Disney’s ABC is developing a brand new series called “Only To Deceive”, which is based on Tasha Alexander’s bestselling novel “And Only to Deceive”, which is the first novel from the Lady Emily Mysteries series.
It’s being developed by writer Paul Sciarrotta, along with Milo Ventimiglia, and Russ Cundiff, who are creating the series under their DiVide Pictures banner. 20th Television is the studio behind the series. Paul Sciarrotta has previously worked on “Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Jane The Virgin” and “The Fosters”.
Here’s the book’s official description:
For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily’s dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek.
Emily’s intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband’s favorite places. There, amid priceless ancient statues, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. To complicate matters, she’s juggling two prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.
The book is set in Victorian England, but the new series is going to be set in modern-day America and according to the description from Deadline, it’s a little different:
As Lady Emily Ashton, the toast of New York City’s high society, tries to make sense of her late husband’s mysterious death, she stumbles into a secret career as a private investigator alongside her polar opposite, Long Island ex-cop Colin Hargreaves.
No other details have yet been revealed. Should this series get the go-ahead, we should expect to see it air on ABC and available on Hulu in the US, along with Star+ in Latin American and on Disney+ elsewhere.
What do you think of the idea of “Only To Deceive”?