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Here’s an interesting article I found at the CBR website:

SDCC | ‘Person of Interest’ Creators, Cast Look Forward to Season Four

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 12:45pm PST - by 

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.

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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

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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!

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For those of us not able to attend the 2014 San Diego ComicCon, here’s the next best thing:

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I recently found this podcast, which was aired in May 2012, here. But for the life of me, I cannot embed it in this blog. So I uploaded it to soundcloud. If I overstepped my boundaries, please forgive me. I just want to share this wonderful man’s interview (and this is a great interview) to all his fans who want to hear him. If you are like me, you probably heard every interview and they are all practically the same. This one is so different. You really get to know Michael Emerson a little bit more.

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Backstage.com has in interesting article about Michael Emerson, who gives good tips on how to go about acting. Heck, it’s good advice for any career. Michael Emerson, you rock!

6 Secrets to Building an Acting Career from Michael Emerson

Theater and screen actor Michael Emerson may have uncovered the mystery to success: There is no right way. “This is one of those tricky businesses where there are a lot of intangibles and a lot of different ways of going about it.” His career may not have taken off until his 40s, but he’s making up for lost time with back-to-back TV hits: first as Ben, the memorable leader of the Others on “Lost,” and now as the mysterious billionaire Harold Finch on “Person of Interest.”

Emerson didn’t want to jump in to just any show after “Lost”—he wanted the right show. So when the pilot he and “Lost” co-star Terry O’Quinn were developing with Bad Robot was put on hold, Emerson was ready to consider other Bad Robot projects. “I didn’t want to jump into anything too soon. I also didn’t want years to go by before I showed my face again.” When he read the script for “Person of Interest,” the intelligent, fast-paced writing, and mysterious, multi-layered, complex characters erased any reservations he may have had about returning to TV.

Emerson shares how to create characters you want to watch and how to navigate career delays.

Training is never a waste.
Emerson says that despite the long road, “I don’t regret a moment of my stage training;” it not only taught him how to create character and deliver lines, but also provided the opportunity to develop a strong work ethic. In Emerson’s mind, the actor’s main responsibility is to deliver the words. “A lot of my work is analyzing, analyzing, analyzing the script, the text I’ve been given, the lines I have to say and thinking how they best work…how they are most real, but also the most stylized or artful.”

Learn to roll with the punches.
With little information to go on for either of his TV shows, Emerson learned to just roll with the story. “In a way it’s better if you’re not too aware of the longer arc or where things are going, because then you might begin to play [in] things prematurely or you might start trying to steer things in certain ways.” So he focuses on staying in the present. “Which is a funny thing to say since I’m on shows that are always bouncing around between the past and the future. That to me, particularly on ‘Lost,’ was the best way for me to negotiate all that inter-dimensionality: flashing forward, sideways, and back all the time.”

Mystery is good.
Emerson has played a number of mysterious characters in his career and his role as Harold on “Person of Interest” is no exception. He likes keeping the emotions hidden in layers. “I really do subscribe to mystery. The actors I like best are those who I just cannot figure out or sometimes I just can’t figure out the way they talk or why they talk that way. It makes me listen.”

Keep the stakes high.
Emerson is a master at intense scenes. “I like scenes where I’m in a very still, small space with someone very dangerous and there’s a bit of cat and mouse going on. We’re trying to read each other but the stakes are terribly high, like playing chess with Enrico Colantoni when he was our villain.”

Leave your comfort zone.
Emerson has excelled in many physical scenes that forced him out of his safety zone, like some of the high-speed car chase scenes and even handling weapons. But ironically, one of his most challenging moments was his first on-screen kiss. Luckily it was with his real-life wife, Carrie Preston, who plays Grace the love of his life (and the one who got away) on the show.

Don’t be desperate.
“The thing to get rid of is that you are the beggar at the gate, that you are the powerless and helpless eager youngster wanting a crumb from the big table,” Emerson says. “It’s a bad mindset and it doesn’t help you to audition well.” Confidence is important: “At some point, you have to empower yourself and say ‘You know what, I’m good at this.’”

