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This week brought with it the debut of new NBC show ‘Deception’.
Fronted by a woman of color in Meagan Good, the crime-drama (which was also created by a woman) opened to a respectable audience of 5.6 million. And while all eyes will remain on how the show fares moving forward, we’re already hooked.
Here are 3 reasons why!
The show’s plot centres on Good’s character Detective Joanna Locasto. When Vivian Bowers, her childhood best friend and a famous socialite, is found dead from what seems to be an overdose, Joanna is re-embraced by the wealthy Bowers family. She subsequently goes undercover to discover what really happened to her friend.
With gripping twists, turns, and flashbacks to boot, episode 1 packed enough of a punch to have us itching to know more. In many ways, the show combines all that we’ve come to love from the likes of ‘Scandal’ and ‘Revenge’, while also serving up something new and fresh.
As lovers of Black Hollywood, we’ve seen this talented piece of chocolate flex his acting muscles in many a movie. From ‘Soul Food’, to ‘Just Wright’, to ‘Jumping The Broom’, the former Wall Street banker has really paid his dues.
Hence, we’re delighted to see the 38 year old land a mainstream role, on a prime-time show and as a male lead (FBI agent and Good’s love interest Will Moreno), proving in the process that is literally never too late.
Like Alonso, Good has become a veteran of sorts on the Black Hollywood circuit – garnering praise among her peers, yet little in the way of mainstream opportunities. Until now.
Perhaps recognising the success rival network ABC are having with ‘Scandal’ (both created and fronted by Black women), NBC made a bold stride in the direction of progression by casting Good to lead the multi-ethnic cast. Why? Because she is a talented actress who by most estimations has been looked over, like most of the Urban arena, because of archaic and industrial ideologies attached to her hue.
Last night’s season opener proved that, like the Kerry Washington’s before her, Good’s got what it takes to hang in the major leagues. Here’s hoping the show enjoys heightened success, in the process opening Hollywood’s once locked-door to actors and actresses of color.
‘Deception’ airs every Monday on NBC at 10/9c.