‘TV’s Top 5’: Liz Meriwether on Going From ‘New Girl’ to ‘The Dropout’

Welcome to the 157th 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
Emmy Rossum may be only 10 years older than Tom Holland but she’s set to play the latter’s mother in Apple’s new series The Crowded Room. That and more of the week’s top headlines.

2. Peacock’s “must-stream” bet
NBCUniversal’s streaming platform shelled out big bucks for two seasons — and more than 80 episodes! — of ITV America’s Love Island as the former CBS dating show is on the move. In this segment, we explain why this might be just what Peacock needs to bring in daily viewers to its platform now that the Olympics are over.

3. Oscar telecast shake-up
The Academy has moved eight of the 23 categories out of the live primetime telecast. Dan explains why this isn’t the right move that will keep the show under three hours and bring viewers back.

4. Showrunner Spotlight
New Girl creator Liz Meriwether joins the podcast this week to discuss her move into drama — and streaming — with Hulu’s Elizabeth Holmes drama The Dropout. The showrunner also known for ABC comedies Single Parents and Bless This Mess opens up about the similarities between New Girl’s Jess and Holmes and what Amanda Seyfried brought to the show after Kate McKinnon’s departure. Plus, will there ever be more New Girl? Plus, place your bets on how many times we say “adorkable.”

5. Critic’s Corner
As usual, every episode ends with Dan offering his reviews of what to watch in the week ahead. In this episode, he reviews the final season of FX’s Better Things, Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla, Showtime’s Super Pumped and early thoughts on Hulu’s The Dropout.

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.

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