Veteran Star Trek writer/producers Kenneth Biller (Voyager) and Mike Sussman (Voyager & Enterprise) have most recently been working on the fantasy series Legend of the Seeker and now the pair are writing and producing Perception, a new pilot for TNT. More details below.
Perception – new TNT pilot from Biller and Sussman
Kenneth Biller (who has 35 writer/producer credits for Star Trek Voyager) and Mike Sussman (33 writing/producing credits split between Voyager and Enterprise) have a new project called Perception, which has been ordered as a pilot by TNT. Here is the description from the TNT press release:
PERCEPTION (working title) – 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.
Biller’s writing credits on Voyager include "Tuvix", "Critical Care", and Work force – Parts I & II". Sussman’s Trek writing credits includes the popular episodes "Twilight" and In a "Mirror, Darkly – Parts I & II" (where he appeared as a "red shirt"). Biller and Sussman have been working together for the last two years on the recently cancelled syndicated series Legend of the Seeker. Perception is being produced by ABC Studios who also produced Legend of the Seeker.
Woke up to learn that my pilot PERCEPTION has been ordered by TNT. A good start to the day
More new shows from TNT & TBS – possible Frakes connection
TNT and TBS also announced three additional new pilot orders: an untitled police drama from Allan Loeb (Wall) based on the novel The Rabbit Factory, Dallas – a reboot of the original prime-time soap, and Brain Trust from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. This third series may end up with a Trek element. Devlin’s Electric Entertainment have a close relationship with TNG’s Jonathan Frakes, who has directed a number of episodes for their heist show Leverage and all of their Librarian TV movies. It would not be a surprise if Frakes ended up directing the pilot (or at least some of the episodes if the show is picked up). Here is the official description:
BRAIN TRUST (working title) – Dean Devlin, executive producer of TNT’s hit series Leverage, is teaming up with Marco Schnabel (TNT’s The Librarian movie trilogy) for this pilot about Detective Billy Doyle, whose career and life have hit rock bottom after he accidentally ends his partner’s career. Doyle’s life gets turned around, however, when a recent murder case gets unexpected and unconventional help from three hyper-smart geniuses from a private think tank. If Doyle can survive the chaos and keep these new partners in line, they just may be the antidote to resurrect his career and, ultimately, his life. BRAIN TRUST (working title) is being produced for TBS by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.
TrekMovie will keep track of these projects and report if they are picked up for series.