weekly podcast includes an in-depth interview with one of the industry's most powerful showrunners or an up-and-coming new voice. Have an industry question you’d like to hear us address in a Mailbag segment? Email us at TVsTop5@THR.com. Stay tuned for future episodes and be sure to subscribe. Hosted by: Lesley Goldberg and Daniel Fienberg Produced by: Matthew Whitehurst

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1
Why ‘Andor’ Is One of the Year’s Best Shows
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (6:47) 2. Executive Carousel (13:31) 3. New and Returning Scripted Originals (24:07) 4. Season in Review: Alan Sepinwall on 'Andor' (32:39) 5. Critics Corner (1:03:02)
86 min
2
'Fleishman Is in Trouble' Author on Breaking Up...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:59) 2. Netflix Solidifying Murphy's Future (14:45) 3. 'Westworld' Axed (19:55) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Taffy Brodesser-Akner ('Fleishman is in Trouble') (31:22) 5. Critics Corner (1:21:48)
102 min
3
Meet Nicole Lecky, the Breakout Creator and Sta...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (2:46) 2. The Future of The CW (14:41) 3. Releases Around the Holidays (22:53) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Nicole Lecky ('Mood') (34:49) 5. Critics Corner (1:13:07)
94 min
4
Inside Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’ Addams Series
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (3:03) 2. TV Musical Chairs (17:17) 3. Season in Review with Josh Wigler (30:58) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Al Gough & Miles Millar ('Wednesday') (56:13) 5. Critics Corner (1:44:36)
125 min
5
‘From Scratch’ Creators on Cooking Up a Very Pe...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:00) 2. Broadcast Highlights (4:53) 3. Season in Review with Angie Han (12:55) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Attica and Tembi Locke ('From Scratch') (36:04) 5. Critics Corner (1:24:21)
103 min
6
Clea DuVall on Bringing Tegan & Sara’s ‘High Sc...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:17) 2. Layoffs at Warner Bros. (17:08) 3. Mailbag! (31:17) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Clea DuVall ('High School') (48:52) 5. Critics Corner (1:29:43)
108 min
7
Inside TV’s Latest Exec Shuffle; ‘Big Bang’ Sec...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (2:02) 2. Executive Carousel: David Nevins is Out (16:55) 3. The CW and Nexstar (26:31) 4. 'The Big Bang Theory,' with Jessica Radloff (41:11) 5. Critics Corner (1:07:20)
85 min
8
A Discussion About the 100 Greatest TV Shows of...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:48) 2. Another "Plus" Streamer (7:56) 3. 100 Greatest TV Shows, with Alan Sepinwall (15:08) 4. Season 2 of 'Reservation Dogs' (42:06) 5. Critics Corner (55:34)
72 min
9
'Reboot' Boss on Pressures of Following Up 'Mod...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:34) 2. What the **** is up with: Bad Robot (9:29) 3. Mailbag! (22:58) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Steve Levitan ('Reboot') (48:22) 5. Critics Corner (1:31:46)
113 min
10
Julie Plec on Shocking ‘Legacies’ Cancellation ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (2:00) 2. Emmys recap (17:14) 3. Streaming channel changeup (42:24) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Julie Plec ('Vampire Academy') (47:40) 5. Critics Corner (1:33:31)
108 min
11
‘Abbott Elementary’ and ‘Harley Quinn’ Producer...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:42) 2. End of 'Handmaid's'? (10:43) 3. Emmys are days away (15:24) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker ('Abbott Elementary') (35:38) 5. Critics Corner (1:30:15)
108 min
12
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Boss on the Pressures of Perp...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (0:55) 2. 'House of the Dragon' Renewed (8:13) 3. Fall Premieres (17:02) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Bruce Miller ('The Handmaid's Tale') (26:24) 5. Critics Corner (1:23:44)
100 min
13
Meet 'This Fool' Star Chris Estrada
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Nexstar purchases The CW (1:34) 2. Restructuring at HBO/HBO Max (12:18) 3. Mailbag! (21:01) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Chris Estrada ('This Fool') (39:24) 5. Critics Corner (1:18:27)
