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Rick Porter

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CBS and NBC Share 52-Week Ratings Title for 2021-22

A summer’s worth of TV didn’t do a whole lot to change the ratings picture among the broadcast networks. With the 52-week season that was 2021-22 entirely in the books as of Sept. 18, CBS remains the most watched network, and NBC held on to its lead among adults 18-49. That’s where the two were […]

Eugenio Derbez to Topline 1930s ‘Dracula’ Comedy for Vix+

Eugenio Derbez will explore a lesser-known aspect of Hollywood history with his latest TV project. The actor and producer (Apple TV+’s Acapulco, How to Be a Latin Lover) will star in and executive produce a comedy with the working title They Came at Night, which is in development at TelevisaUnivision’s streaming platform Vix+. The project […]

‘House of the Dragon’ Scores Big in Streaming Debut

HBO’s House of the Dragon didn’t make Nielsen’s streaming rankings for the week of Aug. 15-21 — but only because it was available for just a few hours before the weekly tally ended. According to Nielsen, the Game of Thrones prequel racked up 327 million minutes of viewing time on HBO Max in the few […]

‘SNL’ Adds Four Featured Players to Season 48 Cast

Saturday Night Live is shoring up its ensemble ahead of its 48th season premiere. The NBC late night comedy show has added Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker as featured players for the 2022-23 season. They join a cast that has seen seven departures since the end of last season. Longtime regulars […]

‘Blade Runner 2099’ Limited Series a Go at Amazon

The world of Blade Runner is expanding. Amazon’s Prime Video has given the green light to Blade Runner 2099, a limited series sequel to the iconic sci-fi film franchise. The series comes from Amazon Studios and Alcon Entertainment, which holds the rights to Blade Runner. Ridley Scott, who directed the classic 1982 film, will executive […]

‘Chicago Fire’ Stops Production After Shooting Near Set

Production on Chicago Fire was shut down Wednesday after a shooting near where the NBC series was filming. The show was filming on Madison Street on the city’s West Side, near the border with suburban Oak Park, when a gunman fired several shots from a corner opposite the show’s location, according to local news outlet […]

‘Abbott Elementary’ Cast on Jimmy Kimmel Emmys Controversy: “The Disrespect”

Abbott Elementary creator and star Quinta Brunson opted not to say much to reporters about Jimmy Kimmel lying at her feet during her Emmys acceptance speech Monday night. Her co-star and fellow Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, however, said she wasn’t pleased. As part of a comedy bit during the awards, fellow presenter Will Arnett […]

Andy Cohen Coming-of-Age Comedy in the Works at NBC

Andy Cohen and NBC are teaming up for a comedy based on the Watch What Happens Live host, producer and former Bravo executive’s childhood. The project is called Most Talkative and inspired by Cohen’s memoir of the same title. It comes from Universal Television and Blumhouse Television. Theater veterans Gordon Greenberg (Holiday Inn: The New […]

NFL Opens 2022 Ahead of Last Year’s Ratings

The start of the NFL’s 2022 season brought in more big TV ratings, putting the league and its broadcast partners ahead of last year’s opening weekend. Led by a big tune-in for NBC’s Sunday Night Football and the most watched Monday Night Football telecast in more than a decade, the league averaged about 18.5 million […]

This Week in TV: ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Atlanta’s’ Final Season, Fall Onslaught Begins

The official start of the 2022-23 TV season is only a few days away: On Monday, fall schedules at the broadcast networks kick into gear, which means a lot of season premieres (and a smattering of new series). The seven days from Sept. 14-20 are also pretty busy on streaming services — and the premieres […]

TV Ratings: Emmys Fall to All-Time Low (Again)

The Emmy Awards fell to an all-time low in viewers for the third time in the past four years. NBC’s broadcast of the 74th Primetime Emmys averaged 5.92 million viewers, the first time it has fallen below the 6 million mark. The previous low came in 2020, when 6.36 million people watched ABC’s telecast. Monday’s […]

FX Enters Stand-Up Arena With Pair of Hulu Specials

FX is getting into the stand-up comedy business. The Disney-owned outlet is behind a pair of stand-up specials that will debut Sept. 15 on Hulu. Kate Berlant: Cinnamon in the Wind and Byron Bowers: Spiritual N***a are the first stand-up specials FX has produced and will add to Hulu’s small library of stand-up sets. Berlant’s […]