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Foreign Service Gets an Exciting Twist with ‘The Diplomat’ and Keri Russell


Welcome to the 210th episode of TV top 5, The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV podcast.

Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fenberg (chief TV reviewer) breaks down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcomes showrunners, executives and other guests, and provides a critical guide to what to watch (or skip, as the case may be).

Here’s how the episode plays out:

1. Main features

The Duffer Brothers, Michelle Yeoh and star trek, ABCs Will Trent, Apple’s scripted cancellations as well as Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen (yes, really!) lead the week’s top headlines.

2. Not a trial of the century

THR media and business writer Alex Weprin joins the show to discuss the Fox and Dominion Voting Systems settlement and what’s next.

3. More reboots

It’s time for a sparkling party like Lionsgate brings Dusk to TV and Paramount tries again galaxy quest.

4. Showrunner spotlight

Deborah Cahn joins us this week for a deep dive into her new Netflix series, The diplomat. The discussion varies on how the series courted The Americans alum Keri Russell returned to TV, Cahn’s interest in foreign policy and her work on Native country And The West Wing as well as what to make of the of that finale.

5. The Critic’s Corner

As usual, each episode ends with Dan’s thoughts on what to watch (or skip) this weekend. This week he weighs in The diplomat, Mrs. Davis, Dead Ringers And Dear mum.

Hear it all now TV top 5. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to never miss an episode again. (Reviews are welcome!) You can also email us with topics or mailbag questions you’d like to cover in future episodes at TVsTop5@THR.com.

Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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