101 min
14
‘A League of Their Own’ Creators on Their Amazo...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (2:02) 2. Disney beats Netflix (6:22) 3. Emmys details and Golden Globes return (18:47) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson ('A League of Their Own') (32:39) 5. Critics Corner (1:17:55)
98 min
15
Deciphering Warner Bros. Discovery’s Recent Mov...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:43) 2. WTF with HBO Max (12:20) 3. Scripted content boom, with John Landgraf (46:29) 4. Critics Corner (1:10:41) 5. Tribute to Vin Scully (1:24:37)
96 min
16
A Trip Inside Peacock's Mystery Comedy 'The Res...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:25) 2. Comic-Con Headlines (9:30) 3. WWE changes with Chris Hayner (20:48) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Andy Siara ('The Resort') (36:43) 5. Critics Corner (1:20:42)
94 min
17
What to expect from ‘House of the Dragon’ and N...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (3:13) 2. Netflix update with Alex Weprin (12:12) 3. Desus & Mero break up (27:06) 4. Westeros check-in with James Hibberd (38:35) 5. Critics Corner (55:41)
64 min
18
‘Ms. Marvel’ Boss Unpacks the Finale
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:01) 2. Emmy Nominations Are In! (11:20) 3. Emmy Numbers (33:29) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Bisha K. Ali ('Ms. Marvel') (44:50) 5. Critics Corner (1:26:46)
104 min
19
Breaking Down the Past and Future of ‘Stranger ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (0:53) 2. Pre-Holiday Cancellation Spree (10:34) 3. To the Upside Down (16:07) 4. 'Stranger Things' continued, with Alan Sepinwall (27:04) 5. Critics Corner (1:02:44)
80 min
20
How FX/Hulu Cooked Up ‘The Bear’; Plus the Best...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:24) 2. WTF is up with "T-Nets" (6:46) 3. Best TV of the Year, with Angie Han (16:20) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Joanna Calo ('The Bear') (46:44) 5. Critics Corner (1:18:39)
99 min
21
'Loot' Creators on Celebrating Maya Rudolph, No...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (2:09) 2. 38th Annual TCA Noms (5:05) ' 3. Squid Game' Reality Show (16:24) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard ('Loot') (20:15) 5. Critics Corner (1:02:40)
78 min
22
Inside the New 'Queer as Folk'; What Happened t...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:26) 2. Executive Carousel (7:49) 3. 82nd Peabody Awards (15:24) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Stephen Dunn ('Queer as Folk') (20:38) 5. Critics Corner (50:51)
70 min
23
‘P-Valley’ Creator Katori Hall on Season 2; Jun...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (0:45) 2. June TV Preview (6:02) 3. ATX Festival Preview (17:23) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Katori Hall ('P-Valley') (23:53) 5. Critics Corner (1:15:54)
101 min
24
Mailbag: The latest on J.J. Abrams, ‘Survivor’ ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:28) 2. Mailbag! (11:32) 3. More Mailbag!! (27:59) 4. Even More Mailbag!!! (43:32) 5. Critics Corner (54:17)
72 min
25
The Upfronts Wrap Edition
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. NBCU (4:36) 2. FOX (25:06) 3. Disney (33:18) 4. Warner Bros. Discovery (45:50) 5. Critics Corner (1:05:05)
79 min
26
Steven Moffat Talks ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife,’...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:31) 2. Heading into Upfronts (5:41) 3. Changes at Discovery (19:19) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Steven Moffat ('The Time Traveler's Wife') (21:58) 5. Critics Corner (1:05:20)
81 min
27
Jessica Biel on Her Killer Turn in Hulu’s ‘Candy’
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:19) 2. Peacock Cancellation (13:17) 3. May TV Preview (23:40) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Jessica Biel ('Candy') (33:50) 5. Critics Corner (1:08:53)
80 min
28
Dustin Lance Black Talks ‘Under the Banner of H...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:49) 2. Changes at TNT and TBS (9:15) 3. 'The Walking Dead' spinoff loses key character (18:35) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Dustin Lance Black ('Under the Banner of Heaven') (26:23) 5. Critics Corner (1:05:06)
81 min
29
Special Episode - Pamela Adlon on 'Better Thing...
