The first episode of ABC’s magic FBI show Deception airs tonight (March 11) on the network. Here’s how ABC describes the series, which comes from Executive Producers Chris Fedak (Chuck) and Martin Gero (Blindspot, The L.A. Complex).
Cast and producers previewed Deception at this year’s Television Critics Association press tour, where they promised that this show is more than just “magic crimes.”
“So many action shows, you have ‘how do you capture bad guys’?” Fedak recalled at the press tour. “Sometimes, you get them doing a mistake; you catch them doing something. But, in this show, the fun of it is using illusion, using deception. Essentially, we saw it as Magician: Impossible.”
“What if we take the whole thing and flip it on its head? Because the fun of this show, too, is it’s not a straight‑up action show,” Chris Fedak continued. “We are not always going to capture the bad guy by using guns and chasing them down. We are going to have to deceive them. We are going to have to be smart, and that’s where illusion comes into it. So there’s no specific magic crime. It’s like every crime in this show, we can deal with any type of crime, and that’s also great too because it’s the FBI. They go after everybody. They go after killers, they go after mobsters, they go after drug dealers, and they go after spies, and that really opens up the opportunities for so many genres for us to have fun with. There’s certainly some magic crimes. There’s definitely going to be some magic in there. We also have our mystery woman, too.”
Here’s how ABC describes the show; some photos follow below.
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, on “Deception,” premiering SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (10:01–11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
DECEPTION - "Pilot" - 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, on "Deception," premiering SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/David Giesbrecht)JACK CUTMORE-SCOTT, ILFENESH HADERA
Deception stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black/Jonathan Black, Ilfenesh Hadera as Kay Daniels, Lenora Crichlow as Dina Clark, Amaury Nolasco as FBI Agent Mike Alvarez, Justin Chon as Jordan Kwon, Laila Robins as FBI Agent Deakins and Vinnie Jones as Gunter Gustafsen.