Eric McCormack returns as paranoid schizophrenic Dr. Daniel Pierce in a brand new second season of Perception.
When we last left Daniel, he had committed himself to a mental ward, no longer convinced of his ability to distinguish the real from the imaginary.
But now that he's taking his meds, will he still be able to help solve crimes?
Check out the trailer for brand new season two, now.
Hit US drama series, Perception, is back on our screens this September.
Want to know more about the brand new second season? Read this interview with Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Who Is Clark Rockefeller?) who stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, the paranoid schizophrenic neuroscience professor who helps solve crimes for the FBI. If only he could sort his personal life out...
Here's what Eric had to say about season two...
So Perception Season 2 - what do we have in store this season?
You'll see in the first episode there is a big revelation about Daniel that we as viewers know but perhaps everyone around him doesn't. Daniel becomes a lot more of an advocate and a voice for his condition and drives the cases he's working on with Kate based on his personal experiences with mental health. It's his empathy and advocacy in the second season which makes him also some kind of anti-hero.
He seems to take being 'outed' in his stride though, was it time he wanted everyone to know about his condition?
It's definitely out there now, and because of Scott Wolf's character Donnie, Kate's ex-husband, it becomes much more public. There is a moment where you think it's going to be awful for him, and it is briefly but I think he realises that the shame and secrecy he felt was completely against everything he stands for. He believes he's more himself off his meds than on, so he can't at the same time hide the condition, you almost have to wear it as a badge.
How is Daniel's state of mind? Do we pick up directly where we left off?
The ironic thing is his state of mind is great at the start of Season 2, but it's great in the way we (the viewers) don't want. And that'll be clear when you see the first ten minutes of the first episode, you think he's fine and that's that. But just relax... he won't be fine for long!
We have to show that yes being medicated is what most people living with the condition should be doing, it is recommended and is beneficial but that doesn't make for a TV series so I like that he can look in the mirror and say yes I'm 'better', but he doesn't feel better, he doesn't feel like Daniel Pierce. It's quite a controversial thing to do for a US television programme, to suggest you go against your doctors orders!
We see a bit of tension between both Kate and Daniel in the opening episode but obviously last season there was a hint of feelings between them – will this continue?
We tease the audience by suggesting he's doing so well and he's dating, you have to remind the audience of what they don't want. My mother-in-law told me how glad she was that he's taking his meds, but I knew she wouldn't mean that when she saw how different he was. Oddly, that's not the guy Kate is attracted to either, Daniel ironically thinks he could never have Kate because of his condition but ironically I think she likes the real Daniel, and it endangers her job sometimes but that's the man she likes and that's the combination that keeps the audience attracted too.
Will Max Lewecki still play a big part in keeping Daniel's professional life together? Has his career been affected by his episode at the end of the last season?
Yes absolutely, pretty soon Daniel will be back to his not well self and Lewicki is crucial to helping Daniel through that.
Will we see any more exciting guest stars in Perception this season, we had the lovely Jamie Bamber last season…
We've got a few actually, Jobeth Williams plays Daniel's mum and Judd Hirsch comes in to play one of Daniel's historical hallucinations which is probably my favourite of the season.
What are your favourite things about playing Daniel? It must be quite tough?
It can be tough but that's my favourite thing, we have a really supportive crew. I like having big speeches, hard words and hard emotions. The most enjoyable thing is that he's unpredictable, to me, to the audience and some of the crew too – it's sometimes what happens when you are living with this condition and for the show it all keeps it interesting and alive.
Season 2 in three words...
Finding his strength.
The most enjoyable thing is that he's unpredictable.