*SPOILER ALERT* This is a special episode of TV's Top 5! In this episode, Dan and Lesley talk about the series finale of 'Better Things' with the series creator, star, writer, and director Pamela Adlon. Yes, she sings in Yiddish... what more could you ask for?
78 min
30
Natasha Lyonne Dives Into the Past (and Future)...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (3:31) 2. Netflix had a bad week (15:06) 3. 'The Goldbergs' Returning (34:08) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Natasha Lyonne ('Russian Doll') (45:05) 5. Critics Corner (1:33:21)
113 min
31
‘The Flight Attendant’ Prepared for Season 2 Ta...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (6:11) 2. Jeopardy News! (10:41) 3. IMDb TV Rebranding (16:44) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Steve Yockey & Natalie Chaidez (The Flight Attendant) (25:25) 5. Critics Corner (1:09:02)
88 min
32
Will ‘Winning Time’ Stick to the Showtime Era i...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (1:27) 2. Executive Musical Chairs (8:51) 3. Emmys schedule (14:46) 4. Two Surprising Renewals (26:49) 5. Critics Corner (36:41)
48 min
33
How HBO Max Cooked Up a Stirring Tribute to Jul...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Oscars Recap (3:37) 2. Streaming Wars Are Heating Up (18:31) 3. April Scripted Series (28:08) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Chris Keyser ('Julia') (34:28) 5. Critics Corner (1:23:05)
92 min
34
‘Starstruck’ Creator and Star Rose Matafeo on H...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Top Headlines (1:55) 2. CW's Broadcast Schedule (6:55) 3. Oscars Pregame (14:38) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Rose Matafeo ('Starstruck') (28:56) 5. Critics Corner (1:13:40)
92 min
35
Inside the Sweeping Journey of Apple’s ‘Pachinko’
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Top Headlines (1:02) 2. Baseball Segment (5:23) 3. Mailbag (17:17) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: ('Pachinko') (31:50) 5. Critics Corner (1:06:49)
84 min
36
'Minx' Creator on Feminism, Comedy and Going "T...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Top Headlines (1:52) 2. Franchise news (4:31) 3. It's pilot season (17:41) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Ellen Rapoport ('Minx') (29:33) 5. Critics Corner (1:05:41)
80 min
37
‘Winning Time’ Boss on Balancing Fact vs. Ficti...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Top Headlines (3:23) 2. Shows coming out this month (8:49) 3. Shows are coming home (20:59) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Max Borenstein ('Winning Time') (28:33) 5. Critics Corner (1:13:43)
90 min
38
Liz Meriwether on Going From ‘New Girl’ to ‘The...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Top Headlines (1:43) 2. Peacock's must-stream show (7:31) 3. Oscars controversy (12:35) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Liz Meriwether ('The Dropout') (20:45) 5. Critics Corner (1:00:02)
74 min
39
John Landgraf on the State of FX; Inside Franch...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Three TV hits coming to an end (8:25) 2. FX update with CEO John Landgraf (18:54) 3. Paramount+ news (45:42) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Nkechi Okoro Carroll ('All American: Homecoming') (57:56) 5. Critics Corner (1:42:22)
120 min
40
A Critical Conversation About ‘Boba Fett’
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Top Headlines (3:13) 2. Mailbag! (10:48) 3. All things Disney (25:06) 4. Critics' Corner, with Alan Sepinwall 5. (37:12) Critic's Corner (1:09:58)
85 min
41
Mayim Bialik Talks ‘Jeopardy’; Jason Katims on ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Top Headlines (2:07) 2. WarnerMedia controversy, with Alex Weprin (10:21) 3. Jeopardy, With Mayim Bialik (19:19) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Jason Katims ('As We See It') (46:58) 5. Critics Corner (1:12:22)
85 min
42
Bridget Everett on Exposing Her Softer Side in ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Top Headlines (5:14) 2. Mini Mailbag (11:37) 3. Big TV Launches Coming Up (20:07) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Bridget Everett ('Somebody Somewhere') (30:58) 5. Critics Corner (1:00:06)
74 min
43
Julian Fellowes on His ‘Downton Abbey’ Follow-U...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (2:00) 2. Youtube Originals are Out (7:39) 3. FX Peaka TV Update (11:37) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Julian Fellowes ('The Gilded Age') (19:38) 5. Critics Corner (1:01:44)
80 min
44
Special Episode - 'Yellowjackets' showrunners o...
