Eric Deggans http://tspr.org en 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band http://tspr.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 57251 at http://tspr.org 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour http://tspr.org/post/5-things-i-learned-about-tvs-future-critics-press-tour The voice came from over my shoulder, a shouted greeting in a room crowded with journalists, publicists, network executives, producers and stars.<p>I tuned to see David Boreanaz, star of the Fox TV show <em>Bones</em>, calling out to me like a long-lost friend. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 57161 at http://tspr.org 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour 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