Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

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'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.


Bah Humbug! Why Are Most Christmas TV Specials So Bad?

Friday, November 25, 2016

How the Grinch Stole Christmas airs tonight — and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It's one of a rare few watchable Christmas specials. Why is it so hard to make a good Christmas special?


After Rough Starts, These Fall TV Shows Have Found Their Legs

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

As the fall TV season continues, a handful of shows have gone from bad to good, and some from good to great. Often it's hard to judge at the beginning of a season how good a show will be because critics just have a pilot to consider. Some shows take time to develop.


'Duck Dynasty' Calls It Quits; Final Episode To Air In April

Friday, November 18, 2016

With the premiere of its eleventh season, the cast of A&E's hit reality show Duck Dynasty announced this will be its last season. The popular cable show has not been without controversy.


Veteran Washington Journalist Gwen Ifill Dies At 61

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gwen Ifill — host of Washington Week and PBS NewsHour — has died at age 61. She leaves a legacy as a pioneer among women and African-American journalists — and as a mentor to younger journalists.


'SNL' Takes On Race And Politics Post-Election

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Comedian Dave Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live Saturday, which featured a somber opening and commentary about race relations after Donald Trump's victory.


Media Companies Struggle To Gauge TV Ratings In Age Of Netflix

Monday, November 07, 2016

Netflix and other streaming services don't release ratings data. This makes it a hard company to negotiate with and makes it hard for competitors to know what they're up against.


A Monarch Balances Personal And Royal Demands In 'The Crown'

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Netflix debuts its newest prestige series, a period drama that, over six seasons, will trace the life of Queen Elizabeth, from her wedding in 1947 to the present.


'The Walking Dead' Gets Real In Season 7 Premiere

Monday, October 24, 2016

They finally did it: The producers of The Walking Dead kicked off season seven by ratcheting up the onscreen gore and brutality until it matches what appears in the original comic.


'Black Mirror' Is Back, Reflecting Our Technological Fears

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Peabody Award-winning series returns for a third season, with six new episodes picking apart our fear of — and dependence on — technology. And it's more consistently compelling than ever.


Issa Rae Turns Basic Into Revolutionary With 'Insecure'

Friday, October 07, 2016

Rae's new HBO show is the first premium cable scripted series created by and starring a black woman. She plays an ordinary, sometimes-awkward character, not a high-powered lawyer or music executive.


'SNL' Season Premiere Shows What's Right — And Wrong — With Its Political Humor

Monday, October 03, 2016

Saturday Night Live has returned for its new season. Politics took center stage in the show, which included Alec Baldwin's debut as Donald Trump.


Review: HBO Hopes To Fill Sunday Spotlight With 'Westworld' Series

Sunday, October 02, 2016

HBO needs to find a big-ticket drama to fill out a Sunday evening time slot. They're hoping "Westworld," an elaborate sci-fi drama set in a Western-themed amusement park, will be a hit.


Woody Allen Presents First TV Series, 'Crisis In Six Scenes,' On Amazon

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Woody Allen's first foray into television, Crisis in Six Scenes, debuts on Amazon Friday. The series is a six-part comedy set in the 1960s with a cast that includes Miley Cyrus.


Hip-Hop And Superheroes Inspire 'Luke Cage' Showrunner Cheo Coker

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cheo Coker was a well-respected journalist chronicling hip-hop and pop before he moved to film and TV. His latest gig is as showrunner on Marvel's highly anticipated black superhero series, Luke Cage.


Fall TV Channel Flip: 4 Shows To Watch, And Some To Avoid

Monday, September 19, 2016

Does the fall TV season even matter anymore, in this age of #PeakTV? September is still the beginning of the season for broadcast networks — which still draw the most viewers and the big bucks.


Juggernauts Repeat At 2016 Emmys, But Fresh Faces Get Their Due

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Game of Thrones, Veep and The People v. O.J. Simpson won for best drama, comedy and limited series — but some new names made splashes, too. NPR's pop culture crew live-tweeted the night's festivities.


NFL Live Streams Thursday Night Football On Twitter

Friday, September 16, 2016

The NFL's Thursday night game streamed on Twitter's platforms on a variety of devices this week. Over 800 million Twitter users worldwide had free, live access to the game.


Much More Than A 5-Year Mission: 'Star Trek' Turns 50

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Star Trek debuted on TV in 1966, and Starship Enterprise is still seeking strange new worlds. Co-star George Takei credits creator Gene Roddenberry's inclusive vision for Trek's enduring popularity.


'Atlanta,' 'Queen Sugar,' Bring Modern Black Culture To TV

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

A new comedy by Community alum, Donald Glover, called Atlanta premieres on FX on Tuesday night. And over on Oprah's network, OWN, Queen Sugar premieres. Both shows reflect the push toward diversity in prestige cable television, with creators, stars and subject matter focused on black people.