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Everyone's a suspect on NBC's Deception, the freshman whodunit series about young detective Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good), who goes undercover to find out who killed her childhood best friend, Vivian Bowers. Leading the way in ethical dubiousness is Robert Bowers (Victor Garber), the family patriarch and Vivian's father. By the show's third episode, viewers know that Robert is not only championing a new drug that has exhibited deadly side effects in trial patients, but also recently ended an affair with his secretary, fired her, and then scared her into silence by dispatching an employee to break both of her brother's knees with a hammer. Robert hires Joanna as his personal assistant, thus providing her with an inside track to the family's professional and personal inner workings — but how much does he know about her true motives? Read our full interview with Garber to get his take on Robert's capacity for evil, his on-screen marriage, and the one thing he thinks could tear the Bowers family apart.
The one thing a potential guilty pleasure can't afford to be guilty of is boredom. Just look at the current standard-bearer: ABC's outrageous Scandal, with its whiplash plotting and rat-a-tat-tat dialogue delivered at such hyperspeed you don't have time to dwell on the berserk absurdities, because you're having such a blast. NBC's tepid new mystery-soap hybrid Deception (10/9c) deceives itself if it thinks it belongs in that gonzo company. It even pales next to the diminished second season of Revenge, which needs to refocus on the Emily-vs.-Graysons dynamic and forget the Initiative — yawn — ever existed.
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Or at least 90210's Adrianna hopes it does. Fall Preview: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows When the CW series ended last season, Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) boarded a plane for Sin City after her ex-lover Dixon (Tristan Wilds) didn't show up to rekindle their relationship. Little did she know that Dixon was actually en route when his car was side-swiped by a massive truck. How will she handle the guilt when she meets a new man and then learns about Dixon's crash? Executive producers Patti Carr and Lara Olsen spoke to TVGuide.com about Dixon's fate, the return of Lori Loughlin, the show's milestone 100th episode and more.
Smash has tapped another musical veteran for its upcoming season. Nikki Blonsky, who starred in the 2007 film version of Hairspray, has landed a recurring role in NBC's Broadway drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Though there's no word on who she'll be playing, Smash star Wes Brown broke the casting news by tweeting a picture of the actress on set.