January 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment
Most of the characters start off pretty unlikable
Actress Meagan Good speaks onstage at the “Deception” panel session during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 3 at the Langham Hotel on January 6, 2013 in Pasadena, California.
(January 5, 2013 – Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today
) 1/9/13 – “I love that there’s kind of a moral compass inside of her without being self‑righteous, without being judgmental, and there’s a heart to her.” describes Meagan Good about how she approaches her character Joanna on NBC’s new show, Deception
. She goes on to say, “it’s like you almost have to emotionally disconnect to a certain degree and really, like Joanna, be willing to die for the cause.”
NBC’s answer to Revenge begins with the death of lovely socialite Vivian to a presumed overdose. We’re then introduced to Vivian’s family, the grief-stricken corporate tycoon father, the cold-hearted youth-obsessed step-mother, dapper jerk of an older brother, caring other brother, and devastated private school sister.
Next, we meet the star of the show’s leading lady, Meagan Good as Joanna, a tough cop, and Vivian’s former best friend. Laz Alonso is an FBI agent friend who convinces Joanna to help her friend by finding out who and what actually killed her, and incidentally take down a family who has so much power they have been able to hide their nefarious doings for a long time. So the plot thickens as the search begins.
Most of the characters start off pretty unlikable and 2-dimensional. Your first impressions of them are delivered with a sledgehammer. However, I expect that this show is going to peel back layers of the characters that deepen them. I do
want to know what comes next, and which of the horrible family is responsible for the crime. This has less manipulative charm than Revenge and more open hostility and tension. It might work. It’s worth a second look.
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