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‘TV’s Top 5’: Making Sense of the New Sports Super-Streamer

Welcome to the 247th 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).

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

1. Headlines

Sam Waterston, Giancarlo Esposito, David E. Kelley, Suits, Dave, Taylor Swift and, yes, Major League Baseball, highlight the in TV news.

2. Sports super streamer

Consider this Hulu for sports: Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery this week announced plans for an as yet unnamed super sports streaming service that will see assets from all three media companies on one platform that brings together NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR, PGA GOLF, Grand Slam Tennis, the FIFA World Cup and much more. Alex Weprin, THR’s media and business writer, joins us to break down all the burning questions about the service, if it means the end of the cable bundle and what comes next.

3. SNL steps in it

Nikki Haley and news of Shane Gillis hosting crashed Ayo Edebiri’s SNL debut as the NBC sketch comedy continues its questionable track record. It’s time for quasi-Angry Dan.

4. Mailbag

In this listener questions segment, we respond to queries about Ally McBeal, the rise in TV’s male nudity, the Emmys and if some limited series could change to the drama category with Succession now out of the picture, why nobody seems to be buying scripts right now and the future of Ted Lasso. If you have a question you’d like to hear us discuss on the show, email us at TVsTop5@THR.com.

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 Netflix’s One Day and CBS’ Tracker.

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.