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‘TV’s Top 5’: Is Jon Stewart’s Return Good for ‘The Daily Show’?

Welcome to the 245th 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

Sex and the City, Rick and Morty and The Flight Attendant highlight the week’s top TV news.

2. Jon Stewart goes home

The former host of The Daily Show returns to the Comedy Central series for one night a week starting next month. But in the long run, is it good for the series after execs have struggled for more than a year to replace Trevor Noah?

3. Netflix’s $5B swing

If you had Netflix spending $5 billion to secure WWE’s Monday Night Raw on your bingo card, congratulations! But don’t get ahead of yourself — co-CEO Ted Sarandos says this isn’t the streaming giant’s foray into sports, but rather “sports entertainment.” Yes, there’s a big difference.

4. Paramount suitors

Layoffs are coming to Paramount Global as Skydance Media and Warner Bros. Discovery kick the tires on the company that owns CBS, Paramount+ and a slew of cable networks including Comedy Central and MTV. While we discuss what’s next for Paramount, the segment is also a larger look at the depressing state of media (and journalism).

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 Amazon’s Expats, Apple’s Masters of the Air, Netflix’s Griselda, Peacock’s In the Know and Sexy Beast on Paramount+.

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 TVsTop5@THR.com.

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