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2 • March 10 - 16, 2018 • Goldsboro News Argus By Kyla Brewer TV Media L ike a magician cooking up a potion, concocting a hit television show re- quires the perfect brew of drama, intrigue and mystery. Adding a dash of excitement, a charismatic star and just a hint of romance can create TV magic, and one promising new series seems to have it all. Jack Cutmore-Scott ("Coo- per Barrett's Guide to Surviv- ing Life") stars as magician Cameron Black, who works for the FBI after his magic ca- reer is ruined by scandal, in "Deception," premiering Sun- day, March 11, on ABC. While his 15 minutes of fame may be over, Black's skills are uniquely suited to help the government catch elusive criminals as he uses his knowledge of illusion to con- found, influence and deceive others. The premise may seem far- fetched, but creator and pro- ducer Chris Fedak ("Chuck") explained the logic behind it during a Q&A panel at 2017's New York Comic Con. "So many of the theories of magic also play into criminali- ty," Fedak said. "If you're go- ing to rob a bank, if you're go- ing to steal things, you are us- ing that same skill set to trick people and deceive people. Cameron brings his own per- spective to many of the cases and the crimes that we're go- ing to come across." Fedak and his cohorts have recruited some top talent to make sure the tricks and illu- sions in "Deception" ring true. Famed illusionist and crossword expert David Kwong has signed on to co- produce and also serves as a consultant on the series with fellow magician Frances Menotti. Kwong, Menotti and other magic experts have worked extensively with Cut- more-Scott to show him the ropes so he'll look convincing. The magicians also design the complex illusions in the show, which, according to Fedak, are as true to life as possible. "When we look at each one of our stories, we want to do as much magic that's real that we can," Fedak ex- plained. "The other thing we want to do is [ensure] every- thing that happens inside the story — our illusions, our de- ceptions — are all things that can happen in the real world." Producers have also enlist- ed the help of an FBI consul- tant to keep the program as accurate as possible. While serving as the FBI's first "consulting illusionist," Black works alongside no- nonsense FBI agent Kay Dan- iels (Ilfenesh Hadera, "Bay- watch," 2017), who's initially skeptical of his techniques. The chemistry between these two delivers a healthy dose of humor, thanks to Black's sometimes naive antics and Daniels' straight-laced reac- tions. In contrast, her col- league, FBI Agent Mike Alvarez (Amaury Nolasco, "Prison Break), is a huge fan of magic and recognizes Black right away. Special Agent Deakins (Laila Robins, "Murder in the First") is even- tually won over by the dis- graced magician as he proves his worth to the FBI, thanks to a little help from his team. Black's "magic" team in- cludes makeup artist/produc- er Dina Clark (Lenora Crichlow, "Being Human") and Jordan Kwon (Justin Chon, "Twilight," 2008). Gunter Gustafsen (Vinnie Jones, "Escape Plan," 2013) is widely regarded as the world's greatest illusion builder. They may be new to law enforcement, but the rag- tag crew and their fearless leader teach the FBI agents some new tricks. All the while, Black hopes to right the wrongs that have been done to him. The ensemble cast sup- ports a tried-and-true recipe for prime-time success. "De- ception" features a formula that's paid off for broadcast networks in the past several years: a charming male lead (Cutmore-Scott) is paired with a strong-yet-exasperat- ed female lead (Hadera). ABC's "Castle" and CBS's "Elementary" are just two examples of other re- cent series that have enjoyed ratings suc- cess thanks to simi- lar plots. But there's a show to which "Decep- tion" bears even more resem- blance — industry insiders have already been compar- ing ABC's new magic drama to CBS's highly successful drama "The Mentalist" (2008-2015), which chroni- cled the life of disgraced "psychic" Patrick Jane (Si- mon Baker, "The Guardian") as he solved crimes for the California Bureau of Investi- gation (CBI) alongside Agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, "Prison Break"). Interestingly, "Deception" shares a behind-the-scenes link with "The Mentalist." Emmy-nominated composer Blake Neely, who composed music for "The Mentalist," is also the composer for "De- ception." Not only that, but one of the show's executive producers, David Nutter, di- rected the pilot episode of "The Mentalist." Along with Fedak, Nutter's fellow execu- tive producers include Greg Berlanti ("Blindspot"), Martin Gero ("Blindspot") and Sarah Schechter ("The Flash"). Like "The Mentalist's" sub- plot involving serial killer Red John, it appears "Deception" may feature an ongoing plot in addition to the weekly cas- es. At New York Comic Con's panel, Fedak dropped hints about a mystery woman and her reasons for doing what she does to Black. Details about the nature of Black's transgressions are sketchy, so audiences will have to watch the new series to find out why Black has be- come a target. With illusions, humor, explosions and much more, the new drama seems to have something for every- one. Fans of such crime pro- cedurals, magic and ac- tion won't want to miss the premiere of "De- ception," airing Sun- day, March 11, on ABC. Cover story CHANNEL GUIDE Time Warner... *ROGVERUR DISH Network Satellite DIRECTV (5) WRAL NBC Raleigh 5 5 5 (7) WITN NBC Washington 7 - - (9) WNCT CBS Greenville 9 - - (11) WTVD ABC Durham 11 11 11 (17)WNCN CBS Goldsboro 13 17 17 (22) WLFL CW Raleigh 12 22 22 (25) WUNK PBS Greenville 2 - - (28) WRDC MNT Raleigh 3 28 28 (30) WRAY IND Wilson 8 30 - (40) WUVC UNI Fayetteville 6 40 40 (47) WRPX ION 22 47 47 (50) WRAZ FOX Raleigh 4 50 50 (43) WHFL IND Goldsboro 21 - - A&E Arts & Entertainment 27 118 265 AMC American Movie Classics 38 130 254 ANPL Animal Planet 46 184 282 BET Black Entertainment TV 52 124 329 BRAVO BRAVO USA 72 129 237 CMT Country Music TV 69 166 327 CNBC CNBC USA 37 208 355 CNN Cable News Network 29 200 202 COM Comedy Central 36 107 249 DISC Discovery Channel 30 182 278 DISN Disney Channel 57 172 290 E! Entertainment Network 62 114 236 ESPN Entertainment & Sports 31 140 206 ESPN2 Entertainment & Sports 32 144 209 FREE FREEFORM 28 180 311 FIT Discovery Fit & Health 59 - 261 FOOD Food Network 60 110 231 FXN Fox News 58 205 360 FSN Fox Sports Carolinas 50 420 645 FX FX Network 71 136 248 GOLF Golf Channel 51 401 218 HALL Hallmark Channel 55 185 312 HGTV Home & Garden TV 68 112 229 HIST History Channel 56 120 269 LIFE Lifetime Network 33 108 252 LMN Lifetime Movie Network 47 109 253 MSNBC Microsoft/NBC News 45 209 356 MTV MTV USA 53 160 331 NBCSN NBC Sports Network 65 151 603 NGEO National Geographic 70 186 276 NICK Nickelodeon 43 170 299 OWN Oprah Whinfrey Network 35 189 279 SPIKE Spike TV 40 168 241 SYFY Science Fiction TV 49 122 244 TBS Turner Broadcast Network 34 139 247 TCM Turner Classic Movies 67 132 256 TLC The Learning Channel 39 183 280 TNT Turner Network TV 26 138 245 TOON Cartoon Network 64 176 296 TRUTV Tru TV 44 204 246 TVLAND Tv Land 54 106 304 USA USA Network 25 105 242 WE Women's Entertainment 61 128 260 WGN – A WGN America 23 239 307 Lenora Crichlow in "Deception" Where's Your Card? 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