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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