Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

TV Review: Samantha Bee's 'Full Frontal' Debuts On TBS

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Former Daily Show correspondent kicked off her own show — Full Frontal With Samantha Bee — on TBS Monday night — making her the only woman with a news satire show on U.S. television.


The Best And The Worst Of Super Bowl Ads

Monday, February 08, 2016

There was little excitement in this year's crop of Super Bowl ads. Many of the best had already been seen on social media; the others were underwhelming.


As Presidential Primaries Begin, Late Night TV Boosts Political Satire

Friday, February 05, 2016

Larry David will host Saturday Night Live this weekend, and viewers can expect his impression of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. NPR looks at late night's take on the campaign.


Louis C.K. Drops Surprise New Drama 'Horace And Pete' Online

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Comedian Louis C.K. is experimenting again with how he distributes programs. He has begun selling a comedy/drama series with a stellar cast online for $5 per episode. NPR explores the show and its business model.


'American Crime Story' Finds Plenty Of New Material In 20-Year-Old O.J. Simpson Trial

Sunday, January 31, 2016

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson starts Tuesday on FX. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans offers this review.


Review: X-Files Returns To Television

Friday, January 22, 2016

After more than a decade, the conspiracy-theory-laden cult series X-Files returns to television on Fox. How does it stand up to the original?


Nielsen To Use Facebook And Twitter In New Social TV Ratings

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nielsen, the ratings company, says it has a way to track what TV shows are trending on Twitter and Facebook, which will give producers and advertisers a better way to measure audiences. NPR explores what this adds to the growing effort to measure online audience.


Here Are The New TV Shows You Should Watch This Year

Friday, January 15, 2016

NPR reviews some of the new shows coming to network and cable television over the coming weeks.


Review: 'Billions' Premieres On Showtime

Friday, January 15, 2016

Billions is a fictional drama informed by Andrew Ross Sorkin's reporting on Wall Street. It stars Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti as a hedge fund king and the prosecutor trying to bring him down.


Stay Tuned For Some Great New TV In 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Last year was all about change in the television industry. Our TV critic says the new year brings a host of exciting shows, from platforms old and new.


ABC Family Channel To Change Its Name To Freeform Network

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The cable channel is dropping the word family from its title for the first time in more than 25 years. The move shows how competition has forced TV channels to hone in on their most important viewers.


Golden Globes Deliver Surprises In Television Categories

Monday, January 11, 2016

This year's Golden Globes did not come without some surprises, especially in the TV categories. Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle won best TV comedy, and the show's main character, Gael Garcia Bernal, won best actor in the category. USA's Mr. Robot beat out Fox's Empire and HBO's Game of Thrones in the Best TV drama category. NPR reviews some of these unexpected wins.


What Mattered In Media In 2015

Monday, January 04, 2016

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at some of the moments, from Trump to Brian Williams, that made a difference in media in the past year.


What Is The Cultural Impact Of Bill Cosby's Arrest On Sex Crimes?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. Though dozens of women have brought civil suits, this is the first time Cosby is facing criminal charges.


'Casual' Hides Romance With Cynicism And Subtlety

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

As part of our year-end look at the "Ones That Got Away in 2015" series, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans reviews Hulu's Casual, a comedy about the modern search for connection.


The Year In Television: 2015's Trends, Triumphs And Tragedies

Monday, December 28, 2015

Television exploded with options for fans, from a record number of shows to new kinds of online platforms. Our critic examines the biggest trends that reshaped the face of television this year.


The Best Television Of 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

With so many good TV shows out there, the bar has been raised for best-of lists. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans highlights 12 shows he says are more than good — they're game-changing.


From Bollywood To Hollywood: Shattering Stereotypes On The Silver Screen

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Priyanka Chopra is the first South Asian woman to play a lead in a network TV drama. She has an advocate in a venture capitalist who has made it her business to meld South Asian and U.S. pop culture.


'Transparent' Is Transfixing In Season 2

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The acclaimed Amazon show about a transgender woman and her dysfunctional family has just returned for a second season. TV critic Eric Deggans praises the show's drama, nuance and complexity.


NBC Raises Its Musical Game With 'The Wiz Live'

Friday, December 04, 2015

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says NBC's production of The Wiz was "fully and fearlessly filled with blackness."