Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

A New Documentary Calls Into Question The Simpson's 'Apu'

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Comedian Hari Kondabolu's new documentary, The Problem with Apu, unearths an essential truth about Hollywood: "Success justifies everything." Even racism.


The Careful Balance In TV Military Dramas

Sunday, November 12, 2017

New TV dramas featuring characters who've served in the military are trying to balance tales of heroism with the brutal realities of war.


The Case For 'Grey's Anatomy,' 300 Episodes In

Friday, November 10, 2017

Aside from an episode recap or a mention of the latest character Shonda Rhimes has written off, critics don't pay much attention to Grey's. But there's a reason it's still so popular.


In Season Two, 'Stranger Things' Offers More Scares And The Same Quirky Quartet Of Nerds

Friday, October 27, 2017

Netflix's Stranger Things quickly became a summer 2016 hit. After more than a year of waiting, it's back in all its '80s horror nostalgia with the show's second season sneaking up on viewers, just like the last time.


Snoop Dogg Takes On A New Role: Game Show Host

Friday, October 27, 2017

Snoop Dogg now has two high profile TV projects: Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party and the reboot of the game show The Joker's Wild. The infamous rapper has become an Emmy-nominated TV host.


Remembering Actor Robert Guillaume

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Emmy-winning actor Robert Guillaume has died. He was best known as TV butler Benson DuBois, a role which could have been an awful stereotype, but was transformed by Guillaume into a classic.


New Season Of 'The Walking Dead' Likely To Please Thrillseekers

Friday, October 20, 2017

AMC's hit, The Walking Dead, returns for its 8th season on Sunday. Some fans criticized the show for not having enough action last season. They probably won't be disappointed this season.


Nielsen Develops Ratings System To Measure Netflix Audience

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The TV ratings company says it can now estimate how many people watch individual shows on Netflix. Widespread knowledge of such information could transform the TV industry.


TV Review: Jay Pharoah In 'White Famous'

Friday, October 13, 2017

White Famous is a new Showtime comedy series premiering Sunday. It's a satire on Hollywood race relations based on the career of Jamie Foxx. It stars Jay Pharoah, who was on Saturday Night Live.


Kenan Thompson Becomes Longest-Serving Cast Member On SNL

Friday, October 06, 2017

With the start of this season of SNL, Kenan Thompson became longest-serving cast member in the show's history. So what's the secret to his longevity and making it click with the audience?


'Star Trek: Discovery' Is A Refreshing Triumph

Monday, September 25, 2017

The new CBS series has eye-popping special effects and a classic Trek adventure story that has been updated for today's sci-fi audience.


TV Director Lesli Linka Glatter On Trusting Your Gut

Monday, September 25, 2017

Director Lesli Linka Glatter is one of the rare TV directors who's worked in high-quality television for three decades. Her newest project is Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.


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.


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.


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.