Meagan Good Says Deception Is Not Like Scandal

by Myeisha Essex

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Actress Meagan Good made her primetime debut on NBC’s Deception last night. She stars alongside Hollywood heart-throb Laz Alonso as Joanna Locasto, a San Francisco narcotics detective who goes undercover inside her wealthy childhood home to solve her friend’s murder.

Good has now joined Scandal star Kerry Washington as the only African-American women to score primetime roles on a leading network. The two shows have received much comparison, but Good set the record straight in a recent interview, saying Deception and Scandal are nothing alike..

Deception gets more scandalous, but it’s not like Scandal,” she said.

“I think this is really different, in the sense that it has all these elements from great shows that people love,” she added, “but it’s really its own thing because of the love triangle, the family drama, the murder mystery, and because this girl is living a double life,”

Despite the naysayers, Good says there’s nothing but love between her and Washington. In fact, the two actresses have been sharing supportive tweets.

“I’m sooooo happy for @MeaganGood and EXCITED for her new show #Deception – LOVE the billboards! Congrats Beautiful :) XO,” Washignton tweeted to her nearly 400,000 followers.

Good responded, “@kerrywashington Wow…. Thank you so much … God is good .. That means a lot to me :) Godbless you and your show is awesome!!!”

She continued, “I’m blown away @ the grace of God. Freaking @kerrywashington tweeted me her support/love -I so respect & admire her. Just means a lot #humbled.”

It looks like Hollywood is looking brighter for black actresses. Congrats to Meagan and Kerry!

  • http://gravatar.com/mrhymes10 DBG

    Correct… it’s not that good.

  • http://gravatar.com/shumlai shumlai

    I hope not,it would be good to see a brotha and a sista as love interests to one another once in a while.

  • KGA25

    I love seeing black women praise and support each other.

  • omfg

    i’m still looking for the black kate blanchett. lol.

  • Afrostyling

    You would have to pretty dumb and stupid to think Scandal and Deception are the same.

  • Yb

    The only similarities is that the main characters of each show are black women. >___< Some people are dumb.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    i can watch the entire episode of ‘deception’…..i have yet to be able to make it through an episode of ‘scandel’

  • Ask_ME

    I like them both, but Scandal is my ish!

  • Ann

    I actually enjoyed Deception last night. I like this different type of suspense. With Deception, I think it is going to be more of a puzzle to figure out what’s coming next.

    I know this is off subject …but I had to point out that Meagan really looks good. It appears as if Marriage (new show/new season) is doing her well. #Blessings

    Congrats to her new show. Having high hopes for both Scandal and Deception.

  • Me27

    @jamesfrmphilly– same here. I’ve never seen a full episode of Scandal, I just can’t get into it…

  • MuffyCrosswire

    Meagan is very beautiful. I just don’t get her eyebrows.

    I didn’t tune in last night but plan to in the future.

  • http://Verityreign.com Verity Reign

    Love both of these women! Love both shows! They’re absolutely NOTHING alike at all, but I saw this comparison coming. I’ll continue watching and supporting both!

  • UhHuh

    Maybe it’s cause you are watching the wrong show. Try watching Scandal instead of Scandel….I promise you you won’t be dissappointed.

  • mEE

    is Deception anything like Revenge? based on the promos the premise seemed almost identical?

  • binks

    Don’t know why the thumbs down but I agree. I can’t get into Scandal because I could guess what happened before the show ended and that wasn’t fun for me (or those I use to watch it with)…lol so I only check in on it for updates. I haven’t checked out Megan’s show yet because I was watching football but hopefully they do another replay of it soon! But big up to these ladies, I love seeing sistas being positive and supportive of one another especially in the same field.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    That’s not going to happen. Pretty Black actresses are all paired with White men on TV. It’s because TV is fantasy for White men. So in their fantasy they get the really pretty women of color. And the men of color get the loud and or overweight/ average looking Black women.

  • omfg

    people compare it to revenge. but i’m not sure about the parallels. i prefer revenge.

    megan’s character is not setting traps; she doesn’t really have the power that the revenge character does. she is a cop and is working undercover and within the system to reveal something.

    also, what is her revenge? from the pilot, there isn’t really revenge on her part. but, as the title says, there is a lot of deception.

  • Ask_ME

    You overlook one very important fact: Scandal was created by a black woman. It came from the fantasy/imagination of a BLACK WOMAN.

    Has it dawned on some of you that some black folks are glad these women aren’t being put into the “black box” and typecast with only black men?

