By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 26, 2013 at 3:45PM
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.