ABC has opted to cancel FBI magician procedural Deception after one season, it was confirmed today.
Despite getting the American Idol lead-in, Deception has only been a marginal performer with not much in the way of non-linear interest. ABC does own some of the show, and the show does seem like something that WB could syndicate, but it’s not done enough to show the type of potential necessary for a reach renewal. Though part of the problem was likely putting something family friendly in a late hour that encourages DVR usage, with Sundays at 10:00 being one of the toughest hours for broadcast to crack in 2018, Deception just couldn’t find the volume of audience it needed to make it to season two.
From Chris Fedak (Forever), Deception followed Vegas illusionist Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) as he rebounds from a career ruined by scandal to begin working with the FBI to solve oddball crimes. Black utilizes the skill that he developed as a magician to give the Bureau the edge they need to in order to solve cases that would otherwise remain open.
In addition to Cutmore-Scott, Deception starred Ilfenesh Hadera (Billions), Lenora Crichlow (Being Human), Justin Chon (Just Jordan), Laila Robins (Homeland), Amaury Nolasco (Telenovela), and Vinnie Jones (Galavant). The series was part of a modest midseason slate for ABC that includes fellow busts For the People and Alex, Inc.
The series finale of Deception is set to air Sunday, May 27th at 10:00 on ABC.