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NBC Announces Drama Series Renewals For 2013/2014 Season, But No 'Deception'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 26, 2013 3:45 PM
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Hmm... this doesn't look good for Deception, which I know some of you are fans of.


NBC issued a press release this afternoon announcing drama series renewals for next season, its 2013-14 Slate, and Deception isn't on that list.

What is on the list are: Revolution, Chicago Fire, Parenthood, Grimm and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Each will be back for 22-episode seasons, according to the network.

But wait a minute; not-so fast my friends...

"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," said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. "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."

That last sentence is key; so maybe we shouldn't write off Deception just yet, since, as Salke says, more announcements are coming.

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% 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% drop from its premiere highs, which is hefty. Its first season ended on March 18, airing 11 episodes total.

I won't be surprised at all if NBC doesn't renew it, given its ratings. It's losing its time slot by quite a bit to ABC and CBS. Although they might renew and shift it to another day and time.

We'll find out eventually, in the next few weeks. 

Also worth considering in all this is that NBC did order at least 2 new pilots centered around black leads for next season, like the yet-to-be-titled political action thriller set in Washington DC, starring Lance Gross and Michael Beach; and then there's the Craig Robinson-centered comedy from The Office executive producer Greg Daniels, which Larenz Tate will co-star in.

Of course neither may make it to series. But I'd be surprised if NBC ends up with 3 *black shows* on its 2013/2014 schedule.

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79 Comments

  • jesse | June 9, 2014 12:59 PMReply

    i like her because she very brillant

  • jesse | June 9, 2014 12:51 PMReply

    i like her because she very brillant

  • mrs j | April 3, 2014 2:10 PMReply

    This show should NOT get cancelled its a great show! It had everything and there r so many questions they left unanswered!

  • tatiana | March 10, 2014 4:49 PMReply

    I love that show deception they cant take that show off the air that was the best show I seen so far

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:12 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:12 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:11 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:11 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:11 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:11 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:07 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:07 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:07 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:07 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:07 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:06 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:06 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:06 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:06 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • Sillygoose | January 8, 2014 12:06 AMReply

    January 2014
    Every network plays random reruns of the same shows at the same time every day now. No such thing as new shows. Sure not worth any paid subscriptions any more. So Good Bye and Good Luck With That, Networks/Cable/Satellite TV, because streaming offers way more.

  • kiki | January 2, 2014 7:32 AMReply

    I really love Deception please bring a second season and more back its not right to start a show and not finish it and than to cancel it and leave the viewers not knowing what happened is just wrong I would say maybe changing the time and day but don't cancel it I don't know if on demand views count but I had know choice but to watch it on in demand which is what most people did because of the day and time can't come on when other good shows come on

  • Stacey | December 26, 2013 6:37 PMReply

    Deception should have a 2nd season!!!! It is one of the better shows on television today that captivates views and leaves them eagerly anticipating what will happen next!!!!! I Love the show and hope NBS brings it back for a second season!!

  • Alisha | December 26, 2013 6:27 PMReply

    NBC needs to bring back Deception!!!!

  • Mak | November 20, 2013 9:57 AMReply

    Cancelled...oh NO!!!! Been waiting for a returning date. To find out its not coming back leaving me with so many unanswered questions...

  • Mak | November 20, 2013 9:45 AMReply

    Cancelled...oh NO!!!! Been waiting for a returning date. To find out its not coming back leaving me with so many unanswered questions...

  • Debbie | October 29, 2013 3:21 PMReply

    I don't know if I'll watch NBC any longer. I'm getting so tired of getting interested in a show and then have it cancelled. All there is anymore are these horrible reality shows!!!!!

  • Jacqueline Strickland | October 21, 2013 8:43 PMReply

    Are u serious you all cancelled deception is was a great show and you guys at NBC SUCK big time

  • Monique | October 18, 2013 8:30 PMReply

    I have been waiting on Deception all this time to just find out it is canceled. Right when it was getting good. It's hard to get into Any shows these days because once you do it's canceled

  • Dana | October 3, 2013 8:47 PMReply

    NBC Sucks!!! This was an amazing show. I'm so mad!!!!!!!!!!

