There are two things that are true about television: if something is a hit then everyone will try to copy it and everyone will hate CBS comedies even though everyone still watches them. But, since we’re dealing with NBC’s new soap musical (it’s not classy enough to be an opera) Deception, we’re going to have to talk about the first part. Yes, this is sort of a rip off of all other types of shows, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Quite the opposite in fact. Here’s everything you need to know.
The Show in One Sentence: When a police officer’s best friend dies suspiciously she has to lie to get back in good with the family to solve her murder. Duh, duh, DUUUUHHHHH!
Actors You’ll Know: There are a lot of familiar faces. Megan Good, the star of the show, has been in tons of movies like The Love Guru, Think Like a Man, and Brick. Tate Donovan will be busy this awards season as a costar in Argo, and he just finished up several seasons on Damages after starring on The O.C. and Friends. Now he plays the dead girl’s creepy brother who may or may not have raped and murdered his ex. Victor Garber was also in Argo as the Canadian ambassador, and trotted all over the globe on Alias. He has been in every movie and on every show. The only reason he’s not an EGOT is because awards shows suck.
You’ll Like It If: You’re sick of Revenge.
5 Ways Deception Is Like Revenge: There’s a sexy young woman who lies to get in good with a powerful family and take them down. She’s in love with two men at once, one in the family and one an outsider. There are rich New Yorkers. She has a spunky sidekick helping her solve the crime. There’s a bratty teen with a pill problem. It should only be one season long. Oops. That’s six.
Top 5 Reasons You Might Want to Watch: Because you like Revenge. Because you like mysteries. Because you like almost seeing a hot guy’s butt in the pilot. Because Tate Donovan, even when he’s being creepy, is really kinda sexy. Because old drunk ladies who are really bitchy make for good TV. Because it’s going to get cancelled anyway, so you might as well just see how long it lasts. Oops. That’s six.
5 Reasons You Might NOT Want to Watch: Because you hate Revenge. Because you hate mysteries. Because you’d much rather be eating Craisins and dusting under your sofa than watching rich people in New York. Because Victor Garber and certain INXS songs give you nightmares. Oops. That’s only four.
Love it, or Leave it?: Love it if you love Revenge, leave it if you want NBC to fail because they justifiably fired Dan Harmon.
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