Meet Eric McCormack's Shizophrenic Crime Solver In 'Perception' Premiere

Eric McCormack showed fans a whole different side to himself with the premiere of his new crime procedural "Perception" (Mon., 10 p.m. ET on TNT). In it, McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, a brilliant scientist and professor who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

The show takes viewers inside Pierce's mind, seeing his hallucinations alongside so that they -- like him -- can't always be sure what is real. It's the unique twist this show is putting on the otherwise tried-and-true procedural format, and it will live or die based solely on McCormack's ability to sell the character.

He's certainly off to a solid start, with several critics saying he's the best thing about the show. The New York Daily News says of McCormack and the show, "Any shortcomings here are not his." They then go on to list several shortcomings.

"Maybe at a certain point it won't feel like all this is a little too gimmicky," their review said in its conclusion about the show. It's certainly a fun way to look at crime, with McCormack establishing the genesis of what could be a very compelling character to watch.

Also teased with intrigue is former student turned FBI agent -- and the reason Pierce gets called in on the secases -- Kate Moretti. Played by Rachel Leigh Cook, Moretti is impulsive, a little reckless, and perhaps just as unpredictable as Pierce; only in a completely different way.

McCormack spoke with HuffPost TV about the attraction to this character.Catch new episodes of "Perception" every Monday at 10 p.m. ET on TNT.

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