  • lilou | October 1, 2013 9:30 PMReply

    Another nerwork should pick this show up!

  • JG | September 13, 2013 9:22 PMReply

    I loved Deception!!!!

  • Amy | September 9, 2013 7:42 PMReply

    I think i will have to stop watching NBC if they cant put deception back on!!!!!Im sooooooooooooooooooooo mad to find out they have canceled it.

  • Ronim | September 3, 2013 5:44 PMReply

    Who did it?

  • Amanda | August 31, 2013 11:01 PMReply

    I'm really annoyed that NBC has yet again cancelled my favourite show. First Do No Harm after only 2 episodes and now they aren't renewing Deception, and awake... Not very happy NBC.

  • samara | July 7, 2013 2:24 PMReply

    NBC we would like the remaining episodes of Deception to play on the network, there are people who are looking forward to watch Deception..PLEASE PUT IT BACK ON, THE CAST ARE AMAZING! Lets Go Deception, bring on the new episodes!

  • deliah | July 7, 2013 2:20 PMReply

    I would be very disappointed if Deception does not make it back on television for the upcoming season. I recommend Deception, it is a great watch!

  • NBC SUCKS | July 1, 2013 5:50 PMReply

    I HATE to hear that deception is not coming back!!!! IT was a great show, there were parts in the show that were annoying and aggravating because the writing could have been better, but all in all it was a great plot. If they aren't going to bring back the show they could ATLEAST give us a marathon day of deception and show the last two episodes that they cut out of the season so that we can see what happened. I think that it sucks that they cut it and didn't even let the fans that have watched the show from day have closure. NBC SUCKS for this!

  • Latasha | June 30, 2013 9:26 PMReply

    This sucks I was really looking forward to the show returning:( Please bring it back.

  • ann davis | June 25, 2013 12:49 PMReply

    why keep same old stuff loved deception your nuts on half your keeps

  • Kathleen Hughes | June 24, 2013 9:04 PMReply

    Please bring Deception back, I love this show

  • Gene | June 20, 2013 12:45 PMReply

    I too watched this show on Hulu. I love it! Please let us see it all the way to the very end. It's a very good mystery. Hurry, bring it back!

  • Jane Arnold | June 18, 2013 11:14 PMReply

    Would really like to see Deception brought back.

  • Deborah | June 17, 2013 10:32 AMReply

    Deception is a good show with many twisted plots I was a fan from the very first show and wish that it is given another season.Law&Order SUV is running out of plots with Olivia always in danger, love Grimm,Chicago Fire and Revolution they are the best on NBC

  • kim | June 6, 2013 6:51 PMReply

    Please bring the show back. I am so in love with decepetion. I watch reruns on hulu. Love love it

  • Michele | June 3, 2013 7:19 PMReply

    Deception is so good, its intriging, dangerous & deceptive. Otherwords its fantastic it must be brought back for @ least another season the storyline needs to be continued. Please!!!!!!!!!

  • Maudessie jointer | May 30, 2013 2:09 PMReply

    Just caught up on deception via Hulu hope the show returns, this is a great show!

  • Mellody S. | May 29, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    Please bring Deception back. So much to catch up on and it's a great show!!!

  • christina m. | May 29, 2013 11:06 AMReply

    I really hope to see Deception back on the air. I really looked forward to watching this show again for another season.

  • dorsey | May 28, 2013 9:39 PMReply

    PLEASEB, PLEASE, PLEASE KEEPO THIS SHOW ON. WE'RE IN KUWAIT & WE LOVE THIS SHOW. IT HELPS TO KEEP US GOING. PLEASE!

  • tasha | May 21, 2013 4:25 AMReply

    Please bring back the show. i so love it and have been watching from Africa. thanks

  • teshara | May 19, 2013 12:01 PMReply

    Please bring this show back

  • L. Young | May 11, 2013 8:44 PMReply

    That sucks! I love deception!

