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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.

In Case You Had Any Doubt That Netflix is a Serious TV Player, This Should Convince You: NBCU/Tina Fey Produced Sitcom, Which was Supposed to Have a Midseason Debut on NBC, Has Instead Been Sold to Netflix with a Two Season Commitment

Netflix “is taking over a series that has not yet premiered, midseason NBC comedy ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock,” writes Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com. The story continues, “Netflix has doubled the 13-episode order the series —…

Here’s a Good One: 40 Percent of HBO’s Subscribers Watch Only This … (and We’ll Bet You’ve Just Guessed Wrong)

Here’s a terrific factoid we picked up from B&C this morning: According to Richard Plepler, HBO’s CEO, 40% of HBO’s subscribers ONLY watch the channel’s theatrical releases, and not any of HBO’s award-winning original programming. And fully 78% of ALL…

After 45 Years, One of the Best-Known Executives in the TV Station Business Is Retiring

From coast-to-coast, he’s had a storied career in TV station management and, before that, in TV station ad sales. Arnie Kleiner, who has been the president and general manager of ABC’s KABC-TV in Los Angeles for the past 19 years,…

With the Passing of Director Mike Nichols, Many Forget What a Superb Performer He Was. Here’s a Funny Must-See Video of Nichols and His Comedy Partner, Elaine May, From the 1959 Emmys Broadcast — The Video Begins With a Few Words From Vice President Richard Nixon

Netflix Rescues Canceled Series

Netflix has decided to pick up a series that many were surprised got canceled in the first place. “I’ve learned that Netflix, following several weeks of negotiations, has closed a deal for a 10-episode fourth season of the drama series…

Sexiest Man Alive Chosen By People Magazine. It’s Not Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Nor Chris Pine. It Is …

People magazine has chosen its 2014 Sexiest Man Alive. In its issue that comes out Friday, Nov. 19, People reveals that Australian actor Chris Hemsworth — best known for playing Thor in the movies — is its choice for Sexiest…

Model Janice Dickinson — Formerly a Judge on ‘America’s Next Top Model’ — Is Latest to Accuse Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

“With rape allegations against Bill Cosby mounting, supermodel Janice Dickinson tells ‘ET’ in a new interview that the comedian sexually assaulted her in 1982,” according to an article on the website of “Entertainment Tonight.” The article reports: “Dickinson, now 59,…

Turmoil at NBC’s ‘Today’: Top ‘Today’ Show Executive Leaves After Just 10 Weeks — NY Times Says He Was Fired

“In a new round of turmoil at the long-roiling NBC morning show ‘Today,’ Jamie Horowitz, a former ESPN executive brought in 10 weeks ago to supervise the show, was fired on Monday [Nov, 17, 2014], after what several people at…

How John Oliver Became the Hottest Personality on TV by Satirizing Topics Even More Obscure Than Those Jon Stewart Does. The Comedy of Net Neutrality

“[H]ere we are, at the end of [John] Oliver’s first season with [HBO’s] ‘Last Week Tonight’ — he will return in February — and the show has been a smash, with strong ratings, a dedicated fan base and a series…

Joan Rivers Was in Talks to Become, on TV, Judge Joan

The late Joan Rivers had been in conversations — before she became unexpectedly incapacitated on Aug. 28, 2014 — about becoming Judge Joan, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. Bravo’s on-air-personality and producer Andy Cohen “revealed he was…