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Before the airing of the Season 5 premiere of Person of Interest,  MStars News had an exclusive interview with actors Michael Emerson and Kevin Chapman talk about the return of Harold Finch and Lionel Fusco in the war between The Machine and Samaritan.

From the beginning, former billionaire Harold Finch (Emerson) and ex CIA operative John Reese (Jim Caviezel) raced against the clock to prevent violent crimes before they could happen. With the help of the artificial intelligence known as The Machine, they managed to save innocent lives right when their numbers popped up. But they never expected to go up against an even greater threat known as Samaritan.

In the fourth season finale,YHWH concluded with Team Machine fighting for their lives. With no gun whatsoever, Finch walked out in slow motion alongside Reese and Root as they started shooting down Samaritan’s agents. Finch had a briefcase with a blinking light, signifying the Machine’s fading heartbeat.

MStars News: Fusco had a close call when Elias (Enrico Colantoni) and Dominic (Winston Duke) were shot down by Samaritan.

Kevin Chapman: Fusco has a lot of unanswered questions. He kinda goes rogue a little bit. He’s conducting his own kind of investigations. He knows that there is something going on. But he’s not sure what it is. But he intends to find out.

MStars News: What is Harold Finch’s mindset now when the show returns?

Michael Emerson: He’s in full improvised mode. It’s a mad scramble. They’re all doomed! [Laughs] They’re all doomed because Samaritan is in charge. They have to go even deeper underground. Priority one is to reboot The Machine. Without The Machine, there’s nothing they can do.

MS: The role of Fusco has allowed you to show off your dramatic and comedic side. Do you prefer when the tone of the episode turns lighter or more serious?

KC: The comedic side is my personality. It’s me being a clown! [Laughs] It’s always great to play a character with a sense of duality. Is he a good guy doing bad things? Or is he a bad guy doing good things? It goes from performance to performance. You try not to judge the characters. You leave that up to the viewership; how they see the character. It’s always nice to play someone on the dark side.

MS: Last season, Reese attempted to teach Harold how to use a gun. Will Finch have to change his stance on guns after the fourth season finale?

ME: As the threats surrounding them, dire and terrifying, Mr. Finch might have to make some adjustments to certain ethical decisions. He might have to think of the possibility of violence.

MS: How is Finch’s relationship with Reese at this point?

ME: Mr. Finch is depressed I guess you can say. Things are not going well. He’s not sure that the thing he’s built is doing what it should be doing. Was it all possible for not? He and men like him have seen the world and wonder if it’s doing mankind any good. I do think he needs something. It’s a crisis of faith. Maybe he needs a little bucking up.

MS: Do you feel the pacing of the show has changed because the season came down to 13 episodes?

KC: I don’t think our pacing has increased at all. I think we’ve maintained that. I think the writing has gone to a new level. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised. We’re a show that does 9 million live. And then another 3 to 4 million. It’s a very unique situation. You have roughly 13 million people watching you every week.

MS: In the fourth season finale, The Machine called Finch its “Father.” Will we see more of that relationship develop in the remaining episodes?

ME: I thought that was an important scene. I’m really attached to that business of that relationship. Mr. Finch tries to put a show of no personal feelings for the Machine. And yet, you see that the Machine is so human. Now he’s just confused. His parental instincts have stuck. He has feelings for the thing he has made. It’s sad and wonderful at the same time.

MS: Because this is the final season, what strikes your mind when you look back on Person of Interest?

KC: We talked a lot about topics that the world really didn’t address. You look at the Eric Snowden stuff. We were talking about that stuff 2 years prior to that stuff. That’s really cool to me to be a part of something like that. It makes people look and go and, “Whoa! Maybe there is something!”

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As promised, I found out that there is a new podcast with Michael Emerson. Michael Emerson celebrated his longtime friend’s (Jimmy Aquino) 10th anniversary (600th episode)of his Comic News Insider podcast. Michael appears at around 059:03. Enjoy:

Aside from the gem of a great photo manipulation by BlueTatooLove of Tumblr.com of Michael Emerson, aka Finch, talking on a dinosaur phone booth,  the Michael Emerson Photo Gallery added load of new photos.  Check them out.










































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In an article written by Kate Benz and published by TribLive.com, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 9 pm, Michael Emerson personifies his Finch character to that of a superhero. Enjoy.

