For TNT and Eric McCormack, second time around is the charm.
In 2009, McCormack had a brief run on TNT with “Trust Me,” an ad agency drama that tanked.
But “Perception” is bringing home plenty of viewers for the Atlanta-based network and has been renewed for a second season. Deadline.com reports that TNT has given it 13 more episodes for 2013. So far, the show has averaged 7 million viewers (DVR+7) to date.
The series is a melange of “The Mentalist,” “Castle,” “Monk” and “A Beautiful Mind.” McCormack plays an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who helps the FBI solve crimes. Rachael Lee Cook plays his former student and a rather unlikely-looking FBI agent.
TNT this summer has already renewed “Falling Skies,” “Dallas” and “Rizzoli & Isles.” “Franklin & Bash” and “Leverage” have not been decided on yet. Both have done well in the ratings but not as well as the already renewed programs. The reality show “The Great Escape” underwhelmed and probably won’t come back. It’s too early to judge the fate of “Closer” spinoff “Major Crimes” just yet.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk