In addition to The Closer‘s final season returning tonight, TNT is also premiering its new series, Perception, starring Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook, at 10pm.
Perception follows Dr. Daniel Pierce (McCormack), an eccentric neuroscience professor who also suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. When his former student, FBI agent Kate Moretti (Cook) brings him on to consult on some cases, Pierce proves that some of his hallucinations and paranoid delusions may also be useful at times by allowing him to make connections relating to the cases that his conscious mind cannot yet process.
While this makes him a valuable asset for the FBI, it also can lead him to behave in irrational, potentially dangerous ways. That’s why Pierce also has Max Lewicki (Arjay Smith) in his life (who also happens to be my favorite character). Lewicki is Pierce’s teaching assistant who also lives with Pierce and helps keeping him “sane.”
When I saw the pilot episode for Perception, I absolutely loved it. It is smart, ingenious and McCormack is brilliant as Pierce. The way the episode is set up brought a lot of unexpected surprises. And while the following episodes (I have watched up to episode 4) started to feel a little bit repetitive in terms of format, I still enjoy the series. A lot of it has to do with McCormack’s performance and character Pierce. He really is the driving force of the series and if you enjoy watching him, you’ll love Perception. And if you’re a procedural fan, then even better.
During our set visit last year (I know it’s been a while!), Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook and creator/executive producer Kenneth Biller took some time to answer a few questions from a few reporters in attendance, including TV Equals, about the series.
You can watch both interviews below and don’t forget to tune in for the premiere of Perception tonight, July 9th at 10pm following The Closer on TNT.
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