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CBS announced that they would renew 18 primetime shows for next season. Among those 18 shows was Person of Interest, starring Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel.
CBS ANNOUNCES RENEWALS FOR 18 PRIMETIME SHOWS FOR NEXT SEASON
Combined With Two Previously Announced Renewals, Network Has Now Picked Up 20 Returning Series for 2014-2015
Returning Series Will Include the #1 Drama, #1 Comedy, #1 New Comedy and #1 News Program
CBS, America’s most-watched network, today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming.
“The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. “The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time-period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television.”
The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS’s weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs.
The nine dramas picked up are: NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted program for the fifth consecutive year; NCIS: LOS ANGELES, the #2 drama for the fourth straight year; time-period winners PERSON OF INTEREST, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, HAWAII FIVE-0 and BLUE BLOODS; as well as CRIMINAL MINDS, ELEMENTARY and the acclaimed drama THE GOOD WIFE.
The renewed comedies are 2 BROKE GIRLS, THE MILLERS, which is the #1 freshman comedy of the 2013-2014 season, MIKE & MOLLY, MOM and the long-running hit TWO AND A HALF MEN.
In alternative programming, the Network announced pick-ups for its Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE and UNDERCOVER BOSS.
Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 MINUTES, television’s #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday’s #1 non-sports program.
In addition to these 18 series, CBS yesterday announced a three-year broadcast deal for THE BIG BANG THEORY. Previously, the Network announced two more editions of the reality series SURVIVOR for next season.
Season-to-date, CBS is television’s #1 network in viewers for the 11th time in 12 years, averaging 10.84 million viewers.
I found this great interview in Tumblr
Michael Emerson developed a loyal following with his Emmy Award-winning performance as the mysterious and nefarious genius Benjamin Linus on the critically acclaimed series Lost. He is now playing an equally brilliant somewhat mysterious and eccentric billionaire on Person of Interest as Mr. Finch, the mastermind behind the Machine, a computer that uses pattern recognition to help identify victims or perpetrators of future crimes. Mr. Finch has teamed up with Reese, a former CIA agent, played by Jim Caviezel, to stop these crimes before they occur. Person of Interestairs on CBS and has been sold very successfully around the world by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.
WS: What first appealed to you about Person of Interest and how did you hear about it?
EMERSON: It was among a pile of scripts that were being batted around at Bad Robot [J.J. Abrams’ company that producedLost and is also behind Person of Interest] in the fall of 2010. I was working on a different project that I hoped was going to take off, but it didn’t work out. I still had a relationship with Bad Robot and I said, Surely you’ve got something else around here that’s cool. They showed me this and said, This might interest you, it’s kind of a noir setting, New York City-based, crime fighting, vigilante; it could be fun. I read it and I really liked it. I liked the mood of it and the atmosphere and the setting and it seemed like a good part, so I just went with it. Then you make a pilot and you think that’s that, it may or may not get picked up. And it certainly may or may not ever have success. This one has done well.
WS: It certainly has. Was it a consideration for you, in looking at this project, that your next role after Ben Linus be a different kind of character?
EMERSON: Well, I was thinking about that and it was nice I thought that this character was an all together good guy, even though he was brainy and articulate, I thought that was a nice change.
WS: There are a lot of shows that feature flawed characters, or characters whose moral compass is not pointing true north. Is it more difficult to portray somebody who is basically a decent person or can that be just as satisfying a character to play?
EMERSON: It’s a little harder to make good guys interesting, especially as you say, the general feeling right now is the chase for anti heroes or worse. Villainy or darkness have a few more layers or might be a little more complex. Whether you are playing a good guy or a bad guy, it’s fun if the character is complicated.
WS: Finch has a limp and some previous injuries. Did you add that in and is that a way of bringing complexity to the character?
EMERSON: There was mention in the pilot script about him having been injured and it was up to me to figure out the specifics of that. That was always part of it. It justified him needing a helper; it was why he could not do it alone. It sets everything up. But we explained where those injuries came from at the end of season two.
WS: A prototype of the Machine really did exist, right?
EMERSON: Yes, several different ones in reality, programs that were funded by the American government at one time or another.
WS: Is the Machine starting to have its own intelligence or is it just a computer tracking patterns?
EMERSON: It’s on the cusp of those two things and that is where there is tension. The Machine has been clearly programmed in a sufficiently sophisticated way that it can look out for itself. It can analyze threats to itself or to its team members. It’s smart enough to move around the country. It’s an interesting problem, is Mr. Finch still in control of it? It doesn’t really seem that way in season three. The Machine still does what it was programmed to do but Mr. Finch programmed it more cleverly than he thought.
