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Scott Porch writes about the TV business for New York Post Decider, is a contributing writer for Playboy, and has written for The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, Esquire, The GuardianLos Angeles Review of Books, New York Times, Politico Magazine and Wired.

Long Features

How Caitlin, Cate, Kate, Katy, Katherine (Who Goes by Katie) and Katie got a show on TV Land Called Teachers — and Why You Should Be Watching It, a 2,200-word profile of the Chicago improv group The Katydids, Decider, March 14, 2017.

Hard Knocks: Why HBO Is Having a Rough Transition from Auteur TV to Big-Time Streaming, a 3,700-word reported feature about HBO’s difficulties in 2015 and 2016, Decider, November 17, 2016.

Doctors Strange: The Complete Oral History of Childrens Hospital, a 4,400-word reported feature about the Adult Swim show, Wired, April 13, 2016.

A Week in the L.A. Comedy Grind, a 5,000-word reported feature about the Hollywood comedy world adapting new stories on new platforms, Buzzfeed, February 29, 2016.

The Pamphleteers, a 4,000-word interview with Gordon Wood, a historian of the American Revolution, Los Angeles Review of Books, September 24, 2015.

Bill Buckley Gets Bigger Over Time, a 3,600-word interview with Sam Tanenhaus, who is writing a biography of William F. Buckley, The Daily Beast, August 17, 2015.

The Book That Changed Campaigns Forever, a 4,000-word profile of author Teddy White, Politico Magazine, April 22, 2015.

How Karina Longworth Is Reimagining Classic Hollywood, a 3,600-word interview with the creator of the You Must Remember This podcast,, March 17, 2015.

The Power Broker Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece, a 6,000-word profile of author Robert Caro, The Daily Beast, September 16, 2014.

Media Business

Ultimate Beastmaster is Netflix’s Big Swing at Creating a Reality Competition Show for a Global Audience, an interview with series creator David Broome, Decider, March 10, 2017.

8 Major Trends that Will Come to Define 2017 for Streaming Video, reporting and analysis, Decider, January 4, 2017.

The CW Breaks Out of the Bundle: Digital Chief Rick Haskins on the New Streaming App, an interview with The CW’s head of digital and marketing, Decider, October 24, 2016.

Hulu Is Still the Place to Catch Up on Network TV (Even If It’s No Longer Free), reporting and analysis, Decider, September 22, 2016.

Who Is Cutting the Cord, Why They’re Doing It, and Why It Matters, an interview with analyst Bruce Leichtman, Decider, September 12, 2016.

How Comedy Central Lost Its Mojo and What It Means for the Rest of Cable, reporting and analysis, Decider, August 23, 2016.

Time Warner’s Networks Are Adapting to the New Reality of Digital Media, reporting and analysis, Decider, August 4, 2016.

Beavis and Boring: Why MTV Classic Won’t Cure What’s Ailing Viacom, reporting and analysis, Decider, July 29, 2016.

Decider’s Guide to Baseball: How to Watch MLB Games Without Cable, an interview with MLB.TV’s Joe Inzerillo, Decider, April 11, 2016.

Comedians Are Loving This Whole Periscope Thing, reporting on comedians adapting their comedy for live-streaming, Wired, January 7, 2016.

Not Even Michael Bay Can Fix Viacom’s Problems, reporting and analysis on issues with the company’s cable network division, Wired, November 13, 2015.

TV and Film

Elevated Drama: Behind the Scenes of Top Chef: Restaurant Wars, a feature, Playboy, January 19, 2017.

Why You Need to Watch the Prison Doc The 13th, a review, Playboy, October 6, 2016.

Decider Talks Documentaries (Now!) with Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers, an interview, Decider, September 14, 2016.

Halt and Catch Fire Clears Its Cache for Season 3, reporting and analysis, New York Times, August 19, 2016.

What’s the Matter with Netflix’s Chelsea? Pretty Much Everything, a review, Decider, August 2, 2016.

BoJack Horseman Takes Dark, Funny, Unclassifiable TV to the Next Level, a review, Playboy, July 26, 2016.

Casual Showrunner Zander Lehmann on the Blurring Line Between Comedy and Drama, an interview, Decider, July 13, 2016.

HBO’s $100 Million Debacle: Why the Network Gave Up on Vinyl, reporting and analysis, Decider, June 22, 2016.

Bryan Cranston Takes his L.B.J. to TV in All the Way, reporting and analysis, New York Times, May 13, 2016.

Veep Star Tony Hale Sits Down With Decider to Talk About TV Anxiety, a profile, Decider, April 24, 2016.

Rob Huebel Goes from Transparent to Comedy to Virtual Reality in No Time, a profile, The Guardian, January 22, 2016.

Amy Director Asif Kapadia Is Surviving Awards Season, an interview with the filmmaker, Vanity Fair, October 29, 2015.

The League Creators on the Show’s Final Season, an interview with the showrunners, New York Times, September 9, 2015.

Another Period and Television’s Comedy Casting Carousel, reporting and analysis, The Guardian, August 26, 2015.


How Beat Bugs Sells the Beatles to a New Generation, reporting and analysis, Rolling Stone, August 3, 2016.

At Home with Cage the Elephant Guitarist Brad Schultz, a profile, Playboy, December 22, 2015.

