ABC orders "Deception" pilot

ABC orders "Deception" pilot

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'Deception' hails from Chris Fedak, Martin Gero, David Kwong and Greg Berlanti.

ABC added to its drama pilot orders Thursday, handing out official pickups to a magic drama from Greg Berlanti and the Blindspot team as well as a futuristic war drama from Criminal Minds grads Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie.

Ordered to pilot are The Crossing, from Dworkin and Beattie, and Deception, from Berlanti, showrunner Martin Gero (Blindspot), magician David Kwong and writer Chris Fedak (Chuck, Forever). David Nutter (Game of Thrones) is expected to direct and exec produce Deception, reuniting with Berlanti after helming pilots for The Flash and Arrow.

The drama, produced by Warner Bros. Television, where Berlanti, Gero and Fedak are under overall deals, landed at ABC with a hefty pilot-production commitment in September following a multiple-network bidding war.

Here's the official logline: 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.

Fedak, currently the co-showrunner on The CW's Legends of Tomorrow, will pen the script and executive produce. Berlanti and head of his studio-based Berlanti Productions banner Sarah Schechter will exec produce. Gero's Quinn's House banner produces. Renowned magician Kwong, who is also a puzzle creator as well as consultant on Now You See Me and NBC's Blindspot, will be credited as a co-producer. Kwong is instrumental in creating the puzzles on Blindspot, with Deception set to mark a reunion for him with creator Gero and Berlanti. 

Deception is one of multiple scripts prolific producer Berlanti (Arrow, Flash, Blindspot, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) has in the works this development season, with DC Comics take Black Lightning also expected to get the pilot nod at Fox.

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David Kwong, who studied the history of magic at Harvard, where he also co-founded the Harvard Magic Club, has also garnered much attention for his TED talk, in which he displayed the intersection of words and magic. He currently works on NBC's "Blindspot" — which centers around solving the many mystery tattoos on the show's Jane Doe, played by Jaimie Alexander — and spoke to NBC News about nerd culture, cerebral TV shows, and turning your childhood hobbies into a career.

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In one of the season's biggest commitments, ABC has handed out a hefty pilot-production commitment to Deception — a magic drama reuniting Blindspot creator Martin Gero, exec producer Greg Berlanti and consultant David Kwong. Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak is set to pen the script for the drama, which landed at ABC following a multiple-network bidding war.