    Pretty black actresses aren’t required to solely be paired with black men (and vice versa). There is no written rule that a black woman’s love interest is supposed to be only a black man or a white man for that matter.

    When Melanie and Derwin (a good looking black couple) were on the CW The Game didn’t get any attention. I’ve heard black people say the show Let’s Stay Together is boring…despite the great representation of black couples on that show.

    However, Flavor of Love, Love and Hip Hop, The Real Housewives of Atlanta all racked in the rantings.

    Seems to me folks on this site suffer from selective memory when it comes to the issue of BM/BW couples on television.

    If BM only get paired with loud mouth overweight black women it’s because that’s the “entertainment” a large segment of the black population supports.

    There hasn’t been a shortage of black women paired with black men on television. Instead there has been a shortage of support for truly positive representations of these couples.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    “Scandal was created by a black woman. It came from the fantasy/imagination of a BLACK WOMAN.”

    Nope, I didn’t overlook that. She’s making shows that are acceptable to network execs. Which means that she makes shows to attract the desired demographic.

    Also, you are wrong about the game. It got plenty of attention, just like the other Black shows on the CW. The CW just decided they wanted to attract White teen girls and dropped all of those Black themed shows.

  • Charris

    It’s not its a fake Veronica Mars

  • Ask_ME

    @Val

    ” She’s making shows that are acceptable to network execs.”

    ^^^This is the same argument people make for rappers and their music. The reality is it doesn’t hold much weight when one considers execs cannot force black television producers or music producers to create anything they don’t want to create themselves.

    My best-friend is a writer. She once told me that she writes stories that SHE wants to read. I honestly believe the same is true for most artist, entertainers etc. They write and produce things to entertain themselves first and foremost. Judging from Ms. Rhimes interview with Oprah this appears to be true for her.

    As for The Game…black people slept on The Game when it was on The CW. It wasn’t until BET began showing reruns that it gained a following.

  • Pearlsrevealed

    Maybe ya’ll don’t have ADD. LOL. I am addicted to the adulterous Scandal. I think I can follow it because the storyline progresses so fast. I found Deception to be dull but not bad.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    “The reality is it doesn’t hold much weight when one considers execs cannot force black television producers or music producers to create anything they don’t want to create themselves.”

    Of course they can’t force them, they don’t have to since there is always someone willing to give them exactly what they want. And, the same is true of rappers. The rappers that rap about positive things remain underground because that’s not what music execs want.

    And what did you expect Shonda Rhimes to say? Lol That she’d love to write stories with Black people loving each other but the networks wouldn’t be interested. She’d be out of work if she did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shumlai Gary Shumlai

    Well,if it’s fantasy for a black woman to be a white man’s whore and pickaninny and term it a “Strong Black Woman” I’d rather see none at all.I don’t feel there’s anything wrong with wanting to see a black woman in the arms of a black man and if these so called black women who are writing these wench chronicles are consider as strong then the Willie Lynch syndrome must be in full effect.

  • Ask_ME

    @Val

    If black couples were bring in the rantings (i.e., an audience of black people) this would be a none issue.

    Like I said before….there hasn’t been a shortage of black men/black women couples on television…there has been a shortage of support for truly “good” representations of these couples. People can side-step this argument, but it remains the truth.

    Black people SLEEP on positive representations of black couples, families etc. BUT the negative representations of all of the above get high rantings.

    Shonda Rhimes isn’t the problem. I don’t blame her or anyone else for not wanting to cater to an audience that nitpicks what they will and will not support.

    However, I still believe she and ALL artist create the entertainment they want to see/hear/etc. I believe Toni Morrison said something. It might be a far fetched idea to you that SOME black women find white men/non-black men attractive….but for many it is in fact reality.

  • Ask_ME

    @Gary Shumlai

    Miss me with your racism please.

    If you don’t like it don’t watch it.

    Black women don’t belong to you. Kerry Washington doesn’t belong to you. Olivia Pope (the character portrayed by Kerry Washington) doesn’t belong to you.

    Black women are FREE to date/marry/sex whoever the hell they want.

    It’s funny because I NEVER hear you vocal racist speak out about the foolishness portrayed on some of these realty TV shows in which black women are babymamas, mistresses, whores etc for BLACK MEN. I never hear you fake arse black nationalist speak about black men on these shows and their nonsense/inability to settle down with one woman and create the ideal black family/black couple you expect on THIS fictional television show.

    Yet, this fictional television show in which this character is in love with a white man (and vice versa…yes FITZ is in love with Olivia too) is enough to make your blood boil.

