The new NBC show “Deception” has been compared to the soapy ABC hit “Revenge” given its focus on the tragedies of a wealthy New York family. But in this case, two of the show’s leads are African-American. Actress Meagan Good is now the third African-American woman in the last 35 years to head a major TV network drama.
On “Deception” she plays a San Francisco cop named Joanna who goes undercover at the request of her former love interest, FBI agent Will Moreno (Alonso.) He knows she was friends with the now-dead Vivian Bowers, troubled daughter of the Bowers pharmaceutical clan. Joanna’s mother was once the family’s maid and she grew up in their home. Now that Vivian’s dead, who better to find her killer than her former homie turned cop?
Here are five good reasons to check out “Deception:”
1. Meagan Good
The child star you may remember from “Eve’s Bayou” (which also starred “The Marriage Counselor’s Jurnee Smollett) is having a great year thus far. A devout Christian, she married Christian author, film executive and minister Devon Franklin last year. Good is now the third Black woman to front a major network TV show and if this show succeeds, there may be more opportunities for African-American leads.
2. Laz Alonso
The half-Black, half-Cuban Howard grad has worked his way up in the last decade from bit parts to starring roles in movies like “Jumping The Broom.” He was in “Avatar,” although you’d never know it given that he was covered in blue paint most of the time. (or CGI’d, more accurately.) Alonso is appealing in just about everything he’s in, including his stint in the now cancelled A&E series “Breakout Kings.” We’d like to see more of this handsome, single brother and if “Deception” succeeds, it gives us that chance.