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NBC’s ‘Deception’ Cancelled

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 2:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In addition to pilots that are not going to make it, NBC just started started notifying series that are getting cancelled. I hear among them is midseason drama Deception. NBC brass had been high on the soapy drama and especially its star Meagan Good and the freshman drew decent ratings, but in the end, Deception found it difficult to stand out in a crowded field while drawing constant parallels to ABC’s Revenge.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Premiere Hits Low, ‘Biggest Loser’ & ‘Deception’ Finales Up, ’2 Broke Girls’ & ‘Mike & Molly’ Hit Lows

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

One reality competition veteran began its season last night as another ended its latest one. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (3.1/8) returned for Season 16 with a two-hour debut Monday as The Biggest Loser (2.6/7) wrapped up its 14th cycle. Coming off record lows and double-digit declines a season ago, DWTS is hoping to pull out all the stops to find its footing. (One such attempt was the addition of The Bachelor star Sean Lowe last week to this year’s celeb contestants.) DWTS also didn’t have to face NBC’s The Voice like it did for last spring’s season premiere. The dance series’ season debut last night was up 24% over its Season 15 premiere on September 24, making it the highest-rated show of the night among adults 18-49 and the most-watched show overall with 16.76 million viewers. However, head-to-head with Biggest Loser and CBS’ comedy lineup, DWTS was down 11% from last year’s Season 14 premiere on March 19, marking the lowest spring debut ever for the long-running series. And the landscape will change even more next week when ratings heavyweight The Voice and the J.J. Abrams-produced Revolution return to NBC.

Related: ‘The Voice’ Expands 2 Tuesday Episodes, Adds Wednesday One
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RATINGS RAT RACE: Solid Debut For Fox’s ‘The Following’; ‘Deception’ & ‘Carrie’ Drop

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 9:09am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: In the finals, The Following climbed to a 3.2 Live+same day rating among adults 18-49, edging Elementary for second place among all drama premieres this season.

PREVIOUS: Following a massive marketing campaign, Fox’s dark new drama The Following starring Kevin Bacon drew a 3.1/7 among adults 18-49 and 10.4 million total viewers (Live+Same Day) in its debut last night. It tied CBS’ Elementary as the second-highest-rated drama series premiere this season behind NBC’s Revolution. The Following more than doubled the premiere numbers of its predecessor in the slot, fall drama The Mob Doctor (1.5, 5.1 million), but its demo delivery was shy of the debut of Fox’s midseason drama in the hour last year, Alcatraz (3.3, 10 million). The Following built significantly on its Bones lead-in (2.3/6, 8.5 million), by 35% in 18-49 and 22% in total viewers. Bones also got a lift, climbing 10% from last week in 18-49 and posting a season high in total viewers. Fox had its highest-rated Monday night performance with scripted programming in a year.

Related: Promo Campaign For ‘The Following’ Embraces DVR Viewing

ABC’s The Bachelor (2.5/6) inched up for a second consecutive week, up 4% to a season high. Castle (2.0/5) was also up a tenth (5%) from last week.

CBS’ comedies dipped after their hot winter premieres last week which posted a slew of season highs. How Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bachelor’ Premiere Dips, ‘Deception’ Debut Tops Time Slot, ‘Castle’ Up

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 9:08am PST

The Bachelor (2.3/5) was back for its 17th season last night with a two-hour premiere on ABC. Starring former Bachelorette suitor Sean Lowe, the search for love reality series dipped 4% from its season 16 debut on January 2, 2012. While the fall is small, and 6.81 million viewers watched the premiere last night, it does result in The Bachelor’s lowest-rated season debut to date. Also debuting on Monday was NBC’s Deception (2.0/5). Though the new soap drama’s one-hour pilot pulled in 680,000 fewer total viewers than the network’s Chicago Fire garnered when it debuted on October 10, 2012, Deception did manage to slightly exceed the 1.9/5 rating that the fire fighting series delivered. The show also won its time slot among the 18-49 demo last night. Following up on its Sunday season debut, The Biggest Loser (2.4/6) kicked off NBC’s primetime with another two-hour original show debuting in its regular time slot. The weight-loss reality show was down 17% from Sunday’s airing but still was the ratings topper for the night. The first new Castle (1.9/5) in five weeks followed The Bachelor debut on ABC last night. The most watched show of the night with 8.58 million viewers, the crime-based comedy-drama’s rating was up 12% from its December 3, 2012 show, which was a series low. With 7.402 million watching, ABC won the night for total viewers while … Read More »

