Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

Deggans Picks 'Gotham,' 'Black-ish,' 'The Flash' Among Fall TV's Best

Monday, September 22, 2014

As the fall TV season begins this week, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives his picks on new shows to watch and a few to avoid (or hate watch, if you like).


Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

Friday, September 19, 2014

On the anniversary of the iconic series, NPR's Eric Deggans talks with the author of a new Bill Cosby biography about how the show and the comedian have shaped perceptions of black families.


Competition Highlights Importance Of Fall TV Season

Monday, September 15, 2014

Network TV's fall season formally starts next week, when most networks unveil their new shows, and Nielsen starts counting ratings for the season. Which shows will succeed and which will fail?


Why Michael Che's New Role Could Change More Than 'SNL'

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Daily Show correspondent will become the first black co-anchor of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says his hire could help diversify comedy well beyond NBC.


'Sons Of Anarchy' Succeeds As A Soap Opera Geared Toward Guys

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

As FX's popular drama begins its seventh and final season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show works because it balances melodrama with bullets and biker gangs.


Does It Matter That Rosie Perez Is The First Latina Co-Host Of 'The View'?

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Oscar-nominated daughter of Puerto Rican parents is the first permanent Latina co-host in The View's 17-year history. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans explains why that matters.


CBS's Thursday Night Football: An Ambitious Alliance With A Lot At Stake

Thursday, September 04, 2014

On Sept. 11, CBS and the NFL will debut Thursday Night Football games. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says it's a sure bet that two of the world's biggest corporations have a lot riding on.


New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem to break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.


Emmy Awards 2014: Safe Choices In A Time Of Groundbreaking TV

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Monday's Emmy Awards promised to recognize TV's emerging future โ€” but ultimately rewarded comfortable favorites over disruptive upstarts.


Past Winners Do Well At 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Plenty of statuettes were handed out Monday night at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. ABC's Modern Family won for best comedy series and AMC's Breaking Bad won best drama series.


Eric Deggans Live-Tweets The Emmys

Monday, August 25, 2014

Follow real-time commentary on the Emmy awards with NPR's TV critic.


Emmy Awards To Be Handed In Los Angeles

Monday, August 25, 2014

Matthew McConaughey or Brian Cranston? Orange Is the New Black or Modern Family? The questions about which actors and shows will emerge at the top of the TV industry get answered Monday night.


TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

Friday, August 22, 2014

The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show's hero, The Doctor. Capaldi says the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.


4 More Things NBC Must Do To Save 'Meet The Press'

Monday, August 18, 2014

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans offers four suggestions beyond replacing host David Gregory for revitalizing NBC's Sunday politics show, based on his own experience as a CNN guest host.


Don Draper? Tywin Lannister? These Aren't Your Father's TV Dads

Friday, August 15, 2014

As part of All Things Considered's series on Men in America, NPR's Eric Deggans considers the way television fatherhood has changed over the past five decades, from Ward Cleaver to Walter White.


Robin Williams: A Supreme Talent Who Was Always On

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Williams was a dervish of comedy โ€” tossing off one-liners, biting asides and sidesplitting routines in a blizzard of accents, attitudes and goodhearted energy. He died Monday at 63.


'The Knick': Cinemax's Quality Play Opens Its Eyes To Race

Friday, August 08, 2014

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax medical show makes an unusual decision for a period drama: It looks seriously at race in America.


Modern Anthology Series Could Revolutionize Television

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

TV is reinventing the anthology with shows like Fargo, True Detective, and American Horror Story. Our TV critic examines what the form allows producers, writers and executives to do.


'Sharknado' Part Deux: The Laughably Bad Epic Strikes Back

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Syfy channel has cornered the market on a new kind of film: a movie that's played completely straight, but constructed to look cheesy and easy to ridicule. The best example? Sharknado 2, the sequel to a film so bad it became huge success. Can the network strike gold twice by being stupid on purpose?


'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band

Saturday, July 26, 2014

For Eric Deggans, Prince's movie wasn't just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as "a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out."