*SPOILER ALERT* This is a special episode of TV's Top 5! On this episode, Dan and Lesley talk about the season 1 finale of 'Yellowjackets' with the showrunners Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson. This spoiler filled episode features fan theories as well as insight into what may come in season 2.
53 min
45
James Gunn on ‘Peacemaker’ and the Differences ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Headlines (3:08) 2. TCA Winter Press Tour (6:45) 3. 'Dexter' Finale (14:07) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: James Gunn ('Peacemaker') (26:24) 5. Critics Corner (57:16)
71 min
46
Quinta Brunson on ABC’s ‘Abbott Elementary’
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Selling the CW (2:19) 2. COVID Shutdowns (14:25) 3. Peacock and Olympics programming (18:43) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Quinta Brunson ('Abbott Elementary') (25:07) 5. Critics Corner (1:05:03)
77 min
47
What to Expect From ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 4; 2022 ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. Most-anticipated NEW scripted series in 2022 (2:08) 2. Returning series (14:38) 3. Shows wrapping in 2022 (20:21) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald ('Cobra Kai') (28:26) 5. Critics Corner (1:13:13)
91 min
48
‘Succession’ Creator on Season 3 Finale; Hailee...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. This Years Top Headlines (1:13) 2. Hailee Steinfeld on 'Dickinson' and 'Hawkeye' (14:38) 3. Who had a breakout year (38:09) 4. Showrunner Spotlight: Jesse Armstrong ('Succession') (57:06) 5. Critics Corner (1:17:49)
103 min
49
Firewall and Iceberg Reunite for 'Succesion' Fi...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Headlines (1:44) 2.Jeopardy mess (11:50) 3.FX Not "On Hulu' (17:54) 4.'Succession' finale, with Alan Sepinwall (26:57) 5.Critics Corner (55:21)
66 min
50
An interview with the creators of Showtime’s ‘Y...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Netflix viewership data, with Joe Adalian (3:30) 2.Two cable hits coming to a close (21:31) 3.IATSE shutdown over (28:18) 4.Showrunner Spotlight: Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson ('Yellowjackets') (31:21) 5.Critics Corner (1:14:05)
96 min
51
How ‘The Great’ Balances Fact, Fiction and Funny
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Vaccine mandates for stars (2:56) 2.Disney+ Day (11:12) 3.Mailbag (20:26) 4.Showrunner Spotlight: Tony McNamara ('The Great') (31:27) 5.Critics Corner (1:07:42)
80 min
52
How Clyde Phillips Brought ‘Dexter’ Back to Life
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Joe Millionaire is back! (2:39) 2.November TV Preview (9:24) 3.The Levy's go head to head (20:24) 4.Showrunner Spotlight: Clyde Phillips ('Dexter: New Blood') (24:53) 5.Critics Corner (1:05:49)
75 min
53
Halloween Special: Top Showrunners on the State...
This Week's Halloween Special includes a celebration of horror with Angela Kang ('The Walking Dead'), Don Mancini ('Chucky'), and Sara Goodman ('I Know What You Did Last Summer') followed by the Critics Corner (1:05:57).
