07/10/2012 02:37 am ET Updated Sep 08, 2012

'Perception' Premiere: Eric McCormack Plays Paranoid Schizophrenic Crime Solver (VIDEO)

Eric McCormack showed fans a whole different side of himself with the premiere of his new crime procedural "Perception" (Mon., 10 p.m. ET on TNT). McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, a brilliant scientist and professor who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

The show takes viewers inside Pierce's mind, including his hallucinations, so that they -- like him -- can't always be sure what is real. It's the unique twist this show is putting on the otherwise tried-and-true procedural format, and it will live or die based solely on McCormack's ability to sell the character.

He's certainly off to a solid start, with several critics saying he's the best thing about the show. The New York Daily News says of McCormack and the show, "Any shortcomings here are not his." They then go on to list several shortcomings.

"Maybe at a certain point it won't feel like all this is a little too gimmicky," their review said in its conclusion about the show. It's certainly a fun way to look at crime, with McCormack establishing the genesis of what could be a very compelling character to watch.

Another intriguing character is former-student-turned FBI agent Kate Moretti. Played by Rachel Leigh Cook, Moretti is impulsive, a little reckless, and perhaps just as unpredictable as Pierce; only in a completely different way.

McCormack spoke with HuffPost TV about this unique character. Catch new episodes of "Perception" every Monday at 10 p.m. ET on TNT.

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