WS: But The Machine is still on the side of Mr. Finch and Reese?
EMERSON: Yes, but The Machine has new friends like the character Root that it talks to more freely and more regularly. The purview of its activities has expanded. It may be looking at both relevant and irrelevant numbers in a way. The Machine is trying to wrestle with a dilemma and that is: it’s now in situations where its makers and allies are in trouble and are in situations where good and bad are not clear.
WS: That must keep it interesting!
EMERSON: It surely does!
WS: Tell me about the relationship between Mr. Finch and Reese and how it has been evolving.
EMERSON: It’s one of the central relationships of the series. We were fortunate to have good screen chemistry together and that’s not a thing that you can plan for or make happen. It just worked out. Jim and I are completely different actors and have completely different off-screen personalities and yet we work well together. It makes for an interesting and smooth odd couple arrangement. And that relationship has grown. What was very defensive and paranoid and prickly to begin with has settled somewhat and they have become more collegial with one another. And because they are easier with one another, the show can be a little funnier than it may have been when it started.
WS: It’s great to see Bear, the scenes with the dog!
EMERSON: Yes, everyone loves the dog and I think it has partly to do with the fact that it’s both a relief and a release. We know that the dog can be trusted, and the dog is purely good and it takes a little of the tension out of their fairly desperate affairs.
WS: You spent early years not just acting but, having been an illustrator, you were into set design and construction. Tell us about those years—you really did a lot on the stage.
EMERSON: Yes, I did my apprenticeship, I’ll call it, in the theater. I did it in Jacksonville, Florida, because that is where I was living when I got the bright idea that I was going to be an actor after all! So I did as many plays as I could but no one in that community would ever get paid to play a role, but there was a little money rattling around if you could design and build scenery or if you could direct or do the posters, all of those kinds of things. Since I had that background, I had been a magazine illustrator before I was an actor, I was able to piece together about a half of a sensible living by doing all the odds and ends of theater work. It was good experience and like in any other career, it’s good if you understand everybody’s job a little better.
WS: You did a whole lot of Shakespeare and classic theater; did you enjoy that?
EMERSON: In the south, that was my main diet theatrically. I went to graduate school at very advanced age at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and all we did there were many, many Shakespeare plays and other classical works. That is my background and is still what I gravitate towards.
WS: One of the very first plays I saw when I moved to New York was Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.
EMERSON: That was my break. I have been a working actor since that show. That was the beginning of my professional acting career.
WS: You had a part on The Practice, where you played a serial killer, right?
EMERSON: That was a good part.
WS: So bad guys are often more interesting to play?
EMERSON: Yes, or the troubled.
WS: I can’t not ask you about Lost. There is so much to say but I will only ask this, was the ending of the series satisfying to you and do you think that was a good resolution for your character?
EMERSON: Yes, I was especially pleased with the way they resolved, or should say did not resolve, Benjamin Linus. I thought it was a wonderful flourish out of Beckett to have him sitting on a bench outside the door of whatever you want to call it, heaven or the afterlife, waiting, not yet having sorted things out well enough to pass on through. That seemed to me perfect for my character, but above and beyond that, I thought that the ending to the series was handled as well as it could have been because Lost was a different kind of narrative than other shows. It wasn’t linear, it seemed like it was exploding in all directions, and how do you bring that to a conclusion? The only solution that I could think of and the one that the writers chose was to bring it back to the center. I am so happy that they chose a kind of spiritual ending rather than a device about time or dimension or perception. It was real life and real faith and real grace. I was very pleased but I know I am probably in the minority and I may be in the minority among the cast, I couldn’t say, but I was very pleased.
WS: There are so many series on cable, whether basic or premium, that get a lot of attention. The three big shows that you have done, The Practice, Lost and now Person of Interest, have been on broadcast networks. Do you feel in any way that your creative freedom has been limited because you have been working within the broadcast model?
EMERSON: Well it is a model, and the broadcast model is different from the cable model. It governs how the narrative is structured or how it is presented. There is a structure that is demanded by a broadcast network, it’s just the landscape in which you work. You may work brilliantly in that landscape or you may not, but it is the hand you are dealt.
Cable gets to be a little looser, a little freer, but that’s a way to get hung up as well. Yes, they can be more graphic; they can be profane. They don’t feel as much obligation to explain themselves to the audience. There is an assumption of its sophisticated viewership and all of that is probably good except it doesn’t always work out successfully.
WS: I agree, as a viewer sometimes I feel the violence or the language or the sex is used because they don’t know where to go with the plot.