81 min
54
'Insecure' Showrunner on Wrapping the HBO Comed...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Netflix earnings and repercussions (4:15) 2.IATSE strike update, with Katie Kilkenny (17:18) 3.'Y the Last Man' cancelled (22:43) 4.Showrunner Spotlight: Prentice Penny ('Insecure') (34:35) 5.Critics Corner (1:18:20)
86 min
55
'Succession' Star Sarah Snook on Season 3 and a...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Fallout from Dave Chappelle special (4:37) 2.Broadcast ratings with Rick Porter (25:24) 3.Talent Spotlight: Sarah Snook ('Succession') (35:48) 4.A whole segment of 'Succession' (55:00) 5.Critics Corner (1:05:51)
76 min
56
'Ted Lasso' Boss Bill Lawrence on the Season 2 ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.SQUID GAME, with Rebecca Sun (3:47) 2.Major League Baseball postseason has arrived (22:28) 3.End of one of TV's best comedies (32:03) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Bill Lawrence ('Ted Lasso') (37:26) 5.Critics Corner (1:18:46)
87 min
57
'Sex Education' creator interview; How 'United ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.A big week for reboots and spinoffs (4:41) 2.'United States of Al' changes it's tone, with Reza Aslan and Mahya Tousi (21:53) 3.SNL cast solidified (52:00) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Laurie Nunn ('Sex Education') (1:03:05) 5.Critics Corner (1:41:46)
110 min
58
‘Dear White People’ bosses on the musical final...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.IATSE threatens to strike, with Katie Kilkenny (5:59) 2.Emmys Recap (12:19) 3.The end of Fall TV? (29:16) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Jaclyn Moore & Justin Simien ('Dear White People') (43:34) 5.Critics Corner (1:28:02)
101 min
59
'Wonder Years' Creator on Exploring Racism and ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Ted Lasso writers cash in (3:47) 2.Heading into 73rd Emmys (11:51) 3.Grey's Anatomy 18th season debut, with Lynette Rice (26:02) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Saladin K. Patterson ('The Wonder Years') (45:51) 5.Critics Corner (1:40:00)
109 min
60
Inside the Long Path to 'Y: The Last Man'
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Even more on JEOPARDY (3:23) 2.Remembering Michael K. Williams (10:22) 3.Phoebe Waller-Bridge is out! (18:02) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Brian K. Vaughan & Eliza Clark ('Y: The Last Man') (24:13) 5.Critics Corner (1:16:56)
92 min
61
Inside 'Impeachment'; and the latest on 'Jeopardy'
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.More on JEOPARDY (4:21) 2.ABC and Showtime TCA news (15:17) 3.Fall TV season is coming (26:20) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Sarah Burgess ('Impeachment: American Crime Story') (41:41) 5.Critics Corner (1:29:47)
103 min
62
Amanda Peet on 'The Chair' and Roles for Women ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.FX has major news announcements (9:19) 2.'Everything's Gonna Be Okay' gets cancelled (20:58) 3.Mailbag! (29:04) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Amanda Peet ('The Chair') (42:15) 5.Critics Corner (1:21:30)
92 min
63
'Reservation Dogs' Creator on Celebrating Compl...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.New host of Jeopardy (4:44) 2.'White Lotus' back for second season (12:23) 3.Showrunnner Spotlight: Sterlion Harjo ('Reservation Dogs') (22:18) 4.Final season of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', with Angie Han (56:17) 5.Critics Corner (1:16:38)
90 min
64
'The L Word' Showrunner on Advancing Queer Stor...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Three struggling franchises (4:17) 2.Mailbag! (13:12) 3.South Park creators ink deal (33:35) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Marja-Lewis Ryan ('The L Word: Generation Q') (41:17) 5.Critics Corner (1:13:51)
85 min
65
Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the Self-Reflection of ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Bob Odenkirk appreciation (4:25) 2.More Olympics (13:10) 3.LeVar Burton on Jeopardy (27:09) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Joseph Gordon-Levitt ('Mr. Corman') (33:45) 5.Critics Corner (1:26:24)
94 min
66
