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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.

NBC Orders Three Series

NBC has “green-lit three drama series, including Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago Med’ and a conspiracy thriller [‘Blindspot’] from producer Greg Berlanti,” writes our good friend Joe Adalian at New York Magazine’s The Vulture blog. The story adds, “The pickups come a full ten…

HBO Pulls Plug on Comedy Project

Pay cable channel HBO has decided to shelve a comedy project from the creator of “Enlightened.” Deadline.com reports that the channel will not go ahead with “Mamma Dallas,” from Mike White. The project centered on a conservative family in Texas…

Longtime ‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Bows Out — Watch the Video

A veteran correspondent with Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” said farewell to the show Thursday night. Stewart paid tribute to Samantha Bee, who has been a part of the program since 2003, with a highlight reel of…

Singer of the 4th Most Played Song in the 20th Century Dies at 76

Updated at 4:15 pm. PT on May 1, 2015 to change headline and first paragraph. According to the largest music rights organiztion in the U.S., BMI, this singer’s biggest hit was the fourth most-played song in the 20th Century on…

Ratings Milestone for NBC’s ‘Today’ Show

NBC’s “Today” show pulled off a rare achievement in its ratings battle with ABC’s “Good Morning America” — rare by recent standards. “Today,” which used to regularly come in at No. 1, hasn’t done much of that lately, but TheWrap.com…

Early Leader Crowned in May Sweeps, While One of the Big 4 Nets Battles to Avoid Slipping to Fifth Place

One of the big four broadcast networks has established a huge early ratings lead for the May sweeps period while another one is struggling to stay in the top four. Media Life reports that ABC is well out in front…

Actress From Early TV Era Dies

An actress who was a baroness and a Broadway star, and who appeared on TV in its early days, has died. The New York Times reports that Betsy von Furstenberg died April 21 at her home in Manhattan. The German-born…

Lorne Michaels Lands New Sitcom on HBO — ‘SNL’ Actress Also on Board

A new comedy series with connections to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has been picked up by HBO. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the pay cable channel gave a series order to “Brothers in Atlanta,” from “SNL” mastermind Lorne…

How Much Does Diversity on Local TV Newscasts Still Matter?

So reads a headline in today’s Washington Post, as the newspaper talks about two white people who will be anchoring a top local newscast in the Washington area. The article says: “Anchor changes are usually ho-hum affairs, particularly in an…

Viacom Picks a Measurement Service — and It’s Not Nielsen

Competition may be heating up in the measurement space, where alternatives to the traditionally dominant Nielsen appear to be gaining ground. In the latest example, TVNewsCheck reports that Viacom Media Networks signed a deal with Rentrak for TV ratings and…