Eric Deggans

Tv and Media Critic for the Saint Petersburg Times

Eric Deggans appears in the following:

I critiqued Dave Chappelle and his fans questioned my Blackness

Thursday, November 17, 2022

After my commentary about Dave Chappelle's turn on Saturday Night Live, a flood of hateful and personal invective erupted. But what do they think the job of a critic is?


Dave Chappelle monologue disappoints on 'Saturday Night Live'

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Chappelle's monologue seemed filled with justification and minimization.


The groundbreaking comedy series 'Atlanta' is ending after four seasons

Thursday, November 10, 2022

FX's comedy-drama series "Atlanta" is ending Thursday after four seasons. The show is centered on the lives of a group of Black millennials living in Atlanta.


Netflix's new season of 'The Crown' debuts at a controversial moment

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Season 5 of the Netflix drama begins streaming Wednesday, and offers sordid details from the life of a younger Prince Charles — just as the real-life Charles has begun his reign as king.


What do users want from their TV streaming? A new NPR/Ipsos poll has some answers

Friday, October 28, 2022

Consumers often make decisions about TV streaming platforms based on three factors.


Return of 'Inside Amy Schumer' is welcome, even when it's inconsistent

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Schumer is back — kind of.


'Saturday Night Live' returns and shows that a lot of rebuilding is underway

Sunday, October 02, 2022

Judging by the relentlessly average, borderline uninspired season opening episode, this 48th season of SNL is off to a bumpy start, writes our critic Eric Deggans.


Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' departure hints at deeper problems in late night TV

Friday, September 30, 2022

Noah increasingly looked like a performer who was growing beyond the grind of a late-night Comedy Central show. If he doesn't find a new perch in the genre, the industry will be all the worse for it.


Can the hurricane TV reporters come inside now? Please?

Thursday, September 29, 2022

This is an old debate and one the TV news industry seems to have already decided — but until someone is seriously injured doing this kind of reporting, it will continue.


Review: Star Wars streaming series 'Andor'

Saturday, September 24, 2022

A review of the new Star Wars TV streaming series. It's called "Andor" and explores how the franchise's storied rebel alliance was formed.


'Sidney' is a look at an actor who pioneered a vision of racial equality in Hollywood

Friday, September 23, 2022

Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, directed by Reginald Hudlin and supported by Poitier's surviving family, Apple TV+'s documentary Sidney details the life of actor-director-activist Sidney Poitier.


These are the new movies and TV shows we can't wait to watch this fall

Monday, September 19, 2022

Our critics' guide lets you search by genre and where to watch — whether on your couch or in the theater. Here's what NPR critics are looking forward to after a busy blockbuster summer.


Why Black characters in 'Rings of Power' and 'Little Mermaid' make fantasy better

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Producers of fantasy shows should use diversity to deepen storylines.


Who is Emmy winner Quinta Brunson ... besides the woman who had to step over Kimmel?

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Brunson had already made history when she was nominated for three Emmys for Abbott Elementary


The Emmys gave off a sense of déjà vu, but there were a few surprises

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The big winners at last night's 74th Emmy Awards were: Apple TV+'s "Ted Lasso" and HBO's "Succession" and "The White Lotus."


Before watching the Emmy awards, consider which TV stars win the DEGGYS

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Eric Deggans gives out his annual awards — to who SHOULD win the Emmys, not necessarily to who WILL win.


Quinta Brunson is the first Black woman to get 3 Emmy comedy nominations in 1 year

Friday, September 09, 2022

Before creating ABC's Abbott Elementary, Quinta Brunson was a promising performer. Now she's made history as the first Black woman to be nominated three times in the Emmys comedy category.


Encore: A review of Hulu's new series, 'The Patient,' that stars Steve Carell

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

FX's new original series for Hulu, The Patient, features Steve Carell as Alan Strauss, a therapist kidnapped by a new patient who turns out to be a serial killer.


TV review: 'The Patient'

Saturday, September 03, 2022

FX's new original series for Hulu, The Patient, features Steve Carell as Alan Strauss, a therapist kidnapped by a new patient who turns out to be a serial killer.


Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' prequel series spends a lot of time setting the scene

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Rings of Power, set thousands of years before the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, is Amazon's shot at a big, pop culture bending hit, with a budget estimated at least $100 million a season.