An Interview With 'Ted Lasso' Emmy Nominee Bret...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Netflix Second Quarter Earnings (7:51) 2.The Olympics officially underway (18:02) 3.Hollywood COVID Protocols (27:40) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Brett Goldstein ('Ted Lasso') (33:42) 5.Critics Corner (1:11:08)
86 min
67
Emmy Noms Decoded; Olympics Preview; 'Never Hav...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Emmy nominations are in (6:09) 2.TV academy tomfoolery (18:35) 3.Olympics preview with Molly Solomon (31:40) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Lang Fisher ('Never Have I Ever') (1:17:05) 5.Critics Corner (1:53:35)
121 min
68
'Atypical' Creator on Bringing Her Netflix Seri...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Overall Deals (7:51) 2.'Lovecraft Country' not returning (18:02) 3.Netflix continues search for multicamera hit (27:40) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Robia Rashid ('Atypical') (33:42) 5.Critics Corner (1:11:08)
84 min
69
Best TV of 2021 (So Far); Plus an Interview Wit...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Best TV shows of the year so far (3:45) 2.What's still to come in 2021 (20:57) 3.Executive Carousel (38:30) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Joshua Safran ('Gossip Girl') (42:50) 5.Critics Corner (1:21:16)
87 min
70
'Blindspotting' creator Rafael Casal interview;...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Disney moves away from Friday premieres (4:05) 2.NBC cancels 'Manifest' (13:59) 3.Batman "is not a generous lover" (25:54) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Rafael Casal ('Blindspotting') (33:47) 5.Critics Corner (1:09:22)
80 min
71
How Marvel's 'Loki' Was Influenced by 'Rick and...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Chris Harrison out at Bachelor (5:04) 2.NBC axes 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' (15:38) 3.Netflix launched online store (32:25) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Michael Waldron ('Loki') (38:26) 5.Critics Corner (1:09:30)
82 min
72
'Lupin' and 'We Are Lady Parts': Inside the Ris...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Netflix cancels 'Jupiter's Legacy' (4:07) 2.The international streaming market, with Larry Tanz (11:40) 3.Showrunnner Spotlight: George Kay ('Lupin') (32:42) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Nida Manzoor ('We Are Lady Parts') (54:49) 5.Critics Corner (1:17:11)
89 min
73
Ben Winston Spills 'Friends' Reunion Secrets
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Amazon has bought MGM (4:09) 2.CW reveals series pickups and fall schedule (14:21) 3.Mailbag! (19:05) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Ben Winston ('Friends: The Reunion') (33:20) 5.Critics Corner (1:29:48)
95 min
74
'Master of None' Boss on Season 3's Big Departu...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Massive merger news (6:04) 2.Upfronts (16:05) 3.What's still to be determined? (34:10) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Alan Yang ('Master of None') (38:26) 5.Critics Corner (1:25:23)
100 min
75
'Hacks' Creators on Bringing Jean Smart's Stand...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Upfront season is here (2:42) 2.The Ellen DeGeneres Show ends its run (14:41) 3.Golden Globes gets dropped (21:37) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, & Jen Statsky ('Hacks') (30:39) 5.Critics Corner (1:12:35)
86 min
76
'Girls5eva' showrunner Meredith Scardino; upfro...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1.Upfronts are around the corner (3:52) 2.Late-night is losing two hosts (17:01) 3.What's Up With… IMDb TV (26:06) 4.Showrunnner Spotlight: Meredith Scardino ('Girls5Eva') (34:07) 5.Critics Corner (1:11:28)
90 min
77
'Pose' Creator on the End of a TV Legacy
This Weeks Top 5 Topics: 1. May's TV offerings are heating up (3:35) 2. 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier', with Aaron Couch (11:19) 3. Oscars review (23:33) 4. Showrunnner Spotlight: Steven Canals ('Pose') (37:54) 5. Critics Corner (1:27:51)
99 min
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‘Shadow and Bone' Creator on Bringing Leigh Bar...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics:1. 93rd Academy Awards Preview, with Scott Feinberg (5:43)2. Golden Globes in crisis mode (22:55)3. 'How I Met Your Mother' lives on (33:14)4. Showrunnner Spotlight: Eric Heisserer ('Shadow and Bone') (42:48)5. Critics Corner (1:17:46)
