2:27pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Perception' Canceled at TNT
Another drama has bit the dust at TNT.
The Turner-owned cable network has opted to cancel veteran drama Perception after three seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The drama centered on Dr. Daniel Pierce (Will & Grace's Eric McCormack), an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith, LeVar Burton and Kelly Rowan co-stared in the ABC Studios drama. The series will air its remaining season three episodes in February.
The news comes days after TNT — under new president Kevin Reilly — canceled veteran legal dramedy Franklin & Bash after four seasons as the network looks for noisier fare in a bid to stand out in an increasingly competitive cable landscape. (Both Franklin and Perception hailed from outside studios.)
The news comes after season three has averaged 2.7 million total viewers, down from an average of 4.2 million in season one and 3 million in season two.
Perception also joins TNT's recently canceled drama Dallas, which was axed earlier this year after three seasons.
The cable network recently picked up Sharon Stone White House thriller Agent X and has new dramas including Ed Burns' Public Morals, Jennifer Beals' Proof, The Librarians as well as Transporter: The Series reboots. Returning fare is lead by The Last Ship, Major Crimes, Legends and Murder in the First. A decision on ratings standout Rizzoli & Isles has not yet been determined and Falling Skies will return for its fifth and final season next year.