Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

'Mosul' Offers A Look At Lives Of Iraqis Who Live On Front Lines Of War With ISIS

Monday, November 30, 2020

Netflix's Mosul is a scripted film centered on the fight by an Iraqi SWAT team against ISIS. It was produced by Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of the last two Avengers movies.


HBO Adapts Ta-Nehisi Coates' Best-Selling Book Into A Movie

Monday, November 23, 2020

Our critic says the movie — like Coates' book Between the World and Me — reveals the story of Black survival within the ugliness of America's white supremacy.


'Small Axe' Series Offers A Look At Lives Of West Indian Immigrants In London

Friday, November 20, 2020

Directed by Steve McQueen, Small Axe is a new five-film anthology series on Amazon Prime about real-life experiences from London's West Indian community in the 1960s and '70s.


Here's The Deal, Folks: A POTUS Impression Is Harder Than It Looks

Saturday, November 14, 2020

As Jim Carrey works on his best Joe Biden for Saturday Night Live, we ask other impressionists how they've done it. Darrell Hammond says he wishes people understood how tough impressions really are.


Princess Diana Makes Her First Appearance In Season 4 Of 'The Crown'

Friday, November 13, 2020

Season 4 of Netflix's 'The Crown' dramatizes the royals' awful treatment of Diana Spencer in her marriage with Prince Charles, with Gillian Anderson in a masterful turn as Margaret Thatcher.


After Biden Victory, 'SNL' Returns To Form Thanks To Dave Chappelle

Sunday, November 08, 2020

On the day that networks declared Biden the winner of the election, Saturday Night Live had a giddy energy in its first really trenchant episode of the season.


Return Of 'The Mandalorian' (And Baby Yoda)

Friday, October 30, 2020

Season 2 of The Mandalorian on Disney+ began today. The first new episode of the rollicking space Western takes off immediately with action and new, yet familiar, characters.


Nicole Kidman And Hugh Grant Star In New HBO Thriller, 'The Undoing'

Sunday, October 25, 2020

In The Undoing, Nicole Kidman plays a wealthy mother with a cad of a husband struggling to deal with fallout from his bad choices.


Streaming Service Quibi To Shut Down

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Streaming service Quibi, featuring original shows with episodes of 10 minutes or less, will shut down 6 months after it launched. NPR discusses why it's the first big casualty of the streaming wars.


Quibi, Short-Form Streaming Service, Shutting Down

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

It was an abrupt ending — just six months after launch — for a company founded by big names in the entertainment and business worlds.


HBO To Present Adaptation Of Broadway Hit 'David Byrne's American Utopia'

Friday, October 16, 2020

HBO will premiere on Saturday David Byrne's American Utopia, Spike Lee's adaptation of the hit Broadway show. It might be one of the best concert movies since Stop Making Sense more than 30 years ago.


'Social Distance' Will Move Even Cynical Survivors Of Real-Life Lockdowns

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Social Distance is an eight-part Netflix anthology series that showcases the power of the human spirit in the face of uncertainty. The unconnected vignettes highlight the drama of social isolation.


PBS Documentary, 'Driving While Black,' Examines Long Road Of Racism

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ric Burns' PBS film Driving While Black argues many pivotal moments in U.S. history, from the Civil War to the Great Migration, are rooted in efforts to control Black people's mobility.


Netflix's 'Deaf U' Shows The Deaf Experience Through The Eyes Of Students

Monday, October 12, 2020

A new Netflix docuseries follows a group of students who attend Gallaudet University, a private college for the deaf and hard of hearing.


'Saturday Night Live' Returns With An Audience

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Saturday Night Live returned for its 46th season with Chris Rock hosting and Jim Carrey guest starring as Joe Biden.


Ethan Hawke Brings Abolitionist John Brown's Story To Life

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Ethan Hawke plays John Brown and Daveed Diggs is Frederick Douglas in Showtime's version of James McBride's novel: The Good Lord Bird, which debuts Sunday.


NPR's Fall TV Preview: 23 Suggestions For What To Watch Next

Monday, September 28, 2020

It feels like a minor miracle that there are so many high-quality shows coming to the small screen this season. Four NPR critics share their picks to keep you entertained during a challenging year.


Larry Wilmore And Amber Ruffin Host Late-Night Shows For Peacock

Friday, September 25, 2020

Streaming service Peacock is making history with Larry Wilmore and Amber Ruffin as hosts of two late-night talk shows. They're the first Black male and female hosts to form such a programming block.


Chris Rock Stars In Newest Season Of 'Fargo'

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fargo, FX's popular adaptation, begins its new season. It's directed by Noah Hawley and stars Chris Rock as a gangster in 1950s Kansas City.


'Watchmen,' 'Succession,' 'Ozark,' 'Schitt's Creek' Win Key Emmys

Monday, September 21, 2020

Like all events these days, this year's prime-time Emmy Awards were virtual, with host Jimmy Kimmel and nominees at home or isolated elsewhere with cameras.