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'Person of Interest' video: 'Lost's' Michael Emerson goes vigilante for J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams reunites with "Lost" star Michael Emerson for the new CBS series, "Person of Interest," in the fall.

Emerson plays Mr. Finch, a wealthy genius who believes he knows the identities of people who will cause violent crimes. 

Finch pulls Reese (played by James Caviezel) out of obscurity for the skills he possesses from his formal gig in covert operations for the CIA. The two go all vigilante to track down Finch's "persons of interest" before they can actually commit their crimes.

Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") plays an NYPD officer who's on to Finch and Reese. 

Executive produced by Abrams with a pilot written by Jonah Nolan ("The Dark Knight"), there's a bit of Batman in this series without the mask.

Watch the behind the scenes clip below:

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From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host9/11/11 6:33 PM 
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TV preview: 'Person of Interest'

Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel star in the technology-based thriller from Jonathan Nolan.

Person of Interest

Michael Emerson, left, as Finch, the wealthy software genius who invented a program that can identify people about to be involved in violent crimes, in "Person of Interest." (John Clifford / Warner Bros / September 11, 2011)


On a sunny summer afternoon in downtown Manhattan, several uniformed cops are nervously pacing outside a police station. Inside, a hostage situation is brewing.

A sinister-looking man hovers in the corner while a police officer lies on the ground. Across the hall, a tall man with a ski mask threatens two detectives. Scared and confused, the officer on the floor reaches for his revolver and squeezes off a round.

Then the director yells cut.

The incidents aren't part of a New York City crime scene; instead, they represent key moments in an episode of the CBS thriller "Person of Interest," which offers a dark and conspiracy-minded view of the country's biggest metropolis.

In other words, it's Gotham as imagined by J.J. Abrams, who is in fact one of the show's executive producers. Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher Nolan and co-writer of the "Dark Knight" movies, created the show with Greg Plageman; the pair serve as executive producers and show runners.

The sinister-looking man turns out to be Michael Emerson, who played master manipulator Benjamin Linus on "Lost," while the person in the ski mask is actor Jim Caviezel (Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ"). The police station is actually a municipal building that houses archives and records. The uniformed cops? They're extras.

Abrams and his production company are shepherding the series, in which a shadowy billionaire named Finch (Emerson) enlists the disgraced (and presumed dead) former special-ops agent Reese (Caviezel) to help him resolve impending crimes. Finch learns of those crimes via an elaborate post-Sept. 11 camera system that tracks New Yorkers with chilling — but possibly life-saving — ubiquity. In a twist, the camera and its attendant computer system in each episode turn up nothing but a subject's Social Security number; it's up to Finch and Reese to figure out if the person is a witness, a perpetrator or a victim.

The show blends character drama (exploring who Reese is and what he did in his previous life is one of its central mysteries) and a traditional self-contained procedural format in which new crimes are presented and solved each week. It sets all of this against a city in which surveillance is a double-edged sword.

"We're so accustomed to having a lens on us. But the question becomes 'Who's on the other side of it?'" Abrams said. "There's an assumption that someone is watching, but do they have our best interests in mind?"

"Person of Interest" features a noteworthy assemblage of talent. But what its creators feel really distinguishes the hourlong drama, which will premiere Sept. 22, is its timeliness.

"The world is becoming a strange place, and our show is about the way technology, both that which the government imposes on us and that which we impose on ourselves, can intrude on our lives," Nolan said.

"Person of Interest" took root several years ago when Nolan proposed to Abrams a series that took the enhanced surveillance methods that both science and the Patriot Act made possible and crafted a crime drama around it.

The character of Reese, whose moral standing is ambiguous at best, lends the idea extra complexity. "I think what makes him so interesting," said Caviezel, "is that he's capable of things that are very, very good and very, very bad."

As the series gained momentum within CBS, the creators decided to use HD cameras for many shots, giving it a cinematic tableau that Emerson said makes production "like shooting a movie each week." (He, like his costars Caviezel and Taraji P. Henson, who plays a detective, says viewers can expect a lot of surprises — if only because the actors themselves are given only small bits of information at a time as they move through production.)

