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NBC Officially Cancels 'Deception'

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 8, 2013 6:09 PM
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Bad news Deception fans. NBC has officially canceled the dramatic soap series after one season.

It's not a huge surprise, especially after the network's April 26 press release announcing drama series that would be renewed for next season, its 2013-14 slate, and Deception wasn't on that list of titles.

Although the network did warn, at the time, that there would be more returning series announcements made in the following 2 weeks, so

 we didn't write off Deception's return right away.

Taking a look at Deception (which starred 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. After its debut, it hovered 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.

It was a losing time slot for NBC, with ABC and CBS leading the hour.

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.

Stay tuned...

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  • pat steen | August 11, 2013 11:12 PMReply

    Wow, very disappointed with NBC. Deception was a very good show, they just left loyal fans hanging and couldn't wait for season 2. This show had a great cast and it was very well written. But this is what NBC Does. I remember a couple of shows different worlds and more. Wow NBC. Maybe Oprah Winfrey can pick it up Bet Or TV One. Somebody. Well I am for getting this show back. I am on the move.

  • Ava | May 9, 2013 7:51 PMReply

    I agree with those that said good cast, good characters (John Laroquette was a scene stealer) but the writing was unsteady and at times, sloppy. I would notice little details that were completely off but I'm annoying that way (lol).

    Too bad. 15-29 years ago, the network would've given it a second season (where would Cheers be, if they didn't give it another chance after a dismal debut season?) but that is the nature of the beast these days.

  • Ava | May 9, 2013 7:52 PM

    Oops, I meant 15-20 years ago. Did I mention that sloppy is contagious?

  • K | May 9, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    Sorry to see a good thing go. I mean the cast was great. And I do believe it would have benefitted from being on FX. Look at The Americans. It's a sexy show, but it's got suspense, espionage, and material that make it not quite network appropriate. FX save it!

  • Ashley | May 9, 2013 2:26 AMReply

    I place it all on the story. Concept was good. Actors wonderfuln they just needed something to work with. I think they could all shine had this been on an edgier channel like FX or AMC.

  • Pam | May 8, 2013 9:43 PMReply

    Great actors. Good characters. I rate things 8-10 that are really good, and it was a 7.9 in my book. Just a bit the writing. An edgier script could have made all the difference. Bring this ensemble back with a new concept. They all shine individually.

  • Akimbo | May 8, 2013 8:16 PMReply

    So necessary. I'm sure most of the cast will quickly get scooped up by other projects.

  • BeautyIAM | May 8, 2013 6:55 PMReply

    I did give this show a chance. I watched most of the episodes live so I could help out with the ratings. I just don't think the storyline was compelling enough. Although Meagan is a decent actress, she was wrong for this role. I know people still want to give her a chance since she was really great in Eve's Bayou.

  • BeautyIAM | May 9, 2013 1:07 AM

    Uhhhh, clearly! LOL

  • Just Sayin | May 8, 2013 7:59 PM

    Unless you have a Neilson's box attached to your Tivo, you weren't helping with the ratings.

  • jeanettes daughter | May 8, 2013 6:27 PMReply

    sigh. that can happen when you don't have a really good story with a really good cast. send them to amc-tv camp! a pretty black woman is NOT enough. a pretty black man is NOT enough. racy swirling sexy interracial hookups - NOT enough. get us and keep us with the story or we will click off. on the other hand, who really knows why anything is cancelled? good stories have been axed, too.

  • jeftcg | May 8, 2013 8:28 PM

    @Miles, I would have settled for a simply-more-fitted blouse. Well, heavy sigh and forlorn head shake. That's (air-quotes) progress.

  • Miles Ellison | May 8, 2013 8:17 PM

    The show clearly needed conflict, weave snatching, fighting, and drink throwing. That's what most people want to watch.

  • sergio | May 8, 2013 6:22 PMReply

    I think it was those Groucho Marx drawn eyebrows of hers that did the show in

  • sergio | May 8, 2013 7:18 PM

    "You can't buy maturity can you?"

    No you definitely can't and especially not on this site. You should know that by now

  • kirk | May 8, 2013 7:05 PM

    Yes, that Columbia pictures vice-president is enjoying those eyebrows!

  • D.A. | May 8, 2013 6:49 PM

    I'm not the biggest fan of Meagan Good but these unnecessary comments about her looks have gotten tired and lame. You can't buy maturity can you?

  • sthn | May 8, 2013 6:31 PM

    That's cold sergio. lololololol!

  • Matthew Milam | May 8, 2013 6:13 PMReply

    I feel bad for Meagan Good. I believe NBC wanted this to be like Scandal. I'm sure another season would have worked out the kinks. (Truth be told I don't watch either show, but I'm happy for their success none the less).

  • BeautyIAM | May 8, 2013 7:00 PM

    I disagree. Since I am a religious fan of Scandal and watched Deception, I will say that the two shows were nothing a like. Other then have two black women lead the show, there really is nothing else the shows had in common. If people do want to count the IRs in both shows, then I guess they had two things in common. It was random people over the internet that were throwing Deception under the bus and calling it a wanna be Scandal. That wasn't NBC's doing.

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