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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.

A Top Drama Exec Exits Universal TV

The shelf-life for executives at Universal Television has been short lately, with the latest casualty being Russell Rothberg, the studio’s executive VP of drama development. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Rothberg’s last day at the company was Thursday….

Examining Why So Many of Us Still Need Our Daily Dose of ‘Seinfeld’

The wide range of opinions on the hit NBC series “Seinfeld,” including why for many viewers the ’90s sitcom has the lasting appeal of shows from another time such as “I Love Lucy” or “The Honeymooners,” is part of the…

New Amazon Deal Means Both Netflix and Hulu Will Lose Programming

Amazon Prime has struck a new deal for content that will pull programming away from rival video streamers Netflix and Hulu. The New York Times reports that the deal makes Amazon Prime the exclusive premium streaming service for most of…

Broadcast Upfront Could Be Done by Monday’s July 4th Holiday — Depending on How One Defines ‘Done’

Two more broadcast networks have been added to the “effectively done” category as this year’s broadcast upfront is rapidly winding down. Ad Age reports that Fox and ABC have effectively signed off on the last of their upfront ad commitments,…

Why Albert Brooks Movies Have Finally Arrived on Netflix

Starting today, July 1, 2016, seven movies written and directed by Albert Brooks are available on Netflix for the first time. The movies are “Defending Your Life,” “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,” “Lost in America,” “Modern Romance,” “Mother,”…

Subject of Hit Podcast Gets New Murder Trial

A judge has granted a new trial and set aside the murder conviction of the subject of the first season of the hit podcast “Serial.” The New York Times reports that a judge in Maryland made the ruling in the…

Author Who Helped Define the ‘New Journalism’ of the 1960s Disavows His New Book

An acclaimed journalist and nonfiction writer is distancing himself from his newest book after questions were raised about his source. The Washington Post reports that Gay Talese said he will not promote his forthcoming book, “The Voyeur’s Motel.” The book “chronicles…

TVWeek’s Fourth of July Holiday Schedule

TVWeek will be closed Monday, July 4, 2016, for the Fourth of July holiday. We will resume our normal publication schedule on Tuesday, July 5. As always, if news breaks TVWeek will send out TVWeek EXTRA alerts. From our family…

Kiss of Death? Hershey Rejects Takeover Offer of $23 Billion

Chocolate maker Hershey has rejected a takeover bid of $23 billion, asserting its interest in remaining independent. The New York Times reports that the takeover bid from fellow chocolate giant Mondelez International poses one of Hershey’s “biggest challenges yet.” The…

Why #BoycottCinemark Has Exploded on Social Media

A move by the Cinemark theater chain has sparked outrage, along with a boycott movement on social media. The backlash comes in response to the company’s effort to get victims of the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., to pay…