In addition to that level of mystery, Abrams is known for shows that take place in an alternative, even fantastical, realm. But despite the show's they're-always-watching conceit, Nolan insisted that "Person of Interest" is grounded in reality.

"I know I sound like a tinfoil-wearing nut cake," he said with a laugh, "but these [surveillance] machines exist. The government has been building these things for at least 15 years."


From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host9/22/11 5:36 PM 
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TV review: 'Person of Interest'

Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams get all 'Minority Report' in their new CBS thriller. The premise is appealing, but the tension needs to be stepped up.


"Person of Interest," the new thriller from Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams that premieres Thursday on CBS, proves, once again, that a great idea for a television show is not at all the same thing as a great television show.

The central conceit of "Person of Interest," which smartly mines post-9/11 anxieties, is that crimes can now be detected before they are committed, as in 2002's "Minority Report," only without the damp and distressing pre-cogs. In their place is a computer program, designed by the mysterious Mr. Finch (Michael Emerson), a billionaire genius enlisted by Homeland Security to design pattern recognition software to sort through all the newly authorized Big Brotherish social surveillance for signs of another terrorist attack. The program also spits out a second group of patterns, those that predict smaller crimes. To prevent these, Finch seeks out the services of Reese (James Caviezel), an ex-CIA agent so undone by the death of his lover that he is presumed dead.

We meet him, unshaved and unkempt, as he is riding the subway, apparently surrendered to fever dreams and tequila. But when a group of young thugs attempts to swipe his hooch, he goes all Jason Bourne, quickly dispatching them all with nothing but his panther-like moves and killer instinct. In the best scene of the pilot, a cop played by Taraji P. Henson tries to figure him out — "You're military, right?" — but by the time his prints reveal warrants for crimes "all over the world," Reese is gone. He has been sprung by Finch, who in one of those on the waterfront, under a big bridge scenes of which directors cannot get enough, explains his master plan.

Which is, quite frankly, pretty dang thin. The only real info Finch can wangle through the back door of his program is a list of Social Security numbers. What the crime will be, and whether these folks are the victims or perpetrators, remains a mystery — they are, simply, people of interest. It's up to Reese and all the nifty, swifty surveillance equipment money can by to figure things out.

This sounds, as no doubt it did to CBS executives, a lot more interesting than it turns out to be. Emerson, with a signature verbal syncopation that may soon rival Alan Rickman's, brings to Finch the same creepy brilliance he gave Ben Linus on "Lost." Clearly, there is more to Finch than meets the eye, and discovering what that might be is the most tantalizing portion of the pilot.

Caviezel, who played Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ," appears to be going for an Eastwoodian effect here, down to half-closed eyes and menacing growl. But though he radiates the requisite menacing efficiency during the action scenes, he lacks that flicker of life, heart, humor and basic humanity that not only separates a hero-warrior from a soulless gun-for-hire but also makes him worth watching for the rest of the season.

Reese does, however, refuse to kill anyone except the really, truly bad guys. And if he shoots as many people in the leg during the second episode as he does in the pilot, it could spawn a new drinking game.

The notion of preventing crimes rather than solving them is an appealing twist, although the crime in the pilot is fairly boring. At least the surveillance graphics are very cool. But when the only real tension is one character telling another to hurry and the most emotionally involving scene lasts 30 seconds and involves the cop who may not engage with the principals again all season, it's difficult to remain an interested person.


From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host9/24/11 1:43 PM 
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'Person of Interest' review: Not as interesting as it could be

cast-of-person-of-interest-cbs.jpgEven before "Person of Interest" hits the air, it's facing a lot of pressure. It has a high profile cast in Michael Emerson ("Lost") and Jim Caviezel ("The Passion of the Christ"). It's produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company. And if that wasn't enough, it moved right into the Thursday time slot long occupied by "CSI."

So is it up to the challenge?

Before answering that, here's a quick summary of the show.

