Eric Deggans http://wutc.org en Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero http://wutc.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 40508 at http://wutc.org Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity http://wutc.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 40341 at http://wutc.org Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations http://wutc.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 40095 at http://wutc.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://wutc.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 39387 at http://wutc.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://wutc.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 20:50:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 39346 at http://wutc.org 'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome http://wutc.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 20:50:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 39189 at http://wutc.org Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues' http://wutc.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 37234 at http://wutc.org Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues' 'Inside Amy Schumer,' Some Surprising Commentary http://wutc.org/post/inside-amy-schumer-some-surprising-commentary No one can send up sexism with a punch line quite like Amy Schumer.<p>"A lot of the women's magazines are supposed to, like, be confidence building, but they really just scare ... you so you buy the products in them," she says in one stand-up routine. "Like, they all will put Jessica Alba or somebody like that on the cover. And she's supersexualized no matter what magazine. ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 36520 at http://wutc.org 'Inside Amy Schumer,' Some Surprising Commentary Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied http://wutc.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 36130 at http://wutc.org Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More http://wutc.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 36013 at http://wutc.org Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV http://wutc.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 35904 at http://wutc.org Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV http://wutc.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 35747 at http://wutc.org Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone http://wutc.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 35713 at http://wutc.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions http://wutc.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 35017 at http://wutc.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? http://wutc.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 34114 at http://wutc.org Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities?