New TNT Series PERCEPTION Starts Production This Week

Perception Eric McCormack Rachael Leigh Cook
The new original series PERCEPTION from TNT started production this week with Eric McCormack of Will & Grace fame starring in the lead role. He plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, a neuroscientist and professor, who is recruited to help the federal government crack difficult cases. His intimate knowledge of human behavior and masterful understanding of the mind gives 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.

Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student and the person responsible for recruiting him to work for the government. Also among the cast are Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow) as Max Lewicki, the teaching assistant whose primary job is to keep Pierce in line and on task and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) as Natalie Vincent, Pierce’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. Additionally, 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 and 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.

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of Perception, which will join the network’s lineup in summer 2012.