Deception: Why Just 11 Episodes?

Deception TV show on NBCWhen NBC gave the go-ahead for Deception, the network ordered 13 episodes of the TV series. There are now just 11 installments. What happened?

At the TCA Winter Press Tour, Deception executive producer Gail Berman told The Futon Critic, “It was cut back to 11 because [NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt] did what I thought was an incredibly ingenious move: they put it on so [it] would have no interruptions. So it’s 11 in a row. They couldn’t fit 13 in a row.”

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

What do you think? Do you agree with NBC’s strategy? Do you think Deception will stick around long enough to see all 11 episodes air?

UPDATE: NBC has canceled Deception after one season.

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  1. Anonymous says

    I think NBC has a great series on their hands and should not let it go. Deception kept me coming back week after week. It was such a good series that I watched the season all over again On Demand!!! There are millionse of fans out here hoping for more great TV from NBC with Deception. We can handle it!!!

  2. Veronica Wells says

    You absolutely must bring back Deception – I can’t wait to see what the next episode will bring – just love this show!!!

  3. Veronie Holloway says

    I felt empty when Deception did not air last week. Although I like and previously followed the new show, I wanted to know the end of Deception!!! Bring it back another season with the end of this plot and start a new plot.

  4. D. Butler says

    I love this show. Just when you think you know everything about the story and characters, another twist is thrown at you. I love Meagan Good, and her and Julian make a cute couple. Please keep this show around so we can see all the stories unfold.

  5. juanita says

    don’t cancel deception it’s time we had some good night time drama on that doesn’t have the same old predictable plot

  6. cheryl phelps says

    Yeah NBC is Crazy! Dumb move. I was looking for the episode last night and wasn’t very happy! But then I’m never happy with NBC. I don’t know why I watch that channel at all.
    Oh, and you wont post this. I know. I’ve left you “ways to improve” before and you make sure it doesn’t get posted. Lets see your magic act again.

  7. Dalia says

    I thought it was me. I kept looking for the twelth episode. Come on NBC this is no way to treat your viewers! Put it back on!

  8. Lisa says

    Please please do not cancel. I love this show as well as revenge. There are not many shows on tv that I enjoy but these two are my favorites and I never miss an episode.

  9. joe wieczezak says

    I really want to know who murdered her I really want them to finish the storyline and let us know who really did the murder, it is a pretty good series and I look forward to watching it again.

  10. Patricia says

    Is NBC crazy. Are they really going to not show what happened in this show!!!!!!!! If they pull this craziness, people should cross NBC off their list of stations to watch!!!!!


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