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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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Netflix “in the Sports Business” But Still Not Interested in Live Games

Netflix won’t be live streaming any Formula 1 races, pro tennis tournaments or PGA Tour events anytime soon. But the company does plan to continue leaning into the niche it has carved out with sports-related documentaries like Formula 1: Drive to Survive, Break Point and Full Swing. “We are in the sports business, but we’re […]

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos: More Streaming Data Transparency Is Coming

After years of keeping viewing data under lock and key, streamers have become a little more open about sharing numbers publicly in the past two years. Netflix’s Ted Sarandos says he expects that trend to continue — and also defended the earlier practice as a part of a “promise” to the company’s creative partners. “We’re heading […]

‘Saturday Night Live’: All the Season 49 Hosts and Musical Guests

After a shortened 2022-23 season, Saturday Night Live returned a bit later than usual to kick off its 2023-24 run. The writers strike affected both the end of last season and the start of season 49; the end of the labor action on Sept. 25 meant a mid-October start for SNL — with former castmember Pete […]

‘The Way Down’ EP Nile Cappello Inks Overall Deal With The Intellectual Property Corp. (Exclusive)

Journalist and producer Nile Cappello has signed an overall deal with The Intellectual Property Corporation. Under the deal, Cappello’s Yes, Like the River company will develop nonfiction programming for the Sony Pictures TV-based IPC, led by CEO Eli Holzman and president Aaron Saidman. The agreement extends a working relationship between IPC and Cappello’s company, which […]

Netflix Steers Into Live Sports With ‘Drive to Survive,’ ‘Full Swing’ Stars

Netflix is taking a swing at live sports. The streamer, which has mounted a few live events in the past year, has set its first live sports event — one that also reinforces the company brand. Netflix will stage a nine-hole golf match, which it’s calling the Netflix Cup, and will feature athletes familiar to […]

NFL Drives Broadcast, Amazon Viewing Bumps in September

The opening of the NFL and college football seasons gave broadcasters a significant gain in TV viewing in September. Amazon’s Prime Video got a boost too. Broadcast networks drew 23 percent of all TV use in the United States in September, according to Nielsen’s monthly Gauge report. That’s up from 20.4 percent in August and […]

‘The Crown’: First Photos Showcase Elizabeth Debicki’s Diana, Young William and Harry

The final season of The Crown will depict the death of Princess Diana and its effects on Britain’s royal family and the world — so it’s no surprise that Diana (played by Elizabeth Debicki) is front and center in several images that Netflix has released from the coming season. The sixth and last season of the […]

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, […]