Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

Republican National Convention Parallels Reality Television

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Conflict, betrayal, false words: The Republican National Convention is playing out like a reality TV show.


Garry Marshall, Director Of Big- And Small-Screen Projects, Dies At 81

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Writer-director Garry Marshall, who had a string of TV hits that included Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley and the box-office smashes Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride, has died. He was 81.


Stephen Colbert Revives Right-Wing Persona To Mark Start Of GOP Convention

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stephen Colbert resurrected his Colbert Report conservative buffoon character Monday night for the opening night of the Republican National Convention. The move highlights what Colbert's been missing since he took the helm of The Late Show.


'Game Of Thrones,' 'Veep,' 'The Americans' Scoop Up Emmy Nominations

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. They highlight another year of high quality and diverse television.


'Mr. Robot' 2.0 Remains Fresh And Surprising

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The acclaimed hacker drama, Mr. Robot, returns to the USA Network for its second season Wednesday night. In its first season, the unconventional show proved to be a smash hit.


'The Night Of': A Gripping And Timely Look At American Criminal Justice

Sunday, July 10, 2016

HBO's new miniseries follows a Pakistani-American college student who finds himself at the center of a murder investigation. It's brutal, brilliant and maybe the best new TV show of the summer.


'Game Of Thrones' Finale Sunday Caps A Season Of Satisfaction

Monday, June 27, 2016

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says HBO's most popular series soared this year with plots that moved beyond George R.R. Martin's published books.


Bernie Worrell: The Most Influential Keyboardist You've Probably Never Heard Of

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Composer and keyboardist Bernie Worrell played funk, soul, and broke genres as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and a performer with Talking Heads. Worrell died Friday at the age of 72.


Real Roadies Find New Showtime Series Unrealistic

Friday, June 24, 2016

Cameron Crowe's new show Roadies chronicles the backstage world of rock-n-roll, focusing on roadies. The long-awaited show, a comedic drama, premieres Sunday on Showtime.


TV Review: HBO's 'Any Given Wednesday'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

HBO launched a weekly talk show with former ESPN star Bill Simmons. Considered one of the top sports commentators, Simmons crafted a show that melds pop culture, sports talk and celebrity interviews.


Oprah's New Show, 'Greenleaf,' Is Megachurch Melodrama

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Oprah Winfrey returns to a regular TV drama role for the first time in two decades, appearing in Greenleaf, a scripted drama set in a Memphis megachurch. The show premieres Tuesday on her OWN network.


Late Night Hosts Respond To Orlando Tragedy With Heartfelt Monologues

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Late night talk show hosts responded to the tragic events in Orlando in a variety of ways. Many chose to dedicate time in their monologues to the tragedy, thus taking on the role news anchors once had dominion over.


Summer TV Preview: Which Shows Are Worth Staying Indoors?

Monday, June 13, 2016

A rush of new shows are coming to network, cable and streaming channels in June. We'll tell you what's worth tuning in to (or at least setting the DVR for) and when you should just go outside.


'O.J.: Made In America' Charts Simpson's Rise And Fall

Saturday, June 11, 2016

NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans says ESPN's new documentary series about O.J. Simpson is a detailed and revealing look at the football star turned murder suspect's life.


Review: UnREAL Soars By Going Where Real-Life Reality TV Fears To Tread

Monday, June 06, 2016

Lifetime's Peabody award-winning fictional dramedy — UnREAL — about an out-of-control reality show returns for its second season. In it, a black man sets out to find love among a bevy of women.


'Top Gear' Returns With New Hosts On BBC America

Monday, May 30, 2016

The massively popular BBC show, Top Gear, relaunches Monday on BBC America. Following the painfully public downfall of its former host, the new hosts have big gears to grind.


A Modern 'Roots' For An American Society Still 'Based On The Color Line'

Monday, May 30, 2016

The remake of the seminal TV miniseries begins on the History channel this week. Co-producer LeVar Burton says he recognized an opportunity to retell the story "to and for a new generation."


TV Networks Hope To Lure Advertisers At Annual 'Upfronts'

Thursday, May 19, 2016

This week, networks present their new fall shows and strategies at the annual upfronts, in the hopes of raking in an estimated $9 billion from advertisers. Reboots and remakes are prominent this year.


Which TV Shows Will Be Back Next Year?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

It's that time of year when TV networks decide which shows to cancel and which to renew for the 2016-2017 season. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans gives an update on the new and canceled shows.


Handler Says 'Chelsea' On Netflix Will Break Every TV Talk Show Rule

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Talks show host and comedian Chelsea Handler on Wednesday debuts her new show Chelsea on Netflix. The half-hour program will air three times a week and be available in 190 countries.