Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

Friday, August 22, 2014

The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show's hero, The Doctor. Capaldi says the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.


4 More Things NBC Must Do To Save 'Meet The Press'

Monday, August 18, 2014

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.


Don Draper? Tywin Lannister? These Aren't Your Father's TV Dads

Friday, August 15, 2014

As part of All Things Considered's series on Men in America, NPR's Eric Deggans considers the way television fatherhood has changed over the past five decades, from Ward Cleaver to Walter White.


Robin Williams: A Supreme Talent Who Was Always On

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Williams was a dervish of comedy — tossing off one-liners, biting asides and sidesplitting routines in a blizzard of accents, attitudes and goodhearted energy. He died Monday at 63.


'The Knick': Cinemax's Quality Play Opens Its Eyes To Race

Friday, August 08, 2014

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax medical show makes an unusual decision for a period drama: It looks seriously at race in America.


Modern Anthology Series Could Revolutionize Television

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

TV is reinventing the anthology with shows like Fargo, True Detective, and American Horror Story. Our TV critic examines what the form allows producers, writers and executives to do.


'Sharknado' Part Deux: The Laughably Bad Epic Strikes Back

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Syfy channel has cornered the market on a new kind of film: a movie that's played completely straight, but constructed to look cheesy and easy to ridicule. The best example? Sharknado 2, the sequel to a film so bad it became huge success. Can the network strike gold twice by being stupid on purpose?


'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band

Saturday, July 26, 2014

For Eric Deggans, Prince's movie wasn't just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as "a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out."


U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The data recorder was recovered from the Air Algerie AH5017 debris field in southern Mali. Investigators are linking Thursday's crash that killed 118 to bad weather.


5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour

Thursday, July 24, 2014

From being mistaken for Randy Jackson to confronting network executives about diversity issues, TV critic Eric Deggans runs down highlights of the two-week blizzard of parties and press conferences.


Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

Sunday, July 20, 2014

James Garner, star of classic TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, died Saturday at age 86. TV critic Eric Deggans says he pioneered playing a new character: the "unhero."

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Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This fall, ABC will offer its most ethnically diverse slate of new shows in recent memory. But getting people to talk freely about why that's happened is still difficult.


Asking Katherine Heigl The 'Difficult' Question At Press Tour

Monday, July 14, 2014

During a press conference about NBC's new fall drama State of Affairs, TV critic Eric Deggans asked the show's star an "elephant in the room" question.


Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations

Thursday, July 10, 2014

HBO's Game of Thrones emerged as the most-nominated series with 19 nods for the Primetime Emmy Awards, but new series such as FX's Fargo and HBO's True Detective scored, too.


Social Media Meltdowns Highlight The Power Of The Audience

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Online fights hobbled the careers of TV host Adam Richman and shock jock Anthony Cumia. NPR's Eric Deggans says they were kneecapped by the new reality of modern media.


Questlove And The Roots: How A Hip-Hop Band Conquered Late Night

Thursday, July 03, 2014

"It's strange to admit it, but this is kinda the job we were born for," Questlove says of his group's serving as house band for The Tonight Show.


As The Anchor Chair Turns: A Glimpse At ABC News Past And Future

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ABC News has announced major shakeups in its anchor lineup, as Diane Sawyer steps down from her perch as anchor of the network's evening news. What does her replacement say about the state of TV news?


Diane Sawyer's 'World News' Departure Sets Off Big Changes At ABC News

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

As the veteran anchor steps away from ABC's flagship evening newscast, the network gives key duties to George Stephanopoulos — making the man who co-anchors its morning broadcast the face of ABC News.


'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This story in the "Book Your Trip" series features NPR TV critic Eric Deggans on two books turned TV shows about civil rights: PBS's Freedom Summer and Hallmark Channel's The Watsons Go to Birmingham.


FX's 'Tyrant' Drowns An Opportunity For Nuance In Stereotypes

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The new series debuting tonight — about the son of a Middle Eastern dictator returning home — misses the mark with a pro-U.S. attitude that turns characters into caricatures.