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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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‘Percy Jackson’ Premiere Moves Up on Disney+, Hulu

Percy Jackson’s quest is beginning a little sooner than anticipated. Disney+ moved up the premiere of its Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by a few hours. The first two episodes, which had been scheduled to begin streaming early Wednesday, instead dropped at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Tuesday. The first episode is also streaming […]

‘What We Do in the Shadows’ to End With Season 6 on FX

FX is preparing to say goodbye to Staten Island’s favorite coven of vampires. The cable outlet will bring its comedy What We Do in the Shadows to a close with its forthcoming sixth season. The series is entering the back half of a two-season renewal that will take the show to its conclusion. A spinoff […]

Angela Bassett, Dan Stevens, Matthew Modine Board Netflix’s ‘Zero Day’

The A-list cast of Netflix’s Zero Day continues to grow. The limited series starring Robert De Niro has added five actors — Angela Bassett, Dan Stevens, Matthew Modine, Bill Camp and McKinley Belcher III — to its ensemble. Clark Gregg, Gaby Hoffmann and Mark Ivanir have also signed on for guest roles. They join a cast […]

‘The Buccaneers’ Renewed at Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is staying on course with The Buccaneers. The tech giant’s streaming service has ordered a second season of The Buccaneers, its period drama based on an unfinished novel by Edith Wharton. The renewal comes less than a week after the show’s Dec. 13 season finale. “It’s been a complete thrill to watch people […]

Netflix’s Viewership Data Trove Cracks Open the Door for Agents, Too

Netflix’s release of viewing data for virtually its entire library provided the broadest public glimpse to date into the performance of movies and TV series on a streaming service. It could also prove to be a boon to the people who do business with the company. The streamer on Dec. 12 put out a list […]

Thanksgiving Week Fuels November Boost in TV Use

TV usage in November hit its highest point in 10 months, due in large part to heavy levels of viewing over the Thanksgiving holiday. Broadcast networks also hit their highest share of viewing since January. Streaming once again claimed the biggest portion of viewers’ time, although its share was off a little from the previous […]

‘Warrior’ Canceled (Again) at Max

The revival of Warrior at Max turned out to be short-lived: The Warner Bros. Discovery streamer has canceled the show after its first season as a Max original and third overall. That said, the series — based on writings by Bruce Lee and set in 19th century San Francisco — will potentially get in front […]

‘Wednesday’ Uncle Fester Spinoff in the Works at Netflix

Netflix is looking to add another branch to its Addams Family tree. The streamer is in the early stages of development on a spinoff of Wednesday. The potential series would focus on Uncle Fester, Wednesday’s (Jenna Ortega) paternal uncle, played by Fred Armisen. That a spinoff would be in the offing is no surprise, given […]

Streaming Giants Weigh Costs of Big Licensed TV and Movie Libraries

As the streaming industry has come down from its blank-check era, it has rediscovered a time-honored way to keep revenue flowing: licensing TV series and movies to other outlets. Acquired shows are among the most watched programming on streaming — it’s the year of Suits, after all — and shows with high episode counts help […]

Jacob Elordi to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ for First Show in New Year

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 […]

‘Power Book IV: Force’ Renewed for Third Season on Starz

The Power-verse continues to roll along at Starz. The premium cable outlet has ordered a third season of Power Book IV: Force, which stars Joseph Sikora as Tommy Egan, continuing his role from the original Power. The renewal comes a month after the show’s second season concluded in November and follows the recent pickup for […]

20th TV Head of Production Nissa Diederich to Depart

Nissa Diederich, executive vp production at 20th Television, is stepping down from her post. Diederich will leave 20th after more than two decades at the Fox-turned-Disney studio. She has been in her current job for two-plus years after taking over for Jim Sharp in 2021. Prior to that, she was executive vp production at Touchstone […]