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TNT Sees Season 2 of 'Perception'

The network has ordered 13 episodes for the sophomore season, which is slated to air in 2013.

Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook and Jonathan Scarfe in "Perception"
Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook and Jonathan Scarfe PerceptionAugust 17, 2012

Rachael Leigh Cook in "Perception"
Rachael Leigh Cook in "Perception"
Eric McCormack in "Perception"
Eric McCormack in "Perception"
TNT has ordered a second season of "Perception," the hit Monday night drama starring Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace," "Who Is Clark Rockefeller?"). "Perception" comes to TNT from ABC Studios and currently ranks second behind TNT's "Major Crimes" among basic cable's top new scripted series for the year-to-date. The network has ordered 13 episodes for season two, which is slated to air in 2013.

"'Perception' has captured the imagination of TNT's audience of armchair detectives with wonderfully intricate cases, emotionally charged situations and, of course, a terrific cast led by Eric McCormack," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "Daniel Pierce is a truly unique and fascinating addition to television's pantheon of crime solvers. We look forward to seeing where Perception takes us next."

TNT's "Perception," which airs Mondays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), centers on Dr. Daniel Pierce (McCormack), an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Rachael Leigh Cook ("She's All That") stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce's former student who asks him to consult on her cases. The cast also includes Arjay Smith ("The Day After Tomorrow") as Max Lewicki, Pierce's teaching assistant, and Kelly Rowan ("The O.C.") as Natalie Vincent, Daniel's best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton ("Roots," "Star Trek: The Next Generation") plays Paul Haley, a dean at the university and Pierce's friend.

"Perception" was created by executive producer Ken Biller ("Star Trek: Voyager," "Smallville") and co-executive producer Mike Sussman ("Star Trek: Enterprise"). In addition to starring in the series, McCormack serves as producer.

In its first season, "Perception" is averaging 7 million viewers (Live + 7), with 1.8 million adults 18-49 and 2.3 million adults 25-54. The July 9 series premiere of "Perception" ranks third behind the August 13 premiere of Major Crimes and the June 13 premiere of TNT's "Dallas" on the list of this year's top series debuts on cable. The season finale of "Perception" is set for mid-September.
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