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Chuck Ross

Chuck Ross is the managing director of TVWeek.com. He's been involved in the TV business ever since he sold cable TV subscriptions in Santa Monica, Calif., door-to-door in the mid-to-late 1970s. He's had regular gigs reporting and/or editing about TV and advertising for Cablevision magazine,The Hollywood Reporter, the San Francisco Chronicle, Inside Media and Advertising Age. He first joined the predecessor to TVWeek, Electronic Media, in 2000.

‘The most charismatic and consequential newspaper editor of postwar America’ Dies at 93

Our headline was taken from a line written by David Remnick, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the editor of the New Yorker. Remnick, in a remembrance posted on the website of the New Yorker, is referring to the death of…

Fan Favorite ‘Letterman’ Staffer Fired After Assault on Another Staffer

Over his years on late-night TV, David Letterman has elevated various members of his working staff to fan favorites by giving them airtime and having fun interactions with them. One of those has been Tony “Inky” Mendez, who, until he…

Media Buyer of the Year 2014

If this is the digital century, whose early days will be remembered by the coming of age of such companies as Amazon, Google and Netflix, Christine Merrifield will surely have an honored space among the pioneers. Merrifield is the president…

Stunner: Turner Writes Down $400 Million in Programming Costs. Also, Reportedly Top Programming Exec No Longer in Running to Head Up TBS and TNT

Turner Broadcasting has taken a write-down of $400 million on programming expenditures, reports our good friend Cynthia Littleton for Variety. The story reports: “Sources say a significant portion of the write-down is coming from two megabuck off-network acquisitions that have…

Ebola TV Series in Development by A-Listers Lynda Obst and Ridley Scott

“As the Ebola virus continues to dominate the headlines, producer Lynda Obst and director-producer Ridley Scott are bringing the deadly pathogen to the small screen with a limited series for Fox TV Studios based on Richard Preston’s 1994 nonfiction best-seller…

Scary Must-See Interview From ‘Today’ Show: Nurse at Dallas Hospital That Treated Ebola Patient Who Died Says ‘I watched [the hospital] violate basic principles of nursing … I expected more out of us.’ Hospital ‘never talked about Ebola’ Before First Patient Arrived

In an interview this morning, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, on NBC’s “Today” show, “Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse Briana Aguirre, who cared for her friend and co-worker Nina Pham after she tested positive for the Ebola virus, says she can…

Is This Real or Was Something Lost in Translation? Report Says Bill Murray Will Reunite With Director Sofia Coppola for TV Christmas Special

“[Bill] Murray revealed exclusively to Variety that he intends to star in a Christmas special for TV that will be directed by his ‘Lost in Translation’ collaborator Sofia Coppola, where he’ll be performing classic carols,” the venerable trade paper reports….

Shonda Rhimes Reflects on the ‘Angry Black Woman’ Flap

A few days before Lacey Rose of The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Shonda Rhimes for a feature story, the “Angry Black Woman” article broke in The New York Times. So Lacey asked Rhimes about it. Writes Lacey in THR,…

It’s Never Been Done Before: National Syndicated Show With Lottery Tie-In Clears 95% of U.S.

It’s a “combination of live lottery and TV game that has never been tried before,” writes our good friend Paige Albiniak at B&C. The story reports: “The new weekly syndicated game show ‘Monopoly Millionaire’s Club,’ hosted by ‘Mike & Molly’s’ Billy Gardell, will…

After Pulling the Plug on ‘Reckless,’ CBS Cancels Another Show

CBS has canceled its second show within a week. As previously reported, “Reckless” was canceled last week. CBS has also canceled “Unforgettable,” again. Writes Lesley Goldberg in The Hollywood Reporter: “This marks the second time the procedural from Sony Pictures…