‘TV’s Top 5’: What’s Up With ‘Euphoria’ and Ronna McDaniel?

Welcome to the 253rd 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 podcast plays out:

1. Headlines

Noah Wyle and ER, Elisabeth Moss and Kerry Washington, Claire Danes and Howard Gordon, Darren Star, The Last Thing He Told Me, Catherine O’Hara and Kathryn Hahn lead a busy week in industry headlines.

2. What’s Up With … Euphoria

HBO said this week that production on the highly anticipated third season of the HBO drama will not begin soon, but rather that the cast can now pursue other opportunities in the interim. This segment breaks down what’s behind the delay, how the cast taking other jobs may impact when the show eventually returns and why a post-high school setting is posing a larger challenge for the dark teen drama.

3. Ronna’s Wild Ride

Ronna McDaniel is out at NBC News following backlash by staff at the company over the hiring of the former Republican National Committee chair. Joining us to break down why this became such a mess, if it might have larger implications on the execs at NBC News, and more is THR media and business reporter Alex Weprin.

4. April TV Preview

Loot, Ripley, Sugar, Fallout, Franklin, Good Times, Bluey, The Sympathizer, Under the Bridge, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Jinx: Part Two, The Big Door Prize, Dead Boy Detectives and The Veil highlight a big month of premieres in April.

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 HBO’s Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show, Showtime’s A Gentleman in Moscow, AMC’s Parish, FX’s Spermworld, Apple’s Steve Martin documentary, Renegade Nell on Disney+ and Hulu’s We Were the Lucky Ones.

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