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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.

First Series Cancellation of the New Season is Made By ABC

ABC announced toward the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 that it has made the first cancellation of the 2014-2015 fall television season. “ABC has pulled the plug on freshman comedy ‘Manhattan Love Story,’” reports The Hollywood…

Breaking News: President of Professional Golfers Association Forced to Resign After Sending ‘Sexist Tweet’

The President of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Ted Bishop, “has been removed as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet directed at [English golfer] Ian Poulter,” reports the Associated Press. Bishop was unhappy about comments Poulter…

Sears Giving 5,000-6,000 Lumps of Coal for Christmas as Retailer Is Closing 77 Sears and Kmart Stores. It’s Our Non-TV Story of the Day

Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert “is preparing to deliver more lumps of coal this Christmas,” reports the New York Post. That means more layoffs and store closings for the retailer. Reports CNN Money, “Sears is closing 77 Sears and Kmart stores…

Debate Rages About Renee Zellweger’s New Look: Did Happiness Do It? Should We Care?

Social media has been on overdrive this week after Academy Award-winning actress Renee Zellweger hit the red carpet at an event in Beverly Hills on Monday and revealed a new look. The big surprise is that her face didn’t look…

‘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…