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Deception: Is the New NBC TV Show Worth Watching?

Deception TV show on NBCRevolution is on hiatus until March so NBC needs a new TV show, Deception, to fill the Mondays at 10pm timeslot. Is the series up to the task or will it be cancelled — perhaps even before all 11 produced episodes have aired?

On Deception, a wealthy party girl is mysteriously murdered. Her childhood friend, a San Francisco narcotics detective, is convinced by her former partner to go undercover into the wealthy world she thought she’d left behind. The cast includes Laz Alonso, Meagan Good, Victor Garber, Katherine LaNasa, Tate Donovan, Wes Brown, and Ella Rae Peck.

Sound interesting? Worth watching? Here’s what some of the critics think:

Chicago Sun Times: “I’ve only seen three episodes (and that’s enough for me), but so far Deception feels like one long TV crime drama where everyone takes turns standing under a cloud of suspicion. A comment Heldens made Sunday implies the whodunit is going to drag on for quite a while. Joanna likely will have ‘a pretty good idea’ about who the killer is by the end of the season, ‘and the second season is about proving it.'”

Kansas City Star:Deception borrows a lot from that show and others, ending up more fun than challenging. But what it lacks in subtlety, it makes up in helicopter rides, exposed biceps and the eventual appearance of John Larroquette. No lie.”

LA Times: “Oddly, where Revenge seems the more credible, or at least consistent, series for being preposterous from top to bottom (paradoxically allowing you to care for its characters), Deception, in trying for something more ‘real’ and not quite getting there, feels fake. There is little chemistry between the people who are supposed to have it.”

USA Today: “Murder mysteries, of course, have long been entertainment staples. The problem for Deception is that whatever small measure of interest it manages to build for that main story is quickly dissipated by the writers’ clumsy weekly efforts to delay a solution. Whenever folks announce they have something important to tell, and yes, they’re that obvious, we know something will stop them from telling. It’s hard to maintain the veil of mystery when the writing is this transparent. We’re ready and willing to be deceived. We just expect you to work harder and better than this.”

Boston Herald: “Vivian’s secrets are predictable. Judging from the first two episodes, Joanna is not much of a sleuth. Scene set-ups go nowhere. Minor characters are brought in, disposed of, and the show bumps along to another complication. Deception’s greatest ruse is how it got on the air in the first place.”

Washington Post: “Although the show tends to forgo character development in favor of throwing in as many stories as possible, the series does improve at filling in the gaps after the pilot episode. (NBC made the first three available for review.) The writers even give us some backstory as to why we should care about family members that don’t seem to like each other all that much.”

San Francisco Chronicle:Deception was created by Liz Heldens, who worked on Friday Night Lights. The writing (Heldens and Peter Elkoff) is atrocious, the direction (Peter Horton and Jonas Pate) slow and flabby, and the performances run the gamut from sad to just adequate, but even proven actors like Garber couldn’t make us care about any of this. Maybe there should be a rule that TV show creators shouldn’t watch television: That might reduce the number of second-rate imitators junking up prime time. In the case of Deception, make that fourth-rate.”

Salt Lake Tribune: “NBC’s Deception wants to be two shows in one. A lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous soap opera and a murder mystery. The result is a show that starts slow and struggles to do either well. It’s OK, but it’s not the show that Revenge is. And the folks at NBC were clearly hoping Deception would be their Revenge.

What do you think? Does Deception sound like it’s worth your time? If you’ve seen it, will you watch again?


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Susasn March 23, 2013 at 11:59 am

Love the show – never miss it – please do not cancel


t.h. March 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

I like it, my wife and I watch it while I am doing dialysis. Second season, yes please!!!!!!


wanda h. March 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

I love it! Never miss it. Please bring it back, because I want to know who killed Vivian.


nadia March 20, 2013 at 6:17 am

Yes season two please. I would to c what is going to happen to Robert


Lady March 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Please do not cancel. I love this show, can’t wait for season 2.


Paulette Stodgel March 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

My daughter’s and I watched this show and loved it. Can’t wait to see more!


Brandi March 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I love this show please don’t cancel give it a chance can’t wait for season 2!!!


connie March 19, 2013 at 11:23 am

Love the series!! Please don’t cancel!!


connie March 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

Love this show,please don’t cancel!!!


Georgina March 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm

I love this show, please give it a chance for at least one more season!!! It’s really good!!!


Diana March 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm

I stopped watching prime time shows a long time ago because they just couldn’t keep my interest. Then along cam deception and I was in love with the show. I was hooked and nothing could stop me from missing even a single moment of an episode. The show MUST keep going on. I love it!!! Without deception there is nothing worth turning the TV on for.


J. Michaels March 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm

I love the show not cancel.


Sia March 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I love the show


Jesica March 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Think the show is great and should not be canceled. Critics should give them more time to lay out the story line before giving them the axe!!!


Diane February 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Love the show…can’t wait till Mondays. DON’T CANCEL IT.


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