Sunday, April 18, 2021

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans Joins NBC; Sasha Compere Added to TBS Comedy ‘Miracle Workers’

Eric Deggans
Eric Deggans

*NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a contributor, Variety reports.

He is expected to discuss issues related to media and television across the news units’ various outlets and will also contribute to a new team devoted to media-industry coverage that the NBCUniversal unit unveiled in September.

Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, and contributes to shows like “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered’: NPR.org; and several NPR podcasts. He joined NPR in September of 2013, after working for nearly two decades at Florida’s “Tampa Bay Times.” He is the author of “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, a look at how prejudice, racism and sexism fuels some elements of modern media.

Sasha Compere
Sasha Compere

Variety is also reporting that the upcoming TBS comedy series “Miracle Workers” has cast Sasha Compère in a regular role.

The series is described as a Heaven-set workplace comedy based on the book “What in God’s Name.” Daniel Radcliffe will play Craig, a low level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers. Steve Buscemi will play Craig’s boss, God, who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies.

Compère will play Laura, a sweet, intelligent, socially-awkward and lonely young woman who often finds herself being pushed around by her more confident and outgoing friends. When she meets Sam (Jon Bass), she feels she has found her kindred spirit, but she’s too nervous to make a move and show her interest.

Compère has previously guest starred on shows such as TNT’s “Rizzoli and Isles,” NBC’s “Community,” and the Netflix series “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” She also recently filmed the movie “Ad Astra” with Brad Pitt.

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