Eric Deggans http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band http://news.stlpublicradio.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 38375 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band 'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey http://news.stlpublicradio.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 37475 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome http://news.stlpublicradio.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 37388 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues' http://news.stlpublicradio.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 35968 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Let's Be Careful Out There: The Legacy Of 'Hill Street Blues' Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied http://news.stlpublicradio.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 35268 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV http://news.stlpublicradio.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 35047 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone http://news.stlpublicradio.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 35017 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Grammy Show: Light On Awards, Heavy On Entertainment http://news.stlpublicradio.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 33274 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Grab Some Tea And Binge View British TV Dramas http://news.stlpublicradio.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 32489 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After A Full Fall, A Few New TV Choices To Tide You Over http://news.stlpublicradio.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 32065 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After A Full Fall, A Few New TV Choices To Tide You Over