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Don’t be discouraged by the Chinese introduction. At .34, Michael Emerson and his interviewer, will be chatting in English

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Source: KCAL

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Ardent Michael Emerson fans know that he is a Luddite at heart. Carrie Preston, in a recent interview with Zap2it confirmed it to the fans with an additional cute anecdote:

There are so many not-so-fictional storylines on this show, is there ever any technology paranoia that Michael brings home with him after three seasons?
He’ll say things like, “Well, you know, Harold Finch would say that I need to change my password right now.” [ laughs] He has been changing his passwords on a lot of his things just to shake it up. He changed his email address to something that wasn’t specific to his own name. I think part of it has rubbed off on him a little bit. Now, you have to remember that Michael is — or maybe you don’t know — but Michael, I wouldn’t say he’s technically savvy. [ laughs] Sometimes he’s a bit of luddite.
I kind of dragged him into the digital age out of necessity. If it was up to him, he would still be sitting in a library somewhere reading a book. It’s very cute to introduce him to the world of technology. I’m always the one he turns to for computer advice and for iPhone advice. Everything that has anything to do with technology, I’m always the one that’s in charge of that in the household. It’s ironic.

For your reading pleasure, I’m including the entire interview. In it, Carrie Preston talks about her new scenes in the April 29, episode of Person of Interest title “Beta.”

The next conflict on ”Person of Interest” hits very close to home when Greer uses Harold Finch’s former fiancee Grace Hendricks to draw him out of hiding. That means two very important things: Carrie Preston is returning in Season 3, episode 21 “Beta,” and she will no longer be playing a flashback version of her character.
During a recent phone interview, Zap2it spoke with Preston about her return to “Person of Interest” and the effect starring on the show has had on her real-life husband, Michael Emerson. Spoiler alert: It’s pretty adorable.
Zap2it: How was this episode a different experience from the earlier times you’ve been on “Person of Interest”?
Carrie Preston: One of the main differences is this episode is not flashback. We’re not going back to a time where we’re having to set the relationship and give the audience some exposition about how Grace and Harold got together. That brings us into the current chaos of where the show is right now with what’s going on with Harold and his world and his Machine and the competition with Samaritan and all that stuff. Harold’s efforts to protect Grace from danger are not fully successful.
She currently thinks he is dead, so can we expect there to be any complications with the fact he is actually alive and needs to save her?
His number one priority is to protect her, and so that is not going to change. He is definitely going to do everything that he can to make sure she’s OK. And whether or not he’s successful at that is what you have to tune in to see.
Do you think there’s any hope for him and Grace to have some sort of happy ending?
One would hope, and I know that’s the hope that he’s holding onto. He’s such an interesting, mysterious character, it’s always so wonderful to see any personal side to him. Anything that’s revealed about his past or feelings, everything is a little nugget not only to the audience but to the characters around Harold Finch who find him to be super mysterious.
I don’t know what the writers have in store, but they do want to tease things out. If everything was a happy ending, then they would have nowhere to go. I think there’s something that we all relate to with that kind of star-crossed lovers conflict. It’s age-old in storytelling, and I think it just makes the audience root for him and root for the two of them.
And root for you coming back more.
Yes, exactly. [ laughs] I wish for that too.
There are so many not-so-fictional storylines on this show, is there ever any technology paranoia that Michael brings home with him after three seasons?
He’ll say things like, “Well, you know, Harold Finch would say that I need to change my password right now.” [ laughs] He has been changing his passwords on a lot of his things just to shake it up. He changed his email address to something that wasn’t specific to his own name. I think part of it has rubbed off on him a little bit. Now, you have to remember that Michael is — or maybe you don’t know — but Michael, I wouldn’t say he’s technically savvy. [ laughs] Sometimes he’s a bit of luddite.
I kind of dragged him into the digital age out of necessity. If it was up to him, he would still be sitting in a library somewhere reading a book. It’s very cute to introduce him to the world of technology. I’m always the one he turns to for computer advice and for iPhone advice. Everything that has anything to do with technology, I’m always the one that’s in charge of that in the household. It’s ironic.

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From Closer Weekly:

Carrie Preston and Michael Emerson have long broken the Hollywood curse.

After being married for 15 years, Carrie reveals to Closer Weekly the success to their marriage—“Mutual respect.”

“He is the yin to my yang,” the 46-year-old actress tells the mag. “We complement each other. We have similar interests, but we’re very different people. When I get too crazy he teaches me to just settle, and when he’s too settled, I get him going! It’s a good balance.”

While Carrie and Michael, 59, both have busy schedules, they still make time for their romance – Carrie even says Michael is her favorite dinner date!

“We’re pretty big foodies and love to try out restaurants and then usually go the theater or see live music,” Carrie adds.

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