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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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Rick Cordella Named President of NBC Sports

NBC Sports has found its next leader. Rick Cordella, a 17-year NBCUniversal veteran, is being elevated to president of NBC Sports. Cordella has held several roles in the company during his tenure and is currently president, programming for NBC Sports and Peacock Sports. He’ll take over as head of the division from Pete Bevacqua, who […]

Amazon to Bring Commercials Into Prime Video

Another formerly ad-free streaming service is adding commercials to its programming. Amazon announced Friday morning that its Prime Video service will feature limited ads beginning in early 2024 (an exact date for the rollout is to be determined). What’s more, the ad tier will be the default option for Prime Video, which is included in […]

‘Ahsoka’ Makes Strong Debut on Streaming Charts

The newest Star Wars series on Disney+, Ahsoka, delivered a sizable viewing audience during its opening week. Suits continued its summer-long run as the top overall title. The first two episodes of Ahsoka, starring Rosario Dawson as the title character, had 829 million minutes of viewing in the United States for the week of Aug. […]

‘America’s Got Talent’ Sets Next Spinoff Format at NBC

NBC has announced its next America’s Got Talent spinoff. The new iteration is titled AGT: Fantasy League and is set to premiere in early 2024. It borrows a wrinkle from another NBC unscripted staple, The Voice, in that the show’s judges will have a stake in which acts advance through the competition. AGT: Fantasy League […]

The CW Adds True Crime Series for 2024

The CW is pushing further into the unscripted realm with an order for a true crime series. The network will debut Crime Nation, a 10-episode show from Candle True Stories and executive produced by former ABC News president James Goldston, in early 2024. The series will delve into several recent high-profile cases, including the Delphi […]

ABC Considers Delaying ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Premiere, Matt Walsh Steps Away

ABC may delay its scheduled premiere of Dancing With the Stars after striking writers targeted the show with pickets in recent days. One of the show’s celebrity participants, meanwhile, says he won’t take part in DWTS until the writers strike is over. Matt Walsh (Veep) said in a statement that he will “pause” his involvement […]

Russell Brand Stand-Up Special Pulled From Paramount+

Paramount+ has removed a stand-up comedy special starring Russell Brand in the wake of sexual assault allegations against the comic. The 2009 special Russell Brand in New York City was taken off the streamer Tuesday. The removal follows the BBC’s decision to take TV and radio programming featuring Brand off its streaming platforms, with the […]

Sherri Shepherd Pauses Talk Show After Positive COVID Test

The rocky daytime TV landscape has hit another bump. Sherri Shepherd tested positive for COVID, causing a temporary halt to taping of her daytime talk show. The show announced Shepherd’s positive test in an Instagram post Wednesday. “I am absolutely heartbroken that I cannot return to host my show this week,” Shepherd said in a […]

‘Stranger Things’ Stage Play Sets Cast, Opening Date

The London stage production based on Stranger Things has announced its cast and set dates for the beginning of previews and its formal opening. Stranger Things: The First Shadow, a prequel to the Netflix hit that’s set in 1959, will begin previews Nov. 17 at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, with an opening […]

‘Dark Winds’ Snags Season 3 Renewal at AMC

Leaphorn and Chee will remain on the case at AMC. The cable channel and sibling streamer AMC+ have renewed Dark Winds for a third season. The pickup comes about three weeks after the conclusion of the drama’s second season, which ranks among the top 10 cable dramas for this season. AMC is aiming for an […]

Vanna White Extends ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Tenure Through 2025-26

Vanna White will remain with Wheel of Fortune as the show enters a new era. White has signed a two-year contract extension to continue as co-host of the syndicated game show through the 2025-26 season. That will take her two years into the hosting tenure of Ryan Seacrest, who will take over for longtime host […]

‘Percy Jackson’ Trailer Travels to Camp Half-Blood

Disney+ has released a trailer for its Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and it offers up a deeper look into its title character’s world. The clip expands on an earlier teaser as it follows the demigod Percy (Walker Scobell) from his school to Camp Half-Blood and on the quest to retrieve Zeus’ (the late […]