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TNT’s Perception (Mondays, 10/9C), is a series about a new kind of detective – Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack), a university professor and doctor of neuroscience with out-of-balance brain chemistry – who uses puzzles and music to stay off medication. His unique situation makes him especially qualified to consult on some of the FBI’s most puzzling cases.

LeVar Burton plays Dr. Paul Haley, Pierce’s boss and closest friend. On a teleconference Q&A session, Burton talked about seeking out the role; why he was so eager to attach himself to the series, and how he hopes it might restart the conversation on mental health (hopefully to take away the stigma attached to it).

Perception premieres on Monday, July 9th.

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