[TNT Press Release]
America's Favorite Quirky Crime-Solver Returns Tuesday, June 25 In an All-New Season of Perception, Starring Eric McCormack
Class is back in session, and crime is on the as TNT's hit drama Perception returns for its second mind-bending season. Starring Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Who Is Clark Rockefeller?), Perception ranked as cable's second-highest rated new drama of 2012, coming in just behind TNT's Major Crimes. The second season is slated to launch Tuesday, June 25, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), following the season premiere of TNT's hit series Rizzoli & Isles.
In Perception, McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, a unique and eccentric neuroscience professor whose paranoid schizophrenia helps him solve crimes for the FBI. Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That) co-stars as FBI agent and former student Kate Moretti, who recruits Pierce to help her with her toughest cases. Unlike her colleagues, Kate is willing to look past Daniel's peculiarities.
As the second season of Perception opens, Pierce's personal life is even more complicated than usual. He finds it difficult to walk away from his imaginary friendship with Natalie Vincent, but he must do so in order to embark on a romance with his doctor, Caroline Newsome – both played by Kelly Rowan (The O.C.).
Award-winning actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation) returns in season two as Pierce's best friend, Paul Haley, who serves as dean at the university. Perception also stars Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow) as Max Lewicki, Pierce's teaching assistant whose primary job is to keep Pierce in line and on task.
In season two, Scott Wolf (Party of Five, V, Everwood) guest-stars as Donnie, Kate's soon-to-be ex-husband – and colleague. A charismatic, fast-rising Assistant U.S. Attorney who recently transferred back to Chicago, Donnie seems less concerned with doing what's right than with doing what's right for Donnie. While he claims his transfer back to Chicago was completely random, it's clear he has a hidden agenda involving Kate.
Perception averaged 6.2 million viewers in its first season, ranking as cable's #2 new series of 2012. It also placed among basic cable's Top 10 new or returning original series.
Perception, which comes to TNT from ABC Studios, was created by executive producer Ken Biller (Star Trek: Voyager, Smallville) and co-executive producer Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Enterprise), with McCormack serving as producer. Sean Whitesell and Amanda Green serve as co-executive producers.
CCH POUNDER AND KEVIN WEISMAN TO GUEST-STAR ON PERCEPTION
Four-time Emmy® nominee CCH Pounder (The Shield) and Kevin Weisman (Alias) are set to be a guest-star this summer on TNT‘s hit drama series Perception. The series, which stars Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack, returns for its second season in June.
In Perception, Pounder will play, Dr. Sabina Callen the therapist assigned to work with Moretti after she is involved in a shooting. Callen is called in as standard procedure and helps Moretti come to some deep conclusions despite Moretti’s objection to needing therapy.
Pounder has earned Emmy nominations for her work in The Shield, ER, The X-Files and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Her feature film credits include blockbusters like Avatar and Face/Off, as well as the indie sleeper hit Bagdad Cafe.
Kevin Weisman will play Todd Erlich in Perception. The character is an AUSA official from the New York office sent to handle the investigation into a shooting that involved Moretti. However, due to political parties involved in the case, Moretti’s ex-husband and new boss Donnie (guest star Scott Wolf) worries that she might not be given a fair examination.
In addition to Alias, Weisman has appeared in such series as Fringe, Awake, The Glades and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. On the big screen, he has had roles in Gone in 60 Seconds and Flipped. Weisman is represented by APA.
RAY WISE TO GUEST-STAR ON PERCEPTION
Ray Wise is set to be a guest-star this season on TNT’s Perception, starring Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack. Wise is best known for his performances in hit drama series Twin Peaks and The CW’s Reaper, as well as the science-fiction action film Robocop. He also has a starring role in “Wishes,” the new music video by pop duo Beach House.
In Perception, Wise will play Martin Sullivan, the CEO of Brooksville Chemical who finds himself at the center of an investigation when his business stands accused of being behind a chemical poisoning that sent a small town reeling.
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