Eric Deggans appears in the following:
Monday, December 09, 2013
November is over and so is the big fall TV season. But there are bright gifts among the off-season also-rans, including TNT's Mob City and a French series about the undead.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Eric Deggans looks at the midseason finale of The Walking Dead and concludes that while the show is brutal and violent, it's ultimately concerned with matters of humanity and hope.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Katie Couric's leap to Yahoo! has been hailed as a landmark and criticized as an awkward misstep. But Eric Deggans sees in both Couric and Yahoo! media brands struggling to find a way forward.
Monday, November 11, 2013
AMC's The Walking Dead has key ratings better than network dramas. The show gets desirable young viewers by not skimping on explicit action, gore or storytelling. So why haven't the networks tried to imitate the show? Blame the FCC, which cracks down on explicit network broadcast content but overlooks cable.
Friday, November 08, 2013
After several years contributing to NPR's coverage of the media, Eric Deggans is finally getting a business card. This fall marks the start of Deggans' new role as NPR television correspondent, so we caught up with him to find out what's playing on his TV (among other things).
Friday, November 01, 2013
Scandal star Kerry Washington's turn hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this Saturday has revived criticism of the show's lack of black female cast members. The issue was raised earlier this year when SNL announced five new cast members — four male, all white. The show's lack of black women — only three have ever been cast in 38 years — forces the show's black males to dress as black women, which echoes historic, demeaning issues for black male comics. It also keeps SNL from featuring black female characters and keeps black women from entering the farm team of America's comedy elite who launch their careers there.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Jon Stewart's news-driven comedy show has mined many a joke from the Affordable Care Act's rocky rollout. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans spoke with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish about whether the mockery could have a real impact on younger viewers' responses to the health care law.
Monday, September 09, 2013
In the late ‘80s, comedian and actor Arsenio Hall became a late-night TV trailblazer. 20 years later, Hall returns to late night — and incoming NPR TV critic Eric Deggans shares his thoughts about it.
Monday, September 09, 2013
In this episode: We introduce our latest remix challenge: Remix The Mayor. The race for New York City’s next mayor is nearing the home stretch -- and we’re asking you to turn the voices of our most famous politicians (past and present) into song. John Schaefer and producer Gretta Cohn share their remixes, and explain how you can participate.
Plus: TV critic Eric Deggans meditates on the return of Arsenio Hall to late night, and we revisit classic musical moments from the original Arsenio Hall Show with comedian and “ArScheerio Paul Show” Web series creator Paul Scheer.
And: Haim, the up-and-coming L.A. pop outfit led by three sisters, joins us to perform songs from their upcoming debut album.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Last Saturday, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Since then, everyone from protesters to politicians to pundits have weighed in. Brooke talks to Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans about the reaction and how the verdict has reignited discussions of race in the U.S.
Friday, July 12, 2013
When the shooting of Trayvon Martin became national news in 2012, it opened up a discussion about race and the criminal justice system in the United States. But since the trial of George Zimmerman began three weeks ago, coverage has taken a turn toward the sensational. Brooke talks to Tampa Bay Times media critic Eric Deggans about the evolving quality of coverage of the Trayvon Martin story.
Yo La Tengo - Cornelia and Jane
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
On Sundays this summer, Lifetime has a new show from the creator of Desperate Housewives, Mark Cherry. Critic Eric Deggans says Devious Maids is trying to explode stereotypes about Latinos and domestic workers. But it might not be trying hard enough.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Writer Eric Deggans argues that it's just as easy to stereotype white, working-class people as folks of color. He's wondering: Why haven't we seen stronger protests of shows that stereotype whites?
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
For Eric Deggans, the TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, code-switching wasn't always easy — and he learned it the hard way.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
In the era of Glee and Smash, musical TV shows are seemingly all over the airwaves. But when shows that are usually dialogue-filled -- like Psych or Grey's Anatomy -- break format and go "musical" for just one episode, the results can be mixed. Soundcheck bullpen contributor, Faith Salie, and Eric Deggans, media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, join us to talk about when shows turn in their scripts for sheet music.
What are your favorite shows that have done a "musical" episode? Which shows could use one to shake things up? Tell us in the comments section.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Commentator Eric Deggans says the HBO film Game Change, based on a much-discussed book about the 2008 campaign, may inform the way we see the 2012 election.
Monday, February 06, 2012
Last night's Super Bowl halftime show included cartwheels, bedazzled muumuus, raised middle fingers - and Queen Madge herself. We take your reactions to Madonna's performance - and ask TV and media critic Eric Deggans for his take.
Monday, February 06, 2012
In the wake of founder Don Cornelius’ death last week, we look back at the importance of “Soul Train” in television history and American race relations. Joining us is Eric Deggans, TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Commentator Eric Deggans says the TV networks are spinning old genres in new ways, but they're mostly making themselves dizzy.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Steely Dan’s 1977 album “Aja” rebelled against the disco and rock hits of the day and achieved a new level of smooth. As of this year, the Library of Congress has also deemed it so culturally and aesthetically significant that it's now going to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. In this Soundcheck Smackdown, we debated Steely Dan's "Aja" with St. Petersburg Times media critic Eric Deggans and freelance music critic Alex V. Cook.