    GTFOHWTBS!

    Yes, there indeed black women who find non-black men attractive. Don’t like? Well that’s too damn bad.

    P.S. Willie Lynch is FAKE.

  • http://chennadoll.tumblr.com pinklipstick227

    Deception seems boring to me. ABC is killing primetime television right now.

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    “Pretty black actresses aren’t required to solely be paired with black men (and vice versa). There is no written rule that a black woman’s love interest is supposed to be only a black man or a white man for that matter.”

    In most television shows they are being paired with white actors. Val never said that pretty black actresses should “solely be paired with black men,” she said they shouldn’t be only paired with white men. So it seems that you agree on that point. The only point of contention is whether all the pretty black actresses are actually being paired with white men. I’d say not all, but the vast majority of the pretty black women on scripted shows are paired with white men. The exceptions usually being black shows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shumlai Gary Shumlai

    My point is not about a requirement it’s about what myself and other brothas and sistas want to see.The brothas and sistas I know would like to see black on black love regardless if any body doesn’t like it or not.As for a written rule no that’s ridiculous, however my desire to view black men being with black women in black women being with black men are along the lines with other real brothers and sisters that I know.Always pairing a black woman with the white man on television does send a discouraging message and that’s how the brothers and sisters that I know that I frequent with feel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shumlai Gary Shumlai

    Hold.up @ Ask Me, is nothing racist about want to see a black man with a black woman or black woman with a black man, now you may take a passive oreo stance but there’s nothing wrong with what I said and furthermore my statements are for real black women in real brothers,not for “Whoopas” like yourself. good day.

  • http://gravatar.com/shumlai shumlai

    This is true. some so called black women may find white men attractive,and if some on this panel choose to suck on the pink finger that’s their choice.Willie lynch letter is not fake although I wish it were,however once again my views are for real black men and women not for those trying to go along to get along in order to show their book writing savvy.

  • Ask_ME

    Sorry dear, but the Willie Lynch letter IS indeed FAKE. It has been proven to be fake by historians.

    I have no issue with BW/BM couplings on television. I have a problem with people giving the impression that these couples don’t get any shine. That’s a lie. Good, awesome, black couples on television simply don’t get the SAME support as negative black couples.

  • Ask_ME

    @Gary Shumlai

    “Always pairing a black woman with the white man on television does send a discouraging message and that’s how the brothers and sisters that I know that I frequent with feel.”

    But it doesn’t always happen. There have been far more BW/BM couplings on television than BW/WM couplings.

    People choose to focus on BW/WM pairings because it upsets their belief that black women should only be paired with black men.

    Kerry Washington is the only black woman I can think of that is currently paired with a non-black man on primetime television.

    So, please stop the lies.

    If seeing this woman paired with a white man discourages black men and black women I point you to the stats Ravi is always posting on this website. Most married black men and black women are married to each other.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shumlai Gary Shumlai

    well as I said earlier, my music statements are for real black women real black man, obviously you’re a little younger, as far as Willie Lynch you proving that yourself as a product. the majority of historians that you probably saw that out we’re caucasian. never the less I see that you have no clue or experience in “Oratory” which is simply saying a lot in a little bit. so it’s time for me to go on to the next discussion before I forget an approach you in a whole different manner. Blessings.

  • Ask_ME

    Refer to the racial slurs YOU used in your original comment. That sir, is racism.

    Referring to black women who sleep with white men as “wenches” is racism (and sexism).

    Terms like “real black women” are prejudice…because who the hell are you to determine someone’s blackness??? Because I don’t share your racism I’m not a “real” black woman???

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    “Kerry Washington is the only black woman I can think of that is currently paired with a non-black man on primetime television.”

    does it matter if it is primetime? there are many shows that don’t come on primetime that are nevertheless watched.

    If she is the only one you can think of, then you don’t watch that much tv. The following current primetime shows have featured a black woman with a non-black man:

    Castle, Parenthood, Supernatural, Bones, the Mentalist, 90210, Gossip Girl, Scandal, and Private Practice

    and that’s just network tv and shows that I’ve personally seen. I’m sure there are others.

    If you are talking Cable shows too:

    True Blood, Californication, Shameless, Psych, Eureka, Hawthorne, Franklin and Bash, Archer, Eastbound and Down, and pretty much any show featuring a black woman in a largely white cast.

    you would be hard pressed to be able to find nearly as many black women in romantic situations paired with black men on scripted tv shows.

