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“Deception”: New NBC drama moderately intriguing

Melissa Hayer Modified: April 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm •  Published: January 3, 2013
(l-r) Victor Garber as Robert Bowers, Meagan Good as Joanna Locasto, Wes Brown as Julian Bowers, Katherine LaNasa as Sophia Bowers, Ella Rae Peck as Mia Bowers, Tate Donovan as Edward Bowers and Laz Alonso as Will Moreno -- (Photo by: J.R.
(l-r) Victor Garber as Robert Bowers, Meagan Good as Joanna Locasto, Wes Brown as Julian Bowers, Katherine LaNasa as Sophia Bowers, Ella Rae Peck as Mia Bowers, Tate Donovan as Edward Bowers and Laz Alonso as Will Moreno -- (Photo by: J.R.

 

Wealthy family. Secrets. Murder.

These three familiar elements of a mystery are exactly what the new NBC drama “Deception” is centered on.

Vivian Bowers, wealthy socialite, party girl and heiress to the Bowers pharmaceutical dynasty, has been found dead of an overdose, but FBI agent Will Moreno (Laz Alonso, “Avatar”) believes that Vivian was murdered.

He turns to Det. Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good, “Think Like a Man”) to use her ties to the Bowers family to get close to them and ferret out the truth.

Joanna and Vivian were best friends growing up, and although their close relationship ended years ago, Joanna doesn’t have much trouble inching her way back into the Bowers family members’ lives after showing up for Vivian’s funeral.

As she works her way further and further into the Bowers’ inside world, secrets are exposed and possible suspects in Vivian’s murder are brought to light.

Good and Alonso, along with Victor Garber (“Argo”) as patriarch Robert Bowers, Wes Brown (“True Blood”) as playboy son Julian, and Ella Rae Peck (“Gossip Girl”) as daughter Mia deliver valid performances, but Tate Donovan (“Argo”) as menacing eldest son Edward and Katherine LaNasa (“The Campaign”) as Robert’s uncompromising second wife Sofia are standouts.

“Deception” is a bit too slowly paced at times, but it’s worth a look if you’re a mystery fan.

“Deception” premieres at 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 on NBC.

– Melissa Hayer

mhayer@opubco.com

Follow me on Twitter: @MelissaHayer



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