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TNT begins production on PERCEPTION starring Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook

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Production has begun on TNT's new series Perception. The show stars Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan. The story "centers on on a neuropsychiatry professor (McCormack) who aids the FBI in solving complex cases." McCormack is also a producer on the series, which will be added to TNT's programming lineup in summer 2012. Keep reading for more details on the show.

Here is the official Press Release:

TNT began production this week on its intriguing new original series Perception, starring Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winnerEric McCormack (Will & GraceWho 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 (RootsStar 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: VoyagerSmallville) 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.

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