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Law & Order's Jesse L Martin returns to crime solving in The Irrational

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Law & Order star in new trailer for The IrrationalNBC Universal

Law & Order star Jesse L Martin headlines NBC drama The Irrational as "behaviour science guy" Alec Mercer.

Adapted from Dan Ariely's bestseller Predictably Irrational, this one is primed for release on Monday, September 25, at 10pm in the US and centres around Martin's professor as he's assigned various high-stakes cases involving law enforcement, government and corporations.

Mercer's uncustomary way of understanding human behaviour leads him and the team on a series of intense journeys to solve mysteries.

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Jesse L Martin in The IrrationalNBC Universal

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In the first trailer (above), Mercer announces to his latest colleagues: "I was brought in because I know people and why they do inexplicable things," before suggesting that "people are irrational, but predictably so - one error of judgment leads to another".

Things will take a drastic turn, however, when he meets his match in the shape of a female domestic terror suspect.

Black-ish actress Maahra Hill, Ms Marvel's Travina Springer, Widows' Molly Kunz and Arash DeMaxi of The Equalizer also appear in the show.

jesse l martin in the irrational
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Meanwhile, TV fans can start to get excited about Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright's next project.

According to a synopsis, Hot Flush follows "five women of a certain age who come together to create a makeshift, butt-of-the-joke punk-rock band in order to enter a talent contest", and come to discover that they have way more to say than they initially believed.

Wainwright herself commented: "I've been wanting to write a series like this for a long time. It's a celebration of women of a certain age, and all the life-stuff they suddenly find themselves negotiating/dealing with. The show is also my own personal homage to Rock Follies of '77, and the feisty Little Ladies who woke me up to what I wanted to do with my life when I was 13."

The Irrational premieres September 25 on NBC. Law & Order airs Thursdays on NBC in the US. The show airs on Sky Witness in the UK, with select episodes available on NOW.

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