Nancy Wilson on Leading Heart With Her Sister, an interview with the iconic rock singer, Salon, August 13, 2015.

DJ Ebro Darden on What Makes Apple Music’s Beats 1 Vital, an interview with the Beats 1 Radio DJ, Playboy, July 8, 2015.

FADER Explains: Apple Music, an explainer about Apple’s announcement of Apple Music and Beats 1 Radio, The Fader, June 9, 2015.


Divided States of America Docuseries Kicks Off with Obama, Occupy and Buckets of Tea, a review, Playboy, January 18, 2017.

All the Single Ladies: Rebecca Traister on Feminism, Then and Now, an interview with the journalist and author, Signature, March 30, 2016.

The Reason Gun Control Gets Nowhere, Explained in One Book, an interview with journalist and author Colin Woodard, Signature, March 23, 2016.

The 9 Secret Meetings It Took to Resume U.S.-Cuba Relations, an interview with historian William LeoGrande, Signature, March 22, 2016.

Cory Booker: GOP Ignores Constitution an interview with the United States senator, The Daily Beast, February 18, 2016.

Ralph Nader: 2016 Race ‘Like Choosing Between Tuberculosis and Cancer’, an interview with the consumer advocate, Signature, February 8, 2016.

Ronald Reagan’s Shifting Shadow in the 2016 Election, an interview with Reagan biographer H.W. Brands, Signature, February 5, 2016.

American History

Candice Millard on James Garfield and PBS’s Murder of a President, an interview with the historian and Garfield biographer, Signature, February 2, 2016.

Sarah Vowell’s Rough Guide to U.S. History, an interview with the historian, The Daily Beast, January 10, 2016.

John Meacham on Bush 41, an interview with the George H. W. Bush biographer, Signature, November 25, 2015.

Wil Haygood on the Hard-Won Victories of Thurgood Marshall, an interview with the civil-rights historian, Signature, September 24, 2015.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Leap into the Racially Charged 1960s, an interview with historian Daniel Geary, Signature, July 14, 2015.

The Night Norman Mailer Tried to Fight William F. Buckley, Jr., an essay about the 1966 Black and White Ball, Esquire, June 5, 2015.

Those Pesky Tapes: The Release of More Nixon Tapes is a Treasure for Historians, reporting about recent revelations from the Nixon Tapes, Kirkus Reviews, July 31, 2014.

When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right, an essay on the PBS documentary Freedom Summer about the violent Mississippi voting-rights drive in 1964, The Daily Beast, June 23, 2014.

Writers and Literary History

Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain’s Comeback Comedy Tour, an interview with biographer Richard Zacks, Signature, April 20, 2016.

Don Quixote Hits the Big 4-0-0, an interview with Cervantes biographer Ilan Stavans, Signature, September 17, 2015.

Joan Didion’s Life Is the Story of Postwar America, an interview with Didion biographer Tracy Daugherty, Signature, August 25, 2015.

A Master Class With Angels in America Playwright Tony Kushner, an interview with the Pulitzer Prize winner about the Arthur Miller’s plays, The Daily Beast, June 21, 2015.

Robert Roper on Language, Lolita, and Vladimir Nabokov in America, an interview with the Nabokov biographer, Signature, June 16, 2015.

‘Literally,’ Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren’t Destroying English, an interview with experimental psychologist Steven Pinker, The Atlantic, December 30, 2014.

The Decade When The New Yorker Grew Up, a conversation with New Yorker editors about a new collection of the magazine’s reporting from the 1940s, The Daily Beast, May 20, 2014.

Book Reviews

Tallying the Facts of Obama’s Economic Legacy, Jonathan Chait’s Audacity (Custom House, 2017) and Michael D’Antonio’s A Consequential President (Thomas Dunne, 2017), Chicago Tribune, January 15, 2017.

Tailor Made for Tiny Hands, Mark Singer’s Trump and Me (Tim Duggan, 2016), Signature, July 5, 2016.

The Songwriters Behind Pop’s Biggest Stars, John Seabrook’s The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory (Norton, 2015), Chicago Tribune, October 22, 2015.

Andy Warhol’s Big Adventure, Deborah Davis’s The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure (Atria, 2015), Chicago Tribune, August 27, 2015.

Suffering Suffrage, Ari Berman’s Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (FSG, 2015), Chicago Tribune, August 13, 2015.

Still Tricky, Evan Thomas’s Being Nixon: A Man Divided (Random House, 2015) and Tim Weiner’s One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon (Henry Holt, 2015), Chicago Tribune, July 26, 2015.

Tea Time, Jeff Koehler’s Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea (Bloomsbury, 2015), Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2015.

The Persuasive Minimalism of Philip Glass, Philip Glass’s Words Without Music (Liveright, 2015), Signature, April 24, 2015.

Building the Great Society, Julian E. Zelizer’s The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (Penguin Press, 2015), Chicago Tribune,  January 8, 2015.

How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Faith in Government, Jonathan Darman’s Landslide: LBJ and Reagan at the Dawn of a New America (Random House, 2014), The Daily Beast, October 21, 2014.

Tavis Smiley Chronicles MLK’s Last Year, Tavis Smiley’s Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Final Year (Little Brown, 2014), The Daily Beast, October 16, 2014.

Cracks in the Glass, Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry’s Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements (Liveright, 2014), Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2014.