Eric Deggans http://wrkf.org en Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied http://wrkf.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 25165 at http://wrkf.org Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More http://wrkf.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 25035 at http://wrkf.org Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV http://wrkf.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 24915 at http://wrkf.org Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV http://wrkf.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 24755 at http://wrkf.org Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone http://wrkf.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 24717 at http://wrkf.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions http://wrkf.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 23982 at http://wrkf.org In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? http://wrkf.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 23038 at http://wrkf.org Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities? Grammy Show: Light On Awards, Heavy On Entertainment http://wrkf.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 21773 at http://wrkf.org As NBC Prepares For A Late-Night Transition, Everyone Is On Message (So Far) http://wrkf.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 23:15:59 +0000 Eric Deggans 21544 at http://wrkf.org As NBC Prepares For A Late-Night Transition, Everyone Is On Message (So Far) Should NAACP Image Awards Only Go To African-Americans? http://wrkf.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 21191 at http://wrkf.org Should NAACP Image Awards Only Go To African-Americans?