87 min
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'Rutherford Falls' Creator on Bringing Native V...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics:1. A busy week at CBS (2:45)2. Checking in on the streaming wars (7:59)3. Bachelor bombshell, with Jackie Strause (16:16)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Sierra Teller Ornelas ('Rutherford Falls') (29:59)5. Critics Corner (1:06:55)
76 min
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'Made for Love' showrunner Christina Lee; 'Brid...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics:1. 10-year anniversary of Game of Thrones, with James Hibberd (3:56)2. 'Bridgerton' bombshell (18:53)3. Mailbag! (27:15)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Christina Lee ('Made for Love') (48:40)5. Critics Corner (1:31:28)
102 min
81
April TV preview plus an interview with the gre...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics:1. High-profile TV launches coming in April (2:57)2. San Diego Comic-Con-troversy (11:34)3. Showrunner Spotlight: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ('Hemingway') (20:54)4. Spotlight continued: Opening day (57:27)5. Critics Corner (1:19:03)
87 min
82
‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’: Inside Marvel’s Se...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics:1. The industry has lost two huge talents (2:55)2. A big week for IP (9:41)3. A strategy change at Netflix (15:36)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Malcolm Spellman ('The Falcon and the Winter Soldier') (28:52)5. Critics Corner (57:16)
67 min
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Suzan-Lori Parks shares how 'Genius' Tackled Ar...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics:1. Snyder Cut preview, with Aaron Couch (4:44)2. Mailbag!!! (16:42)3. Pandemic anniversary (33:38)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Suzan-Lori Parks ('Genius: Aretha') (50:25)5. Critics Corner (1:34:05)
108 min
84
Is Teenager Zelda Barnz the Voice of Her 'Gener...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics:1. Harry and Meghan: The Interview (5:30)2. Harry and Meghan: The Business and Fallout (13:27)3. A busy week for Peacock (22:43)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Zelda and Daniel Barnz ('Generation') (32:53)5. Critics Corner (1:16:32)
81 min
85
Emily Andras Takes Us Inside the Fight to Save ...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics:1. The Simpsons has been renewed (3:13)2. The 2021 Golden Globes recap (12:57)3. Hits and misses of winter television, with Inkoo Kang (25:54)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Emily Andras ('Wynonna Earp') (45:52)5. Critics Corner (1:28:23)
96 min
86
'It's a Sin' creator, Russel Davies, on TV's LG...
This Weeks Top 5 Topics:1. Paramount+ has come into focus (2:59)2. Kevin Feige made his TCA debut (21:02)3. The 78th annual Golden Globes, with Scott Feinberg (30:20)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Russell Davies ('It's a Sin') (49:08)5. Critics Corner (1:33:46)
100 min
87
Ron Moore on ‘For All Mankind,’ ‘Outlander’ and...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. A 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' spinoff at Amazon (3:10)2. Veteran shows are coming to an end (9:22)3. Chris Harrison leaves The Bachelor, with Jackie Strause (18:34)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Ron Moore ('For All Mankind') (34:38)5. Critics Corner (1:17:11)
91 min
88
Joss Whedon and Gina Carano's implosion; Jenny ...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. Joss Whedon and Gina Carano controversy, with Aaron Couch (11:58)2. (Topic 1 continued)3. HBO Max doubled down on animation (35:27)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Jenny Lumet ('Clarice') (43:26)5. Critics Corner (1:33:32)
102 min
89
Making Sense of the 2021 Golden Globes; Super B...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. Awards season has arrived (3:56)2. The biggest TV viewing day, with Preston Beckman (25:46)3. Another TV icon lost, with Lynette Rice (39:06)4. Update on Peak TV (57:03)5. Critics Corner (1:07:52)
76 min
90
