NBC Cancels Deception (Don't Act Shocked)

The madness surrounding next week's Upfronts has officially begun, claiming its first victim in NBC's Deception, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The network has opted not to renew the low-rated drama, because it isn't in the business of handouts. Unless J.J. Abrams' or Ryan Murphy's name is attached.

Deception starred Meagan Good as a detective who went undercover in a wealthy family to investigate the murder of her best friend. It started out decent, but quickly settled into a 1.2 rating average among adults and a just over 3 million viewers. Those kind of numbers just aren't going to cut it, even for NBC.

But the news doesn't mean doom for everyone involved in the show. Showrunner Liz Heldens has the summer dramedy Camp at NBC, and actor Tate Donovan recently booked a role on the CBS pilot Hostages.

Expect lots more scheduling news in the next few days.



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May 11, 2013
at least take the time to end the series, not leave the viewers hanging!!
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May 09, 2013
I think this was a rubbish show. The flash backs were just terrible. No resemblance what so ever.
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May 09, 2013
I never watched this show, so can't judge for those flashbacks in specific, but I hate it when we see a flashback and they use a younger actor that holds no resemblance to the current character. This shows how much they don't care about the illusion of realism and believability. I've seen some shows' flashbacks that their eyes are not even the same color! Let alone, the differences in movements and accents.
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May 09, 2013
The young Vivian was really good and looked like Bree Williamson.
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May 09, 2013
Wouldn't it be awesome if Meagan's fine ass joined Revenge next season and started working with Emily against the Graysons? Someone make this happen.
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May 09, 2013
Watch Scandal instead...
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May 09, 2013
Scandal's obviously a better show but I take issue with you comparing the two because they both have black female leads. They're nothing alike.
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May 09, 2013
Good call...
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May 09, 2013
Not a surprise at all.
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May 09, 2013
I've barely heard of this show, and only on this website.
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May 09, 2013
it was NBC's answer to Revenge.
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May 09, 2013
Not that I care about Deception, but can anyone tell me why any of us should ever try to watch another network TV show that hasn't established itself?
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May 09, 2013
Because if no one watches a show, it will definitely get cancelled. Watching an unestablished show is a risk. Don't go into it too emotionally invested and if you're really worried about it getting cancelled, jump ship when its obvious it will. There's wouldn't be a Lost or a Modern Family or a Once Upon a Time if everyone waited a few episodes for it to establish itself.
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May 09, 2013
Because no show can be established without a demographic committed to watch it without having the certainty of renewal. Plus I'm not sure watching a sure post-cancellation, knowing it will end abruptly is a better experience than watching a show you don't know will end, even if a sudden cancellation will cause you distress.
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May 09, 2013
Probably in the minority, but I really liked this show. It was alittle slow out the gate but it as picking up speed, I guess a little too late. May not have been great, but it was acceptable which is level I've gotten to with TV shows. If it's acceptable...keep it, maybe it will get better. oh well.
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May 09, 2013
I liked it too. It got really good towards the end but I knew it would never make it to season two. Glad we found out who killed Vivian.
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May 09, 2013
Quit after first episode. I really only tried it because I found myself oddly enjoying Revenge... then I hated this and then I hated Revenge.
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May 09, 2013
Don't worry, it will out on DVD soon?
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May 09, 2013
Sounds exciting will it be better this time?
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May 09, 2013
Have no idea" lol
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May 09, 2013
I'm not shocked, but I'm bummed.
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May 09, 2013
Tim, how many episodes did NBC give JJ Abrams "Undercovers"? ... Right, that's what I thought. Now to do something about Ryan Murphy's handouts.
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May 09, 2013
One JJ handout is still an atrocity.
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May 09, 2013
I enjoyed this show! It wasn't great by all means.. but it was something to watch! Does anyone else feel like there is nothing ??! What am I going to do this summer? Thinking of starting Games Of thrones?
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May 09, 2013
What do you mean starting? You haven't started GOT yet???? *dies a little*
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May 09, 2013
haha! I have watched about 5 episodes a year or so ago!! never caught up.. I think I need to re-visit!!!
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May 09, 2013
Huh? If I've ever heard of this show, I forgot.
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May 09, 2013
It was this mid-season's Revenge clone, Tim said it had "zero pizazz" and was "plain as it gets", and "boring".
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May 09, 2013
And Tim was right...
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May 09, 2013
Okay, vaguely ringing a bell, I think.
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May 09, 2013
You just created NBC's 2013-2014 season catchphrase.
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May 09, 2013
That was spit-my-food-out-funny.
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May 09, 2013
Shame...that this show was so bad, not even Megan Good could keep me around more than two episodes. Sic Semper Suckage.
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May 09, 2013
No, I cancelled it rather insightfully after the first episode. Even though Revenge is declining it is still better than this...
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May 08, 2013
I actually liked it.
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May 08, 2013
"The network decided to pass on the low-rated drama, because it isn't in the business of handouts. Unless J.J. Abrams' or Ryan Murphy's name is attached." <<<< *sigh*

I was hoping this little show might eke out another season (just 10 eps or so to finish the story). Alas!
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May 08, 2013
*shocked* Just kidding!
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May 08, 2013
Heh :)
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May 08, 2013
....I didn't even know this had started airing. shows how much I care :p
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