Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

Movie Review: 'On The Record' With Russell Simmons' Accusers

Sunday, May 24, 2020

A new documentary looks at allegations that the hip-hop mogul sexually assaulted several women, and places his case against the larger question of how black women are treated by the #MeToo movement.


Janelle Monae Gets Series Lead Debut In Season 2 Of Amazon Prime's 'Homecoming'

Friday, May 22, 2020

Janelle Monae has her first TV series lead role in Season 2 of Amazon Prime's psychological thriller Homecoming as a vet who wakes up in a rowboat with no memory of who or where she is.


Review: TV Series 'Snowpiercer'

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Snowpiercer is a new series on TNT based on Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho's film by the same name.


'Becoming' Offers A Revealing But Selective View Of Michelle Obama

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks candidly in this compelling Netflix documentary based on her memoir. But it's produced by the Obamas' Higher Ground Productions and at times feels like an ad.


CBS' Legal Drama 'All Rise' Tackles Coronavirus As A Story Line

Monday, May 04, 2020

First hour-long network drama filmed virtually since TV production shut-down airs Monday.


When A Beloved Life Ends, Virtual Hugs Can't Replace Human Touch

Sunday, May 03, 2020

How many more might recover, if they had a loved one by their side while fighting for life? An only son aches for the healing power of human touch in his mother's last days, and at her funeral.


Review: 'Hollywood' Is Ryan Murphy's Miniseries For Netflix

Friday, May 01, 2020

Some wide-eyed, not-so-innocents try to make it in 1940's Hollywood. The Netflix miniseries Hollywood is the latest project from superstar producer Ryan Murphy, who's know for Nip/Tuck and Glee.


These TV Services (And More) Are Offering Free Access

Friday, April 24, 2020

Streamers and networks like HBO and AppleTV+ are offering access for free during the pandemic lockdown, and old standbys like PBS are revisiting or reinventing offerings.


Chris Evans Plays A Prosecutor In 'Defending Jacob' Series

Friday, April 24, 2020

Superhero movie star Chris Evans plays a more down-to-earth role of a prosecutor whose 14-year-old son is accused of a murder in Defending Jacob, a limited series on Apple TV+.


'The Last Dance' On ESPN Follows The Swan Song Of Michael Jordan's Bulls

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls were the great NBA team of the 1990s. A new 10-part ESPN documentary series looks at the last season of one of the greatest basketball teams in history.


Cast And Audience Both Do 'Saturday Night Live At Home'

Sunday, April 12, 2020

With the cast in isolation, "Saturday Night Live" goes remote with mixed success.


Late Night Hosts Are Also Working From Home — With Varying Results

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Late-night comedy talk shows have been forced to work without audiences. Hosts like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel are doing shows from home — some more successfully than others.


The Alternate History Of 'The Plot Against America' Comes To HBO

Monday, March 16, 2020

Philip Roth's alternate-history novel The Plot Against America has been adapted into an HBO drama. It imagines the anti-Semitic hero Charles Lindbergh winning the United States presidency in 1940.


Review: In Its 3rd Season, 'Westworld' Is Less Confusing, More Entertaining

Saturday, March 14, 2020

HBO's sci-fi drama Westworld starts its third season tonight. This season streamlines the story and focuses on the quest by an artificial person to destroy human civilization in the future.


NAACP Image Awards Recognizes Artists Snubbed By Mainstream

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The 51st NAACP Image Awards aired live on BET last night. In a year when the Oscars and other big awards failed to largely recognize people of color, the Image Awards grow in importance.


Flashy, Splashy 'Hunters' Is More Fun Than It Should Be

Friday, February 21, 2020

Al Pacino is the marquee attraction in Hunters, Amazon's new show about Nazi hunters in the 1970s — but the story is splashy and electric enough that he's not the most interesting thing in it.


Review: Season 5 Begins Friday For 'Better Call Saul'

Friday, February 21, 2020

The hit AMC show Better Caul Saul returns for another season. The Breaking Bad prequel is edging closer to the time when Saul became the fixer for Walter White's meth operation.


Ja'Net Dubois, 'Good Times' Star, Dies At 74

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Actress, singer and composer Ja'Net DuBois has died. She won two Emmys for her voice-over work on The PJs and she co-wrote and sang the theme to The Jeffersons.


Review: Showtime's 'Homeland' Launches Final Season

Friday, February 07, 2020

The eighth and final season of the CIA spy series Homeland premieres Sunday with Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin. One criticism that has dogged Homeland over the years, is how it portrays Muslims


Super Bowl Ads 2020: Strange, Serious, Smaaht, And So Very Expensive

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Commercials cost as much as $5.6 million per 30 seconds this year. Here's how some of America's largest corporations (and Michael Bloomberg and Donald Trump) spent their money.