'Deception': Whodunit and Why?

The confusing plotlines in NBC's new drama could mean Meagan Good's star vehicle goes flat.

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The writers on Deception have their work cut out for them because this series will have to do more than what has been done before to compete and survive as a murder mystery, especially with competition coming from CBS' Elementary. All of the pieces are there for a great mystery: the murder, the victim, the detective, the clues, the cover-ups and the twists and turns. Hopefully the show will get out of its own way and head in a direction that distinguishes it from the rest of the pack.

Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., is editor-at-large for The Root. She is also editor-in-chief of the Burton Wire, a blog dedicated to world news related to the African Diaspora and global culture. Follow her on Twitter.

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