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Perception: Production Begins on New TNT TV Show

Perception TV show Eric McCormack had great success on NBC’s Will & Grace but his TNT series called Trust Me only lasted one season. McCormack’s coming back to cable with a new series called Perception. In this one, McCormack will play a neuroscientist who’s still part of the legal process.

Perception won’t debut until next summer and production has just gotten under way. Here’s the press release from TNT:

TNT Begins Production on Perception, New Drama Series Starring Emmy® Winner Eric McCormack

TNT began production this week on its intriguing new original series Perception, starring Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Who Is Clark Rockefeller?). The series about an eccentric neuroscientist who helps solve complex criminal cases also stars Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That), Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow) and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.). TNT has ordered 10 episodes of Perception, which will join the network’s lineup in summer 2012.

In Perception, McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, a neuroscientist and professor recruited to help the federal government crack difficult cases. His intimate knowledge of human behavior and masterful understanding of the mind give him an extraordinary ability to read people, but his eccentric view of the world and less-than-stellar social skills can often interfere with his work.

Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student and the person responsible for recruiting him to work for the government. Smith plays Max Lewicki, the teaching assistant whose primary job is to keep Pierce in line and on task. Rowan is Natalie Vincent, Pierce’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation) will play a recurring role as Paul Haley, a dean at the university.

Perception, which comes to TNT from ABC Studios, was created by executive producer Kenneth Biller (Star Trek: Voyager, Smallville) and co-executive producer Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Enterprise), with McCormack serving as producer. Alan Poul (Six Feet Under) directed and served as executive producer for the pilot. David Eagleman, a professor at Baylor School of Medicine and author of the New York Times Top 10 bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, serves as a technical consultant on the series.

About ABC Studios
ABC Studios, part of ABC Entertainment Group, develops and produces compelling programming for both broadcast network and cable television as well as digital platforms. ABC Studios has delivered some of the most successful, talked-about and evolutionary series on television such as Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Criminal Minds, Army Wives and Brothers & Sisters.

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; Hawthorne, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER). TNT also presents such powerful dramas as The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting next year, Castle; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to Perception? Do you think it’ll be a success or be cancelled after only one season?

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

BJ January 27, 2013 at 11:32 am

Loke others wish there could be a marathon-Love this show thought is would be back in late January. Hating having to wait for the summer season


Jon Mask January 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Kind of like the Mentalist, but better. One of our favorite shows


Karon January 13, 2013 at 10:10 am

I hope it comes back on. When can we find out?


Sandra Ellinwood November 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

I would love to see a marathon weekend for this series. NOW-(During the Winter?) I missed most of the episodes during last season – I want more and can’t believe I have to wait till next summer.
Why can’t this be shown in place of something else???


Sandra Ellinwood November 17, 2012 at 10:54 am

Love the new show Perception and I was hoping TNT would do a marathon Re-run (weekend?) so we can see ALL of season one back to back!

Don’t think I can stand waiting till next summer! I missed most of it during this past season- airing- I hardly watch TV in the summer!!! Bring it back….Please?


Kathleen December 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

This is the most compelling drama regarding schizophrenia I have seen since A Beautiful Mind. My sister is schizophrenia, altnough her hallucinations aren’t visual I can relate to those around this character. PLEASE KEEP IT ON. It’s a great teaching tool as well to those who do not understand this disease.


BS October 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm



yankeeblue (mich) September 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

perception is a dang good show, I’m always afraid I’m gonna miss it or fall asleep before it comes on. please bring it back. always waiting for the next surprise visitor he sees. mccormick is very believeable. keep em’ comin’


Katy Did September 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Sorry, fans. I meant Dr. Pierce…..


Katy Did September 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Kelly, please. Give Dr. Craig a chance for romance and some normalcy in his life. Since he can’t tolerate being around most people, who else would he be able to care about? Certainly not a stranger. Just found out the show was renewed. YEAH, can’t wait for more!


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