Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

'Last Chance U': Netflix Docuseries Follows Troubled Community College Football Stars

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Last Chance U is a docuseries on Netflix that takes viewers inside the football program at East Mississippi Community College, where troubled football stars try to work their way back to top schools.


'Hawaii Five-0' Casting Announcement Doesn't Fix CBS's Larger Diversity Problem

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CBS announced the three new actors who will be joining the cast of its cop drama. To no one's surprise, all are nonwhite. But the network still has work to do.


TV Review: 'Game Of Thrones' Returns For Its 7th Season

Monday, July 17, 2017

It's been more than a year since the last season of Game of Thrones ended. It is a show with a lot of characters and a lot of moving parts. So how was it? Our TV critic has a review.


HBO Summer: 'Game Of Thrones' And More Return

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Game of Thrones returns to HBO Sunday night. And next Sunday, Ballers and Insecure will also come back for another season of must-watch viewing.


'Saturday Night Live' And 'Westworld' Scoop Up Most Emmy Nominations

Thursday, July 13, 2017

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives us his take on the 2017 Emmy nominations. With 22 nominations each, Saturday Night Live and Westworld are tied for the most Emmy nods of the season.


'The Defiant Ones' Tells The Story Of An Unlikely Music-Biz Duo

Friday, July 07, 2017

The new HBO mini-series charts the shared and individual histories of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, whose partnership helped redefine hip-hop and rock music.


'Snowfall': FX's New Drama About The Crack Epidemic In Los Angeles

Sunday, July 02, 2017

FX's new dramatic series is about the origins of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles. Executive Producer John Singleton has made a career of telling stories about Los Angeles, this is his personal opus.


Binge-Worthy Summer TV Guide

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Our summer series on TV shows takes a look at under-the-radar and that you might want to binge — Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul and more.


'Gong Show' Reboot And Other New Game Shows Coming This Summmer

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer network TV is not known for its prestige offerings. It's historically a place where less ambitious shows air. And this summer, there will be a string of new game shows.


What Does Mistrial In Cosby's Case Mean In Court Of Public Opinion?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

On this Father's Day, NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans analyzes the impact of the mistrial in the sexual assault case against superstar comic and philanthropist, Bill Cosby — once known as America's Dad.


Learning The Lessons Of TV Fatherhood

Friday, June 16, 2017

After 20 years as a television critic — and many more as a simple viewer — a reflection on how a kid who mostly grew up without a father learned how to become one himself by watching dads on TV.


Summer TV Starts Strong With These June Premieres

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Critic Eric Deggans has a preview of all the good TV coming out in June, from a returning British cop drama (Broadchurch) to a show about the sports world's weirdest televised product (GLOW).


Adam West, Batman Of The 1960s, Dies At 88, After Short Battle With Leukemia

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Adam West was best known for his portrayal as Batman in the campy 1960s TV show. He died Friday night at the age of 88.


'Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly' Makes A Tepid Debut

Monday, June 05, 2017

The former Fox News star's debut on NBC featured an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Neither Putin, nor our television critic, was impressed.


Fifth 'House Of Cards' Season Speaks To Trump Era

Sunday, May 28, 2017

"House of Cards" returns to Netflix for its fifth season. But it's the first season of the political thriller in the age of President Trump. And the series brings a new twist on modern politics.


'The Bachelorette' May Have A Black Star, But It's Still Set In A White World

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Some may see Rachel Lindsay's rise as progress; but diversity isn't about expecting black people to assimilate into a mostly white world.


David Lynch's Trippy 'Twin Peaks' Revival Is A Love Letter To Hardcore Fans

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lynch has assembled a rambling, surreal story that vaults from a spiritual limbo to places all over the country. But as any Twin Peaks fan can tell you, the story really isn't the point.


25 Years After 'Twin Peaks,' The Odd Genius Of David Lynch Remains

Friday, May 19, 2017

Director David Lynch likes to weird out audiences. His eccentric style can be unsettling to fans, but they keep coming back for more, as evidenced with the return of the Twin Peaks series.


TV Networks Unveil Fall Seasons At 2017 Upfronts

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The upfronts are underway in New York — that's where networks show their fall season to advertisers. We take a look at what's coming and what's cancelled — and what trends are driving the action.


ABC Announces Plan To Revive 'American Idol'

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

It was a short death. The long-running Fox network singing competition was cancelled last year due to sagging ratings, but ABC announced Tuesday that there are plans in the works to revive it.