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Perception (U.S. TV series)

Genre Crime drama
Created by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 34 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Eric McCormack
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Paperboy Productions
ABC Studios
Distributor Disney Media Distribution
Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original channel TNT
Picture format
Original run July 9, 2012 (2012-07-09) – present
External links

Perception is an American crime drama television series created by Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman. The series stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist who assists the FBI on some of their most complex cases.

The series is broadcast in the United States on the cable channel TNT, and is produced by ABC Studios.[1] It premiered on July 9, 2012.[2]

On August 17, 2012, TNT renewed Perception for a second season,[3] which aired from June 25, 2013, through March 18, 2014. On August 15, 2013, TNT renewed Perception for a third season, [4] which premiered on June 17, 2014.[5]

On November 13, 2014, Perception was canceled after three seasons, however, the remaining five episodes will air starting in February 2015.[6]


  • Overview 1
  • Cast and characters 2
    • Main cast 2.1
    • Recurring cast 2.2
  • Episodes 3
  • Production 4
    • Conception and development 4.1
    • Casting 4.2
    • Filming 4.3
  • Home Media releases 5
  • International distribution 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Dr. Daniel Pierce, a talented but eccentric neuropsychiatrist, is enlisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist in solving some of its most complex cases in Chicago. Dr. Pierce works closely with Special Agent Kate Moretti, a former student who recruited him to work with the FBI. Also on the team are Max Lewicki, Dr. Pierce's teaching assistant, and Natalie Vincent, a hallucination manifested as a result of his schizophrenia who also serves as his best friend.

Episodes typically begin with a scene of Pierce giving a lecture to his students about an aspect of the human brain that becomes significant within the plot of the episode. The episodes also typically end with observations to said students about the paradoxes of human perception.

Cast and characters

Main cast

  • Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel J. Pierce, a neuropsychiatrist and Davenport Award–winning neuroscience professor at the (fictional) Chicago Lake Michigan University (CLMU), who is enlisted by the FBI as an expert consultant to assist on some of their most complex cases. Pierce's interest in neuroscience stems from his own long history of paranoid schizophrenia. His hallucinations sometimes enable him to pick out subtle clues in solving crimes. In the season 2 finale, Pierce quits CLMU after realizing that the faculty cares more about the school's image and benefactors than its education and moves to Paris.[7]
  • Rachael Leigh Cook as Special Agent Katherine Rose "Kate" Moretti, Pierce's former student and the FBI agent who recruited him. Kate has a "tendency to go beyond the scope of the assigned investigation", which cost her a position in Washington, D.C. and caused her demotion back to Chicago. She had a crush on Pierce during her college years and is his most trusting ally.[8]
  • Arjay Smith as Max Lewicki, Dr. Pierce's live-in teaching assistant, who helps him differentiate between real people and his schizophrenia-induced hallucinations.[9] It is later revealed in the season 1 episode "Nemesis" that the two met when Lewicki was working as an orderly at the same psychiatric hospital Pierce had been confined for his mental illness. Pierce then asked Lewicki to come with him to Chicago on the promise of a teaching assistantship to help Max finish graduate school.
  • Kelly Rowan as Natalie Vincent, Pierce's imaginary best friend and adviser, who he realizes is based on someone he once saw at a college party in Michigan.[10] Rowan also plays Dr. Caroline Newsome, Pierce's psychiatrist and the physical basis for Natalie.
  • LeVar Burton as Paul Haley a professor of cultural anthropology and Pierce's dean at CLMU. He and Pierce have been close friends since they were roommates in college.[11]
  • Scott Wolf as Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald "Donnie" Ryan (season 3-, recurring season 2), Kate's ex-husband, who cheated on Kate with her best friend. He has recently transferred back to Chicago in an attempt to reignite his relationship with Kate.

Recurring cast

  • Jonathan Scarfe as FBI Agent Roger Probert, Kate's former work partner, who is very cynical of Pierce's judgments.
  • Jamie Bamber as Dr. Michael Hathaway, a handsome hotshot behavioral science professor newly recruited at CLMU, for whom Pierce has little respect. He is romantically interested in Kate.
  • Dan Lauria as Joe Moretti, Kate's widowed father, a retired CPD homicide detective who now runs a bar in Chicago.
  • Shane Coffey as the young Daniel "DJ" Pierce, before he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
  • Brad Rowe as FBI Agent Bobby Dalton, Kate's current work partner.
  • Peter Coyote as James Alan Pierce, Daniel's estranged father who has Alzheimer's disease.
  • Brooke Nevin as Shelby Coulson, a member of the Great Lakes Leadership Committee who helps Donnie with his campaign for alderman.



