Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

'Battle Creek' Tries To Shake Up CBS' Cop Show Formula

Sunday, March 01, 2015

CBS' new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It's among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.


Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Star Trek actor died Friday in Los Angeles, and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Nimoy's signature role taught fans the power of accepting their differences rather than fighting them.


'Battle Creek' An Attempt To Break CBS's Formulaic Lineup

Friday, February 27, 2015

On Sunday, CBS debuts Battle Creek, a new police drama set in small town Michigan that was dreamt up by the creator of Breaking Bad and executive produced by the creator of House.


This Season On 'House Of Cards,' It's Tough To Be The Boss

Friday, February 27, 2015

New episodes of Netflix's House of Cards debut today, and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says this season's challenges may please critics who say the show's vision of Washington, D.C., runs too smoothly.


As CBS' 'Two And A Half Men' Ends, Questions On How It Lasted So Long

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CBS' Two and a Half Men ends a 12-season run tonight as TV's longest-running multicamera sitcom. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says some experts still struggle to explain the show's longtime success.


The Success Of Fox's 'Empire' Reveals A Few Dos And Don'ts For TV

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Fox's hip-hop drama is a growing hit that could rescue the network. In a fragmented marketplace, the TV industry is learning the value of creating shows for under-served audiences.


NBC Courts Women In Hopes Of Record Super Bowl Broadcast

Friday, January 30, 2015

This year's the Super Bowl telecast is targeting non-sports fans, especially women.


Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.


Sling TV Could Be Cable-Cutter's Dream

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sling TV launches in a few weeks. That's the new streaming service from Dish that allows viewers to stream content previously only available through cable.


Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Brings A New Voice to Late Night TV

Monday, January 19, 2015

The ex-Daily Show correspondent becomes the only black man to host an entertainment show in late night TV. And he starts on an important occasion; the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


Amazon Gains Ground With Online-Only Shows

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

With the announcement this week that Woody Allen will write and direct a new television series for Amazon, the online retailer is now poised to be a major force in television.


Woody Allen Is The Latest Hollywood Star Director To Try TV

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Allen says he's not sure how he got into this or what he'll do. His half-hour series is set for Amazon's streaming video service.


Big Wins For 'Transparent' Make It Clear: TV's Undergoing A Revolution

Monday, January 12, 2015

The show, which portrays a 70-year-old coming out as transgender, won two Golden Globes — the first wins for original programming by Amazon.

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New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Streaming services like Netflix and the DISH Network's new Sling TV are helping consumers break free of cable subscriptions. That means TV shows must find new ways to connect with their viewers.


Why I Asked Tina Fey About 'Charlie Hebdo' At The TV Critics Press Tour

Thursday, January 08, 2015

At the TV Critics Association's press tour, journalists can struggle to connect news on the industry to real life. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Tina Fey's words on satire and freedom resonated.


Fox's 'Empire' Sets 'Dynasty'-Style Soap Opera To A Hip-Hop Beat

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The drama Empire features Terrence Howard as a ruthless music mogul building a worldwide company. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show works best when focused on the black family at its core.


Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.


TV In 2015: Late-Night Shuffles, Big Goodbyes And More

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The most important TV events coming in 2015 include new voices in late-night, big goodbyes, online platforms picking up old shows and, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says, more of everything.


Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege

Friday, December 26, 2014

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.


Videos Of Ray Rice, Eric Garner Among Biggest Media Moments Of 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Some of the most interesting things on TV in 2014 weren't actually made for TV. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans lists the moments in television, viral video and social media that changed us all this year.