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Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome

Friday, June 20, 2014

HBO's True Blood is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice?

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A Plea To Emmy Voters To Consider Overlooked Shows And Actors

Friday, June 20, 2014

The prime-time Emmy award nominees will be announced on July 10. Our TV critic points out some under appreciated performances that Emmy voters should recognize.

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Hey, Emmy Voters, Stop Ignoring 'Orphan Black' — And Other Suggestions

Thursday, June 19, 2014

As the nominating process for the 2014 awards wraps up today, TV critic Eric Deggans has tips for voters on how to honor the best performances and shows.

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Larry Wilmore Knows: Heavy Lies The Late-Night Mantle

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Larry Wilmore talks to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans about the pressure of moving from his job as the "senior black correspondent" on The Daily Show to his spot as host of the new show Minority Report.

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'Working Stiff TV' — Hey, Meat And Potatoes Are Pretty Tasty

Monday, June 09, 2014

This is the era of prestige television — but Eric Deggans sings the praises of what he calls "Working Stiff TV," the kinds of shows that will never win awards but still make good solid viewing.

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More Scripted TV Shows Included In Top-10 List

Monday, June 09, 2014

The ratings for prime-time shows are out. If you look at the demographics advertisers pay the most for, young people, there are even more scripted shows edging out reality TV.

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New Faces Keep 'Orange Is The New Black' Humming In A New Season

Saturday, June 07, 2014

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Orange Is The New Black returns after a very successful first season with a second season that continues to deepen the backstories of the inmates.

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TV Offerings Are Hotter Than Usual This Summer

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This year, more original, highly anticipated summer TV series are debuting on the broadcast networks than ever before — along with some big-ticket series from cable and one of Netflix's biggest shows.

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'Mad Men' Pauses At The Half-Season With A Song And Dance

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mad Men ended its half-season on Sunday night with Don Draper wondering, as always, whether he can find peace without lies.

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