|“I was pushing for something Rock ‘n’ Roll ,”says McCormack of his
shaggy professor look on his new series Perception
Eric McCormack stars as a college professor who helps solve crimes in Perception (premiering Wednesday night at 9 p.m. on Bravo).
The Toronto native was back in his hometown last week when I interviewed him for a piece on the new crime drama, which has already been picked up for a second season Stateside on TNT. The story ran on The Canadian Press newswire and details how perception is reality on TV these days, with L.A. standing in for Chicago as the setting of this series. You can jump to that story here.
McCormack was loath to label this a “special power.” It is a mental disorder, he acknowledges. He doesn’t want anybody to think he or the show is making light of the condition.
He does say, however, that there is a nickname given to this kind of cop show genre: the “defective detective.”
Which made me laugh. Years ago, back when there was a MacLean Hunter Cable TV operating out of Etobicoke, me and some buddies with too much time on our hands created a little video comedy series called Etobichannel. It was basically a no-budget, student-made rip-off of SCTV. It ran from 1981-85 on community access in Etobicoke and parts of the GTA.
|Ted Head: the original “defective detective”|
One of the segments of the show was Ted Head: Defective Detective, played by future CP24 and CBC NN biz anchor B.J. Del Conte.
Ted’s handicap was pretty severe: he had no body. Not, “NOOOOBODY,” as Mel Lastman would say–NO BODY.
He would try to bully crooks into giving up, but his threats to tear them limb from limb seemed pretty lame considering he had no limbs.
We’d shoot action scenes by putting a rubber face mask on a football, slapping on Ted’s trademark fedora and kicking the head around while adding plenty of sound effects later. Andy Tough shot it and B.J. and Globe and Mail TV columnist Andy Ryan wrote it.
Since there’s a whole defective detective genre now, maybe its time to bring Ted back. He’s older and presumably wiser. Maybe he’s a Creative Head by now, or on CBC’s “At Issue” panel as a talking head.
A Ted Head revival may have to wait until somebody can find a machine that transfers 3/4-inch videotapes. Until then, check out McCormack’s more capable crime solver, tonight on Bravo.
Speaking of Etobichannel, I asked McCormack if he had seen his old Will & Grace pal Sean Hayes’ spot-on impersonation of Larry Fine in the Farley Brothers’ Three Stooges movie this summer. I expected him to say, “Sointenly,” but McCormack said he had not. “Why I outta…,” I protested.
McCormack felt bad for about a second and then pointed out that Hayes never saw any of his 140 performances this season in The Best Man on Broadway, “so F– him, we’re even!”