Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

HBO Airs First Episode Of 'Game Of Thrones' Final Season

Monday, April 15, 2019

Winter is here. At least on HBO's Game of Thrones, which premiered its final season Sunday night. It was packed with uncomfortable reunions — unleashing massive implications for the story to come.


PBS' 6-Episode 'Les Misérables' Miniseries Focuses On The Story Instead Of Music

Friday, April 12, 2019

PBS premieres a new version of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, starring Dominic West of The Wire and The Affair. This version has no music and tries to be closer to the source material.


Jordan Peele Puts His Spin On TV's Classic: 'The Twilight Zone'

Monday, April 01, 2019

Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele has created a new version of TV's classic anthology series — The Twilight Zone — for the streaming service CBS All Access. The show debuts April 1.


TV Review: 'Barry' Turns In A Stellar Second Season

Thursday, March 28, 2019

After major Emmy wins for the first season of HBO's dark comedy Barry, the biggest question left was simple: Can they do it again?


Apple Announces Streaming TV Service And New Products

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Apple unveiled a number of new services Monday, including a credit card, a gaming app and a TV app which combines other streaming services and adds new shows just for Apple.


Disney Closes On $71 Billion Acquisition Of Fox's Entertainment Business

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

At the end of 2017, Disney announced that it would acquire large parts of 21st Century Fox. On Wednesday, shortly after midnight eastern time, the $71.3 billion deal finally was completed.


'The Inventor' Is A Compelling And Critical Look At Startup Culture In Silicon Valley

Monday, March 18, 2019

The The Inventor tells the story of the spectacular rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. The startup duped people into investing in a blood testing technology which never completely worked.


Streaming Preview: Idris Elba In 'Turn Up Charlie' And Aidy Bryant In 'Shrill'

Thursday, March 14, 2019

We have reviews of two shows that premiere on Friday: Turn Up Charlie starring Idris Elba on Netflix, and Shrill starring Aidy Bryant on Hulu.


'Leaving Neverland' Makes Powerful But One-Sided Case Against The King Of Pop

Friday, March 01, 2019

Two men who met Michael Jackson as children in the '80s allege the pop star sexually abused them for years. Reliance on personal testimony is both the strength and weakness of HBO's Leaving Neverland.


News Brief: Congressional Democrats Investigate Trump's Business, North Korea Summit Fallout

Friday, March 01, 2019

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has scheduled an open interview with former Trump Organization business booster Felix Sater on March 14.


Jussie Smollet Of 'Empire' Charged With Filing False Police Report

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Chicago police charged Jussie Smollett with disorderly conduct after he allegedly filed a false report about being attacked. The story has been wracked with controversy since it emerged last month.


Review: PBS'American Masters - Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sammy Davis, Jr. could sing, dance and act. In PBS' American Masters documentary, a central theme is how Davis coped with the realities of life as a black entertainer in a racist America.


Winter Is Coming — So Are These Shows And TV Subscription Services

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

As the Television Critics Association winter press tour wrapped up Wednesday, it became clear that viewers will have more shows and more platforms to choose from in the coming year.


Super Bowl Ads 2019: Stunts, Self-Deprecation And Celebrity Sightings

Monday, February 04, 2019

Marketers focused on finding the humor in this year's crop of Super Bowl ads. Here's what worked — and so much more that didn't — on the world's biggest showcase for TV advertising.


Review: Netflix's 'Black Earth Rising' Stars British Actress Michaela Coel

Friday, January 25, 2019

Black Earth Rising is a fictional thriller about the modern repercussions of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The series, which debuts Friday, offers a compelling look at the atrocity.


'Black Monday,' Cheadle Win A Big Windfall By Shorting Subtlety

Sunday, January 20, 2019

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the new comedy about the stock market crash of 1987 is heavy-handed, profane and outrageous — and completely worth your time.


TV Review: 'Star Trek: Discovery' Begins Its 2nd Season

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Star Trek: Discovery starts a new season Thursday on CBS All Access, which is trying to build a new version of the franchise for an all-access world — hoping its reinvention will draw in subscribers.


Season 3 Of 'True Detective' Might Slightly Redeem The Series' Reputation

Friday, January 11, 2019

Season Three of the HBO anthology series True Detective premieres Jan. 13. This season stars Mahershala Ali and comes after a poorly received second season and an acclaimed first season.


Lifetime's 'Surviving R. Kelly' May Prompt Legal Action Against The Singer

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The documentary Surviving R. Kelly scored record ratings for the Lifetime network, and may lead to new criminal investigations of the R&B singer's alleged abuse of women throughout his career.


Golden Globes 2019: Awards for 'Heavy Material'

Monday, January 07, 2019

A look at this year's Golden Globe Awards, which honored films on the Iraq War, the AIDS crisis and more.