New TNT Drama Series PERCEPTION Announced

Eric McCormack-Rachael Leigh Cook

TNT has given the green light to PERCEPTION, an original drama series starring Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Who Is Clark Rockefeller?). Also starring are Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That), Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow) and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.).

McCormack plays Dr. Geoffrey Pierce, an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook and expertise to help the federal government crack complex criminal cases. Pierce’s intimate knowledge of human behavior and masterful understanding of the mind are matched by his equally odd and imaginative view of the world. Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Rossi, Pierce’s former student and the person responsible for recruiting him to work for the government. Smith plays Max Lewicki, Pierce’s teaching assistant who has spent nine years at college. Rowan is Natalie Vincent, Pierce’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal.

Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), described Perception as a hugely entertaining show “with a blend of intensity, emotion, humor, smart storytelling, sharp direction and a buzz-worthy performance from Eric McCormack…that we believe TNT viewers will love.”

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the new series. Perception is created by executive producer Kenneth Biller (Star Trek: Voyager, Legend of the Seeker) and co-executive producer Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Voyager), with McCormack serving as producer. Alan Poul (Six Feet Under) directs and serves as executive producer for the pilot.

Produced by ABC Studios, Perception is expected to premiere on TNT in 2012.