Greg Berlanti’s FBI Magician Pilot ‘Deception’ Casts Its Lead

“Cooper Barrett” alum Jack Cutmore-Scott to star in ABC drama

ABC’s magician FBI drama pilot “Deception” has found its lead in “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” star Jack Cutmore-Scott.

Cutmore-Scott will play the role of Cameron Black. When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion, and influence — the FBI. He’ll become the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation, and trap criminals and spies by using deception.

Greg Berlanti, Chris Fedak, Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter and David Nutter are executive producers of the pilot, which was written by Fedak and will be directed by Nutter.

This pilot season, ABC has also ordered “The Crossing,” a time-travel refugee drama, an untitled Shondaland legal drama from “Scandal” writer Paul William Davies, as well as a Reba McEntire-led crime drama from “Desperate Housewives” and “Devious Maids” creator Marc Cherry.

On the comedy side, the network also has “Libby and Malcolm,” starring Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance, from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Baris and Vijal Patel.

The network has also given out straight-to-series orders to Marvel’s “Inhumans,” and murder drama “Somewhere Between” from writer and executive producer Stephen Tolkin.