Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

Letterman Leaves Late-Night TV With A Near-Perfect Final Show

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Late Show host David Letterman said goodbye Wednesday night with his trademark self-deprecating sarcasm. He left as he had arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.


'Mad Men' Finale: A Love Letter To Fans Filled With Mostly Happy Endings

Monday, May 18, 2015

AMC's Mad Men ended its seven-season run on Sunday. Fans may have loved how characters' stories were resolved, but critics may question how writers got them there.


Network's Fall TV Shows Embrace Diverse Casts

Friday, May 15, 2015

The TV industry was in New York to present its new lineup to advertisers. We examine whether the networks have doubled down on diversity after the success of shows like Empire and Jane the Virgin.


David Letterman Looks Back On Career As TV's Longest-Serving Late Night Host

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NPR's Eric Deggans interviews David Letterman about his career as a late night host. Letterman will retire from CBS' Late Show next Wednesday.


David Letterman's Top 10 Late-Night Memories (Well, Not Really)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

No one has been a late-night TV host longer than David Letterman, who retires Wednesday after 33 years. Here's what he told TV Critic Eric Deggans about leaving the Ed Sullivan Theater one last time.


'American Idol' To End After 15 Seasons

Monday, May 11, 2015

The once dominant TV show American Idol will end after this coming season.


ABC Brings Muppets Back To Prime Time As News Emerges About Fall Shows

Friday, May 08, 2015

TV networks officially reveal fall schedules next week, but word has already spread on some new shows and cancellations. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says early trends include more diversity, big names.


Successful Superhero TV Shows Go Beyond Superpowers

Monday, April 27, 2015

Superheroes are big on TV, but why do some shows work and others fail? It's not about the costumes or the special effects.


Clone Drama 'Orphan Black' Returns, As Complex And Complicated As Ever

Friday, April 17, 2015

The BBC America series returns for a third season on Saturday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show's dense stories are immensely absorbing, but can make it hard to follow for casual viewers.


The 'Justified' Finale Brings An End To Another TV Western

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

FX's powerful modern-day Western 'Justified' airs its series finale tonight. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says its end underscores the decline of a once-powerful TV genre.


'Nurse Jackie' Ends As TV's Most Honest Depiction Of Addiction

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television's most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.


'Game Of Thrones' And 'Veep' Anchor HBO's Killer Sunday Lineup

Friday, April 10, 2015

HBO's Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley all start new seasons Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these three shows just might form the best Sunday night lineup on television this spring.


'So That Happened:' Confessions Of A Duck-Man

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Actor Jon Cryer's new memoir details his life in show business, including, of course, co-star Charlie Sheen's meltdown. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Cryer's a smart guy who's often been overlooked.


The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same As 'Mad Men' Winds Down

Friday, April 03, 2015

AMC's award-winning drama Mad Men returns for its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these last seven installments explore how little people change, even in tumultuous times.


Comedy Central Backs New 'Daily Show' Host Despite Insensitive Tweets

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Comedy Central named Trevor Noah on Monday to replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. The 31-year-old comic is being criticized for misogynistic and anti-Semitic jokes tweeted in 2009.


New 'Daily Show' Host Faces Criticism Over Questionable Tweets

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Less than 24 hours after "The Daily Show" made its announcement, new host Trevor Noah is facing backlash over tweets he posted where he ridicules Jews, lesbians and overweight women.


Evaluating Whether It's Time To Cut The Cord

Friday, March 27, 2015

Several big media companies recently announced new ways to bring TV over the Internet. For example, HBO's streaming service, Sony's PlayStation Vue and a rumored service from Apple.


James Corden Nods To Talk Show Tradition With CBS's 'Late Late Show'

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

British comic actor James Corden took over CBS's Late Late Show on Monday with a star-studded debut. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says he offered a touch of talk show tradition with a modern feel.


In Move From Web To TV, 'Childrens Hospital' Could Set An Example

Friday, March 20, 2015

Childrens Hospital returns to Comedy Central's Adult Swim for its sixth season Friday. NPR's Eric Deggans spent a day on set and reports on how this niche comedy is swimming against the tide.


Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The hip-hop drama ends its first season Wednesday as a huge hit, thanks to black viewers. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it also has sparked a complex debate over TV stereotypes.