Desus and Mero Talk Obama and Their Showtime Ev...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. HBO Max's fourth-quarter subscriber gains (4:47)2. TV world loses two icons this week (13:19)3. Pandemic causes lackluster TV premiere lineup (26:10)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Desus Nice and The Kid Mero ('Desus & Mero') (36:01)5. Critics Corner (1:20:26)
86 min
91
Jac Schaeffer shares the secrets of 'WandaVision'
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. All eyes on the inauguration (2:46)2. A new era for cable news networks, with Joe Adalian (13:30)3. Netflix reported fourth quarter earnings (32:07)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Jac Schaeffer ('WandaVision') (41:25)5. Critics Corner (1:25:24)
92 min
92
Inside the Fact and Fiction of 'Dickinson' with...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. Pilot season begins (3:57)2. 'Sex and the City' is back (14:08)3. Roku acquires Quibi's content (21:47)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Alena Smith ('Dickinson') (29:39)5. Critics Corner (1:08:44)
82 min
93
Samantha Bee on Her Trump-Free Future, 'Zoey's'...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. Chaos at the US Capitol (1:54)2. Samantha Bee discusses new season of 'Full Frontal' (7:22)3. Checking in on TV production (39:33)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Austin Winsberg ('Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist') (44:16)5. Critics Corner (1:15:11)
85 min
94
2021 Preview; How 'Cobra Kai' May Expand Its "M...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. Anticipated new scripted series (3:56)2. Scripted series that we're saying farewell to (25:37)3. The Pandemic and the year to come (35:09)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald ('Cobra Kai') (42:14)5. Critics Corner (1:33:12)
100 min
95
The reinvention of Kaley Cuoco; 2020 in Review,...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. Top 5 stories of the year (6:23)2. Adapting cop procedurals with Alexi Hawley (36:19)3. What left us in 2020 (1:01:35)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Kaley Cuoco ('The Flight Attendant') (1:15:15)5. Critics Corner with Alan Sepinwall (1:55:02)
149 min
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'One Day at a Time' says farewell; inside 'The ...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. Disney drops the mother-load (5:01)2. Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon Kellett say goodbye to 'One Day at a Time' (25:53)3. WarnerMedia blowback with Kim Masters (58:56)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Benjamin Cavell ('The Stand') (1:18:03)5. Critics Corner (1:43:40)
109 min
97
‘Your Honor’ showrunner Peter Moffat; HBO Max b...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. Warner Media blew up the theatrical window (3:10)2. Executive Carousel (17:01)3. Felicity Huffman's comeback has begun (25:35)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Peter Moffat ('Your Honor') (32:37)5. Critics Corner (1:08:46)
77 min
98
How Hallmark Channel Is Expanding Its Holiday C...
This week's episode features an interview with longtime Hallmark Channel VP programming Michelle Vicary. As our loyal listeners recall, last year around this time we featured a newsworthy interview with then-Hallmark CEO Bill Abbott in which he proceeded to … effectively light his own Christmas tree on fire. Michelle is here to set Hallmark on a new path of diversity and inclusion on a special holiday edition of TV's Top 5.
39 min
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"Selena: The Series' showrunner Moises Zamora; ...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. HBO Max taking bold swings (3:20)2. An end of an era for Conan O'Brien (14:30)3. More executive changes (20:12)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Moises Zamora ('Selena: The Series') (26:58)5. Critics Corner (1:00:32)
69 min
100
Tracey Wigfield shares how 'Saved By the Bell' ...
The five topics that Lesley and Dan cover in quarantine this week are:1. Remembering Alex Trebek (2:41)2. Bidding farewell to 'Supernatural' with Mark Pedowitz (14:14)3. Another busy week on the executive front (28:53)4. Showrunner Spotlight: Tracey Wigfield ('Saved By the Bell') (33:30)5. Critics Corner (1:06:48)
77 min