Welcome to the 231st episode of TV’s Top 5, The Music news’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).
This week, we’re looking at the impact of Hollywood’s dual strike from a different point of view — that of the , which is helping workers impacted from the work stoppage get by. Here’s how this week’s episode plays out:
Ahead of next week’s series finale, Dan offers an elevator pitch (and plea!) to watch Reservation Dogs as we also discuss the possible contraction that may be coming for the TV industry post-strike.
2. Strike Zone: The Latest Updates
The WGA and Hollywood’s studios and streamers who comprise the AMPTP are back at the bargaining table this week and there’s progress to report!
3. Strike Zone: Daytime Updates
Remember last week when we talked about how daytime syndicated shows were returning to air? Toss that out the window! Plus Dancing With the Stars may be the next show plotting its return to have to reverse course.
4. Strike Zone: Inside the Entertainment Community Fund
We’ve reported for months now on how Hollywood’s dual strikes are impacting media behemoths like Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery. This week, we shift to focus on the workers who have been affected by the massive production work stoppage. Staffers who are on strike as well as those who are not part of either the WGA or SAG-AFTRA are living in cars and losing their homes as many top showrunners in the industry rally to support the Entertainment Community Fund. Joining us this week is Barbara Davis, the chief operating officer off the ECF, who has been with the organization since 1984. Davis opens up about how much money the fund has distributed to workers in need. During the covid shutdown, the ECF distributed north of $30 million in resources. As the WGA strike heads toward its 22nd week and 150th day, the fund estimates that tally to be at $20 million. “We’re seeing a lot of people who have lost their homes,” Davis tells us. “More people are living in their cars. … There are lots of concerns around the inability to pay for basic needs.” Click here to donate.
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 Max’s Young Love, Peacock’s The Continental, the final season of Netflix’s Sex Education and Fox’s Krapopolis.
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