Eric Deggans http://apr.org en Why 'Fargo' For TV Works With Cold Efficiency And 'Bad Teacher' Doesn't http://apr.org/post/why-fargo-tv-works-cold-efficiency-and-bad-teacher-doesnt There is a moment, deep inside the first episode of FX's excellent re-imagination of the Coen brothers' masterful film <em>Fargo,</em> when a police officer gets a phone call.<p>He's sleeping next to his pregnant wife. It's early. And the well-meaning but sometimes complacent police chief is suddenly called to the scene of a bizarre crime.<p><em>Fargo</em> fans will recall a similar scene in the 1996 film. Only it's the police chief, Frances McDormand's breezily competent Marge Gunderson, who is pregnant. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 50219 at http://apr.org Why 'Fargo' For TV Works With Cold Efficiency And 'Bad Teacher' Doesn't Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied http://apr.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 50132 at http://apr.org Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More http://apr.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 49981 at http://apr.org Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV http://apr.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 49842 at http://apr.org Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV http://apr.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 49642 at http://apr.org Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone http://apr.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 49593 at http://apr.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions http://apr.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 48692 at http://apr.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions From One Dream To Another, 'The Returned' Shows Promise http://apr.org/post/one-dream-another-returned-shows-promise Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's something most writer only dream of, but Jason Mott is living the dream. ABC has turned his first novel into a TV series. "Resurrection" premieres Sunday night. As NPR's Eric Deggans reports, it explores one transition just about everyone faces sooner or later.<p>ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: For Jason Mott, it all started with a vision about life after his mother's death.<p>JASON MOTT: I had this dream that I came home from work and found my mother sitting at the kitchen table waiting for me. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 48013 at http://apr.org Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? http://apr.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 47424 at http://apr.org Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? Desk, Set: Seth Meyers Lands In Late Night Very Safely http://apr.org/post/desk-set-seth-meyers-lands-late-night-very-safely The best thing about late-night TV can also be the trickiest.<p>On the fringes of TV's big stage, shows airing after midnight can be a home for invention; a place where quirky personalities and developing talent can try things with the potential for massive success or demoralizing failure with relatively low stakes.<p>That history — and its potential for greatness — may be one reason why Seth Meyers' funny, well-paced, completely professional debut Monday as the new host of NBC's 12:35 a.m. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 47412 at http://apr.org Desk, Set: Seth Meyers Lands In Late Night Very Safely On 'Tonight Show,' Jimmy Fallon Looks To Bridge Two Eras http://apr.org/post/new-tonight-show-host-jimmy-fallon-walks-fine-line <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VFgiPXisu8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTpn30Pms8I</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 47020 at http://apr.org On 'Tonight Show,' Jimmy Fallon Looks To Bridge Two Eras Antihero Or Villain? In 'House Of Cards,' It's Hard To Tell http://apr.org/post/antihero-or-villain-house-cards-its-hard-tell [<strong>Editor's Note:</strong> This piece references plot points from the first season of <em>House of Cards.</em> If you've been waiting a year to binge-watch it, consider this your spoiler alert.]<p>When Netflix's groundbreaking online series <em>House of Cards</em> releases its second season to the world Friday — unleashing 13 new episodes about a wily congressman willing to kill to reach the vice presidency — fans will get more than another jolt of TV's most addictive political drama.<p>They'll also see a series that's redefining just how bad a television antihero can be.<p>The action ce Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 46853 at http://apr.org Antihero Or Villain? In 'House Of Cards,' It's Hard To Tell A Viewing Guide For The Overwhelmed Olympic Fan http://apr.org/post/viewing-guide-overwhelmed-olympic-fan Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Well, if you were to try to watch all of NBC's coverage of the Sochi games, it would be a lot of TV: 1,539 hours of programming. The network is serving up more coverage of the Winter Olympics than ever. NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans has some advice for those sorting through it.<p>ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: Watching the Olympics is like a Rorschach test. Years ago, you just turned on the TV and gobbled down whatever they dished up.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED AUDIO)<p>AL MICHAELS: Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 46130 at http://apr.org Grammy Show: Light On Awards, Heavy On Entertainment http://apr.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 45681 at http://apr.org As NBC Prepares For A Late-Night Transition, Everyone Is On Message (So Far) http://apr.org/post/nbc-prepares-late-night-transition-everyone-message-so-far It felt like a rerun from a long-ago time, with a twist.<p>Once again, an NBC executive was facing a crowd of TV critic and reporters, saying nice things about Jay Leno just as he was leaving as host of <em>The Tonight Show</em>.<p>"It is no exaggeration to say that Jay Leno is the hardest working man in television," said NBC entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt Sunday, noting that Leno has kept <em>The Tonight Show</em> at the top of the ratings for nearly his entire 20-year run as host after Johnny Carson. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 45350 at http://apr.org As NBC Prepares For A Late-Night Transition, Everyone Is On Message (So Far)