'Deception' review: NBC's new soap needs to lather up some more

There's a potentially rich, pulpy story lurking in NBC's new drama "Deception," and also one that could touch on issues of privilege, class and race if it wished. Three episodes in, the show doesn't wish to delve into those thorny subjects. But it also takes itself too seriously to be the kind of over-the-top nighttime soap that NBC's marketing campaign would have you think it is. If it chooses one lane or the other, the cast is good enough and the premise strong enough to carry it. Right now, though, "Deception" (premiering at 10 p.m. ET Monday on NBC) is a show that doesn't know what it is.The story starts with the death of Vivian Bowers, the socialite daughter of billionaire Robert Bowers (Victor Garber). San Francisco Detective Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good), who grew up in the Bowers home -- her mother worked for the family -- and was very close to Vivian when they...



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