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Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

The Return Of The Many Shows They Call 'Orphan Black'

Friday, April 18, 2014

Eric Deggans previews the return of a science fiction show that's also a police procedural and a thriller.

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Big Stars Don't Always Guide TV Shows To Success

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CBS is planning a one-hour season finale for Robin Williams' The Crazy Ones. It was one of three sitcoms built around big established stars this season, all three of which suffered in the ratings.

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Why 'Fargo' For TV Works With Cold Efficiency And 'Bad Teacher' Doesn't

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

When TV decides to adapt a movie, it can do it in a couple of different ways. The success of FX's adaptation of Fargo and the problems with CBS's adaptation of Bad Teacher make telling examples.

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Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied

Monday, April 14, 2014

One of TV's most popular shows kicked off its new — and final — season with some big surprises. Is Mad Men's mesmerizing pitchman still living a lie?

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Stephen Colbert: The End Of One Joke, The Start Of Many More

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Eric Deggans looks at the move by Stephen Colbert from the show he does in character on Comedy Central to CBS late night.

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After A Disaster In 'Family Life,' Relief Never Comes

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Akhil Sharma took over a decade to write his novel, Family Life, a mostly autobiographical account of an immigrant family and an accident that shatters their dreams for the future.

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Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The new agreement comes with a price: the Weather Channel has agreed to cut back its reality programming by half during weekdays.

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Who Will Replace Letterman? Probably Another White Guy

Saturday, April 05, 2014

As David Letterman confirms his retirement, a familiar question surfaces: Why is late-night television dominated by white hosts? NPR TV critic Eric Deggans names his dream replacements.

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Your Tour Guide To The Glut Of Sunday TV

Friday, April 04, 2014

Is it possible there's too much good TV? Sunday nights are starting to look that way. Between Game of Thrones, Mad Men and many more, there's a lot to navigate. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans helps.

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David Letterman To Retire From CBS In 2015

Friday, April 04, 2014

Letterman has hosted the Late Show on CBS since 1993. He reshaped late-night TV, succeeding as an edgy outsider more interested in making fun of show business than participating in it.

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Dave Letterman Signals He'll Soon Put Down The Microphone

Thursday, April 03, 2014

NPR television correspondent Eric Deggans reports that David Letterman will announce his planned retirement from CBS on his show Thursday night. Letterman will leave the show and the network in 2015.

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In #CancelColbert, A Firestorm And A Lost Opportunity

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The #CancelColbert controversy overshadowed a potentially productive discussion about stereotypes in media that might have changed how such jokes are handled in the future, writes Eric Deggans.

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In The Absence Of Answers, We Return Repeatedly To The Questions

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The missing Malaysia Airlines jet seems to mirror fiction, and we can't look away. This only makes media want to cover it more, regardless of the information available.

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From One Dream To Another, 'The Returned' Shows Promise

Friday, March 07, 2014

Eric Deggans talks with author Jason Mott about the year's hottest book-to-TV translation, Resurrection. The series, a rare television show starring a black man, is based on Mott's book, The Returned.

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A Colorful Night At The Oscars. More Of The Same To Come?

Monday, March 03, 2014

Artists of color won in some of the most prestigious categories at Sunday's Academy Award ceremony. But are these victories evidence of an encouraging trend or exceptions to the rule?

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With Olympics Concluded, New Shows Compete For Viewers

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TV fans may notice an explosion of new material this week. That's because many networks and cable channels delayed airing new episodes or the start of news series until after the Olympics ended.

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Desk, Set: Seth Meyers Lands In Late Night Very Safely

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Seth Meyers began his run as the new host of NBC's Late Night with such a polished, neat, safe premiere that it's hard to know where he goes from here, says critic Eric Deggans.

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Are Americans Tired Of 'Arrogant British' TV Personalities?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Piers Morgan announced that CNN will be canceling his show, just weeks after Fox TV said it would be parting ways with British star and American Idol alum Simon Cowell.

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On 'Tonight Show,' Jimmy Fallon Looks To Bridge Two Eras

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The SNL veteran and former Late Night host stepped up to the plate last night on The Tonight Show, where he's replacing longtime host Jay Leno. His challenge: to bring his younger fan base along without alienating Leno's crowd.

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Redefining Hollywood: 'Diversity Makes More Money'

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A recent study finds that TV shows and films featuring significant proportions of nonwhite characters have the highest household ratings. This dispels the misconception that diverse casts do not increase viewership.

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