Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

'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.


2 Shows About Race Offer Different Approaches To Building Bridges

Monday, May 08, 2017

Charles Barkley premieres a documentary series on TNT that aims to tackle issues of race in America. Comedian W. Kamau Bell has been hosting United Shades of America on CNN with a similar goal.


This Time, 'Dear White People' Is Not So Much About Them

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Netflix's hit show, with its incessant and incisive look at race at a fictional Ivy League college, doesn't really focus much on white people at all.


Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Compelling — And Chilling

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian 1985 novel is a horror show revealed in slow motion — and the true horror of its brutal, patriarchal future theocracy is how possible it seems today.


5 Films Look At The Los Angeles Riots From (Almost) Every Angle

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The documentaries attempt to complete the picture of what transpired in LA in 1992 after Rodney King was beaten by police, showing how the riots affected a wide swath of Angelenos.


LA Riot Documentaries Show Dehumanizing Black People Enables Abuses in Policing

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A slew of new documentaries look back on the Los Angeles riots, 25 years after the city erupted in protest. But why are so many being made and why now?


TV Movie Review: 'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks'

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In the HBO movie, Oprah Winfrey stars as the daughter of Henrietta Lacks who, with help from a reporter, finds out that her mother's cells are being used as the basis for medical research.


'Fargo' Serves Up Double Dose Of Ewan McGregor In Season 3

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The critically acclaimed anthology show, Fargo, returns to FX for its third season on Wednesday night. This season stars Ewan McGregor playing two brothers.


In Subdued Epilogue, 'Girls' Finale Leaves New York, Most Of The Cast Behind

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

After six seasons of subversive self-absorption, and a week past performing a post-mortem on the core friend group, Lena Dunham's HBO show ends with Hannah's flailing lurch into woman- and motherhood.


A Review As 'Veep' Returns To HBO For A Sixth Season

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The hit HBO comedy Veep returns Sunday for its sixth season. At a time when real-life Washington seems more absurd than any TV show, Veep succeeds by satirizing the venality of political culture.


Once An Alternative To Mainstream TV, YouTube Now Offers Just That With New Service

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

With its streaming TV service launching Wednesday, YouTube joins a crowded field. But it offers several features the others don't.


Hulu's 'Harlots' Follows Prostitutes In 18th Century London

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Set in 18th century London, Hulu's new drama, Harlots, is about a group of women who work and live in brothels. The show is told from the point of view of the women and has an almost entirely female production team.


Seeking Empathy, 'Shots Fired' Creators Flip The Script On Police Shootings

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The new Fox show Shots Fired follows two investigators looking into a police shooting where a black cop kills an unarmed white man. It's one of a handful of new network shows that are about policing.


Netflix's 'Iron Fist' Stumbles In Depiction Of Asian Culture

Friday, March 17, 2017

Netflix releases another Marvel superhero series, Iron Fist. This one features a white martial arts expert who fights bad guys, most of whom are Asian. After successful shows like Jessica Jones, this one misses the mark.


'This Is Us' Creator Dan Fogelman Says He Didn't Mean To Make You Cry

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fogelman says he was genuinely surprised to learn that his NBC family drama has a reputation for making audiences teary. "It was not the intent, nor something I expected," he says.


Reality Show Networks Getting Into High Quality Scripted TV

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Emerging TV outlets once used cheap reality TV shows to define their brands. Now, they're among those using high quality scripted shows to redefine themselves and build new audiences.