Mr. Finch (Emerson) plays a mysterious billionaire who was contracted by the U.S. government to build a computer system to root out terrorist attacks before they happened. However the program wasn't entirely precise. In addition to finding terror activities, it found other violent crime plots, but on a smaller scale. Unfortunately, the feds weren't interested in this information. As a result, this data was disposed of, essentially sealing the victim's fate.

Finch ultimately decided that he could no longer stomach this disregard for human life. So he decides to do something about it. And that brings us to John Reese (Caviezel).

Reese is a former Army Ranger who is now homeless, wandering the streets of New York and slowly drinking himself to death. Following his arrest, Finch bails Reese out of jail and offers him a job to help him stop crime before it happens. Reese reluctantly accepts.

The rest of the episode follows the two as they attempt to prevent a crime involving an assistant DA and some crooked NYPD cops. Reese and Finch ultimately stop the crime through a lot of gun play, high-tech gadgets and fight scenes straight out of a recent James Bond film.

While it's just the first episode, the show offers little to grab on to. The characters aren't terribly deep and the dialog doesn't take advantage of Emerson's and Caviezel's acting chops. The show could easily fall into the rut of a mid-tier procedural cop show, when it should be much more.

The Thursday time slot will certainly carry "Person of Interest" for a while, but it needs to quickly amp up the intrigue. The Fox series "Human Target" was a better, albeit campier, version of what they're trying here. And that only lasted 25 episodes.

Here's hoping "Person of Interest" becomes more interesting very soon.


From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host9/24/11 7:33 PM 
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'Person of Interest': Michael Emerson isn't 'Lost' anymore

michael-emerson-poi.jpgFor the bereft fans who have been somewhat at sea since the end of "Lost" 18 long months ago, a little news: Ben Linus, the so-bad-he's-good mastermind played to chilling perfection by Michael Emerson, is back.

In "Person of Interest's" premiere episode, which aired Thursday (Sept. 22) evening, we met the destroyer of the Dharma Initiative again. Instead of moving the island, he moved islands. He appears to have been transported whole-cloth from "Lost's" mysterious island to Manhattan.

Sure, his name has been changed -- he's now "Mr. Finch," a stinking rich computer genius who has aspirations of saving the world one soul at a time (as long as said soul has a Social Security Number), but we have a feeling that -- as with Ben Linus -- Mr. Finch has a hidden agenda.

There is one difference: Mr. Finch has a limp that, according to one Zap2it staffer, is reminiscent of Batman nemesis the Penguin. We're sure there's a story behind that waddle, but we didn't get it in the season opener.

What did you think of Emerson's first outing as "POI's" Mr. Finch? Was he a little too Linus-like or not enough?


From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/15/12 8:25 PM 
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'Person of Interest': CBS chief on Carter's increased role, Season 2 prospects

person-of-interest-carter-finch.jpgCBS professes to be "extremely pleased" with the performance of its first-year drama "Person of Interest" -- which is not to say the network has been completely hands-off in its growth.

"We love all the characters. The Reese [Jim Caviezel]-Finch [Michael Emerson] relationship was really starting to take off," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said Wednesday (Jan. 11) at the TV critics' press tour. "But the Carter [Taraji P. Henson] character was somewhat marginalized" early in the season.

Tassler says the network met with creator and showrunner Jonah Nolan to ask about bringing Carter more into the center of the show -- "into the superhero cave," as she puts it.

"It was a plan they had in place, but more for the end of the season," Tassler relates. "We asked if they were open to moving it up, and as you now can see, Carter is ... sort of the Commissioner Gordon. We felt that was a key ingredient to letting the show build and expand."

Tassler also says she has "high hopes" for the future of "Person of Interest" but hasn't made any decision on a second season yet. It's among the better-rated new dramas of the season, drawing a little under 13 million viewers per week and a respectable 3.1 rating in adults 18-49, so a renewal is probably at least a decent bet at this point.