  • Jamila Livingston | May 6, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    I am so super excited that Deception is being renewed for a new season. I love love the show. Stay Blessed everyone :-)

  • nichelle gibson | May 5, 2013 3:15 AMReply

    I LOVED THE SHOW PLEASE BRING IT BACK THE IS A HIT!!!! PLEASE PLEASE , BRING IT BACK IT WAS MONDAY NIGHT SHOW, I COULD BARLY WIAT TO THE FOLLOWING WEEK TO SE WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT,

  • L.D. | May 4, 2013 10:26 PMReply

    I think Deception is a great show! Please bring it back. I think it's great to see a African American actress betray a police officer fighting for justice instead of being a mistress. The actors are all really good. I think it rocks!

  • Tammy | May 3, 2013 7:39 PMReply

    Dear NBC

    PLEASE renew Deception, our family loves getting together to tune in every week

    Thank you

  • saddee | May 3, 2013 12:11 AMReply

    Deception is a very good Drama series . It got better with each episode. Love the Bower Family
    with all there Deception. Love the romance of Julian and Joanna. Please NBC i ask you to give this show a chance. It deseves another chance. Maybe another night perhaps. Putting it up against two power shows from neighboring networks who have a major following was not fair.
    NBC your job was needed to promte this show more. Please renew Deception for a season 2.

  • Terrian | April 30, 2013 8:59 PMReply

    DECEPTION PLEASE BE RENEWED! even if it's just one more season then it's done, FINE! but don't just leave it at that! sdjfhksjsfsj please just give it a chance. i really loved it! but yes i do agree that the writers for the show need to improve, especially on Joanna's part. her character hasn't really made any character development, and i feel like only two minor characters have. but please don't cancel!

  • NO BRAINER | April 30, 2013 11:53 AMReply

    Are we surprised? I saw the first episode and fell asleep on it.

  • Joan | April 30, 2013 11:34 AMReply

    I really like the show Deception.......everytime we like a good show they take it off. Give a chance!!!!!!!!

  • jess | April 29, 2013 4:25 PMReply

    I stopped caring long before the finale, but they could bring on better writers to fix it. The pace was too slow, there were too many pointless twists/backstories, and stupid moves on Joanna's part made it hard to buy her as a detective. They did an inelegant job of mixing the soap and crime procedural elements.

  • Jodylynn | April 29, 2013 1:34 PMReply

    DECEPTION.. was good... I hate it when they give us new stuff to watch and we get hooked and then they PULL THE RUG RIGHT OUT FROM UNDER US.... The FOX CHANNEL was good for this too...

  • Mekisha Hale | April 29, 2013 1:34 AMReply

    It was interesting after reading earlier today that NBC network was bringing back a few of the shows. Parenthood,Revolution,Parks and Rec, and Chicago Fire,Law & Order Special Victims Unit minus Stabler character. Who is truly not the cast for the past two seasons. Even though this will be there Fifteenth Season. Which by all means is unbelievable to exist that long on the scene specially a television drama. But this isn't about those shows. What I'm really getting too is that NBC is got to get some color in there broadcasting shows. Specially in the drama department they need diversity in the shows that they display on there network. I know it's known that it a constant thing that networks do with shows that show some potential and with that,Deception the newest to the drama shows on the network. Maybe they need to stick to a show for once that might just revive there network. Yea,it's not in the same category as say ABC's Scandal,but you got to start from somewhere. Even through from the first get go straight of the gate ABC's Scandal came out with a smokin' cast and storyline. But some other shows just take a time surely not for long because networks have a short attention span. And are not willing to wait that long for a show to come around. But at the same time for once NBC look at your line-up for once and just try to see that this very fan following show called "Deception" might just be the luck that is needed. Look if you want to be serious about it the writers may have to rev up the story line some and bring more depth,what ever it takes. Just an small amount of shows were ordered,give it it's due. Racing to get to the other shows that you know isn't going to be hard to renew isn't going to take away any time to think over the situation for a rare show that could make it's way through. But like everything else time will only tell if the show will survive.

