Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

Emmy Awards: 'Handmaid's Tale' And 'Veep' Win In Multiple Categories

Monday, September 18, 2017

Stephen Colbert hosted the 69th Emmy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles. The Handmaid's Tale won the Emmy for drama series. Veep and Atlanta split the major comedy categories.


NPR's Eric Deggans On Which Shows Deserve To Win

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The 69th primetime Emmy Awards are tonight. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has awards of his own. He's voted on the shows he thinks deserve the "Deggys."


Review: Ken Burns' 'The Vietnam War'

Friday, September 15, 2017

Filmmaker Ken Burns and collaborators turn their lens to the Vietnam War in a 10-part, 18-hour documentary. It was six years in the making and includes rarely seen footage.


Getting Through Irma On Little Gas And A Lot Of Luck

Thursday, September 14, 2017

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans finds that planning for a hurricane is often like writing a message on a sandy shore — the plan never lasts long.


Make It So-So: Fox's 'The Orville'

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Unable to fix on a tone, the series "is trying so hard not to be so many things, it isn't fully any one thing," says critic Eric Deggans, who calls it "the strangest misfire of the fall TV season."


In 'The Deuce,' Sex Isn't Titillating — It's Business

Friday, September 08, 2017

David Simon's gritty new drama follows pornography's transition from back-alley pursuit to billion-dollar industry. The sex scenes are transactional, but also explicit, with equal opportunity nudity.


Facebook Prepares To Launch New Video Streaming Service

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Facebook is rolling out it's new video streaming service this week. "Facebook Watch" is accessed by a button on the home page feed. Click and you get tons of shows, including a couple of originals. It's paid for by ads, which could be aimed directly at you, since Facebook knows all about you.


'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 Finale: Epic In More Ways Than One

Monday, August 28, 2017

Game of Thrones fans found out what the episode title, "The Dragon and the Wolf," meant Sunday night, when season seven of the wildly popular HBO show came to an end.


How Late Night TV Addressed Charlottesville And This Week In Politics

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This week gave late night television shows a lot of material to work with — a recap and review of how they did.


A Radiant, Isolated Star: A New Documentary Tells Whitney Houston's Story

Friday, August 18, 2017

Whitney: Can I Be Me is an unauthorized documentary that marshals the voices of Houston's friends and former employees to tell an intimate, tragic story.


Netflix, ABC Portrayals Of Autism Still Fall Short, Critics Say

Friday, August 11, 2017

Two new TV series feature main characters who have autism. While some are applauding the fresh take on the disorder, others worry that the shows send the wrong messages.


'The Bachelorette' Concludes Landmark Season As Rachel Lindsay Gives Final Rose

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The season finale of ABC's The Bachelorette aired on Monday night. This season featured the first African-American star, Rachel Lindsay, and a multi-racial cast of suitors for her hand in marriage.


Criticism Of The Fall TV Season Is Off And Running

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The TV Critics Association summer press tour wraps up this week. We get a sneak peek at what's to come on TV this fall.


Black Producers, HBO Defend Upcoming Series 'Confederate'

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Executive producers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman spoke to NPR's Eric Deggans to push back against the notion the show will be "a celebration ... of slavery."


'Last Chance U': Netflix Docuseries Follows Troubled Community College Football Stars

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Last Chance U is a docuseries on Netflix that takes viewers inside the football program at East Mississippi Community College, where troubled football stars try to work their way back to top schools.


'Hawaii Five-0' Casting Announcement Doesn't Fix CBS's Larger Diversity Problem

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CBS announced the three new actors who will be joining the cast of its cop drama. To no one's surprise, all are nonwhite. But the network still has work to do.


TV Review: 'Game Of Thrones' Returns For Its 7th Season

Monday, July 17, 2017

It's been more than a year since the last season of Game of Thrones ended. It is a show with a lot of characters and a lot of moving parts. So how was it? Our TV critic has a review.


HBO Summer: 'Game Of Thrones' And More Return

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Game of Thrones returns to HBO Sunday night. And next Sunday, Ballers and Insecure will also come back for another season of must-watch viewing.


'Saturday Night Live' And 'Westworld' Scoop Up Most Emmy Nominations

Thursday, July 13, 2017

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives us his take on the 2017 Emmy nominations. With 22 nominations each, Saturday Night Live and Westworld are tied for the most Emmy nods of the season.


'The Defiant Ones' Tells The Story Of An Unlikely Music-Biz Duo

Friday, July 07, 2017

The new HBO mini-series charts the shared and individual histories of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, whose partnership helped redefine hip-hop and rock music.