Few figures in the TV community are currently as white hot as Greg Berlanti. His work in the Arrow-verse is unparalleled, and he has become a mainstay of The CW's recent creative push. The fascinating part is that Berlanti has developed a reputation for consistency in an industry that does not always lend itself to such qualities -- particularly when it comes to the superhero genre. However, his latest project will see him take on a different kind of hero altogether, as he has officially sold a new pilot about a magician working for the FBI. Yes, you read that outlandish premise correctly, and we're already so intrigued by it.
A report from Variety confirms that Greg Berlanti recently sold a brand new drama to ABC. Titled Deception, the potential series centers on a disgraced magician who uses his skills as an illusionist to help the FBI solve its most difficult mysteries. It's a solid pitch that definitely seems to share quite a bit of DNA with series like The Mentalist and Limitless, and considering Berlanti's recent hot streak on the small screen, I think it's safe to say that we're definitely on board with Deception's core premise.
Of course, if there's any cause for concern regarding Deception's fundamental pitch, it could be the fact that we've arguably seen shows like this before. Although we don't know too much about the project yet, it's hard to argue against the fact that it seems to align very closely with the typical crime procedural formula that traditional broadcast networks have perfected so well over the years. That said, Greg Berlanti is known for taking risks with his small screen dramas, so we remain cautiously optimistic that Deception will break the mold in a way that feels fresh and exciting for ABC.
To call Greg Berlanti a busy man would be nothing less than an understatement. The guy has an insane number of irons in the fire at the moment, and they're all incredibly exciting projects. In addition to the sale of Deception at ABC, Berlanti has continued to work in close collaboration with The CW on a wide variety of existing series. Besides his aforementioned involvement in the Arrow-verse, he is also very involved in another upcoming comic book adaptation in the form of Riverdale. On the silver screen side of things, Berlanti is currently attached to produce a Booster Gold film for DC -- although we haven't heard much about that project in recent months.
We will keep you posted regarding all of the latest and greatest updates related to Deception as more information about the project becomes available to us. For now, make sure to take a look at our thorough midseason premiere guide for more details concerning all of the most highly anticipated spring television debuts and to fill out your TV viewing calendars accordingly.