(The Wrap) When NBC's "Deception" premieres Monday, it will become one of only two broadcast shows with an African-American woman in the lead — and one of the few broadcast shows with a non-white lead actor.
Not that the show will emphasize that. "Deception," a soapy detective drama, follows the long American tradition of emphasizing class while avoiding the awkward subject of race.
The cynical read of that fact is that broadcast networks hope that by sidestepping a difficult issue, they can make it go away. Or that they just don't want to deal with anything painful or complex, for fear of losing ratings.