Here’s an interesting article I found at the CBR website:
SDCC | ‘Person of Interest’ Creators, Cast Look Forward to Season FourSaturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 12:45pm PST - by Jason Strykowski
Cast and crew of the CBS thriller Person of Interest appeared at San Diego Comic-Con International for a panel to discuss the show’s upcoming fourth season. Guests included producers Greg Plageman (Cold Case) and Jonathan Nolan (Memento) as well as cast members Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ), Michael Emerson (Lost), Amy Acker (Much Ado About Nothing), Sarah Shahi (Chicago Fire) and Kevin Chapman (Mystic River) — and those looking for details on the highly secretive show got little information.
Person of Interest is about an artificial intelligence supercomputer used by a rogue CIA agent and eccentric inventor to predict and stop criminal activity before it happens. The third season of the show ended with the activation of a competing supercomputer called Samaritan, driving the covert team underground and putting them in the same position as their previous enemies.
“This season is about a war. A battle that takes place between two artificial intelligences,” said Plageman. “The first three seasons of the show dealt with an Orwellian surveillance system. Now it’s a given. The only thing that’s different now – there’s another machine in charge,” which may make things difficult for the lead characters.
“I kind of look at it in athletic terms – survive and advance,” said Caviezel. “This year is with a mission to always try to save lives.” But, there are some radically changed circumstances. “Now, we’re in a situation where we’re having to work with no money, communications, commission; we have to go underground.”
“We’re really looking to tell a very big story on a very big canvas,” said Nolan. “You never know where this story is going to take you,” he continued.
The story, as it turns out, took them perilously close to the real world. Breaking news regarding the NSA and Edward Snowden echoed the show. “It’s an odd kind of validation to realize that the world’s every bit as screwed up as you portrayed it in a speculative fictiontelevision show. It encouraged us to get even further out there,” said Nolan.
Expect to see them “get out there” in season four. “We love sitting in a writer’s room and talking about the shape and the way things are going and how the future is unspooling in ways you’d never expect it to. We love incorporating those ideas into the show,” said Nolan. “One of the things we enjoy talking about the most is the idea of trying to write for an intelligence that’s more intelligent than we are. It’s a bit of a conundrum.”
Emerson, who plays the enigmatic computer genius Mr. Finch, has a little bit of a conundrum as an actor. “I love the flashback stuff and it’s the only role I’ve ever played where I have a romantic life. I wouldn’t mind continuing in that vein a little bit. It’s a shame though isn’t it? The only woman I’ve kissed on screen is my married wife (Carrie Preston who plays Grace),” said Emerson.
Romantic flash backs aside, the show has a number of women in lead roles. Said Shahi of her mysterious Sameen Shaw, “I really love playing her as the kind of character, where yes, she’s a part of a group, but at any moment she can give other characters the bird and walk away.” Shaw and Acker’s Root are always unpredictable. Although Acker claims that Root can always be counted on to look out for the computer. So, her motivation is clear.
But, perhaps the fullest character transformation belongs to Chapman’s Detective Fusco who goes from corrupt cop to hero. “The real turn for Fusco is when he has the fight with Simmons and reflects on his relationship with Carter,” said Chapman. “Fusco is the only one still on the grid.”
When asked by an 11-year old girl if he preferred playing former CIA agent Reese or Jesus Christ, Caviezel said that he liked playing Reese just a tad more because they let him play with guns. Proving that he can do his own stunts, Caviezel then hopped over the table and the stage to give the girl a hug in front of a delighted crowd.
“Person of Interest” returns to CBS in September.
Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Amy Acker, Kevin Chapman and Sarah Shahi tease the new season of CBS’ “Person of Interest.”
By any standard, the third season of “Person of Interest” was rough for its main characters. Carter (Taraji P. Henson) was murdered and the entire team was forced to abandon their identities and take up new personas when Samaritan (a rival program of The Machine) came online.