Conception and development

Originally known as "Proof", Perception was created by Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman and appeared on TNT's development slate as early as 2009.[12] On September 8, 2010, after having been in development for well over a year, TNT placed a pilot order for Perception.[13][14] Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman wrote the pilot, Alan Poul was attached to the project as director, with Kenneth Biller, Mike Sussman and Alan Poul serving as executive producers.[13][15] Neuroscientist David Eagleman serves as the technical consultant to the series.

On March 22, 2011, TNT green-lighted the series with an order of 10 episodes to air in the summer of 2012.[1][16] Along with the series pickup, TNT announced that Alan Poul would not be continuing as an executive producer on the series beyond the pilot; they also announced that the character portrayed by McCormack had been renamed Daniel Pierce.[16]

On August 17, 2011, TNT announced that production had commenced on the remaining nine episodes of Perception.[17] The series is produced by ABC Studios.

On August 15, 2013, TNT announced it has renewed Perception for a third season of 15 episodes in 2014. Perception ended its season 2 summer run with episode 10 on August 27, 2013. The remaining four episodes of Season 2 aired in early 2014.[18]


The cast of Perception: (l - r) Rachael Leigh Cook, Eric McCormack, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan

Casting announcements began in October 2010, with Eric McCormack first to be cast, McCormack portrays Dr. Geoffrey (later renamed Daniel) Pierce, "an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex cases. With an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the mind, this quirky, crime-solving professor pulls lessons from an odd and imaginative view of the world."[19][20] Next to join the series was Arjay Smith as Max Lewicki, "Pierce's teaching assistant, a perpetual student who has spent nine years in college and has had sixteen majors and not a single degree. His primary job is to keep Pierce in line and on task."[21] Rachael Leigh Cook was next to be cast as Kate Rossi, "Pierce’s former student and the person responsible for recruiting him to work for the government."[22] Kelly Rowan was the last actor to be cast, portraying Natalie Vincent, "Pierce’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal."[23]

Along with the announcement that production had started on the series, the network announced that Levar Burton had joined the series as a recurring guest star; he portrays Paul Haley, "a dean at the university."[17] TNT also announced that the character portrayed by Cook had been renamed Kate Moretti.[17]

On August 22, 2011, it was announced that Jamie Bamber had been cast in a recurring role as "a new professor who catches the eye of Kate Moretti."[24] On October 14, 2011, TNT Public Relations announced that Freddy Rodriguez was cast in a two-episode role as "an eccentric ex-student of McCormack's Dr. Daniel Pierce."[25][26]

On January 29, 2013, Scott Wolf joined the series in the major recurring role of Donnie, Kate's ex-husband who works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.[27] On February 13, 2014, Peter Coyote signed onto the season three guest role of James Alan Pierce, Daniel's father.[28]


Although the series is set in Chicago, Illinois, filming for the pilot took place in Toronto, Canada. Afterwards, filming was shifted to Los Angeles, California.[29]

Home Media releases

On May 21, 2013, the complete first season was released on DVD. The series is also available for streaming on and iTunes.

International distribution

Country Channel Premiere date
 United States TNT July 9, 2012
 Poland Fox August 10, 2012
 Mexico AXN August 20, 2012
 Argentina AXN August 20, 2012
 Hong Kong TVB Pearl September 11, 2012
 Spain AXN October 1, 2012
 Turkey Dizimax Vice October 2, 2012
 United Kingdom Watch[30]

Alibi (TV channel) Season 3

Season 1: October 3, 2012[31]
Season 2: September 3, 2013[32]
 Portugal AXN November 5, 2012
 Brazil AXN November 7, 2012
 Italy Fox November 28, 2012
 South Africa DStv November 5, 2012
 India Zee Café January 19, 2013
 Belgium RTL-TVI (in French)
Telenet (English)
March 6, 2013
 Canada Séries+ (in French) March 19, 2013
 Australia Universal April 3, 2013
 Japan AXN Mystery April 20, 2013
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Universal
 Serbia Universal
 Germany RTL Crime November 8, 2013
 Colombia AXN
 Romania Universal September 2, 2013
 Iceland RÚV
 New Zealand TVNZ January 22, 2014
 Netherlands 13th Street February 10, 2014
 France M6 April 10, 2014


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