  • Ask_ME

    @Gary Shumlai

    “the majority of historians that you probably saw that out we’re caucasian.”

    Actually no. The main opponent of the Willie Lynch Letter was a black man by the name of William Jelani Cobb…google him.

  • Ask_ME

    @Ravi

    “does it matter if it is primetime? there are many shows that don’t come on primetime that are nevertheless watched.”

    I question why it matters period. I can name just as many BLACK MEN who have been paired with non-black women in daytime, primetime and cable television.

    “If she is the only one you can think of, then you don’t watch that much tv. The following current primetime shows have featured a black woman with a non-black man:”

    Actually I watch quite a bit of television via DVR, and for every black woman paired with a non black man there is ALSO a black man paired with a non-black woman.

    Private Practice, 90210, One Tree Hill all had black men with non-black women. And more often than not these are the main characters with white women.

    Why is it now a problem with the character Olivia Pope???

    “and pretty much any show featuring a black woman in a largely white cast.”

    The same for black men. Again, so what?

    “you would be hard pressed to be able to find nearly as many black women in romantic situations paired with black men on scripted tv shows.”

    This is nonsense. The swirl involving black women on television is a relatively modern phenomenon. Black women have traditionally almost ALWAYS been paired with black men.

    The Cosby Show, Family Matters, Fresh Prince of Belair, The Game, Reed Between the Lines, Let’s stay together, Martin, Good Times, The Parentood, In The House, The Young and The Restless, Guiding Light, The Jeffersons etc.

    Even in movies black women are almost always paired with black men.

    People who want to scream and shout because black women are now being paired with non-black men aren’t being completely honest about the situation (I also don’t believe they are being honest about why it bothers them so much).

    If positive BW/BM couples are fading from television it’s because they don’t get the same level of support as NEGATIVE representation of these couples.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    @Ask_Me

    “Kerry Washington is the only black woman I can think of that is currently paired with a non-black man on primetime television.”

    There are more. Vanessa Williams; 666 Park Avenue, Anika Noni Rose; The Good Wife, Paula Patton; Parenthood and a couple more whose names I don’t know.

  • The Other Jess

    oh dear…who is this weirdo?

  • The Other Jess

    meaning “shumlai” a.k.a. weirdo

  • Ask_ME

    @Val

    Okay…but why does it matter???

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    “Why is it now a problem with the character Olivia Pope???”

    No, it’s not just that character. That show is just often highlighted on this site.

    Anyway, my real point is that there is not much balance. I really don’t mind seeing IR couples on TV, be they BM/ WW or BW/ WM or other, I’d just like to see Black couples as well.

  • Ask_ME

    But do you see my point about positive black couples not getting support from black audiences???

    My husband (white) and I watch Let’s Stay Together. We both enjoy the show. I have tried to get my black female friends to watch it with their BLACK husbands. They all say the same thing: “I can’t get into it. The show is boring.”

    They said the same thing about Reed Between The Lines. However, these same friends are hosting “Scandal Parties” and enjoy watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

    How will positive black couples on television survive if black people don’t support them?

  • Lynette

    @Val. Paula Patton is not on Parenthood. That is Joy Bryant

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    Um, we weren’t talking about black men. You keep trying to change your argument. I just quoted you saying that you couldn’t think of any black women besides Kerry Washington that was paired with a non-black man in an attempt to argue that it doesn’t happen very often. I listed 18 shows that currently show bw/wm together romantically (without even touching reality TV or soap operas). So either you were pretending to not know, or you don’t watch enough tv to know. Either way, you were wrong about black women not being paired with non-black men.

    As to why it matters period, that was the original argument. Val was lamenting pretty black actresses always being paired with non-black actors and you argued that it rarely happens. While it doesn’t always happen (I’m sure Val was exaggerating a little), it certainly happens more than the one show you could think of.

    I’m not sure how black men being paired with white women on screen became a part of the debate, but no one ever said that this didn’t happen on screen. How is it relevant that you think you can name as many bm/ww pairings on screen? We weren’t even talking about that.

    “for every black woman paired with a non black man there is ALSO a black man paired with a non-black woman.”

    so first you could only name one, now you can make assertions about the relative numbers of black men paired with a non-black woman? You named 3. Not that this was even a point of contention, but you are making stuff up again for no apparent reason. I’ve named 18 shows with bw/wm pairings and you have named 3 shows with bm/ww pairings. Seems you have a few more to catch up. You won’t be able to name as many because it isn’t displayed on screen nearly as often. There are far more bw/wm pairings on screen than the other way around.

