Eric Deggans http://wrvo.org en Diane Sawyer's 'World News' Departure Sets Off Big Changes At ABC News http://wrvo.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 57898 at http://wrvo.org Diane Sawyer's 'World News' Departure Sets Off Big Changes At ABC News 'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey http://wrvo.org/post/freedom-summer-and-watsons-powerful-tv-about-civil-rights-journey <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz0GpAB0Uf0</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 57855 at http://wrvo.org 'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome http://wrvo.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 20:43:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 57677 at http://wrvo.org Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues' http://wrvo.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 20:16:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 55484 at http://wrvo.org Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues' Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied http://wrvo.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 10:35:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 54233 at http://wrvo.org Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More http://wrvo.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 22:08:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 54104 at http://wrvo.org Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV http://wrvo.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 53969 at http://wrvo.org Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV http://wrvo.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 20:45:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 53794 at http://wrvo.org Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone http://wrvo.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 23:35:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 53745 at http://wrvo.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions http://wrvo.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 52946 at http://wrvo.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? http://wrvo.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 51883 at http://wrvo.org Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? Grammy Show: Light On Awards, Heavy On Entertainment http://wrvo.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 50453 at http://wrvo.org Should NAACP Image Awards Only Go To African-Americans? http://wrvo.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 49822 at http://wrvo.org Should NAACP Image Awards Only Go To African-Americans? TV Prank Reveals News Media Shortcoming http://wrvo.org/post/tv-prank-reveals-news-media-shortcoming Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, let's look back just a single year now with NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans. He's been giving us his most memorable television moments from 2013. And this morning, Eric has something of a twofer because he says the best TV prank of the year became one of the worst moments for television journalists.<p>ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Just a few months ago, the nation was fixated on a heated discussion about race, pop culture and morals. The reason: Miley Cyrus had brought the butt-jiggling hip-hop dance called twerking to MTV. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:23:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 49227 at http://wrvo.org It's Called 'Africa.' Of Course It's About Race, Right? http://wrvo.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 23:15:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 48656 at http://wrvo.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://wrvo.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 13:18:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 48272 at http://wrvo.org After A Full Fall, A Few New TV Choices To Tide You Over After 50 Years, Regeneration Keeps 'Doctor Who' Current http://wrvo.org/post/after-50-years-regeneration-keeps-doctor-who-current Not counting a 16-year break the British science-fiction TV series took around the 1990s, Doctor Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday. There's a special in 3D that's going to be simulcast in 75 countries, and the BBC has made a movie about the history of Doctor Who. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:33:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 47525 at http://wrvo.org Amazon Opens An Entertainment Door With 'Alpha House' http://wrvo.org/post/amazon-opens-entertainment-door-alpha-house There are about a dozen reasons I really wanted to love <em>Alpha House,</em> an original comedy series about four U.S. senators sharing a home on Capitol Hill. It premieres on Amazon — yes, Amazon — on Friday.<p>The biggest reason: often-underrated star John Goodman, playing a politician up for re-election who knows exactly what voters value in a legislator:<p>"Two undefeated seasons, 11 conference titles, two national championships," says Goodman's Gil John Biggs, who has coasted from a star basketball coaching career right into a plum Senate seat. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 47244 at http://wrvo.org Amazon Opens An Entertainment Door With 'Alpha House' Fox Says Diversity Leads To Good Ratings And Better Business http://wrvo.org/post/fox-says-diversity-leads-good-ratings-and-better-business It's easy, when writing about network TV, to be cynical.<p>For example, when I heard the Fox network had been holding annual conferences on diversity, telling top show producers their casts and crew had to feature more people of color, I remained skeptical. What's the catch, I wondered?<p>Turns out, the network began talking about diversity as a business imperative about three years ago, shifting the conversation to the need for TV programing that reflects the multicultural reality of today's world to keep younger viewers. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 47115 at http://wrvo.org Fox Says Diversity Leads To Good Ratings And Better Business ANALYSIS: Why Is '60 Minutes' So Tight-Lipped In Its Benghazi Apology? http://wrvo.org/post/analysis-why-60-minutes-so-tight-lipped-its-benghazi-apology (This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET)<p>How did TV's most storied newsmagazine make such a huge mistake? And why won't they explain exactly what happened?<p>Those are the questions left unanswered days after <em>60 Minutes</em> correspondent Lara Logan and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/08/243933190/60-minutes-apologizes-for-benghazi-report-we-were-wrong">retracted an Oct. 27 story</a> about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:05:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 47097 at http://wrvo.org ANALYSIS: Why Is '60 Minutes' So Tight-Lipped In Its Benghazi Apology?