First photo from the set of TNT’s PERCEPTION.

Production has started on the upcoming  TNT series PERCEPTION and the cabler has released the first on set photo of stars Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook.

In Perception, McCormack (Will And Grace) plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, a neuroscientist and professor recruited to help the federal government crack difficult cases. His intimate knowledge of human behavior and masterful understanding of the mind give him an extraordinary ability to read people, but his eccentric view of the world and less-than-stellar social skills can often interfere with his work. So this means that in addition to crime solving, we will get some humor.

Rachel (She’s All That)  co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student and the person responsible for recruiting him to work for the government. Arjay Smith plays Max Lewicki, the teaching assistant whose primary job is to keep Pierce in line and on task. Kelly Rowan is Natalie Vincent, Pierce’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton (RootsStar Trek: The Next Generation) will play a recurring role as Paul Haley, a dean at the university.

My thinking is that this will be not unlike The Mentalist, where Jane’s skilled are matched by his knack for causing problems. I am hoping Perception has better writing.

TNT has ordered a ten episode first season.