Eric Deggans en 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band <p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 38375 at 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band 'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey <p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 37475 at 'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey Sputtering On 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 37388 at Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of '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 35968 at Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues' Don Draper, The Truth Is: 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 35268 at Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of 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 35047 at Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The 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 35017 at Grammy Show: Light On Awards, Heavy On 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 33274 at 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 32489 at After A Full Fall, A Few New TV Choices To 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 32065 at After A Full Fall, A Few New TV Choices To Tide You Over