EMERSON: Maybe this is just a sign of me getting older, but I’m feeling a little over-sexed on cable! I like it as much as the next red-blooded person, but there is an awful lot! I’m a little leery of the underlining of sex without feeling. I think we get a fair enough diet of that and I could do with a little less.
WS: Much has been said about the procedural. I think Person of Interest has taken it to another level and made it more interesting.
EMERSON: It’s the format you have to accept if you are going to work on CBS. There is no point in arguing against it, you just need to make a strength of it. And we do that fairly well. Our episodes will stand alone pretty nicely and that makes the show more accessible to a larger audience.
WS: Speaking of the larger audience, the show is doing very well in international sales. What is it about the show that can appeal to people in different countries?
EMERSON: I think it’s just the particularity of the New York setting, those backgrounds and environments that we work in. I think people around the world are interested in New York and they are also interested in these issues of cybernetics and surveillance. And I’ll say it, the acting is fairly strong on our show, they are characters that you want to know more about.
Michel Emerson was scheduled for an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. He was asked 536 questions—yours truly asked one of them, but alas, my question was not picked by him—and he answered quite a few of them.
I will post all the questions and answers in this blog in a few days. (I want to differentiate the font to make Michael’s answers easier to read. But till then, you are welcome to view it here. Just be forewarned that not all questions and answers are available at that site.
Great news for Michael Emerson fans, especially fans who’d like to communicate with him online. Michael Emerson will be doing an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on reddit>” this Monday (February 24, 2014) at 5:30pm EST! So gather your questions and either click on the reddit link or click on this graphic and you will be directed to the right place.
Then, after you had your questions answered, CBS will have a live chat with Michael Emerson on Tuesday (February 25, 2014) at 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT. Click on the graphic to be directed to the right place. Have fun and good luck, everyone.
Here are two reports of the events at Paley Center on October 4, 2013:
mamahub from Tumblr
I was lucky enough to attend the Paley Center event last night and stood in the 2nd row of the Press Line as they gave interviews and photos.
I’m posting my report and more pictures, along with Blacktop’s report who also attended, at the Person of Interest Discussion website.
Please do not remove my watermark if reposting these pictures.
Larger and additional photos from this event can be located here.
Blacktop50 from Person of Interest Discussion Forum
Reports and Photos from Paley Center, October 3, 2013
As CINCH has already reported, she, Mamahub, and I had a fabulous time together at last night’s panel discussion at the Paley Center. It was tremendous fun meeting CINCH in person as she is as lively, funny, sensible, knowledgeable, and down-to-earth as she seems on the forum! And cute too!
The surprise bonus of the evening was getting an advance screening of next week’s episode, Lady Killer! I had no idea they were going to show an episode so I was truly flummoxed when they began lowering the lights. What a thrill to watch the show with an enthusiastic crowd of Irrelevants who clapped, laughed, oohed and awwed through the screening together. Not going to reveal any spoilers here except to say that all three of us really loved watching the team work as an effective collaborative unit in this episode.
As for the panel, many of you have seen the live feed, which I hope will be available soon. The moderator Matt Roush from TV Guide seemed a little under prepared to my mind, with an incomplete roster of questions that were addressed to all cast members. I did like his comment to Nolan about the emergence of yet another shadowy super organization in the most recent episode. And I appreciated Nolan’s quipped reply that he handed out bonuses to the writers whenever they came up with a new secret shadow agency!
It was of course hugely disappointing that TPH was not in attendance. We knew that she was working on shooting scenes, but her sparkly presence and thoughtful character insights were definitely and visibly missing from the line-up.
Amy Acker was a gentle and intelligent addition to the panel and I was quite impressed by her thoughtfulness and her subtle humor. The moderator really fell down IMO, in not directing more questions to KC, who sort of lingered in a good humored way on the edge of things.
In contrast to last year’s TriBeCa panel, I thought both ME and JC seemed relaxed, engaged, and happy to be there. Especially striking to me was the way that JC’s whole expression just lit up when the house lights went on and he could see out into the audience for the Q-and-A period.
And oh my yes! He was stunning in that all-black closely tailored outfit with satin at the shoulders! CINCH said I had not adequately prepared her for the experience of JC in person! But really how do you get prepared for that? Stand under Niagara Falls? Sign up for a tourist trip to the moon? Run with the bulls in Pamplona? Climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Yes, people, it is more than twelve hours later and I am still buzzed!
Mamahub was, by special happy circumstances, seated in a spectacular location in the small auditorium. So she hopes to start posting her unique photos to the forum later this afternoon. She also got to play paparazzi with the pros during a photo availability on the red carpet before the event. So she has terrific shots of the cast from that vantage point too.
