Deception

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.

  • T.

    I’m mostly surprised that it hasn’t already been cancelled. I watched two episodes and then kind of forgot about it. I mean that literally, it did so little to catch/hold my interest that it never crossed my mind again (unless I saw it mentioned here). One of my co-workers only got halfway through the first episode before she gave up on it. It just didn’t seem to be a very good show.

  • kaybee

    This isn’t very surprising. I only watched this show online at work when I was bored and I’m a Meagan Good fan. The entire concept of the show needs a lot of work. They should really take a note from Scandal and create different cases each episode rather than one. Meagan’s character could also be a lot more dynamic.

  • Jessi Jess

    If you were able to make it through the first 2 episodes, the show got alot better. However, between ABC’s Revenge and Scandal, the bar was set high. I supported and hope the show comes back. It’s not as bad as everyone assumes.

  • Starla

    Never watched it, but I was rooting for Megan and Laz.

  • Child, Please

    I’m not surprised since it’s NBC and many of their shows don’t come back, but I had hoped and loved the show. I also wonder why this show didn’t get as much publicity as “Revenge” or “Scandal,” especially on black sites. I saw a few things here and there, but aside from that nothing, I wanted Meagan to win with this one – her and Laz!

  • Me27

    I really wanted to like this show and watched the first two episodes, but completely forgot about it after the second week. This show just wasn’t memorable….

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Not surprised honestly, I tried to get into it at first but it wasn’t clicking for me so I tuned out. This is not a slight against Meagan and Laz but the show wasn’t up to par especially compared to other shows in the same genre. This goes to mention that despite having black leads on shows that the series still needs to be well developed and thought out this remains me of what happened to the show Undercover with Boris Kodjoe, of being a great concept but not translating well to scene.

  • Mademoiselle

    I think even if the script was good, this show had a lot to prove. Scandal is way too hot right now as the new kid on the block as far as thrillers/suspense go, and there are a bajillion detective shows on every channel now. Deception just wasn’t distinct enough to compete. I hope Meagan gets another good role soon.

  • http://flightymusings.wordpress.com Simpli

    I agree. The show really picked up towards the end of the season. I hope they renew it.

  • http://gravatar.com/kanyade Kanyade

    Not surprised, but I was a fan of the show. If they could give it another chance and fix the writing, change the plot, etc. then it would thrive…

  • http://VerityReign.com Verity Reign

    I LOVED this show! As far as the comparisons to Scandal, that’s a little unfair because they’re really nothing alike other then both leading characters are Black women trying to resolve a problem. I really hope it comes back though! It’s kind of a shame where our state of TV is these days. “Deception” hardly got any mention on the blogs & in media, and its return is in question. “LHH” and the like, however, are everywhere in media & there’s never a doubt if they’ll be renewed. I don’t even watch reality TV & I know every reality show’s cast & the gist of their story line from blogs & mags. Kind of pitiful.

  • ArabellaMichaela

    I liked Deception too. I discovered it late and watched a bunch of episodes one Sunday on cable. The plot was very interesting.
    SPOILER ALERT. It turned out that the father killed his own daughter to protect his company’s secret.
    Meghan Goode’s character portrayal was softer and more appealing than Olivia. Olivia’s character can be over the top. And the dialogue in Scandal is this unreal staccato. Nobody talks like that. It’s as if Shonda Rhimes is acknowledging that “Olivia” could not exist in reality.

  • KarlyBoriqua

    I’d forgotten all about this show until I read this article. It just didn’t hold my interest. The same thing happened with that JJ Abrams show Undercovers. I wanted it to do well, so I would just turn it on hoping that would help (even though I’m not a Nielsen family, LOL) and play online scrabble.

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  • Mr. Man

    IMHO Megan was not a very strong lead in this show (I watched them all to support her and Alonzo) I felt she was just out of her range, she’s not a dynamic actor, she often plays the same stuffy love interest vixenish type in most all her roles so she seemed to struggle a bit to convince the audience she was playing an undercover cop now. Other than that the writers simply wrote the show into a corner. I liked the show personally, but I knew the show was doomed. I honestly was just hoping they leave it on long enough to show us that the dad did in fact kill the daughter, well, like we all kinda figured anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/Mecca_F Anayo (@Mecca_F)

    Co-sign. I forgot about it after the abysmal first episode but started watching it again when I was bored and it turned out to be really good! I hope it gets renewed, however I don’t see how they can keep up the same storyline since the major mystery, and entire premise, of the show has been revealed already.

  • Humanista

    I liked it as well! I feel like you can’t really compare a government drama w/ “who shot my bff” … obviously the stakes aren’t going to be as high; it’s just different.

    I saw this headline like “nooooooooooooooo!!!!!” -_____-

  • http://gravatar.com/yesimthatleah yesimthatleah

    I don’t consider Megan Good to be an actress. Not trying to be mean, I just don’t get the appeal.

  • Mademoiselle

    @yesimthatleah
    If she’s not an actress, what is she?

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