It’s an ironic existence when it becomes hard to tell whether your life is imitating art or art is imitating your life. For two-time Emmy Award-winner Michael Emerson, one would think that starring on the hit drama “Person of Interest,” in which an enigmatic billionaire and an ex-CIA member use heavy surveillance to intervene in violent crimes before they happen, might resonate with audiences.

But for Emerson, who made an indelible mark with fans during his stint on “Lost,” the likelihood that viewers are drawing parallels between real life and scripted television are slim to none. For him, it seems as though it’s the furthest thing from the minds of the 17 million that tuned in to watch the premiere of Season 3 in September. Maybe it’s the concept of a guardian angel, or the idea of the modern-day vigilante. It might even be the notion that superheroes do indeed exist. If you know where to look for them.

“Person of Interest” airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays on CBS.

Question: Is the concept of “The Machine” striking a particular chord with audiences given concerns with the NSA surveillance program?

Answer: I would guess that it does, but that’s not the thing that people come up and talk to me about, which is surprising. I keep thinking, because our show is so accidentally topical right now, that people would be constantly coming up to me and drawing the parallels between the fictional Machine of our program and the prism system of the NSA. But I don’t know if people go to scripted television to get an airing of current-events issues. More people come to me and ask me about the dog than ask me about The Machine.

Q: People seem hungry to embrace the idea of someone watching over us, protecting us from harm.

A: Maybe it’s universal. I mean, all of literature has the ongoing theme of the avengers, the heroes. That’s an ancient idea, and I guess it is a comfort to live through dangers and violent acts and come out unharmed and right prevailing, all of that. And I think our show, just beneath the surface, is kind of a superhero show. It goes by so fast that you don’t stop and think, “That’s sort of convenient that happened at that moment,” and stuff like that. We are like caped avengers, only without the cape.

Q: When it comes to your Finch character, is he a modern-day vigilante or just some guy with a serious God complex?

A: Well, I suppose that’s in the eyes of the beholder. I think he is an avenger — but a kind of unwilling one. He’s done this, as we’ve seen, as a tribute to a fallen comrade. It’s a way to make his lost friend live on. And also to nurse their dream of justice.

Q: Even when intentions are good, are there consequences to interfering with fate?

A: Sure. Always. One of the themes of our show, I think, is you can never get things right unless you have perfect information, and even in a world of super computers, perfect information is hard to find or hard to identify even if you have it.

Q: Given everything that Finch represents, when it comes to “Ignorance is bliss,” would you say yay or nay on that sentiment?

A: No. It is a low kind of temporary bliss, but not to be wished for anyone. I just think consciousness is important and that it should always be growing.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com or 412-380-8515.

Michael Emerson Previews Person of Interest Season 3: A Distracted Machine, a Bigger Team, and More

September 23rd, 2013 12:08 PM by Jim Halterman

Thanks to TV Fanatic’s exclusive interview with new Person of Interest regular Sarah Shahi last week, we learned a lot about what Samantha Shaw will be up to this fall, beginning with tomorrow night’s Season 3 premiere.

But what about Finch?

One of the highlights of my recent set visit in New York City was sitting on a park bench with Michael Emerson and talking about what the new season holds for Finch, the Machine and why Finch is so connected to Root. Read on for a revealing primer regarding this character and the hit drama in general…


TV Fanatic: Going into Season 3, how would you describe that new chapter in terms of Finch’s journey?
Michael Emerson: I would say that Season 3 offers us a new plateau of complication. One of the givens in the show up until this point was that the Machine was somewhere and was under someone’s control. Now we have to contend with a little bit different landscape. Now the Machine appears to be mobile, appears to be, to an extent, sentient or independent.

It’s an independent operator with many human qualities, and the worst of it is, or the best, is that the Machine now seems to have decided that it has a list of friends. A list of friends that Mr. Finch did not draw up. A list of friends that he might not approve. So we don’t have the Machine’s undivided attention. I don’t know what that’s going to mean. That could make things a little tricky.