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‘Deception’ Creators See No Need To Call Attention To Race: TCA

By | Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 2:57pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

DeceptionGiven that a pair of its primary lead performers happen to be African American, it might seem logical to assume that the ethnicity of stars Meagan Good and Laz Alonso would be somehow interwoven into the storyline of the midseason NBC soap ensemble DeceptionDeception (formerly Infamous) that premieres tomorrow night at 10. But this assumption would be wrong, as showrunner Liz Heldens stressed during an afternoon TCA panel. Good portrays a police detective investigating a possible homicide, while Alonso plays an FBI agent and her former flame. “I guess the way it all shook out, (the ethnicity of Good and Alonso) is a way of sort of dealing with race without actually having to talk about it,” Heldens said. “But it’s not something we really talk about too much in the writers room…I just think it is sort of there. I’m not sure what we could put in the characters’ mouths that would speak louder than the fact of what you’re looking at on-screen.” Heldens pointed out that there certainly was no specific intent to cast African Americans in the roles, but that when Good originally came in to read “she just walked in and owned it. It was fantastic.”

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S. Epatha Merkerson To Recur On ‘Deception’, Jere Burns On ‘Bates Motel’

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 8:47am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Law & Order alumna S. Epatha Merkerson is returning to NBC with a recurring role on the network’s upcoming drama series Deception. The show, from writer Liz Heldens, Universal TV and BermanBraun, is described as an opulent soap in which detective Joanna Padget (Meagan Good) returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Bower family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress Vivian Bower who was once her closest friend. Emmy winner Merkerson, repped by ICM Partners and Bob McGowan, will play Joanna’s mom Beverly Padget, who worked for the Bowers family when Joanna was a young girl. Read More »

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UPDATE: NBC Unveils Midseason Schedule — ‘Community’ Back On Thursday; ‘Smash’ To Tuesday; ’1600 Penn’, ‘Deception’ Slotted

By | Tuesday October 30, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Community February 7 Premiere DateUPDATED: NBC just released the bulk of its midseason schedule, its first lineup shepherded by new head of scheduling Jeff Bader. It features The Biggest Loser moving to Mondays (8-10 PM) to serve as a bridge between the two cycles of The Voice. Its companion will be midseason drama Deception Smash February 5 Premiere Date(formerly Infamous), which will air at 10 PM.

NBC is gambling with a long hiatus for breakout hit Revolution, which will wrap its 10-episode fall run with a big cliffhanger in November before coming back with 12 originals on March 25, following the cycle premiere of The Voice as the two shows will once again be paired together.

With Revolution staying put, Smash, which aired behind The Voice last spring, is moving to Tuesdays, premiering February 5 from 9-11 PM before settling into its regular 10 PM slot the following week. It will be a test for the musical drama, which will have a more modest lead–comedies Go On and The New Normal — the voice The Voice last season. Smash will replace Parenthood, which will have completed its 15-episode season by then. Another new Tuesday addition in midseason is Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, which will return on January 8 with back-to-back episodes from 8-9 PM and will continue in that hour. It will bridge the two cycles of The Voice, which returns March 26.

Order is restored on Thursday as cult comedy Community returns to its 8 PM slot. The much-delayed fourth season of Community will premiere February 7. It is one of two midseason comedy additions to NBC’s Thursday lineup, along with newbie 1600 Penn, which is getting the post-Office 9:30 slot beginning January 10. The following week, Parks And Recreation, which currently airs at 9:30 PM, will move back to its old 8:30 PM berth.

Related: ‘Community’ Cast Explains Its Premiere Date: Video Read More »

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NBC’s Midseason Drama ‘Infamous’ Now Called ‘Deception’

By | Monday October 29, 2012 @ 6:18pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s midseason mystery soap from writer Liz Heldens is changing its name again. Originally titled Notorious, the project was renamed to Infamous in May when it was picked up to series for midseason. Now NBC has settled on Deception as final title as it is reading a marketing campaign for the show, which doesn’t have a launch date yet. Deception, from Universal TV and BermanBraun, is described as an opulent soap in which a female detective (Meagan Good) returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Lawson family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress Vivian Lawson who was once her closest friend. Co-starring are Victor Garber and Tate Donovan. Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein executive produce with Heldens.

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