Welcome to the 237th episode of TV top 5, The Hollywood Reporters TV podcast.
Every week, hosts Lesley Goudberg (West Coast TV Editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) provides an overview of 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) ).
This week’s podcast features an extensive conversation with veteran showrunner Glen Mazzara about the MGM+ sci-fi drama’s debut Beacon 23. Additionally, with the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike, the Hot Labor summer that has become fall frustration has now ended, but the industry that actors and writers return to is dramatically different. Mazzara also talks about the evolving TV landscape and his role with the Writers Guild of America, which oversees the Strike Rules and Compliance Committee.
This is how this week’s episode goes:
The bear, DC Comics, SWATwrestling and The circus leads the week’s biggest TV headlines.
2. Actors’ strike is over
Huzzah! The actors’ strike has ended after 118 days and the guild has reached a new tentative agreement with the AMPTP. This segment explores why the deal took so long, the wider impact of the strikes on the industry and more.
3. What now?
Yes, the writers and actors strikes have ended, but what happens now? A race back to production is likely to see a number of films and TV shows scrapped, as the scheduling nightmare is similar to what the industry experienced after production resumed following the pandemic’s quarantine period. Peak TV is over, the downturn is here, and programming is expected to consist solely of “gourmet cheeseburgers” as we look to see what comes next.
4. Showrunner Spotlight
Glen Mazzara, the veteran showrunner whose credits include The shield And The living Dead, joins the show this week for a look at the MGM+ sci-fi drama Beacon 23. Mazzara talks about working with creator Zak Penn and the appeal of hiring a showrunner. The wide-ranging interview also discusses Mazzara’s role as chairman of the WGA’s Strike Rules and Compliance Committee and the violations that occurred during the nearly 150-day work stoppage.
5. Critics Corner
As usual, we’ll end with Dan’s thoughts on this week’s new and returning series. In this episode he talks about Showtime The curse, Apples For all humanity And The Buccaneers.
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