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NBC Sets Premiere Date For Meagan Good, Laz Alonso Primetime Soap 'Deception'

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by Courtney
October 30, 2012 3:16 PM
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Deception

On the heels of news that posted this morning that NBC had once again changed the title of its upcoming mid-season soap (initially titled Notorious, and then switched to Infamous, and now will be called Deception, as NBC sets up to start the series' promotional campaign, although there's still no official debut date yet)...

The network has unveiled its mid-season debut dates, and in that group of titles was Deception, which NBC has tapped to make its premiere on January 7, 2013.

It'll air on Monday nights, in the 10pm - 11pm hour, following The Biggest Loser at 9pm, until the return of The Voice.

Given Deception's lead-in program(s), what audience is NBC targeting for the series, if it's following The Biggest Loser, and eventually, The Voice?

Here's the rest via press release from NBC:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - October 30, 2012 - NBC today announced changes to its 2013 primetime mid-season schedule highlighted by the premieres of three new series, including comedy "1600 Penn," from one of the architects of "Modern Family"; an intriguing drama "Deception" (formerly "Infamous"); and producer Eva Longoria's big reality relationship show "Ready for Love."

In addition, several of the network's biggest hits will return, including "The Voice" with new coaches Usher and Shakira; fall hit "Revolution"; "Smash," featuring Jennifer Hudson; and "The Biggest Loser," with some innovative changes to the format and the return of Jillian Michaels.

Further scheduling announcements will be forthcoming.

Following are the highlights of the changes:

Mondays:

The new drama "Deception" - starring Meagan Good ("Think Like a Man"), Victor Garber ("Alias"), Tate Donovan ("Damages") and Katherine LaNasa ("Alfie") in a dark family murder mystery -- debuts on January 7 (10-11 p.m. ET). Preceding "Deception" is the new season of "The Biggest Loser" which returns with a two-night premiere on Sunday, January 6 (9-11 p.m. ET) and Monday, January 7 (8-10 p.m. ET), and will continue on Mondays (8-10 p.m. ET) until the return of "The Voice."

"The Voice" maintains its momentum as it returns March 25 for a fourth season (8-10 p.m. ET) and Tuesday, March 26 (8-9 p.m. ET). It continues its two-night Monday/Tuesday schedule as it did this fall. "Revolution" -- the season's only bona fide new hit series -- will return and follow "The Voice" on March 25 (10-11 p.m. ET) when it concludes its current fall broadcast dates in November.

Tuesdays:

Last year's acclaimed musical drama "Smash" makes its much-anticipated return with a two-hour episode on February 5 (9-11 p.m. ET) -- with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson -- and will resume on Tuesday, February 12 (10-11 p.m. ET) in its regular day and time. "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" premieres on January 8 with back-to-back episodes (8-8:30 p.m. ET and 8:30-9 p.m. ET) and will continue in that hour each Tuesday.

"The Voice" also will return on Tuesdays on March 26 (8-9 p.m. ET).

Thursdays:

The new comedy "1600 Penn" -- starring Bill Pullman ("Independence Day"), Jenna Elfman ("Dharma and Greg") and Josh Gad (Broadway's "The Book of Mormon") as a typical American family who just happen to live in the White House -- debuts on January 10 (9:30-10 p.m. ET). Jason Winer, Emmy-winning director of "Modern Family" is co-creator and director. The critically hailed comedy "Community" returns on February 7 (8-8:30 p.m. ET). "Parks and Recreation" moves up one hour on the Thursday schedule to 8:30-9 p.m. (ET) on January 17.

Sundays:

The new alternative series "Ready for Love" -- an innovative and dramatic new relationship show about making real connections with executive producer Eva Longoria - premieres Sunday, March 31 (8-10 p.m. ET). Donald Trump's "The Celebrity Apprentice" resumes with an "All-Star" edition of former celebrity contestants on March 3 (9-11 p.m. ET) for four weeks before continuing in one-hour episodes on Sunday, March 31 (10-11 p.m. ET).

Notorious, Infamous, Deception stars Meagan Good as detective Joanna Locasto, a female detective who returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in - as the maid's daughter - to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend - celebutante Vivian Lawson.

The NBC series co-stars Laz AlonsoVictor Garber, Tate Donovan, and Katherine LaNasa co-starring.

Laz Alonso is slated to play NYPD detective Will Sacovitch, who recruits Good's character, his former flame, to team up and infiltrate the Lawson home - led by Victor Garber as Robert Lawson, and Tate Donovan as his son.

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7 Comments

  • The critic | January 8, 2013 1:06 AMReply

    I got to watch Deceptive tonight. I thought that it was good. The only complaint that I have with the show is that it was a little fast and predictable, but it was pretty good. Geez! The way you see news publications discuss the show, one would think that its some bafoonish reality show. I think that some of these people are afraid that Deception could have the potential to be as as good.. if not better than Revenge. I also like this show because it has a Black female lead in a good position.If Megan Good played a Mamie, these same people would be giving her an Academy award.

  • Orville | October 31, 2012 12:15 AMReply

    I am going to give Meagan Good's new show a chance. I am happy for Meagan she finally has her breakthrough in Hollywood this is a big deal she's the star of a new NBC show! For a long time people have complained about the lack of black leads on television and by January 2013 there are going to be two shows on mainstream American television with a black actress in the lead. Isn't this good news?

  • FactChecker | October 30, 2012 8:42 PMReply

    Who among us believes Good's acting chops are even sharp enough to carry a mainstream drama?

  • ALM | October 30, 2012 10:33 PM

    Let's give her a chance. Remember her great work in "Eve's Bayou"?

  • Muse | October 30, 2012 6:29 PMReply

    I have a hunch that this show is going to attempt to ride the wave of Scandal's popularity (and formula): a black female lead navigating a (mostly white) world of wealth, danger and intrigue.

  • Meeb | October 30, 2012 10:35 PM

    Then it doesn't have much to follow up on.

  • Skrim | October 30, 2012 4:08 PMReply

    Uh, Revenge much? I know this is a shameless copycat business, but give me a break!

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