Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.


The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoongate' Lessons

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?


HBO GO Available To Non-Cable Subscribers In 2015

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Starting next year, HBO says it will offer its programming on the web to those without a cable subscription. The service will be offered in the U.S. and there are plans to bring it overseas.


Rosie Perez Settles In As The First Latina Co-Host On 'The View'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One month into the job on ABC's The View, Rosie Perez talks about how things are going so far. She says one of the only things about the job that's not fun is the expectations of some critics.


AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Is A Hit Show With Two Meanings

Saturday, October 11, 2014

As The Walking Dead returns for a fifth season Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says some storylines offer extra meaning for fans who have read the graphic novels which inspired the show.


'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

As The CW's new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes the best new broadcast dramas of the fall season are based on comic book stories.


Showtime's 'Homeland' Now Depends On Carrie Mathison As Flawed Hero

Sunday, October 05, 2014

As Showtime's Emmy-winning terrorism drama starts its fourth season Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show struggles to continue without a key character.


Netflix's Adam Sandler Movies Could Be Big Wins Or Silent Flops

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Netflix has announced a deal to make four movies with comedian Adam Sandler exclusively for its streaming video service. It will also stream an upcoming movie while it's still showing in theaters.


Fox's 'Gracepoint': An American Remake Best Viewed With Fresh Eyes

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Fox's new show Gracepoint is a remake of a British murder mystery, Broadchurch. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says those who saw the original might want to watch the new series with someone who hasn't.


FX's 'The Bridge' Finds Authenticity In Spanish-Language Scenes

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

"We're giving those 33 million Hispanics in the U.S. ... a point where they can actually identify themselves," says Demian Bichir, a star of the cross-border crime drama.

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Gilligan's Island At 50: A Goofy Show From A Time Of TV Innocence

Friday, September 26, 2014

As classic sitcom Gilligan's Island celebrates its 50th birthday, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it is an example of a show much loved by fans despite widely acknowledged mediocrity.


Network TV's Fall Lineup Distinguished By Diversity

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

This season a dozen new network TV shows feature non-white characters as leads or co-leads. The shows aren't just notable for their casting diversity, but for how they talk about race and culture.


How Not To Handle A New Voice In TV

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The firestorm kicked off by a New York Times analysis of TV's most successful black female showrunner mostly highlights how some struggle to handle new voices taking over the cultural conversation.


Deggans Picks 'Gotham,' 'Black-ish,' 'The Flash' Among Fall TV's Best

Monday, September 22, 2014

As the fall TV season begins this week, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives his picks on new shows to watch and a few to avoid (or hate watch, if you like).


Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

Friday, September 19, 2014

On the anniversary of the iconic series, NPR's Eric Deggans talks with the author of a new Bill Cosby biography about how the show and the comedian have shaped perceptions of black families.


Competition Highlights Importance Of Fall TV Season

Monday, September 15, 2014

Network TV's fall season formally starts next week, when most networks unveil their new shows, and Nielsen starts counting ratings for the season. Which shows will succeed and which will fail?


Why Michael Che's New Role Could Change More Than 'SNL'

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Daily Show correspondent will become the first black co-anchor of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says his hire could help diversify comedy well beyond NBC.


'Sons Of Anarchy' Succeeds As A Soap Opera Geared Toward Guys

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

As FX's popular drama begins its seventh and final season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show works because it balances melodrama with bullets and biker gangs.


Does It Matter That Rosie Perez Is The First Latina Co-Host Of 'The View'?

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Oscar-nominated daughter of Puerto Rican parents is the first permanent Latina co-host in The View's 17-year history. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans explains why that matters.


CBS's Thursday Night Football: An Ambitious Alliance With A Lot At Stake

Thursday, September 04, 2014

On Sept. 11, CBS and the NFL will debut Thursday Night Football games. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it's a sure bet that two of the world's biggest corporations have a lot riding on.