Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

Review: 'American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace'

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The FX true crime anthology, American Crime Story returns Wednesday night for its second season. Based on journalist Maureen Orth's book, it will explore the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.


Superhero 'Black Lightning' Brings Social Conscience And Swagger To Primetime

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Black Lightning is the first modern TV show about a black superhero. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans visited the set in Atlanta and spoke with the actors and producer Salim Akil.


'The Chi' Falls Short Of Giving The South Side Its Own 'Wire'

Friday, January 12, 2018

Critic Eric Deggans has been waiting for a show that makes pop culture poetry out of Chicago's mostly black South Side neighborhoods — but The Chi doesn't quite hit the mark.


5 TV Shows To Binge-Watch During A Winter Storm

Thursday, January 04, 2018

For a TV nerd, a storm that shuts down work and school means more time for binge-watching. It may be only a day or two, so viewing choices are crucial.


Some Fear 'The Wire' Will Overshadow Showtime's 'The Chi'

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Showtime debuts a show created by Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe, who is also an executive producer. The Chi is a coming-of-age drama about a group of people living on Chicago's South Side.


For Christmas, 'Doctor Who' Gets A Historic Change

Monday, December 25, 2017

For fans of the long-running British sci-fi series, the Christmas episode is an annual tradition — this year's installment marks the end of Peter Capaldi's stint as the ancient, time-traveling alien.


Review: 2017 Best Of TV

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

As the year draws to a close, it's a good time to talk about the best and worst on television. Our TV critic says it was also a strong year for women on and off the small screen.


From 'This Is Us' To 'Master Of None,' The Year's Groundbreaking TV Shows

Sunday, December 17, 2017

What were the memorable moments in television this year? NPR's TV Critic Eric Deggans runs through his list with guest host Ray Suarez.


How TV Foreshadowed The #MeToo Movement

Friday, December 15, 2017

In All Things Considered's final installment of "Highly Specific Superlatives," NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans talks about the scene in a TV show that best foreshadowed the #MeToo movement.


Review: Season 2 Of Netflix's 'The Crown'

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Season two of Netflix's The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II's reign from 1956 to 1963, where a modern British monarch deals with war and politics.


Hip-Hop Mogul Russell Simmons Steps Down After 2nd Sexual Assault Accusation

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Russell Simmons has stepped-down as head of his businesses Def Jam Recordings and Rush Communications following accusations of sexual assault in 1991 from actress and screenwriter Jenny Lumet.


Review: Netflix's 'Godless'

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Netflix's new show Godless is an attempt at making a western for contemporary audiences. It takes place in a town governed by women who have to defend their turf from a gang of outlaws.


In Season Two, 'Stranger Things' Offers More Scares And The Same Quirky Quartet Of Nerds

Friday, October 27, 2017

Netflix's Stranger Things quickly became a summer 2016 hit. After more than a year of waiting, it's back in all its '80s horror nostalgia with the show's second season sneaking up on viewers, just like the last time.


Snoop Dogg Takes On A New Role: Game Show Host

Friday, October 27, 2017

Snoop Dogg now has two high profile TV projects: Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party and the reboot of the game show The Joker's Wild. The infamous rapper has become an Emmy-nominated TV host.


Remembering Actor Robert Guillaume

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Emmy-winning actor Robert Guillaume has died. He was best known as TV butler Benson DuBois, a role which could have been an awful stereotype, but was transformed by Guillaume into a classic.


New Season Of 'The Walking Dead' Likely To Please Thrillseekers

Friday, October 20, 2017

AMC's hit, The Walking Dead, returns for its 8th season on Sunday. Some fans criticized the show for not having enough action last season. They probably won't be disappointed this season.


Nielsen Develops Ratings System To Measure Netflix Audience

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The TV ratings company says it can now estimate how many people watch individual shows on Netflix. Widespread knowledge of such information could transform the TV industry.


TV Review: Jay Pharoah In 'White Famous'

Friday, October 13, 2017

White Famous is a new Showtime comedy series premiering Sunday. It's a satire on Hollywood race relations based on the career of Jamie Foxx. It stars Jay Pharoah, who was on Saturday Night Live.


Kenan Thompson Becomes Longest-Serving Cast Member On SNL

Friday, October 06, 2017

With the start of this season of SNL, Kenan Thompson became longest-serving cast member in the show's history. So what's the secret to his longevity and making it click with the audience?


'Star Trek: Discovery' Is A Refreshing Triumph

Monday, September 25, 2017

The new CBS series has eye-popping special effects and a classic Trek adventure story that has been updated for today's sci-fi audience.