TVF: It’s like the Machine’s gone rogue, in a way.
ME: It has, kind of. It’s become unmoored or untethered.

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Fun stuff with Person of Interest:

Harold Wren’s Universal Heritage Insurance page is back up and running, and a working phone number again!

Mr. Wren is one of Harold Finch’s covers that he has used in the past. When you call 917-285-7362, you will hear Harold say that he is unavailable. If you send an email, you will get a reply back saying that there is a high volume of requests, but you have been assigned a ticket number.

By Tim Surette 

“It’s pretty simple,” Jim Caviezel explains as he sits down at our table with Person of Interest co-star Michael Emerson. “He’s the smart one, I just shoot people.” 

“Thanks for coming,” Emerson says, pretending the interview was over.  

If it were that simple, we wouldn’t be so obsessed with last season’s biggest hit that’s an odd couple-ish vigilante superhero procedural with heavily serialized elements, explosive action, and goofy humor. And though creator Jonathan Nolan definitely had a plan in place, the show works so well because it’s constantly readjusting itself to be the best it can be.  

“I think a lot of the brilliance here is the writers picking up our mannerisms,” Caviezel said when I asked him about Harold Finch and John Reese’s relationship, which bounces back and forth between strictly professional partnership and old married couple and has become one of the cornerstones of the series’ attraction.  

“It’s true,” Emerson agreed. “They notice some of the things about how we are together when we’re not on set, and they’ll incorporate that stuff. And they’ve gotten to know us better as actors so they can write to our strengths. They watch carefully the things [and interpretations] we bring to scenes, and then they’ll write at that. But it is a balancing act. At the end of the day, they are men on a long drawn-out suicide mission, so there is a gravity about it. But they do like to temper it with a baby episode, or an ecstasy episode, those sorts of things.”  

Because they haven’t started filming the second season and Nolan hasn’t told Caviezel or Emerson all the secrets of the show, but I had to pry about that awesome image from the finale of Reese staring directly into the security camera and talking to the machine about getting Finch back.  

“If [Finch] doesn’t get rescued, I’m done,” Caviezel said of his character. “For his own purposes, it’s his friend.”  

“But that is a whole new deal,” Emerson said, and when you read this quote, it’s important to read it in Emerson’s voice. “If Reese partners up… with.. a machiiiine.”  

“It’s huge in this,” Caviezel said. “There’s a brilliant thing that happens in [the Season 2 premiere] where I throw a moral question out to the machine, and the machine has to think, ‘What do I do?’”  

Showrunner Greg Plageman said that in Season 2 well find out a lot of answers to the lingering questions from Season 1, including a lot of Finch’s backstory with his fiancée, what happened to Nathan Ingram, and how he got his limp. 



– Taraji P. Henson, who plays Detective Carter, really wants to see Carter wrestle with more moral questions and really put her character to her test.  

– Movie star Caviezel was interested in bringing film to television, and that’s what attracted him to Person of Interest in the first place. He says an average show does 80 set-ups per episode, and POI averages 140 set-ups per episode.  

– Caviezel brightened up when talking about gun training. The man enjoys his firearms!  

– Emerson may have let slip a bit of scoop. He said the Person of Interest in the Season 2 premiere is a former Lost actor. During the panel, there were reports that Ken Leung, who played Miles on Lost, was featured in the Season 2 teaser.  

– Caviezel also does a ridiculously good impression of Homer Simpson. Hearing him do it might just be the most bizarre moment of my life. (Apologies for the audio quality, but it had to be posted anyway)

Click here to hear it.

– The title of the Season 2 premiere is “Contingency,” and Nolan says it has three meanings, one of which relates directly to Nathan Ingram’s contingency plan with the machine. He said he loves titling episodes in ways that are obvious and not so obvious

– The title of the Season 2 premiere is “Contingency,” and Nolan says it has three meanings, one of which relates directly to Nathan Ingram’s contingency plan with the machine. He said he loves titling episodes in ways that are obvious and not so obvious.

Source: TV.Com

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