While the critical reviews have been decidedly mixed, the ratings for former Will & Grace star Eric McCormack's return to series TV have been well above the cable average. In fact, Perception is the #2 new scripted cable series of the year, behind only fellow TNT series Major Crimes. Thus, Deadline reports the crime drama has now been renewed for a second season.
Perception stars McCormack as a brilliant but mentally damaged neuroscientist/professor named Dr. Daniel Pierce, who is brought in to help the FBI with some of its harder to solve cases. He was recommended for the job by his former student Kate Moretti (Rachel Leigh Cook), who now works as a special agent at the bureau. Other cast members include Arjay Smith (Nickelodeon's former "Allen Strange"), The O.C.'s Kelly Rowan, Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber, and Star Trek: TNG's LeVar Burton as Dr. Pierce's boss at the university.
I haven't watched the series myself, but the first thought I had upon reading about it was "Paging Dr. House, paging Dr. Gregory House." I realize House ripoffs have been in vogue since the show first rose to prominence, but the character of Daniel Pierce seems like if House made sweet love to Adrian Monk, and they somehow had a child. Sorry for that image by the way. Not to mention the fact Dr. Pierce apparently experiences full blown hallucinations, which to me says he should be in a psych ward, rather than solving crimes.
What do you guys think? Is Perception a good show? Is Eric McCormack's character just a cheap House rip-off, or is there something more to him?