TNT Renews "Perception" For A Second Season

Eric McCormack in Perception

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?

- Eric McCormack
- Perception

Written by: msd85
Aug 19th, 2012, 9:52 am


Message Posted On Nov 29th, 2012, 12:08 pm
I am so glad Perception has been renewed for another season. Thanks for intelligent show with superb acting . Bravoto Eric McCormack !

Message Posted On Sep 18th, 2012, 2:06 am
show seems good, almost like the mentalist, but still good to its own right, i do hope there is a season two.

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Message Posted On Aug 21st, 2012, 7:08 pm

I like the Perception show -- finding it generally well thought out and well acted.I am glad to see it has been renewed, and for a few extra episodes as well - nice. :)

The pacing is good and not frenetic as in many new videos. (No car crashes or special effects or gratuitous violence is included, thank goodness.)

The story lines are interesting and keep one (me) intrigued. And I find the ideas explored to be worthy of further thought.

Granted that some of the acting could be improved (Kate, please look a bit more alive and less stuck/ rigid in presentation). Overall I am glad to have it as a preferred choice.



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Message Posted On Aug 20th, 2012, 1:26 am

Okay, I get it Tina, I spoke too soon. No need to gang up on me :) Sorry guys. Although I now see where the ratings are coming from. You guys are very passionate about the show.


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Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2012, 11:06 pm

I agree completely with n8ph8ts and dlockjaw ...Good show..nothing like House..(you want to compare House characters , you'll need to look at Animal Practice) Good little mysteries each week with a twist. I like that he's a little nuts and I'm happy for the renewal. The FBI agent leaves little to be desired however. I'm just not buying it.


Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2012, 9:29 pm
With all of the stupid "reality" shows plugging up every station Perception is one of the few choices we have of anything even remotely interesting.


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Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2012, 8:44 pm

To be fair Dlockjaw, I wasn't attempting to "review" the show, so much as offer my impressions based on the information I knew about it. I was legitimately interested in you guys' thoughts, thus why I posed the question I did at the bottom of the article. It now seems my appraisal of Pierce as being a House ripoff may have been premature.


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Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2012, 8:16 pm

Well acted and fairly well written, it peaked my interest from the start and each subsequent episode has drawn me in further. Pierce is definately not Dr. House, but is still an interesting character in his own way. You really should, at least, watch one episode if you intend to review a show. It really is a disservice to your readers not to have done so.

Having watched every episode I've been hoping it would be renewed since I've been burned too many times in the past by getting into a good show only to have it axed without warning. Thank you TNT.


Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2012, 4:29 pm
After the pilot episode, I thought it was a below average mystery & suspense show. However, I kept looking at the next episode to see if it would get better. Now I am probably hooked on it. It is still not a good mystery-crime show to me, but the plot twists and the hallucinations draw you to the main character. I was a House fan -- this show is nothing like that. This show definitely needs better screen writers to give the actors a better chance to shine.

Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2012, 11:18 am
wow thank goodness it would be renewed. I quite like this show. :)
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