Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

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.


Showtime Revives 'Twin Peaks' But Says Little About 2017's Plot

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

One of the most anticipated TV shows of the new year may sound familiar. Twin Peaks is coming back more than 25 years after FBI Agent Dale Cooper first started investigating Laura Palmer's murder.


Beyond Fake News: 2016's Most Disruptive Media Moments

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

This year was the most chaotic year America's mainstream news media have faced in a long time — and not just because of the presidential election, or the prevalence of fake news stories.


2016 Had So Much Good TV, It Was Almost Too Much — We Pick Some Standouts

Monday, December 19, 2016

It has been a perplexing and wonderful year for TV lovers, with more good and great shows than ever, but that overload left viewers drowning in content. We've picked out some of the best for you.


'The Man In The High Castle' Returns To Amazon For Season 2

Friday, December 16, 2016

The show imagines what it would be like if the axis countries had won World War II, and America was divided between Germany and Japan. The show's heroes struggle against totalitarianism.


After A Year On The Job, Stephen Colbert Finds His Voice On 'The Late Show'

Saturday, December 10, 2016

At a taping of the show this week, during a visit by Vice President Joe Biden, Late Show writers and producers explain how they managed to turn the program around after a rough start.


Trump To Retain Credit As Executive Producer Of 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Friday, December 09, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump will retain a credit as executive producer of the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice. The new season, with new "boss" Arnold Schwarzenegger, premieres January 2. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says no one but Trump knows how involved he will be, but the news seems to contradict NBC's past assertion that it has severed business ties with Trump.


A Case For Why TV Execs Should Face Critics

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Press tours with networks and cable companies give TV critics an opportunity to have Q&A sessions with top executives. In January, many executives will skip a big one in LA, and that concerns critics.


TV Executives Plan To Skip Q&A Session With Critics

Monday, December 05, 2016

It's a regular event for TV critics to gather in Los Angeles for press conferences with networks and cable companies. But this year, top executives won't hold question and answer sessions.


'Incorporated' Imagines Dystopian Future Where Corporations Run The World

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Incorporated is a new show on Syfy executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. It imagines a dystopian future where corporations run the world, not governments. If you work for a corporation, you live an upper-middle class life. If you don't, you live in a slum.