At Comic-Con International; CraveOnline’s Erin Darling had a few minutes to briefly speak with all of the cast members of “Person of Interest” to get their thoughts and teases about the new season.
First up, Sarah Shahi tells us who inspired Shaw’s creation, who she wants to cosplay as at Comic-Con next year and fills us in on where she wants Shaw to go as a character. Then Kevin Chapman hints at Fusco’s new partner, the return of HR and the show’s writing staff. Amy Acker expands upon the idea of the team taking on new identities and going after Samaritan.
Finally, Michael Emerson jokes about cosplaying as Finch on Hollywood Blvd. before dropping hints about the new season and Jim Caviezel explains why he takes Reese’s journey one step at a time.
“Person of Interest” will return this fall on CBS. In the meantime, be sure to check out all of CraveOnline’s TV and film coverage from Comic-Con International!
Source: Crave Online
Enjoy the EW video interviewing the Person of Interest cast:
In case you can’t see the video, here’s the transcript:
Published Sun, 27 Jul 2014
[MUSIC] We’re at the EW hideout at Comic-Con with the cast of Person of Interest, who are just diving into the musical episode they’re working on.
[LAUGH] [MUSIC] Oh yeah! Shh-shh! [UNKNOWN] on the wrap. Keep it on the down low. [LAUGH] Don’t go and blow it for us now
[CROSSTALK]. There haven’t been a lot of musicals about terrorism.
[LAUGH] I think this is gonna be a niche. …Miss you guys. How does this, have y’all been out here before with the show? Oh yeah. How many times is it now? Four. Four years, yeah. And then Michael of course lost, right? So you’ve been here many many times. How is it compared as the show has steadily gotten bigger to… How does the con compare to your experience wise. You mean the event, the convention its self. Yeah it’d be helpful if I actually said that in a way that makes sense. So how has it changed for you since you’ve been coming?
It’s bigger, more chaotic, more insane, less focused I would say. I think the [INAUDIBLE] honestly were. if you’re a successful show you’re here, so Mm-hm So you wanna have a successful show so I guess you should be here. [LAUGH] I, I, Want to be here I heard something on the radio yesterday on the way over here, it said that when Comic-Con first started it was in 76 or 78 and there were about 300 people and now. San Diego makes over $165 million, not to make this into corporate con, [LAUGH] but but How many revenue streams are there that you can? And then there’s over like 230,000 people or something that [INAUDIBLE].
[INAUDIBLE] There’s three other people in this room. Not so. Yes. [LAUGH] So you guys are going into your fourth season. In September and the, the deus ex machina finale that happened, earlier this year. What, what, it was a, there was shocking turn of events. What, obviously you can tell us everything that’s going to happen in the next season, so feel free to just spill it right now. Well. [LAUGH] We’re going underground. We’re going underground. Yeah, we have a big artificial intelligence . Problem and the artificial intelligence is not a friend to us or anyone really, and our, our we all have to disappear. We have to take on new identities and live a completely different lifestyle while we try to figure out how to regroup.>>
And it’s very difficult because, you know, Samaritan, which is the other AI, is I mean, it’s like having eyes in the back of your head. They’re everywhere. And we are hiding in plain sight . We haven’t gotten a number in a few months. When the first episode begins, we do get our first number. So it’s tricky trying to find a way to connect with one another and solve this number. And then also keep ourselves safe. So what your saying is that it’s going to be pretty light hearted this year? Yeah. [LAUGH]. A lot of good times. Right. Yeah. It’s very light. Yeah. It’s a musical. [CROSSTALK] [LAUGH] Exactly. But there has always been good laughs in the show and I, I’ve, I don’t think we’ll ever lose that. Hm-hm. That’s critical. Well, you’re back in September, yes? September 23rd. September 23rd. [COUGH] Person of Interest. Check out more of this at www.ew.com. Thanks, guys! Thank you!