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Anyone Watching Deception on NBC?


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#1 OFFLINE   Supramom2000

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

It is completely soap opera-ish and reminds me of the originals of Melrose Place and Dynasty, but I admit - I'm hooked!

What about the rest of you?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

I'm recording it to wait and see if it is a hit or gets a full season but based on your summation I'm thinking I'm going to delete the SL and recordings as soon as I get home from work tonight.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

Runner - don't take my descriptions!! I was just trying to categorize it. I actually only watched like 5 episodes of Melrose Place. But I did love Dynasty.

There is not bed hopping (yet) and stuff like that. It is just the rich family that reminded me of Dynasty. And the clothes and cars and power.

But the main character is undercover in the rich family. The family, is of course, a mess. And the mystery is only very slowly coming unraveled.

Maybe wait for Phrelin or someone more eloquent and in tune with television genres.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

Yep, it is a night time soap. I doubt we will continue watching.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:50 PM

Yeah, if it's a soap I'm done without even starting.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

From some of the descriptions, soap opera is a good category.

"Joanna's cover causes her to spend more time with Samantha and Julian. Meanwhile, Edward is fired from his job and Mia makes some rash decisions with a new friend. "

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:06 PM

Watched the first two episodes and then canned it.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

Runner - don't take my descriptions!! I was just trying to categorize it. I actually only watched like 5 episodes of Melrose Place. But I did love Dynasty.

There is not bed hopping (yet) and stuff like that. It is just the rich family that reminded me of Dynasty. And the clothes and cars and power.

But the main character is undercover in the rich family. The family, is of course, a mess. And the mystery is only very slowly coming unraveled.

Maybe wait for Phrelin or someone more eloquent and in tune with television genres.


I put it closer to "The Killing" on AMC.
I think they are trying to mimic that kind of drama.
I will give a couple more.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:44 PM

It is completely soap opera-ish and reminds me of the originals of Melrose Place and Dynasty, but I admit - I'm hooked!

What about the rest of you?

I removed it from my series manager after the premier episode.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:18 AM

Ok, it has been deleted here without even watching... Soap opera, yuck....
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:32 AM

I tried to watch it, but it is SO SLOW ... it takes a big investment of time to get to the end of the story and, IMHO, I can't see how the ending can be any more than a letdown.

I wouldn't characterize it like Melrose Place, though. It's more of a long running crime mystery (whodunit) that happens to involve a shady family. Think about the game "Clue" and the main character is the only "player" while everyone else is somehow in on it.

I've considered continuing to watch it, but very likely I'm done because it takes too long to get from point A to point B.
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:10 PM

Not "hooked" but still actively recording and watching. At some point though her current case has to resolve or the whole thing spins into the famous Dr Seuss land of Whocaresville;). It is a nice mindless retreat as entertainment of this type should be but I wonder how long it will hold my attention span.

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It is completely soap opera-ish and reminds me of the originals of Melrose Place and Dynasty, but I admit - I'm hooked!

What about the rest of you?


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:12 PM

It is completely soap opera-ish and reminds me of the originals of Melrose Place and Dynasty, but I admit - I'm hooked!

What about the rest of you?

Runner - don't take my descriptions!! I was just trying to categorize it. I actually only watched like 5 episodes of Melrose Place. But I did love Dynasty.

There is not bed hopping (yet) and stuff like that. It is just the rich family that reminded me of Dynasty. And the clothes and cars and power.

But the main character is undercover in the rich family. The family, is of course, a mess. And the mystery is only very slowly coming unraveled.

Maybe wait for Phrelin or someone more eloquent and in tune with television genres.

The problem with NBC's "Deception" is ABC's "Revenge." What we do is take a crime and mix in some rich folks and a woman who was sort of around the family as a kid.

In "Deception" the woman, a child of a servant, is now a cop trying to figure out who is enough of an evil doer to be arrested. In "Revenge" the woman was child of an employee who is now rich seeking revenge against all the evil doers if she can decide exactly who they all are.

Both use soap subplots and offer mysteries, but "Deception" slips more into the crime procedural because it involves cops and prosecutors as key characters.

NBC reduced its "Deception" season order from 13 to 11 episodes. They placed it in the Monday 10 pm slot opposite "Castle" and "Hawaii Five-0", both fairly popular shows. Looking at the ratings, it's clear "Deception" will be an 11-episode mini-series.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:09 PM

The problem with NBC's "Deception" is ABC's "Revenge." What we do is take a crime and mix in some rich folks and a woman who was sort of around the family as a kid.

In "Deception" the woman, a child of a servant, is now a cop trying to figure out who is enough of an evil doer to be arrested. In "Revenge" the woman was child of an employee who is now rich seeking revenge against all the evil doers if she can decide exactly who they all are.

Both use soap subplots and offer mysteries, but "Deception" slips more into the crime procedural because it involves cops and prosecutors as key characters...

I'm not sure how that is seen as a problem; all TV shows dilute the rest of all TV shows because we can only watch so much. The only problem with programs that are similar is that one of them suffers by comparison, while the other triumphs by comparison; a good-looking girl should still never stand next to the best-looking girl at the party, because by comparison she will be considered average. But that the two shows have similarities probably has little impact on who watches.

The pie is bigger than it used to be, but the pieces are all pretty small. Today, FOX gets half the ratings from Fringe that they got a few years ago with Firefly, but a 6 rating got Firefly cancelled pretty early while Fringe ran for 5 years with a 3.

And if we must compare them, Revenge is just a better, much more clever show. Better acted, written, produced, with more-appealing characters by far. It may be a soap, but it is a true guilty pleasure, and far from a predictable procedural. It is also unique compared to other shows (or was, until Deception came along attempting a similar mojo). Also, better-promoted, which ABC seems to be better at than NBC.

About the only actor doing anything interesting on Deception is Tate Donavon, and what makes his performance interesting is mostly that he is cast against type, and we are not used to seeing him in this sort of role. That's not enough. The lead, Megan Goode, needs to carry the show, and she really isn't doing that, having seemingly learned nothing from her time on Californication. Emily VanCamp knows how to carry a show, has done so 2 or 3 times already, and she does it effortlessly here, and with a really great supporting cast.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:03 PM

While I haven't completely written this one off (as of yet), it seems to at least have mildly amusing entertainment value. Suffice it to say, though, none of the characters have generated the least bit of sympathy. I'll probably stick it out if nothing else than to see how it ends.

I did like Donovan in Damages. And correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the gal who plays his wife also play Charlie Harper's ex in 2&1/2? I always got a kick out of her.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:31 AM

We watched one episode then gave this on up.




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