Eric Deggans http://tspr.org en Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero http://tspr.org/post/appreciating-james-garner-tvs-best-unhero I didn't know, watching Isaac Hayes push James Garner around on <em>The Rockford Files</em>, that I was seeing a special character continue an important television legacy.<p>All I knew, as a devoted fan of Garner's put-upon private eye, was that Jim Rockford seemed like a kind of hero you never saw anywhere else on television.<p>Perpetually strapped for cash and working a case that wasn't likely to change that situation, Rockford was a wrongly imprisoned ex-con who cloaked his heroism in a cynic's quips and world-weary attitude (Hayes was a physically intimidating fellow ex-con who always misp Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 56901 at http://tspr.org Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity http://tspr.org/post/viola-davis-gets-groundbreaking-role-abc-bets-diversity <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNqqjDv6_dU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbSl-SPyHtg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOutgc-GG6g</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 56673 at http://tspr.org Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity Asking Katherine Heigl The 'Difficult' Question At Press Tour http://tspr.org/post/asking-katherine-heigl-difficult-question-press-tour It may be the toughest task of all at a press tour in Los Angeles packed with TV critics from across the nation: How to ask a celebrity a tough question about her bad reputation without looking like a jerk yourself.<p>That moment surfaced for me Sunday, when trying to ask star Katherine Heigl about longstanding rumors in Hollywood that she and her manager/mother have been difficult to work with across many projects.<p>Heigl was appearing during the TV Critics Association's summer press tour in Beverly Hills, facing a roomful of journalists and TV critics, ready to field questions about playing Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 56540 at http://tspr.org Asking Katherine Heigl The 'Difficult' Question At Press Tour Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations http://tspr.org/post/snubs-and-successes-6-lessons-learned-years-emmy-nominations There are things you could quibble about in the array of nominations announced today for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.<p>No best drama series nomination for CBS' <em>The Good Wife</em>, though several stars got acting nods. No acting nomination for <em>Orphan Black</em> star Tatiana Maslany, though she plays about eight different roles on BBC America's clone-focused adventure drama. No best variety show nod for John Oliver's increasingly stellar <em>Last Week Tonight</em> on HBO. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 56377 at http://tspr.org Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations Social Media Meltdowns Highlight The Power Of The Audience http://tspr.org/post/social-media-meltdowns-highlight-power-audience At first glance, Adam Richman and Anthony Cumia might not seem to have much in common.<p>True enough, they are media stars who took a hard fall thanks to untoward comments on social media. Richman, a host on the Travel Channel, saw the debut of his new show delayed indefinitely after an online spat led him to suggest one critic commit suicide.<p>Cumia, half of the infamous Opie & Anthony shock jock radio duo, was dumped by SiriusXM after using the c-word on Twitter to describe a black woman he said punched him. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 56263 at http://tspr.org Social Media Meltdowns Highlight The Power Of The Audience