Eric Deggans http://kvpr.org en 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band http://kvpr.org/post/purple-rain-taught-me-how-be-band <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKVDdm-bpKY</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 36277 at http://kvpr.org 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour http://kvpr.org/post/5-things-i-learned-about-tvs-future-critics-press-tour The voice came from over my shoulder, a shouted greeting in a room crowded with journalists, publicists, network executives, producers and stars.<p>I tuned to see David Boreanaz, star of the Fox TV show <em>Bones</em>, calling out to me like a long-lost friend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 36199 at http://kvpr.org 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero http://kvpr.org/post/appreciating-james-garner-tvs-best-unhero I didn't know, watching Isaac Hayes push James Garner around on <em>The Rockford Files</em>, that I was seeing a special character continue an important television legacy.<p>All I knew, as a devoted fan of Garner's put-upon private eye, was that Jim Rockford seemed like a kind of hero you never saw anywhere else on television.<p>Perpetually strapped for cash and working a case that wasn't likely to change that situation, Rockford was a wrongly imprisoned ex-con who cloaked his heroism in a cynic's quips and world-weary attitude (Hayes was a physically intimidating fellow ex-con who always misp Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 35979 at http://kvpr.org Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity http://kvpr.org/post/viola-davis-gets-groundbreaking-role-abc-bets-diversity <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNqqjDv6_dU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbSl-SPyHtg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOutgc-GG6g</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 35792 at http://kvpr.org Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations http://kvpr.org/post/snubs-and-successes-6-lessons-learned-years-emmy-nominations There are things you could quibble about in the array of nominations announced today for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.<p>No best drama series nomination for CBS' <em>The Good Wife</em>, though several stars got acting nods. No acting nomination for <em>Orphan Black</em> star Tatiana Maslany, though she plays about eight different roles on BBC America's clone-focused adventure drama. No best variety show nod for John Oliver's increasingly stellar <em>Last Week Tonight</em> on HBO. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 35517 at http://kvpr.org Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations Diane Sawyer's 'World News' Departure Sets Off Big Changes At ABC News http://kvpr.org/post/diane-sawyers-world-news-departure-sets-big-changes-abc-news Diane Sawyer will leave her job as anchor of ABC News' flagship program, <em>World New</em>s, during the last week of August, capping a five-year run at the show and kicking off an anchor shuffle at the network.<p><em>Good Morning America </em>co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, who was widely seen as Sawyer's likely successor, won't go to <em>World News</em>. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:18:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 34741 at http://kvpr.org Diane Sawyer's 'World News' Departure Sets Off Big Changes At ABC News Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome http://kvpr.org/post/sputtering-fumes-true-blood-has-outstayed-its-welcome HBO's <em>True Blood</em>, which returns for its final season Sunday, is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. It's not alone, though: Other shows have stayed too long at the party, including <em>Dexter</em> and <em>Law & Order: SVU</em>. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 34525 at http://kvpr.org Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues' http://kvpr.org/post/lets-be-careful-out-there-legacy-hill-street-blues This is the moment that launched a TV revolution, every week. The police roll call: Sgt. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 32383 at http://kvpr.org Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues' Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied http://kvpr.org/post/don-draper-truth-you-lied <em>***For </em>Mad Men<em> fans who missed Sunday night's Season 7 premiere, be warned: There are spoilers below. </em><p>Don Draper finally told the truth, and it ruined his life.<p>Perhaps that shouldn't have been such a surprise. Because Don has mostly been a master of the lie — especially in the form of an ad pitch. And he never lost his touch: He suckered everyone last season with one of his best pitches for Hershey's chocolate bars.<p>Facing a roomful of Hershey's executives, he told a heartwarming story of getting one of their candy bars as a reward for mowing the lawn. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:41:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 31158 at http://kvpr.org Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More http://kvpr.org/post/stephen-colbert-end-one-joke-start-many-more CBS just ended the longest-running joke in TV history by naming Stephen Colbert to succeed retiring late-night host David Letterman<p>That's because Colbert, who has won all kinds of acclaim playing fictional right-wing cable TV news host "Stephen Colbert" on <em>The Colbert Report,</em> will now play a new character when he takes over Letterman's <em>Late Show:</em><p>Himself.<em></em><p><em>New York Times</em> reporter Bill Carter <a href="https://twitter.com/wjcarter" target="_blank">tweeted</a> a quote from Colbert confirming that: "I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 31031 at http://kvpr.org Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV http://kvpr.org/post/weather-channel-will-return-directtv The Weather Channel <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140408006495/en/Weather-Channel-Returns-DIRECTV#.U0RPtahdXTp">will return to DIRECTV on Wednesday</a>, ending a three month dispute which saw the cable channel yanked from the satellite television system reaching 20 million subscribers.<p>But the new agreement comes with a price: the Weather Channel has agreed to cut back its reality programming by half during weekdays, restore instant local weather and allow DIRECTV subscribers to watch the cable channel on a range of devices in and out of their homes.