    “This is nonsense. The swirl involving black women on television is a relatively modern phenomenon. Black women have traditionally almost ALWAYS been paired with black men.”

    how does what has been done traditionally have anything to do with what is done currently? You said current shows, not shows that were cancelled 20 years ago. If it is such nonsense then why can’t you name as many current shows with black on black pairings? In movies it is even more prevalent. You claim it almost never happens in the movies, so if I shouldn’t be able to name too many movies with black women paired with white men, right?

    a list of a few movies with black women/white men romantic pairings:

    200 Cigarettes, 24 Hours in London, 25th Hour, 3-Way, Action Jackson, Ace Ventura II, A Diva’s Christmas Carol, After the Sunset, Alfie, Alexander, American Flyers, America’s Dream, Angel Heart, Annie, Antibody, A Perfect Fit, Ash Wednesday, Ashanti, August, The Bachelor, Barbershop, Besieged, Better Dayz, the Big Bird Cage, the Big Hit, Black Rose of Harlem, Bleeding Hearts, Blood and Concrete, the Bodyguard, Boiler Room, Boy Meets Girl, the Break, the Breaks, Brewster’s Millions, a Bronx Tale, Bulworth, Busted Up, and that’s just some of the A’s and B’s. Have I proven my point or should I go on? There are literally hundreds of examples.

    BW/WM pairings have been shown for decades. It has been pervasive only for about a decade, but it’s been going on since the 60s.

    So who isn’t being honest?

  • Ask_ME

    @Ravi

    I’m not going to continue going back and forth with you. BW/non-black men are in vogue…boo hoo! Cry me a river!

    When POSITIVE black couples are/were on television they are/were damn near ignored. That is nobody’s fault except the black community. The “good” positive black shows end up on the chopping block nowadays.

    Stop watching Love & Hip Hop and start watching Let’s Stay Together. Stop supporting Real Housewives of Atlanta and start demanding more “Cosby” like shows. When those shows are put on the air WATCH and SUPPORT them.

    And Yes, I do think there is some dishonesty here. People who have a problem with Kerry Washington or any other “pretty black actress” being paired with a non-black man tend to have an issue with black women in interracial relationships period.

    They wince at the sight of such couples. It doesn’t matter if they are playing a role on television or if that’s their preference in real life. The reaction is the same. As someone who married outside my race I’m used to it. However, I think people need to be fair and consistent.

    You want to see more black couples on television? Start supporting positive black entertainment. Don’t complain after those shows are canceled due to lack of support. Don’t complain when shows featuring black women and non-black men become a hit. Don’t make degrading comments about said black women and non-black men on FICTIONAL scripted dramas when similar situations are being played out IN REAL LIFE on black “reality” television shows.

    I’m done!

  • http://gravatar.com/ravsmith78 Ravi

    If you weren’t going to continue going back and forth, then why did you continue doing just that? No need to cry a river, good enough for you to admit that these pairings are in vogue. I didn’t think you were going to admit it.

    I don’t watch love & hip hop nor any reality shows for that matter. shows that display black love won’t be shown on television as the norm because it loses crossover appeal. Pairing black people together can cause the show to be viewed as a black show. There isn’t anything that can be done about the trend, but I never said I was trying to change it. I’m showing that your original point about black women not being paired with white men on screen was completely false.

    The dishonesty was in your original proclamations that black women aren’t paired with white men. I don’t see any dishonesty in the opposition to this trend. If someone has a problem with the black women being paired with white men in real life it’s likely for the same reason that they oppose it on screen. So where is the dishonesty. And just because you see a problem with the white supremacy evident in a constant pairing of black people with white people in popular representations doesn’t mean you oppose interracial relationships in real life.

    Given I don’t watch reality tv, much of the rest of your comment doesn’t really apply.

    done already? Maybe because you realized that what you started arguing isn’t really true?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shumlai Gary Shumlai

    I’m no weirdo poor patty Pecka wood, I simply don’t see anything wrong with a black woman being in the arms of a black man.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    @Ask_Me

    Well, I think part of the problem is lack of variety. There really aren’t many shows featuring loving Black couples on TV. You mention two shows, what if those don’t happen to be good shows?

    I think the real answer is having a variety of shows; Drama, comedy and in between. Generally Black couples are only featured on comedies. And honestly most comedies these days aren’t great. Lol.

    Until we own and control TV outlets we will always have problems finding the balance most of us would like.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    @Lynette

    Okay, thanks. I always confuse them. Lol.

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