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NBC's 'Deception': Better than 'Revenge,' or a carbon copy?

If the networks aren’t careful, they might soon find that they’ve run out of sexy nouns to use as TV show titles. Revenge? Taken. Scandal? Check! And tonight, we can add another series to the list: Deception, a sudsy drama that bears more than a passing resemblance to the first ABC soap I mentioned. (Almost certainly coming next season: CBS’s Power, the twisted tale of a green energy mogul’s lust for, well, you know.)

Like Revenge, Deception is set in the rarefied world of New York City’s upper crust. The first show centers on the Graysons, an incredibly wealthy family with more than a few skeletons in its walk-in closet; the second focuses on the Bowers clan, a group of billionaires with their own checkered pasts. Both families have high-powered patriarchs, acid-tongued matriarchs, bratty, pill-popping teenage daughters, and dreamboat 20-something sons who work for their fathers — and fall for each series’ respective protagonist.

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