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Eric Deggans

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St. Petersburg, FL, United States

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Recent:
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Past:
  • WBUR
  • Nieman Reports
  • WNYC

Recent articles by Eric:

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

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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Can the hurricane TV reporters come inside now? Please?

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

Producers of fantasy shows should use diversity to deepen storylines. → Read More

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

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

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Michael K. Williams' memoir 'Scenes From My Life' shows how he turned trauma into art

The beloved actor made his mark playing tough characters; but he wanted young Black men to know it was okay to be vulnerable. → Read More

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening and viewing

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Chaka Khan, P-Valley, and more. → Read More

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'Better Call Saul' ends with redemption, your honor

The sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman was meant to appear in only a handful of episodes of Breaking Bad. Instead, Saul (played by Bob Odenkirk) became an integral part of the series and eventually earned his own acclaimed spin-off, Better Call Saul. Now, after six seasons, the AMC drama has come to an end. In this tense and meticulously-paced origin story, we've witnessed his complete transformation… → Read More

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'Better Call Saul' finale soars as a meditation on consequences and regret

The question that hung over the show's final episode was a simple one: Would Saul ever grow a conscience? Would he ever let himself feel real regret? → Read More

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'Legacy' offers a blander history of the LA Lakers 'Showtime' era

The docuseries seems to be a pointed riposte to the more freewheeling scripted drama about the Lakers on HBO. → Read More

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'Five Days at Memorial' showcases John Ridley's skill at tough stories

Executive producer, writer and director John Ridley says he tried to take an unbiased view of this new Apple+ drama based on what actually happened. → Read More

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20 years later, 'The Wire' still enthralls

This year marks the 20th anniversary of HBO's crime drama The Wire. Creators David Simon and Ed Burns spent five seasons dissecting various institutions in Baltimore, producing what is now considered one of the best television series of all time. The large cast included many then-unknown actors who've gone on to become stars, like Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, Dominic West and the late Michael… → Read More

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Super Fly at 50: A blaxploitation classic that remains a powerful pop culture force

The movie's gritty, authentic depiction of street life and its flamboyant lead character created archetypes that have inspired legions of future storytellers and musicians. → Read More

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Samantha Bee's cancellation hints at tough times for women and POC in late night TV

The late night comedy scene is changing and that could be trouble or an opportunity for emerging talents. → Read More

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Netflix loses nearly 1 million subscribers. That's the good news

The streaming service had forecast that it would lose 2 million subscribers. The less severe loss, combined with a projection of growth in July to September, helped lift Netflix's battered stock. → Read More

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Five takeaways from the 2022 Emmy nominations

There's been record TV production this year - so why were so many categories dominated by performers from a handful of shows? → Read More

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'Stranger Things' season finale succeeds by leaning into excess

The characters' relationships develop and they face an array of surprises and complications in the bustling storyline that closes the fourth season. → Read More

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Emmy nominations are coming up. Voters shouldn't overlook these shows

Members of the TV Academy are casting their votes for this year's Emmy nominations. With so much TV, the field is crowded. → Read More

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Racist 'Star Wars' fans aren't new. Why doesn't Disney do more to protect its actors?

Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram shared the hateful messages she's received online. But why didn't Disney do more before she got them? → Read More