NBC is accelerating toward the 2013-2014 television season. The network released a list of dramas renewed through next season and “Deception,” starring Meagan Good and Laz Alonso, wasn’t included.
Our fingers should still be crossed. NBC’s announcements are preliminary and don’t encompass the full slate of renewed programs. Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, announced the renewals of five dramas in a press release while also increasing hope for “Deception” viewers.
“On the verge of our 2013 fall scheduling decisions, we’re pleased to renew five drama series that will be important to our new season line-up,” Salke said. “We’re proud and very appreciative of all of the actors, producers, writers and directors who work so hard to deliver such high-quality work week in and week out. These complex shows represent a broad range of genres and tones, and all of them stand out for us in a television landscape now filled with one-hour series. We’re especially pleased to be renewing “Revolution” and “Chicago Fire” – two first-season successes – and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks.”
“Deception” might be included in the forthcoming announcements, but its renewal isn’t a guarantee. Shadow & Act shared the ratings deets and they’re grim in comparison to other programs announced for renewal including “Parenthood,” “Grimm” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
In February, NBC canceled its Jekyll-and-Hyde-ish thriller, Do No Harm, after just 2 episodes!
It premiered on January 31 at 10 pm to an unimpressive 3.1 million viewers, one of the lowest new series debuts of all time across the 4 major networks (CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC).
The second episode dropped 22 percent in viewers, pulling in about 2.18 million, which was its death-knell.
Taking a look at Deception (which stars Meagan Good and Laz Alonso) it debuted to 5.6 million viewers and a 2.0 rating, which wasn’t all that strong to begin with. Since then, it’s been hovering around the 3+ million viewers mark, a 40 percent drop from its premiere highs, which is hefty. Its first season ended on March 18, airing 11 episodes total.
I’ll be honest: I haven’t supported “Deception.” I watched the first few episodes to support Good and Alonzo, but the plot wasn’t intriguing, the characters weren’t well-developed and I wasn’t invested in the hour spent watching it. Other viewers had similar sentiments, expressed through social media and digital publications. “Deception’s” ratings led to its potential cancellation after 11 episodes.
Though “Deception” might face cancellation, the network won’t be devoid of people of color on primetime. NBC ordered two pilots including the Lance Gross-led political thriller and a comedy starring Larenz Tate and Craig Robinson.