Check Out ABC’s New Show “Deception” + Q&A With The Creators

While in Los Angeles recently I had the chance to watch the new ABC television show “Deception”. I also attended a Q&A session with Chris Fedak Creator and Executive Producer and David Kwong Co-Producer. If you love a blend of mystery, crime solving, and comedy tune in to “Deception,” premiering tonight Sunday, March 11th (10:01–11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. I’ll be watching the entire season I enjoyed the pilot and I’m looking forward to a season of suspension and fun. 

Here are the highlights from the interview with Chris Fedak and David Kwong and three things I think you should know.

“We’re also very respectful of magicians, so we have to be able to walk a very fine line. You’ll learn a lot about magic, the theories of magic, deception, and illusion, but we’re not going to ruin tricks.  But for the most part, we really do give you that behind the scenes perspective.”


How The Idea of Deception Came About

“When I sat down with Greg Berlanti he said I want to do a show about Magic.  I didn’t have any magic show ideas and he had the idea for the brothers. The more I thought about the fact that if you’re a magician or if you’re an illusionist like Copperfield or David Blaine it’s like you have a team. I love shows about teams because they’re shows about family, in a way.  I hadn’t seen a show about a group of people putting together deceptions like this, and I thought that could be cool. Then the other part of it that I liked is that I thought, this is Magician Impossible.  What we’re going to be doing every week is essentially an action show with mystery and deceptions and all that cool stuff. We’d talk about it, and that’s how very much this started in an office, with us both look at YouTube.” Chris Fedak


Comparing Deception To Other Shows & The Concept Behind The Show

I really wanted to make a fun network show, I wanted to make a show that was like you’re going to sit down, and I’m going to entertain you, and this is going to be the most fun you could possibly have.  And that’s where this show comes from, it was designed to be a network TV show and that’s why ABC was the perfect home for it.  To what you’re saying I love when shows take other shows and- you sort of mush them together and you get something special out of that, so there’s definitely elements of this show that have a bit of- like Castle elements or Sherlock. I’d love for those comparisons and essentially that’s a big part of Deception because that’s what I watch.  But the other thing too is I also like romance and I like comedy. Since this is ABC, it’s like I want those elements to be a part of the show.  It’s like he is not going to be solving you can’t crimes that guy is great he’s funny, he’s hilarious, so we want to also explore those characters and those relationships.  My cast is wonderful and so we want to have this will be a much more emotional cop show with bad guys than you could than even I knew I was going to have.” Chris Fedak


“I’d say one thing that when we sat down first we got the show, we came up with a mystery woman character.  One thing we were excited about was having a female magician because there had been some in the past, but always in very few numbers.  And I do think that there is some fourteen-year-old girl right now who’s going to be an international superstar in ten years. I don’t know where she is yet, but we were very excited to make our nemesis smarter and faster than Cameron, one step ahead of him, so we’re excited about that.  ” David Kwong


Working With David Kwong Seen In The Opening Video

What’s amazing working with David is that magicians come in everything from a much- from a different perspective.  They come at it from almost an engineering perspective.  So there are so many times when I’m working on an action sequence, and I know how to do it because I’ve done it before or like I have a twist on it or a joke or something along those lines. What David brings to it is well no-no-no we can do it a totally different way.  So in our third episode, we have it’s going to be crazy, but we actually use mirrors to break into a place and it totally works, like we shot it on the day and the writer was like videotaping it and going, this is working.  So that’s the exciting thing for me is to have those ideas that David brings to it and it makes it unique.” Chris Fedak


“Deception” has thirteen episodes full of fun. magic, and excitement. Keep an eye out for celebrity magicians appearing on the show. “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.

About “Deception”

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.”


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