1.14.2013

Black Girls' Night Out: Joanna Locasto

Before we begin, I have a proposal: if a Black actress isn't the star of her show, we shouldn't bother with featuring her on Black Girls' Night Out.  Ain't trying to name no names, but we've already seen what happens when we get "invested."

So anyways, let's get down to business.
Recruited by FBI agent and former lover Will Moreno (Laz Alonso), Joanna goes undercover and reconnects with the family in order to find the suspected killer of Vivian Bowers, who grew up with Joanna and was her best friend.

When questioned about the racial aspects of the series during a session at the winter Television Critics Assn. tour, producers were more than a little uneasy. Inquiries were followed by several seconds of silence.

Executive producer Gail Berman called Joanna's mother "the head of the household," noting that the show never specifies her as being a maid. "Head of the household" seemed to some reporters in the room as an odd term to refer to a black woman who performed household duties for a white family.

How Joanna feels about how the family treated her mother, and exploring the current attitudes about domestic workers is never explored.


~ Los Angeles Times, "NBC's "Deception" sidesteps touchy subject of race"
And so it begins.

Mind you, this is both good and bad.  On the one hand, Deception's official premier wasn't greeted with *crickets* - that would've meant a swift death for the show.  Instead, the reporters are inquiring, and they're asking the right questions.

But the fact that the staff is uneasy, and intends to kumbaya its way through the racial issue its own writers created, does not bode well for the show.  And since Shonda Rhimes ain't helmin' this one, I'm hoping Meagan's got a backup gig in case this ish goes south.

Though I see oceans of flaws with Deception, I'm not going to nitpick.  I did that with Scandal, and now I love that show.  Conversely, I initially gave Person of Interest praise, and it betrayed me.  *sniff*

So I want to have faith.  I love Meagan Good, I love Victor Garber, and after watching Damages, I love, love, love Tate Donovan.  Tonight's episodes had some great one-liners, and the fight for Joanna's affection continues (Julian bought her a brand new silver Mercedes).  Even I had to yell, "Oh, snap!"

So let's cross our fingers, bow our heads and pray this one works out.  Amen.

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"Nothing's Free, Little Girl" ~ review by Monique Jones at TV Equals.

6 comments:

  1. 'Head of the Household', like she was CEO of a major corporation. Man, that's almost as bad as Vampire Diaries with the 'handmaid' euphemism for slave girl. Seriously, I'm laughing on the inside.

    I do wish the show well, for Meagan's sake.

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    1. I liked the reporters' reaction to "Head of the Household". I laugh every time I read that shit.

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  2. I'll wait. I read that article this weekend and was like,"And the countdown begins."

    *sigh* I'm such a pessimist.

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  3. I looked at Deception last week and I admit, there were some things I did concern me about the show. I wanted to make sure that I wasn't the only one that's noticed the errors in it. I was a little discouraged by it. At the same time, the show wasn't bad. I looked at it last night. It was better .I'm still hoping that will be a case of better the second time around. The show has a lot of potential and I'm hoping the endorsement Deception got will turn out to be a blockbuster.

    Loved that part when Julian bought her that Mercedes and is on the verge of taking her on trip.Then she was with Wil.... oh my what tangled webs we weave. Seriously, I'm praying for the best for this show.

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  4. The Nielsen ratings for the second episode of "Deception" were poor, so fingers crossed.

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  5. Eeks!! Just the news I wasn't hoping for. *Sighing* I'm also keeping my fingers crossed hoping for the best.

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