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Rick Porter

Television Writer

Rick Porter joined The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 and covers TV ratings and measurement, deals, renewals and cancellations and other aspects of the business. He was previously editor of TV by the Numbers and associate editor at Tribune Media's Zap2it.

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Unstruck TV: Under the Radar Series to Fill Gaps in Fall Viewing

While Hollywood writers are back at work, media companies have suspended negotiations with striking actors over a new contract. Even if talks resume and a settlement were to happen soon, however, it would likely be early 2024 before the two dozen or so dramas and comedies that normally premiere in the fall make it back […]

‘The Afterparty’ Canceled at Apple TV+

Apple is breaking up The Afterparty. The tech giant’s Apple TV+ streaming service has canceled The Afterparty after two seasons. The news comes a month and change after the genre-hopping comedic murder mystery finished its second season. Sony Pictures Television, which produces the series, will look to find another home for The Afterparty. The show […]

Ken Jeong to Headline Syndicated Talk Show

Ken Jeong is setting his sights on daytime television. The actor, comedian and Masked Singer panelist is developing a syndicated talk show with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury (Sherri), with an eye toward a 2024 premiere. Jeong will also executive produce alongside Jim Biederman, a veteran producer of talk and sketch comedy shows (The Howard Stern Radio Show, […]

‘Virgin River’ Dethrones ‘Suits’ in Streaming Rankings

Suits‘ three-month stranglehold on the top of the Nielsen streaming charts has come to an end. Netflix’s Virgin River moved ahead of Suits and claimed the No. 1 overall spot for the week of Sept. 11-17. The drama, whose fifth season premiered Sept. 7, improved by 7 percent from the previous week with 2.05 billion […]

The NFL’s Taylor Swift Era: Who Wins the Most?

While the summer of 2023 had a blockbuster with Barbenheimer, fall is in the nascent stages of its own phenomenon. Call it: Football (Taylor’s Version). This NFL season has been anything but ordinary thanks to superstar Taylor Swift, who has attended two Kansas City Chiefs games after being linked with the team’s All-Pro tight end, […]

‘Suits’ Companion Series in the Works at NBCUniversal

After a summer of breaking streaming records, Suits may be opening some new offices. Series creator Aaron Korsh is in the early stages of developing a show set in the world of his USA Network legal drama for NBCUniversal — but it’s not a reboot or sequel. Instead, the potential series would feature new characters and […]

‘Based on a True Story’ Renewed at Peacock

No lie: Peacock is ordering a second season of Based on a True Story. The NBCUniversal-owned streamer has picked up the series, a comedic thriller from UCP and starring Kaley Cuoco (who also executive produces) and Chris Messina. The first season debuted in June and earned mostly favorable reviews; detailed viewing data is, per usual […]

‘Halloween’ TV Rights Land at Miramax

Get ready for the MMCU — the Michael Myers Cinematic Universe. Miramax has secured TV rights to Halloween and will develop a series based on the long-running horror franchise. The company made a broad deal with rights holder Trancas International Films that covers not only a TV series, but also related projects for international markets and, […]

The CW Adds Two More Scripted Shows for 2024

The CW is bulking up its roster of scripted series — and again looking north of the border for its two latest shows. The Nexstar-owned broadcast network has ordered dramas titled Wild Cards and Sight Unseen, targeting both for premieres in 2024. Wild Cards, starring Riverdale alum Vanessa Morgan and Giacomo Gianniotti (Grey’s Anatomy, Reign), […]

‘Golden Bachelor’ Sparks With Streaming Viewers

The Golden Bachelor continues to capture viewers’ hearts. After a solid on-air premiere and a strong showing over three days of delayed viewing and streaming, the ABC series’ momentum continued across additional days. After a week of multi-platform viewing, the Sept. 28 series premiere for The Golden Bachelor hit 9 million viewers, more than double […]

Now What? The Five Crises Confronting a Post-Strike Hollywood

As brutal as 2023 has been for the entertainment industry, it’s possible the town will someday look back on this moment wistfully. And not just because of the picket line solidarity or cozy mogul hangs in the bargaining room. The strikes helped earn gains for Hollywood workers in such areas as streaming residuals and AI, […]

‘Loki’ Delivers Strong Viewing for Season 2 Premiere, Disney+ Says

The second season of Loki had a solid opening for Disney+, according to internal viewing data from the streamer. The season two premiere of the Marvel series racked up 10.9 million views worldwide over its first three days (plus a few hours), as defined by the increasingly industry-standard formula of total viewing time divided by […]