‘TV’s Top 5’: A Deep-Dive Conversation About Streaming With Ads

Welcome to the 246th episode 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, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).

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Here’s how this week’s episode plays out:

1. Headlines

Colin From Accounts, Hijack, Matthew MacFadyen, pilot season, password sharing and Obliterated highlight the week’s top TV headlines.

2. Amazon, but with ads

Amazon this week became the latest streamer to introduce an advertising tier. THR TV features editor Mikey O’Connell joins us for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of streaming — only with ads now.

3. February TV preview

February is the new September for now, as ABC and CBS officially launch their strikes-delayed “fall” seasons this month as Dan and I run down other notable debuts this month.

4. Next on Netflix

The streaming giant gathered press ahead of next week’s TCA for a preview of what to expect on the service this year as its content chief fielded questions from the media about Vince McMahon, a former Suits star and much, much more.

5. Critic’s Corner

As usual, we end with Dan’s thoughts on this week’s new and returning series. In this episode, he weighs in on Genius: MLK/X, Feud: Capote vs. the Swans, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and the final season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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 addressed in future episodes at

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