'Perception' Becoming Reality: TNT Commences Production On McCormack Series

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TNT has begun production on original series Perception, starring Emmy and SAG winner Eric McCormack.

In Perception, McCormack (Will & Grace, Who Is Clark Rockefeller?) 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.

Rachel 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. Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow) portrays Max Lewicki, the teaching assistant whose primary job is to keep Pierce in line and on task. Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) plays Natalie Vincent, Pierce's best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation) will have a recurring role as Paul Haley, a dean at the university.

From ABC Studios, TNT has ordered 10 episodes of Perception, which will join the network's lineup in summer 2012.

Perception 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.