From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host9/27/12 4:56 PM 
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Person of Interest creator talks S2 + that shocking cliffhanger

Person of Interest creator talks S2 + that shocking cliffhanger


From: rebarules1 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host10/13/12 9:37 PM 
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We thought you would be interested in TV Guide Magazine's exclusive 
on-set interview with "Person of Interest" stars Jim Caviezel (John 
Reese), Michael Emerson (Harold Finch), Taraj P. Henson (Detective 
Carter) and executive producer Greg Plageman who chat about what to 
expect in Season 2, including relationships and love lives for many 
of the characters, the purpose of "The Machine" and the potential 
that Root is a visionary, instead of a villain. 

Michael Emerson on the all-seeing computer (The Machine) and what 
Root can reveal to the others about it's identity and purpose: 

"In they time they spent together, Root kept trying to convince Finch 
that he misunderstands his own creation, that it is other than what 
he thinks it is. She seemed to suggest that the machine has fallen 
into corrupt hands and is being abused. 

Emerson on the prospect that Root is not a villain but instead a 
visionary, putting her life on the line: "For all her madness, a lot 
of the things she says to Finch cannot be dismissed - he doesn't have 
an answer for them." 

Executive Producer Greg Plageman on the love life of Reese: "Season 2 
will also examine the relationships and love lives of all our 
characters. I think it's time we finally explored the romantic side 
of his [Reese's] character." 

On the relationships between Reese and Finch this season: "He knows 
that without what Finch is doing, John doesn't exist anymore. They 
learned that they could, in fact, depend upon the other even more 
than they thought. The sense of fraternity between them is stronger 
than ever." ~Michael Emerson 

"Reese starts calling Finch his friend." ~Jim Caviezel 

On the relationship between Reese and Detective Carter: "The first 
season, there was so much tension because she didn't know if she 
could trust him, but now they've become really good friends." There's 
a definite respect and love for each other." ~Taraji P. Henson 

Jim Caviezel on his grueling gig: "The things that really drive me 
are the things that scare me, and this still scares me. People say 
you find a rhythm, but i haven't found that yet."

For more, go to: 

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"Lost's" Mark Pellegrino to Guest Star on "Person of Interest"
He'll play "an edgy and charming head of a popular publishing empire."

[via press release from Warner Bros. Television]


NEW YORK (October 13, 2012) - Lost fans, get ready for a mini-reunion on Person of Interest (Thursdays 9/8c on CBS), as Mark Pellegrino (the enigmatic Jacob from the fan-favorite drama) joins Harold Finch (series star and fellow Lost alum Michael Emerson) in an upcoming episode (airdate to be announced).

Fans at New York Comic Con got the intel first during the Person of Interest panel session today with cast members Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman and guest star Amy Acker, when creator/executive producer Jonathan Nolan announced that Pellegrino would be guest starring in an upcoming episode of the highly anticipated drama as an edgy and charming head of a popular publishing empire.

· In addition to appearing on the genre hit Lost, Pellegrino played a multiple episode/season arc as Lucifer on The CW's Supernatural (Wednesdays 9/8c The CW). Pellegrino was also a featured star as a vampire in Being Human.

· Pellegrino was most recently seen on Warner Bros. Television's new hit action-adventure series Revolution (Mondays 10/9c NBC), produced - like Lost and Person of Interest - by Bad Robot Productions


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CBS Ratings Extra….

"Person of Interest" Now a Top Five Series

Remains Network Television's Fastest-Growing Drama

CBS's PERSON OF INTEREST, last season's #1 new program, is concluding its sophomore season with year-to-year growth in viewers and demos and ranks as primetime's fifth-most-watched program, according to Nielsen most current ratings.

This season, PERSON OF INTEREST is television's fastest-growing drama, gaining +1.88 million viewers from last season.  Among adults 18-49, PERSON OF INTEREST is averaging 3.5/10, up +3% from last year.

           With an average audience of 16.15 million viewers, PERSON OF INTEREST places ahead of both editions of "American Idol" and "The Voice," "Dancing with the Stars" and "Modern Family," among others.  The only non-CBS program with more viewers is "Sunday Night Football."


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