ABC's Deception 'Pilot' Review: A Little Magic Goes a Long Way

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It's mid-season series premiere time, and ABC is hoping it has a new trick up its sleeve (spoiler: probably won't be the last magic pun) in action/drama-series-with-a-twist Deception. From the creative minds of writer/executive producer Chris Fedak (Chuck) and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero, and Sarah Schechter, Deception takes one of those righteously cool concepts you sometimes find yourself debating friends over in a diner at 2 a.m.: start using magicians and escape artists as "special consultants" to law enforcement to help them solve the more complex, head-scratching crimes. Think about that for a second — cool idea, right?

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Bleeding Cool was invited on set to get a look behind the scenes of the show's production and be part of a series of roundtable interviews with cast and crew — all banking on being able to pull a rabbit out of their hat impressive enough to make a second season pickup appear out of thin air.

Today, we're taking a look at the first episode of ABC's Deception to see if it's DVR-worthy — or in desperate need of a disappearing act. Here's a rundown of this week's coverage:

Wednesday: East Coast Magic Consultant Francis Menotti

Thursday: Writer/Executive Producer Chris Fedak

Friday: Ilfenesh Hadera (Kay Daniels)

Saturday: Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cameron Black)

When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion — the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world's most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career.

Deception also stars Lenora Crichlow as Dina Clark; Amaury Nolasco as Mike Alvarez; Justin Chon as Jordan Kwon; Laila Robins as Special Agent Deakins; and Vinnie Jones as Gunter Gustafsen.

As part of Bleeding Cool's set visit, I was also given a walk through several of the sets and take pictures of what I first thought was a really cool-looking lounge/cafeteria, but turned out to be the set for Cameron's "fortress of solitude", or base of operations. Here's a look at some of the details you might miss while you're watching — and no, they're not renting it out. I already asked.

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ABC's Deception premieres Sunday, March 11th at 10 p.m. ET, immediately following the network's premiere of the revamped American Idol.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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