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ABC Picks Up ‘Deception,’ ‘Splitting Up Together’ to Series

Crimefighting magician drama and family sitcom latest shows joining 2017-18 slate

ABC has given series pickups to magician drama “Deception” and family sitcom “Splitting Up Together.”

“Deception” follows the disgraced superstar magician Cameron Black. When his career is ruined by scandal, he 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.

Produced by Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House in association with Warner Bros. Television, “Deception” is executive produced by Fedak, Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter. David Kwong serves as co-producer.

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“Deception” stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black/Jonathan Black, Ilfenesh Hadera as Kay Daniels, Lenora Crichlow as Dina Clark, Amaury Nolasco as Mike Alvarez, Justin Chon as Jordan Kwon, Laila Robins as Special Agent Deakins and Vinnie Jones as Gunter Gustafsen.

Based on the Danish series, “Splitting Up Together” is the story of a couple (Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce.  Emily Kapnek (“Suburgatory”) writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres.

The series also starsBobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.

ABC has also ordered “The Good Doctor” and the Zach Braff sitcom formerly known as “StartUp” to series.

On Friday, ABC renewed freshman comedy “Speechless,” along with “Fresh Off the Boat.”

“The Real O’Neals” and “The Catch” have also been given the axe, joining “Imaginary Mary,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Dr. Ken” and “American Crime.” Previously, the network canceled the Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing” after six seasons.

The network renewed “Black-ish,” “Agents of Shield,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Designated Survivor” and “American Housewife” on the same day. Previously, it had given a two-season extension to “Modern Family” and to “The Goldbergs.”


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