  • Sarah | April 28, 2013 10:11 PMReply

    I really hope deception comes back!!! Loved it,

  • Nadell | April 28, 2013 9:45 PMReply

    'Deception' isn't intriguing. Alonso and Good are awesome actors but this show has poor writing. Throughout many episodes I found myself so disinterested. The writing in a sense stunted the main character(s). I wanted to like and enjoy this series but I just couldn't.....

  • Danny | April 28, 2013 6:59 PMReply

    I hope Deception comes back BUT I think the writers need to do a better job to make it more interesting. I guess, NBC trying to copy Scandal and ride the wave of having a black woman in the lead didn't work out.I thought Megan Good did a good job, but I also thought the story was too slow paced, not action packed and kind of dry.

  • Angela | April 28, 2013 9:19 AMReply

    Please bring back Deception (please please). It was hardly even given a fighting chance. It's definitely better than Revolution by a long shot!!

  • j.r. | April 27, 2013 9:05 PMReply

    Please bring Deception back!

  • lee | April 27, 2013 7:58 PMReply

    Feel bad for Meagan who was cast perfectly for that role. Too bad the writers weren't brillant enough to give her something to work with.

  • lee | April 27, 2013 7:57 PMReply

    Feel bad for Meagan who was cast perfectly for that role. Too bad the writers weren't brillant enough to give her something to work with.

  • lee | April 27, 2013 7:56 PMReply

    Feel bad for Meagan who was cast perfectly for that role. Too bad the writers weren't brillant enough to give her something to work with.

  • REM | April 27, 2013 7:58 AMReply

    NBC still have some more announcements in the up coming weeks. I have a feeling Deception will get picked up and the reason for that is, out of all the new shows that premiered last season on NBC Deception was the only show that got a full order pick up, while the others were cancelled after 3 episodes ! Same as GRIMM, NBC hasn't picked that show up either and that hasn't been cancelled yet, but also got a full season.

  • Jug | April 26, 2013 6:07 PMReply

    The Up or Down vote for DECEPTION will come as more of the unfinished pilots start rolling in. If they are liking what they see, then DECEPTION may go bye bye. If they don't, it might survive. OR if they see something that could be a companion piece for it, give them a Soap block like ABC, then they may give it a chance. Depends on if it has champions at the network and how much influence they have.

  • Mark and Darla | April 26, 2013 5:19 PMReply

    Very sad for Meagan, maybe next time.

  • Akimbo | April 26, 2013 4:49 PMReply

    Good, it was awful, illogical, and a terrible waste of some good supporting actors. Meagan and Laz weren't believable in their roles or even as lovers and the younger brother and little sister/daughter were the worst. I was surprised at how badly Alonso came off considering he's typically believable and decent in all his other work. I have to blame the writing. The only people who were able to elevate the awful material were Victor Garber, his character's wife, and, surprisingly, Tate Donovan.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | April 26, 2013 5:22 PM

    You stated my feelings perfectly. This show is horrible. Meagan should not have been placed as lead of this show. Sorry just the truth. Her and Laz chemistry is way off. Just couldn't get into this show at all. Next!!

  • Nerlie | April 26, 2013 4:35 PMReply

    I think NBC should give the show a season 2. It has maintained a steady fan base with absolutely no promotion from the network and many negative critics. These critics probably only watched one episode and wrote it off. The show picked up the pace and became something really exciting to see every week. The cast is great and the writing improved. I hope NBC makes the right choice by giving it a season 2 :-)

  • Girl TD | April 26, 2013 4:04 PMReply

    Deception was starting to grow strong legs, the finale went slightly awry but they could have bounced back from it. While the other shows featuring fan favorites, Lance Gross, Larenz Tate etc. sound promising, the fear is that NBC are building shows that are easily compared to other network blockbusters and severely skew any chance of success.

  • Curly Sue | August 28, 2013 9:33 PM

    My daughter and I looked forward to watching Deception. It was so good. Please bring it back NBC!!!

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