So, as they used to say in the society pages, a good time was had by all!
Mamahub from Person of Interest Discussion Forum
As Blacktop reported above, she and CINCH and I had an amazing time at the Tribeca event last night. We had no idea that Lady Killer was going to be screened. I will give no spoilers other than to say that it is definitely the best episode of Season 3 so far. We REALLY enjoyed it!
The most exciting thing for me was that after we took our seats in the theater, I went back upstairs to the lobby with my camera and became part of the “press corp” in the photo opp line. The first row behind the divider was reserved by the Paley Center for REAL press – and then those fans like me who wanted to take pictures could stand behind them in a second row. I stood behind reporters from TV Guide Magazine (to my right) and Hello – a Chinese television crew (to my left).
When the press photo ops were almost finished, I went back downstairs to the theatre but the ushers had made Blacktop and CINCH give up my seat that I had left my bag on next to them. So unfortunately they took me all the way to the top row and brought out a chair for me. I was resigned to that and wasn’t too upset because I could still see pretty well, though high up.
Only about 5 or 10 minutes later though, the harried usher came back and whispered “There’s a wheelchair coming so I’m going to have to put you in the front row!” So GOSH DARN IT, I had to SUFFER being right in the middle of the front row in front of Michael and Jim!! tee hee
Since it takes me a while to edit my pictures, and I see from other threads and tumblr that many other pictures from the panel discussion itself have already been posted, I am posting my press line photos first. I’ll hopefully have time to edit my panel discussion photos sometime this weekend. In the meantime, please enjoy these pics!
As explained earlier, additional photos from this event can be located here.
By Emma Bazilian
September 20, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT
Who Michael Emerson
Accomplishments Stars as Harold Finch on CBS’ Person of Interest (Season 3 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24); Emmy Award winner for his roles on Lost and The Practice
Base New York
What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
As soon as I get out of bed, I turn on WNYC on the radio. The second thing I do is go to the door and see if The New York Times is laying there. I look at the front page to see if there’s anything shocking or anything I need to make calls about.
So you’re a print reader?
Yes. I think it has to do with my background as an illustrator and graphic designer. I am so accustomed to having that size sheet in my hand. I have more trouble when I try to read the Times online. It’s all there, the same words and the same photos, but I can’t quite warm up to the format as much as the paper. Someday they’ll stop printing the actual paper, and then I guess I’ll make the transition.
Which magazines do you read?
I used to subscribe to more magazines than I do now, but I found that they nagged at me if I didn’t read them. So now it’s just The New Yorker and Poetry magazine. The latter isn’t too time-sensitive, so if I let a couple stack up, it’s all right.
What are your favorite titles from a design standpoint?
The New Yorker is so wonderful and old school. Those fonts, those page layouts, those interstitial little line drawings—it has a look that is its own and always will be. But then there are some more cutting-edge magazines like Wired where people are playing around with digital and typefaces and collages and letting things bleed into the margins.
Are you involved in social media?
No. You know what? As a guy who plays the fictional inventor of those things on TV, I’m less inclined to do them now. I’ve done so many storylines on Person of Interest that have to do with transparency and the lack of privacy once you’ve put yourself out there.
Are you a TV junkie?
My wife [actress Carrie Preston] watches everything. We watch Breaking Bad, Nurse Jackie, The Americans, Elementary … all kinds of shows, the shows we have friends in and the shows we think are gripping.
Do you and Carrie watch your own shows?
We do. It’s a way to get craftsman-like feedback—what’s working, what isn’t, have I fallen into any ruts, that sort of thing—but also to see the finished product of this thing we labor over so intensely. It’s usually pleasing.
Do you carry any media with you when you’re traveling around the city?
I like to carry a small, portable something to read with me, like the [Times] Book Review. That folds up nicely. And I have a little Kindle, so if I’m really gripped by a book I’ll carry it around. But I don’t listen to music in public—I don’t want to be any more cut off from the events around me, like a careening automobile. Maybe I’m just paranoid. I probably get that from the shows that I do.
What’s your biggest digital indulgence?
I’m such a radio-holic. I have these wonderful radio apps. I get KCRW from L.A. streaming digitally so I can listen to it night and day, and a thing called TuneIn radio where you can get any radio station on the planet that streams digitally. I could waste hours just dialing around, listening to what’s playing on the radio in Rio de Janeiro or Cape Town at this moment. It delights me.
Michel Ausellio of TV Guide interviewed Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, and Amy Acker about their character’s future in Person of Interest. Naturally, they know nothing. However, it is wonderful listening to Michael Emerson’s extensive vocabulary: