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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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‘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 […]

Streaming Ratings: ‘The Crown’ Final Season Opens Lower With Split Release

The final season of The Crown got off to a slower start in Nielsen’s streaming rankings — which might have something to do with the fact that Netflix released only a part of the season. The Emmy-winning drama was the most watched show on streaming for the week of Nov. 13-19, but its 943 million minutes […]

Inside the Netflix Data Trove: ‘Wednesday,’ ‘Suits’ and 10,000 Titles (Almost) No One Watched

Netflix released a huge amount of streaming data Tuesday — viewing totals for more than 18,000 movies and seasons of TV for the first half of 2023. Taken as a whole, it’s almost an overwhelming amount of information that speaks to Netflix’s ability to engage its huge subscriber base (just under 239 million for the […]

Jennifer Schuur Re-Ups Overall Deal at HBO (Exclusive)

My Brilliant Friend executive producer Jennifer Schuur is staying at HBO. Schuur has renewed her overall deal with the premium cable outlet, which has been her home since 2019. The renewed deal will run through the end of 2024, during which time she’ll continue to develop and produce projects for HBO. “I deeply value my […]

Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Fight Night’ Crime Drama at Peacock

Peacock and Kevin Hart are stepping into the boxing ring. The NBCUniversal streamer has ordered a limited series titled Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist that will tell the story of an armed robbery orchestrated around Muhammad Ali’s 1970 comeback fight in Atlanta. Hart will star in the series and serve as an executive producer. […]

Andre Braugher, ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Star, Dies at 61

Andre Braugher, the dynamic actor known for his outstanding work on such shows as Homicide: Life on the Street and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has died. He was 61. Braugher died Monday after a brief illness, his longtime rep Jennifer Allen told The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of death turned out to be lung cancer. Braugher starred as […]

Netflix Takes Big Data Transparency Step, Releasing Viewing Numbers for 18,000 Titles

Netflix has taken its biggest step toward data transparency yet with the release of an exhaustive list of viewing time on the platform in the first half of 2023. The list includes worldwide viewing for more than 18,000 movies and seasons of TV (18,214, to be exact) between January and June. Those 18,214 titles all […]

David and Jessica Oyelowo Ink First-Look Deal at Apple TV+

David Oyelowo, who stars in Apple TV+’s series Silo, is expanding his relationship with the streamer. The actor and his wife and producing partner, Jessica Oyelowo, have signed a first-look deal with Apple TV+ via their Yoruba Saxon banner. Under the multi-year deal, the company will develop both series and feature film projects that Apple […]

‘Love Is Blind’ Renewed for Two More Seasons on Netflix

Netflix will continue helping people look for love — as long as they don’t see their potential partner. The streamer has ordered two more seasons of its unscripted series Love Is Blind, which will take the show through its seventh installment. Netflix has also set a premiere date of Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day — for season […]

‘Obsession’ Thriller From James Wan’s Atomic Monster a Go at Amazon

Prime Video has given the green light to a thriller series that counts James Wan as one of its executive producers. Amazon’s streaming platform has ordered Obsession, which follows two people who fall fast and hard for one another — only for the relationship to end in murder. The series is based on Catherine Ryan […]

Tom Pelphrey Boards ‘Mare of Easttown’ Creator’s Next HBO Drama

The HBO limited series from Mare of Easttown creator Brad Ingelsby is adding to its cast. Tom Pelphrey will join Mark Ruffalo in the drama, which will follow members of an FBI task force and the criminals they’re trying to catch. The untitled series stems from Ingelsby’s overall deal at HBO, which he signed in […]