TNT has picked up the pilot for Perception, a new drama written by Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman.
Perception was one of three potential series pilots chosen; the other two being an untitled Allan Loeb crime project and Dallas, an updated version of the classic TV series which ran from 1978-1991.
The press release explains Perception as follows: “Executive producer Kenneth Biller (Star Trek: Voyager, Legend of the Seeker) and co-executive producer Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Voyager) penned the pilot for this drama about Dr. Geoffrey Pierce, an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex cases. With an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the mind, this quirky, crime-solving doctor pulls lessons from an odd and imaginative view of the world. This pilot is being produced by ABC Studios.”
Biller was a writer and producer on Star Trek: Voyager, where he wrote thirty-five episodes, including such episodes as Jetrel, Tuvix, Before and After and Q2. Writer/producer Sussman worked on the last season of Voyager and then moved to Star Trek: Enterprise, where he wrote such episodes as: Shadows of P’Jem and Dead Stop (both with Phyllis Strong) and the highly-regarded In a Mirror, Darkly.
“These pilots reflect our enthusiasm for relatable but complex everyman heroes, showcased in exciting storytelling environments,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “They also reflect our reliance on extraordinary talent to deliver on the promise of quality series television. The writers of these projects bring great intelligence, heart and humor to their work. We are confident each of these projects would be a terrific addition to our original series line-up.”