Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

A Colombian Kingpin Gets The 'Goodfellas' Treatment In 'Narcos'

Friday, August 28, 2015

A new Netflix series offers a fictionalized account of how smuggler Pablo Escobar built his cocaine empire. The show is compelling and complex — especially for fans of classic crime stories.


Starz Hopes For Breakthrough Hit With Patrick Stewart Comedy

Friday, August 21, 2015

Blunt Talk stars Patrick Stewart as a British host on American cable TV. He wants to transform cable news, but he also has a taste for drugs and sex. With the show, Starz aims to compete with more prestigious premium channels.


Slowly Seeing It All Fall Apart Again, For The First Time

Friday, August 21, 2015

AMC's new zombie show, Fear the Walking Dead, a prequel of the channel's biggest hit, starts Sunday. TV critic Eric Deggans says it's not a clone of the original, but needs to get much livelier.


'Sesame Street' To Air Next 5 Seasons On HBO

Thursday, August 13, 2015

After the first nine months of airing new episodes exclusively on HBO, Sesame Street will also be available on PBS for free. NPR takes a look at the agreement and its possible consequences.


Prince Compares Record Contracts To Slavery In Rare Meeting With Media

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Music icon Prince is worried about the future of the music business for artists, and his top priority can be summed up in one word: freedom.


On Stewart's Final 'Daily Show,' Parting Was Standing-Room-Only Sorrow

Friday, August 07, 2015

How do you say goodbye to TV's smartest satirist, especially when he seems determined not to get too sentimental? You invite everyone who's ever been a correspondent, and a surprise guest or two.


Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Legacy: Changing How Americans See Satire

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Jon Stewart hosts his last episode of The Daily Show tonight, after 16 years as TV's satirist supreme. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Stewart's barbs changed how people talk about politics and media.


Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

Friday, July 31, 2015

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.


'I Am Cait' Premieres As Reality Series With A Cause

Monday, July 27, 2015

NPR reviews the premiere of I Am Cait, E! network's new reality series in which Caitlyn Jenner introduces her female identity to her family and explores transgender issues.


Syfy's 'Sharknado 3' Fails At Being Really Good Bad Television

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Syfy debuts the third installment in its disaster movie spoof franchise. But it isn't fun to watch — even ironically — and the film falls short, even as it inspires imitators on other channels.


Emmy Nominations For 'Transparent,' Tatiana Maslany Showcase New Talent

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday. The field of contenders shows a welcome turn toward recognizing new talent and new sources for TV.


In The Writer's Room, One Woman Quietly Makes Late Night History

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Robin Thede's wide-ranging career has included stints in both journalism and comedy. Now, at The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she's the first black woman to work as a head writer in late night TV.


Bill Cosby's Accusers Say They Now Have Vindication

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bill Cosby's support appears to have eroded after court records show he admitted buying Quaaludes to drug a woman for sex. Why has it taken decades for people to believe women who accused him of rape?


Hannibal Buress' Show Adds To Comedy Central's More Diversified Lineup

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

With the success of shows like Inside Amy Schumer, and Key and Peele — along with Wednesday night's debut of a show from comedian Hannibal Buress, Comedy Central is showing the power of diversity.


USA's 'Mr. Robot,' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best Summer TV Series

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A flood of some 120 series, both new and returning, are coming to TV sets this summer. So, how to choose which ones to binge-watch by the pool? Our TV critic picks his four favorite new shows.


NBC Dumps Donald Trump Over Comments On Mexican Immigrants

Monday, June 29, 2015

NBC severs ties with Donald Trump over his derogatory remarks about Mexicans.


Henry Louis Gates Apologizes Over Ben Affleck 'Find Your Roots' Episode

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gates has apologized for not being more transparent in handling a controversial episode of the series he hosts on PBS, Finding Your Roots. PBS has delayed scheduling the show's third season.


Why Isn't The Second Season Of 'True Detective' More Surprising?

Friday, June 19, 2015

HBO's crime drama returns for its second season on Sunday. It has a new cast, setting and story. Our TV critic says the new episodes should have retained a bit more of what worked from last season.


4 Ways NBC Might Rehabilitate Brian Williams' Image

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Now that NBC has finalized a deal to move disgraced anchor Brian Williams to MSNBC, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans outlines some ways the network might salvage his credibility.


Reports: Brian Williams Out As 'Nightly News' Anchor But Will Stay With NBC

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Several reports indicate Brian Williams will remain at NBC but will no longer anchor the Nightly News. Williams was suspended after it turned out some of the stories he told about himself were false.