Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

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.


Anthology TV Series Undergo Renaissance With 'American Crime,' 'Feud'

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The third season of American Crime debuts this week on ABC. It's one of a number of interesting anthology series on TV now. NPR takes a look at the pros and cons of anthology series.


'I Create Worlds': 'Feud' Showrunner Ryan Murphy On Making TV

Friday, March 03, 2017

Murphy has compared the process of developing a show to having a dream — and his dreams have quite a track record. They include Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story and now Feud.


Late Night TV Shows Take Aim At Trump, Score Well In Ratings

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Late night TV shows heavy on sharp satire of President Donald Trump are scoring well in the ratings. NPR takes a look at the phenomenon.


'The Good Fight' Offers Edgier Version of 'The Good Wife' In Series Debut

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Good Fight is a spinoff of CBS's award-winning drama, The Good Wife. It brings back star Christine Baranski, whose character's savings were wiped out in a financial scam.


The Stylish FX Series 'Legion' Suffers From A Split Personality

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Noah Hawley, writer-director of the FX series Fargo, has created a promising and visually striking series set in the X-Men universe that seems oddly reluctant to embrace its pulpy, superheroic roots.


Patriots' Victory Overshadows Super Bowl Commercials, Lady Gaga

Monday, February 06, 2017

New England won the Super Bowl in overtime beating the Atlanta Falcons. But the Super Bowl is more than the game. From the half-time show to ads — we do a little Monday morning quarterbacking.


Super Bowl Ads 2017: What Works, What Doesn't And What Gets Political

Saturday, February 04, 2017

While a significant portion of the Super Bowl watching audience are around for the ads, it's not just the TV-watching audience to which those ads are geared. Here's a few notable ads to watch Sunday.


BET Continues To Redefine Brand With Nelson Mandela Miniseries

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The new BET miniseries, Madiba, starring Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela, premieres Wednesday night. BET says the show is at the heart of their Black History Month programming. The show is also part of the latest attempt to redefine the BET brand with high quality scripted shows.


TV Review: '24: Legacy' Is A Lot Like What We've Seen Before

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The spinoff of the hit political action TV show 24, called 24: Legacy, premieres after the Super Bowl. The show is very familiar to the original, which is a "missed opportunity," our commentator says.


Hollywood Grapples With TV In The Age Of Trump

Thursday, January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump's inauguration approaches, Hollywood faces the question of how this polarizing president might affect its work — and how to tell politically charged stories for a divided audience.


There's A Lot Of Great Stuff Coming To All TV Platforms, Our Critic Says

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

TV critics from across the country are in Pasadena, Calif., for the Television Critics Association press tour. It's that time when networks, cable companies and streamers present their upcoming shows.


Sky Arts Pulls Michael Jackson Episode of 'Urban Myths" Featuring Joseph Fiennes

Friday, January 13, 2017

An episode of the Sky Arts show Urban Myths, featuring Joseph Fiennes playing the role of Michael Jackson, will no longer be broadcast.


At Golden Globes, Meryl Streep Takes On Donald Trump

Monday, January 09, 2017

Streep, a prominent progressive in the arts world, did not mention Trump by name when she criticized his remarks about a disabled reporter during the campaign, but her target was clear.


Cuban-Americans Take Spotlight In Netflix Reboot Of 'One Day At A Time'

Friday, January 06, 2017

Netflix releases a new take on an old show, Norman Lear's One Day at a Time. This time, the show follows a Cuban-American family.


'Celebrity Apprentice' Returns With Schwarzenegger In Charge

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

After Donald Trump starred on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice, a new host takes over the boardroom. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the show shifts from Trump Tower to sunny Los Angeles.