Eric Deggans appears in the following:
Friday, March 07, 2014
Eric Deggans talks with author Jason Mott about the year's hottest book-to-TV translation, Resurrection. The series, a rare television show starring a black man, is based on Mott's book, The Returned.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Artists of color won in some of the most prestigious categories at Sunday's Academy Award ceremony. But are these victories evidence of an encouraging trend or exceptions to the rule?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
TV fans may notice an explosion of new material this week. That's because many networks and cable channels delayed airing new episodes or the start of news series until after the Olympics ended.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Seth Meyers began his run as the new host of NBC's Late Night with such a polished, neat, safe premiere that it's hard to know where he goes from here, says critic Eric Deggans.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Piers Morgan announced that CNN will be canceling his show, just weeks after Fox TV said it would be parting ways with British star and American Idol alum Simon Cowell.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The SNL veteran and former Late Night host stepped up to the plate last night on The Tonight Show, where he's replacing longtime host Jay Leno. His challenge: to bring his younger fan base along without alienating Leno's crowd.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A recent study finds that TV shows and films featuring significant proportions of nonwhite characters have the highest household ratings. This dispels the misconception that diverse casts do not increase viewership.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Eric Deggans looks back at the legacy of Jay Leno as he leaves a Tonight Show very different from the one he took over so many years ago.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Eric Deggans reports that NBC's approaching transition, which will see the second exit Jay Leno has made from the same late-night franchise, is on pace to elevate a former counterculture producer to the ultimate mainstream gig.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
As wonderful as it is to see 12 Years a Slave's top acting and production talent rewarded for a bracing and informative work, it's worth noting that 2014 was a banner year for films about nonwhite people.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Eric Deggans looks at some of the controversial questions television critics are asking and the ways they can lead to difficult conversations.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The organization has unveiled its nominees for the 45th annual Image Awards, established to honor African-American performers who are often ignored by mainstream Hollywood. Some nominees are white, others of South-Asian or Latino heritage. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans wonders if that changes the meaning of the ceremony.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Eric Deggans explains how HBO's new crime drama anthology with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson lured its stars with a combination of a great script and a limited commitment.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Public pressure prompted Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels to hire a black female cast member and two black writers. NPR television critic Eric Deggans says that's just a start, asking: Where are the Asian and Hispanic cast members?
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Celebrity revelations of same-sex relationships have moved from the covers of best-selling magazines to offhand comments in Facebook posts and lines buried deep in New York Times profiles.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
CBS This Morning used Toto's "Africa" as the song to play over a montage of photos showing the Nelson Mandela memorial service. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tweeted about it, and soon even Toto's co-founder was weighing in.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Eric Deggans looks at the midseason finale of The Walking Dead and concludes that while the show is brutal and violent, it's ultimately concerned with matters of humanity and hope.
Monday, November 11, 2013
AMC's The Walking Dead has key ratings better than network dramas. The show gets desirable young viewers by not skimping on explicit action, gore or storytelling. So why haven't the networks tried to imitate the show? Blame the FCC, which cracks down on explicit network broadcast content but overlooks cable.
Friday, November 08, 2013
After several years contributing to NPR's coverage of the media, Eric Deggans is finally getting a business card. This fall marks the start of Deggans' new role as NPR television correspondent, so we caught up with him to find out what's playing on his TV (among other things).
Friday, November 01, 2013
Scandal star Kerry Washington's turn hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this Saturday has revived criticism of the show's lack of black female cast members. The issue was raised earlier this year when SNL announced five new cast members — four male, all white. The show's lack of black women — only three have ever been cast in 38 years — forces the show's black males to dress as black women, which echoes historic, demeaning issues for black male comics. It also keeps SNL from featuring black female characters and keeps black women from entering the farm team of America's comedy elite who launch their careers there.