Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

'The Mandalorian' Has The Nostalgia And Storytelling That Star Wars Fans Want

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Mandalorian is the first Star Wars live-action spinoff series and the highest profile program on the new Disney+ streaming service. It may be a barometer of Disney+'s chances.


TV Review: 'The Little Mermaid Live'

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

The Little Mermaid was performed in front of a live audience on ABC last night. It starred Auli'i Cravalho, the actress who voiced Moana, and combined animation with the live performance.


Apple, Disney Enter Streaming Market

Friday, November 01, 2019

Apple TV+ launches Friday, setting off a new round of competing streaming services, with Disney+ on Nov. 12 and HBO Max in May 2020.


How To Pick The Streaming TV Services You Actually Want

Friday, November 01, 2019

Apple TV+ is here. Disney+, HBO Max and Peacock are coming soon. Netflix, Amazon and Hulu keep on growing. And that's just the beginning. Here's what our television critic recommends.


TV Review: 'The Morning Show' From Apple TV+

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Morning Show on Apple TV+ is a stylish drama that unfolds like a fictionalized take on Today show anchor Matt Lauer's firing amid sexual assault claims.


Who Watches This 'Watchmen?' I Will, And You Should

Friday, October 18, 2019

Showrunner Damon Lindelof's updated twist on a classic graphic novel that turned superheroes into anti-heroes is a bold, compelling HBO revamp centered on racial tensions.


Review: 'Living With Yourself'

Friday, October 18, 2019

A man who is burned out on life and love undergoes a mysterious treatment, only to discover that he has been replaced by a better version of himself. Living with Yourself stars Paul Rudd.


How The 4th Democratic Presidential Debate Played Out On TV

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Tuesday was the the second CNN moderated presidential debate this year. Last time CNN took some heat for leaning too hard into the drama. Was this time any different?


Netflix Movie 'El Camino' Is Carefully Constructed Epilogue For 'Breaking Bad'

Monday, October 14, 2019

Netflix's El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie answers a question that wasn't answered by the TV show's 2013 finale: What happened to Walter White's meth-dealing assistant, Jesse Pinkman?


Mediocre TV Proves To Be Good Enough For Audiences

Thursday, October 10, 2019

TV has a lot of just OK shows. Examples include The CW's Nancy Drew reboot, Fox's Almost Family, ABC's Stumptown, NBC's Sunnyside. Why the mediocrity? People watch it.


TV Review: 'The Politician'

Monday, September 30, 2019

Ryan Murphy's first show for Netflix is a satire on politics through a high school election in tony Santa Barbara, starring Ben Platt and Gwyneth Paltrow. It debuted last Friday.


ABC's 'Mixed-Ish' Promises To Deepen Conversations On Race and Multiculturalism

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Mixed-ish is a sitcom spinoff from Black-ish. It examines growing-up mixed race as a teenager in mid-1980s America.


Emmy Awards: 'Fleabag' And 'Game Of Thrones' Win Big

Monday, September 23, 2019

Game of Thrones won the best TV drama series Emmy Award. Fleabag won for best comedy series. The win for the Amazon Prime series added to an already huge night for show creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.


Deggy Awards Honor Overlooked TV Shows And Actors

Friday, September 20, 2019

The 71st prime-time Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sunday. But first there are the Deggys. Our TV critic's awards go to performers and shows that he thinks the Emmy Awards should honor.


'SNL' Fires Comedian Shane Gillis For Racist Remarks

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Just days after he was named as one of the newest Saturday Night Live cast members, comic Shane Gillis has been fired. Recordings surfaced of Gillis saying racist and homophobic things.


Shining Moments And Cheap Stunts At The 3rd Democratic Presidential Debate

Friday, September 13, 2019

A review of the third Democratic presidential debate. How the candidates played off of one another, who shined and who didn't.


Amazon Prime's New Show, 'Undone,' Is Mind-Bending

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Undone is a mind-bending Amazon Prime show about a LatinX woman and her family living in San Antonio. After a traffic accident, the woman may be having visions or experiencing mental illness.


Hulu's 'Untouchable' Shows There's More To Learn About Weinstein Case

Monday, September 02, 2019

The Hulu documentary about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein weaves together eyewitness accounts, the work of investigative journalists and voices of women who have accused him of assault and harassment.


NPR's Fall TV Preview: 19 Shows To Watch Out For

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Whether they're watching sitcoms, prime-time dramas or something else altogether, our television and pop culture critics present a guide to the new programs and series coming out soon.


'American Factory': When A Chinese Company Takes Over An Ohio Factory

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The new Netflix documentary -- American Factory -- is the first film distributed by Barack and Michelle Obama's production company Higher Ground Productions.