Deception (U.S. TV series)

Also known as 'Notorious[1]
Genre Soap opera
Created by Liz Heldens
Starring Meagan Good
Laz Alonso
Tate Donovan
Wes Brown
Katherine LaNasa
Ella Rae Peck
Victor Garber
Marin Hinkle
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Liz Heldens
Gail Berman
Peter Horton
Gene Stein
Lloyd Braun
Running time 43 minutes
(excluding commercials)
Production company(s) Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release January 7 – March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18)
External links
Official website

Deception[1] is an American prime time television soap opera[2][3] airing on NBC. The series, created by Liz Heldens, premiered on Monday, January 7, 2013.[4]

On May 8, 2013, NBC canceled Deception after one season, ending it on a cliffhanger.[5]


When a famous socialite named Vivian Bowers is found dead in a motel room from what appears to be a drug overdose, her estranged best friend Detective Joanna Locasto is re-embraced by the wealthy Bowers family. In time, she begins to uncover the truth of what really happened to her friend and who was behind it.

Cast and characters

Main characters

Recurring characters

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Series premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 11 January 7, 2013 March 18, 2013 June 27, 2013[9] TBA TBA


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Peter HortonLiz HeldensJanuary 7, 2013 (2013-01-07)5.66[10]
When the wealthy socialite and drug addict Vivian Bowers was found dead of an overdose, no one was surprised. Only FBI agent Will Moreno was convinced that the death was a homicide and that someone in her family did it. He decided to get the help of Detective Joanna Locasto, who grew up in the Bowers' home and was Vivian's best friend, to help find out who killed her. When she attends the funeral, the family embraces her as she begins to uncover secrets about why Vivian was murdered. It also puts her right into the lion's den.
2"Nothing's Free, Little Girl"Jonas PateLiz HeldensJanuary 14, 2013 (2013-01-14)4.14[11]
Joanna continues to look into Vivian's death as the Bowers family has some problems. Edward is suspected of killing Vivian and Robert knows of a threat to the family.
3"A Drop of Blood and a Microscope"Jonas PatePeter ElkoffJanuary 21, 2013 (2013-01-21)3.61[12]
Joanna's cover causes her to spend more time with Samantha and Julian. Meanwhile, Edward is fired from his job and Mia makes some rash decisions with a new friend.
4"One, Two,Three…One, Two, Three"Dan LernerAlexandra CunninghamJanuary 28, 2013 (2013-01-28)3.73[13]
Ever since Joanna saw Mia's photo with Julian's ring, she realized that Julian is hiding something about the night of Vivian's murder. Edward receives disturbing news while Robert and Sophia meet Mia's boyfriend.
5"Why Wait"Andrew BernsteinJordan HawleyFebruary 4, 2013 (2013-02-04)3.08[14]
Mia's debutante ball is ruined and her life shattered when the truth about her biological mother is revealed. Julian tries to reconnect with a former flame who could help get the new cancer drug on the market.
6"Don't Be a Dummy"Michael SchultzKath LingenfelterFebruary 11, 2013 (2013-02-11)3.23[15]
After learning the truth about her biological mother, Mia runs away with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Will investigates Edward's home.
7"Tell Me"Tate DonovanBrent FletcherFebruary 18, 2013 (2013-02-18)3.13[16]
As Lyritrol gets closer to being on the shelves of Bowers Pharmaceutical, Edward makes a disturbing discovery about the drug. Joanna follows a lead. Senator Haverstock reveals his identity to Mia.
8"Stay With Me"Jonas PateMonica MacerFebruary 25, 2013 (2013-02-25)3.28[17]
During a press conference, Edward makes a confession that impacts his family and their business. Mia is contacted by her biological father. Joanna must evade a hit man.
9"Good Luck With Your Death"Jonas PateJessica GoldbergMarch 4, 2013 (2013-03-04)3.35[18]
Joanna's story of why she was at the family home and company makes Robert suspect her. Mia decides whether to help her biological father, Haverstock. Joanna begin investigating Julian's girlfriend as Sofia meets an old friend.At the end Joanna and Julian kiss.
10"You're the Bad Guy"[19]Gloria MuzioKevin J. HynesMarch 11, 2013 (2013-03-11)3.28[20]
Joanna finds tapes of Vivian's therapy sessions. Julian works with the FBI to get evidence against Audrey. Edward turns himself in for murder. A newly-released Wyatt confronts Sophia. Mia donates bone marrow to her biological father.
11"I'll Start with the Hillbilly"Jonas PateLiz Heldens & Peter ElkoffMarch 18, 2013 (2013-03-18)3.41[21]
Joanna discovers that Robert was behind Vivian's murder while Moreno suspects Sophia. Mia is kidnapped by Wyatt. Edward seeks revenge after his wife's death. Julian hears something about his mother's death, and later asks Joanna to move in with him. Haverstock wants to punish Robert for Vivian's death.


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