Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

Review: Beyoncé's Visual Album, 'Black Is King'

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Beyoncé's newest visual album, Black is King, was released yesterday on Disney+.


Black And White Emmy Nominations Prompt #LatinosAreOnTVToo

Friday, July 31, 2020

While the 2020 Emmy nominations announced this week were notable for the number of Black shows and creators, they were woefully lacking representation of Latinx talent.


HBO's 'Weight Of Gold' Examines Olympians' Psychological Struggles

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A new HBO documentary explores the mental health challenges of Olympic athletes. The Weight Of Gold is deep and revealing. It is also problematically not diverse.


Final Season Of 'Last Chance U' Focuses On Laney College Football

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The fifth and final season of Last Chance U — Netflix's verité series — is its best. It follows the football team at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., through a rocky season.


Regis Philbin, Longtime TV Host, Dies At 88

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Philbin rose to fame with the nationally syndicated program Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, and enjoyed continuing success as host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. He would have been 89 in August.


How A Kid's Game Became A Netflix Hit

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Netflix game show Floor is Lava is based on a children's playtime staple and quickly became a pop-culture sensation when it debuted last month.


In 'The Answer Is ...' Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek Carefully Curates His Responses

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In his new memoir, the TV icon reflects on his cancer diagnosis and presents brief, sometimes compelling glimpses into his history, as he aims to convince the world he's just an average guy.


TV Review: 'P-Valley'

Monday, July 20, 2020

P-Valley is a new drama on Starz about Black strippers working a club in the Mississippi Delta. It's one of the year's most provocative dramas.


2 New Shows, 'David Makes Man' And 'Twenties,' Are Now Available For Streaming

Thursday, July 16, 2020

David Makes Man, a series about a Black teenager dealing with his friend's death, debuted on HBO Max. Showtime has released Twenties, a show about a young Black woman learning to navigate life.


NBCUniversal Debuts 'Peacock' Streaming Service

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The last announced major streaming service debuts widely. It's NBCUniversal's Peacock. Here's what it offers and how it stacks up against everything else out there.


'Do Right By Us': Black 'Survivor' Alums Say The Reality Was Harmful Stereotypes

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Alums of the unscripted CBS hit say the show routinely stereotypes Black contestants. They state its production is hampered by systemic racism that makes it tougher for Black participants to succeed.


Jenny Slate And Kristen Bell Will Stop Playing Biracial Cartoon Characters

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The white actors will no longer play characters on Big Mouth and Central Park. Instead, they ask that Black voice actors be cast. Nick Kroll, co-creator of Big Mouth, apologized and agrees.


HBO Releases A 'Perry Mason' Makeover

Monday, June 22, 2020

HBO has released a 1930s-era noir mystery series starring Matthew Rhys. The new series has reimagined 1950s courtroom drama, Perry Mason.


If You're Grieving Right Now, Here Are 5 Shows That Get It

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

It may sound odd to highlight fictional stories about grief at a time when so much of the real thing is around. But experts say there is catharsis in watching someone struggle with familiar feelings.


Entertainment Companies Express Solidarity With Black Lives Matter

Friday, June 12, 2020

Big streaming services are highlighting TV shows and movies about black life and dropping movies like Gone With The Wind in support of Black Lives Matter.


Dismantling 'The Bachelor's' Racist And Sexist Elements Has Only Just Begun

Friday, June 12, 2020

ABC may believe it has faced down some criticism by naming its first black man, Matt James, to star in The Bachelor. The biggest question hanging over this moment is simple: Why did it take so long?


'Cops' Show Canceled Amid Worldwide Protests Against Police Violence

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Cops, the popular TV show that was about to enter its 33rd season, has been canceled by the Paramount Network. It has been criticized for years for glorifying police and unfairly portraying suspects.


Is It A Crime In Britain To Cheat On A Game Show? New AMC's Miniseries Has An Answer

Monday, June 01, 2020

Stephen Frears is directing a three-part miniseries based on the true story of Charles and Diana Ingram — a British couple accused of attempting a heist on the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?


Elmo Debuts With His New Talk Show

Friday, May 29, 2020

The Not Too Late Show with Elmo has premiered on HBO Max Wednesday, becoming the very first late-night style talk show hosted by a 3 1/2-year-old monster.


Newly Launched HBO Max Gives Access To All Seasons Of 'Friends'

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The newest major streaming service HBO Max has launched on Wednesday. It is facing a crowded field, but it has Friends, Sesame Street and HBO.