<p>Disputes over rates Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 30910 at http://kvpr.org Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV http://kvpr.org/post/your-tour-guide-glut-sunday-tv Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melisa Block, hosting this week from member station KERA in Dallas.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel in Washington.<p>And as we head into the weekend, here's something to look forward to - a logjam of great Sunday night television. It gets going this Sunday with the new season of HBO's "Game of Thrones."<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "GAME OF THRONES")<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as Character) The orders are to attack Castle Black from the south when Mance hits it from the north. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 30737 at http://kvpr.org Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone http://kvpr.org/post/dave-letterman-signals-hell-soon-put-down-microphone Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>David Letterman, the longest-serving late night television host, is retiring.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SHOW, 'LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN')<p>DAVID LETTERMAN: Sometime in the not-so-distant future, 2015 for the love of God, in fact, Paul and I will be wrapping things up and taking a hike.<p>SIEGEL: Letterman, who is 66, told the audience today during a taping of his late show program which will air tonight. Here to talk about David Letterman is NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:21:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 30702 at http://kvpr.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions http://kvpr.org/post/absence-answers-we-return-repeatedly-questions The view from inside a media circus is an odd one, indeed.<p>But I got a glimpse of the scenery a few days ago, when CNN asked me to weigh in on the similarities between the real-life missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the myriad of fictional TV shows or movies where similar events have unfolded.<p><em>Why are we so drawn to these stories?</em> anchor Suzanne Malveaux asked me in a few different ways, perhaps wanting an emotional take on how the plane crash scene in the TV series <em>Lost</em> or the film <em>Alive</em> could have ended Flight 370's mysterious voyage.<p>Instead, I tried Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:55:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 29949 at http://kvpr.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? http://kvpr.org/post/are-americans-tired-arrogant-british-tv-personalities When the interviewer for BBC Radio finally reached me Monday to talk about the failure of Piers Morgan's 9 p.m. interview show on CNN, she basically had one question, asked many different ways.<p>Are Americans finally tired of arrogant British TV personalities?<p>To be honest, there are signs of cultural fatigue. Just over two weeks ago, Fox TV announced the departure of another headstrong British star, <em>American Idol</em> alum Simon Cowell. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 28959 at http://kvpr.org Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? Grammy Show: Light On Awards, Heavy On Entertainment http://kvpr.org/post/grammy-sbow-light-awards-heavy-entertainment Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Well, let's move from the pre-telecast to the artists you did see on TV, if you were watching; the winners and nominees who were on stage at the Staples Center for a marathon evening ceremony. NPR television critic Eric Deggans joins us to talk about the big show.<p>Good morning.<p>ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Good morning.<p>MONTAGNE: First, let me ask you this. With most of the awards given out actually before the ceremony, the Grammys - unlike the Oscars - are not really an awards show. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 27656 at http://kvpr.org Should NAACP Image Awards Only Go To African-Americans? http://kvpr.org/post/should-naacp-image-awards-only-go-african-americans Who should be eligible to receive an award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People? Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 27065 at http://kvpr.org Should NAACP Image Awards Only Go To African-Americans? Grab Some Tea And Binge View British TV Dramas http://kvpr.org/post/grab-some-tea-and-binge-view-british-tv-dramas British dramas, mostly from BBC America, have become gold mines of binge viewing for American TV fans seeking a deep dive into compelling series. Gillian Anderson's The Fall, David Tennant's Broadchurch and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock are just a few of the series which offer hours of escape. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:45:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 26237 at http://kvpr.org It's Called 'Africa.' Of Course It's About Race, Right? http://kvpr.org/post/its-called-africa-course-its-about-race-right The email arrived with the kind of snarky tone reserved for a moment when the author is sure he — and it's usually a he — thinks he's hoisted you with your own petard.<p>A bit of back story: Last week, I <a href="https://twitter.com/Deggans/status/410406244579418112">tweeted a question</a> wondering why <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP7GjkKIkkA">CBS This Morning used a clip of Toto's hit song "Africa"</a> under a montage of photos from Nelson Mandela's funeral. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 25953 at http://kvpr.org It's Called 'Africa.' Of Course It's About Race, Right? After A Full Fall, A Few New TV Choices To Tide You Over http://kvpr.org/post/after-full-fall-few-new-tv-choices-tide-you-over As the holiday season approaches, the TV cupboard may seem a bit bare; the industry winds down like everything else, filling cable and broadcast networks with holiday specials, reruns and also-ran reality shows.<p>But there are bright gifts, too: TNT offers <em>Mob City</em>, a three-week, lavishly produced noir-ish TV show about cops and crooks vying for control of 1947-era Los Angeles, airing Wednesdays.<p>On Dec. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:06:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 25582 at http://kvpr.org After A Full Fall, A Few New TV Choices To Tide You Over