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Updated: August 9, 2012 6:17AM

‘I think there’s an unlimited hunger for mystery shows,” says Eric McCormack of “Will & Grace” fame, who gets serious for his new show “Perception.”

Since his hit NBC comedy said goodbye, he has played an adman on the short-lived “Trust Me” and been offered other series, but this actor had a few rules.

“I didn’t want to play a lawyer,” he says. “I wanted to do something different.”

That’s why he signed for “Perception,” debuting at 9 p.m. Monday on TNT.

“Here’s a guy whose job is a professor,” McCormack says. “There aren’t a lot of professors on TV. I’m the guy who loved John Houseman on ‘The Paper Chase.’ Here I get to lecture on neuroscience.”

Oh, there’s another twist. “I’m supposed to be the smartest guy in room, but he hallucinates and asks, ‘Why now?’ He gets to be unpredictable, which is great.”

Of course, McCormack could have done another sitcom. “If I went from ‘Will & Grace’ to another sitcom, every critic would have slammed me.”

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