Eric Deggans

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Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

Five weeks after the fall TV season started, the broadcast networks are still cranking out new shows.<p>And in the case of CBS's <i>The McCarthys,</i> you may wish they had stopped a bit sooner.<p>Tonight is a crucial moment for CBS; it's the first Thursday night with scripted shows since the end of <i>Thursday</i> …

In An Online, On-Demand Age, TV Reruns Are Redefined

Countless episodes of <i>The Simpsons</i> are built around goofball dad Homer's inability to understand anything online, including starting a home business with no declared purpose: Compu-Global-Hyper-Mega-Net.<p>His reasoning: "Everybody's making money off the Internet, except us!"<p>It looks like the people …

Will The NFL End 'Blackout' Rule For TV Broadcasts?

One upon a time, the National Football League had trouble packing its stadiums. To encourage fans to attend games instead of watching them at home, the games did not air on local TV. Today, filling stadium seats is not usually a problem, but the so-called blackout rules endure — at least for now. …

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 <i>The Fall</i>, David Tennant's <i>Broadchurch</i> and Benedict Cumberbatch's <i>Sherlock</i> are just a few of the series which offer hours of escape.<p><b>Listen</b> …

The Oscars in 2014: Very, Very Early Predictions for Next Year's Awards

It's never too early to semi-blindly predict the rest of the year's critical darlings.<p><i>It's never too early to semi-blindly predict the rest of the year's critical darlings.</i><p>Various<p>Related Story<p>18 Films to Look Forward to in 2013<p>Year after year, it seems as if award season gets impossibly longer and …

Why Apple's 2014 won't be like 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, Tim Cook is feeling good. The holiday quarter once again proved that Apple's products and stores can draw a crowd. Pent-up demand for new iPhones and iPads was satisfied once again, and Apple's reputation as a purveyor of objects of desire was reaffirmed. As a reward, …

9 Awesome To-Do List Apps for 2014

As a former event planner, I know the importance of to-do apps. I’ve given a close look to the most promising options out there and compiled my favorites in this article. Whether you are a solo entrepreneur, “household manager,” corporate employee, or freelancer, these are some of the best to-do …

5 Bands to Watch in 2014, from CMJ

<i>There's a lot written about the bands you should pay attention to now, but at this year's just-ended CMJ music festival in New York City, a sprawling selection of up-and-comers, we decided to look at where a few promising hopefuls might just land in 2014. Here, your predictive guide.</i><p>Ryan …

Top 10 Predictions for Technology in 2014

Microsoft may get its mojo back, smartphones will get cheap, and we’re about to enter the Year of Encryption. A look at what to expect in telecom and …

Can you predict 2014's top fitness trends? Here are the pros' picks

According to the latest survey from the American College of Sports Medicine, your body is going to be working overtime in 2014.<p>They surveyed over …

Siri Gets Serious, Microsoft Gets Its Mojo Back and Everything Gets Encrypted in 2014

If it’s December, it’s time to start predicting what’s going to dominate the headlines and trends of 2014. I make it a point every year to sit down …

Twelve Social Media Predictions for 2014

The past year saw a lot of changes in social media. Google's social site, Google+, saw huge growth and more activity, LinkedIn really got in the game, and Pinterest continued to pull in more traffic and more sales. Visuals also really became front and center and led the way for infographics, Vine …

Top 10 Predictions For 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a very interesting year- both politically and economically. A few months ago, this did not seem to be the case. But the recent government shutdown, launch problems with Obamacare, the rise of Elizabeth Warren and other events have combined to set-up an intriguing year …

2014 is the year of the internet of things—no, seriously, we mean it this time

<i>The first in a series.</i><p>It’s fair to say that more people have heard of the “internet of things” than have experienced it. There is breathless press coverage of the phenomenon—always patiently re-explained by tech pundits as the trend by which all of our most mundane possessions will become …

Amazon's three big ideas for 2014

You've got to wonder why Amazon has been so cagey about releasing hard numbers on sales of its Kindle devices. Especially after a new analysis from Consumer Intelligent Research Partners that estimates about 20.5 million of the devices were in the hands of consumers as of the end of September.<p>But …

9 predictions for online video in 2014

<i>Basho Mosko is the vice president of marketing and business development at Rapt Media.</i><p>Though Interactive Video (IV) isn’t totally new, projects like Philips’ “Designed to Play,” Maybelline’s “Glamour Eye,” and Bob Dylan’s interactive music video helped spread the gospel of IV in 2013, leading us to …

2014 will be the year when TV ads will start to know you intimately

<i>Each year, Wired publishes a 132-page standalone magazine (and app) in which our expert writers forecast the year ahead.<br>Here's a sneak preview of the</i> …