Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

'I Am Cait' Premieres As Reality Series With A Cause

Monday, July 27, 2015

NPR reviews the premiere of I Am Cait, E! network's new reality series in which Caitlyn Jenner introduces her female identity to her family and explores transgender issues.


Syfy's 'Sharknado 3' Fails At Being Really Good Bad Television

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Syfy debuts the third installment in its disaster movie spoof franchise. But it isn't fun to watch — even ironically — and the film falls short, even as it inspires imitators on other channels.


Emmy Nominations For 'Transparent,' Tatiana Maslany Showcase New Talent

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday. The field of contenders shows a welcome turn toward recognizing new talent and new sources for TV.


In The Writer's Room, One Woman Quietly Makes Late Night History

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Robin Thede's wide-ranging career has included stints in both journalism and comedy. Now, at The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she's the first black woman to work as a head writer in late night TV.


Bill Cosby's Accusers Say They Now Have Vindication

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bill Cosby's support appears to have eroded after court records show he admitted buying Quaaludes to drug a woman for sex. Why has it taken decades for people to believe women who accused him of rape?


Hannibal Buress' Show Adds To Comedy Central's More Diversified Lineup

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

With the success of shows like Inside Amy Schumer, and Key and Peele — along with Wednesday night's debut of a show from comedian Hannibal Buress, Comedy Central is showing the power of diversity.


USA's 'Mr. Robot,' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best Summer TV Series

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A flood of some 120 series, both new and returning, are coming to TV sets this summer. So, how to choose which ones to binge-watch by the pool? Our TV critic picks his four favorite new shows.


NBC Dumps Donald Trump Over Comments On Mexican Immigrants

Monday, June 29, 2015

NBC severs ties with Donald Trump over his derogatory remarks about Mexicans.


Henry Louis Gates Apologizes Over Ben Affleck 'Find Your Roots' Episode

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gates has apologized for not being more transparent in handling a controversial episode of the series he hosts on PBS, Finding Your Roots. PBS has delayed scheduling the show's third season.


Why Isn't The Second Season Of 'True Detective' More Surprising?

Friday, June 19, 2015

HBO's crime drama returns for its second season on Sunday. It has a new cast, setting and story. Our TV critic says the new episodes should have retained a bit more of what worked from last season.


4 Ways NBC Might Rehabilitate Brian Williams' Image

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Now that NBC has finalized a deal to move disgraced anchor Brian Williams to MSNBC, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans outlines some ways the network might salvage his credibility.


Reports: Brian Williams Out As 'Nightly News' Anchor But Will Stay With NBC

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Several reports indicate Brian Williams will remain at NBC but will no longer anchor the Nightly News. Williams was suspended after it turned out some of the stories he told about himself were false.


Amazon's 'Catastrophe' Isn't One — Unlike Some TV Rom-Coms

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Amazon on Friday debuts a comedy about an American man and Irish woman united by an unexpected pregnancy. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a wonderful, fresh vision of romance on TV.


A Good But Not Great New Season For Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black'

Friday, June 12, 2015

Netflix debuts 14 new episodes of prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show remains compelling, despite the loss of a powerful character from last season.


Do Critics Of Violence And Sex In HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Miss The Point?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

As HBO's Game of Thrones airs its fifth season finale Sunday, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans asks if some critics of the show's violence and sexuality should reconsider past criticisms.


Child Molestation Scandal Involving TLC's Duggar Show Unfolds In Media

Monday, June 08, 2015

The controversy around the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting continues. Family members have appeared on Fox News to try to portray the child molestation accusations against Josh Duggar as overblown.


Racial Diversity Grows On Network Television, But Will Quality Lag Behind?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Network TV's fall schedule has a lot of new shows with non-white stars and casts. But NPR television critic Eric Deggans wonders if those series will explore race and culture as well as current shows.


CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS' Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.


New Season Of 'Halt And Catch Fire' Is A Welcomed Upgrade

Friday, May 29, 2015

AMC's show Halt and Catch Fire chronicles the dawn of the PC-era at a time when companies like Texas Instruments dominated the Silicon Prairie. The second season debuts Sunday.


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.