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Steve Levitan on life after 'Modern Family' and why 'Reboot' is TV therapy

Welcome to TV Top 5

No. 1990 , TV podcast by The Hollywood Reporter.

Weekly, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV Editor) and Daniel Fienberg (Chief TV Critic) breaks down the latest TV news with business and critical context, welcomes presenters, executives and other guests, and offers to watch (or Skip, as appropriate) important guide.

This week, the co-creator of one of the greatest comedies in television history joins us, breaks Beep is going on JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot and answering listeners in our mailbag the question section.

Here’s how the episode plays.

1. Headlines

Golden Globes, Book Dogs, Saturday Night Live ) (yes, again), Peacock and Vince Gilligan in this week’s headlines Leading in the news.

2. WTF with Bad Robot

Warner Bros. is revisiting Constantine JJ Abrams’ HBO Max TV casts DC character in the cold with star Keanu Reeves as the studio behind it buys both the series and the Mrs. Abrams X. These two, as well as the animated Batman: Caped Crusader are being bought to streamers as Warner Bros. Discovery looks to bring its content- Shockingly included DC Comics content – licensed to outside buyers instead of paying big bucks to keep them on internal platforms. This section explores what’s going on with Bad Robot in the wake of a string of recent shows removed by HBO and HBO Max.

3. Mailbag!

You ask, we answer! In this common thread, Dan and I answer questions from the audience. This week’s topics include why Netflix unexpectedly dropped Ryan Murphy’s Dahmer , a rant against John Oliver Law & Order view and so on.

4. Showrunner Spotlight

Steve Levy Tan , five-time Emmy winner Modern Family , back to TV with his next series – Hulu’s Reboot, An industry insider’s view of the TV industry. The series follows the previous 1990 sitcom, which was rebooted and showcased the writers room and overall production of the faux show. Levitan in Reboot and Greg the Bunny and Larry Sanders . After spending his entire career on broadcasting, Levitan also discusses his interest in streaming and how he could return to network television. Also, will Modern Family reboot before rebooting itself? He also spoke candidly about the healing effects of making Reboot and the pressure to create original series after big hits like Modern Family.

5. Critics Corner

As usual, each episode ends with Dan’s thoughts on what to watch (or skip) this weekend. This week, he’s on Hulu’s reboot, the latest Star Wars series on Disney+, Andor, and Netflix’s new Ryan Murphy series Dahmer. BONUS: Thoughts on HBO Hostages and Hulu Chef and Wild.

Listening now on TV’s top 5 . Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode. (Comments welcome!) You can also email us any topic or pouch questions you’d like to address in future episodes at 1990 [email protected].



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