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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 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!
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.
Here’s an interesting article from EW:
‘Person of Interest’: Michael Emerson teases the mystery of the Machine, what’s next for Finch
By Shirley Li on Nov 12, 2013 at 9:00AM
Michael Emerson is no stranger to being on a successful show with a complicated plot, having spent five seasons as creepy Others leader Ben Linus on Lost. On Person of Interest, Emerson applies his signature air of mystery — along with a limp — to play genius tech billionaire Harold Finch. But unlike Ben, Finch is the hero, using his skills and the Machine, the computer system he built that predicts future crimes, to track down villains with former CIA agent John Reese (Jim Caviezel).
And as the drama continues its third season, Finch is having trouble with the Machine as it begins to reject him and must deal with hacker Root (Amy Acker), who is intent on gaining control of his work.
Emerson talked to EW about what’s ahead for his character, the mystery of the Machine, and how he handles fans who, usually unknowingly, interrupt filming in the streets of New York City:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We’re deep into season 3. Anything you can tease us about what’s ahead? Everything’s been under wraps.
MICHAEL EMERSON: On Lost, there was a great deal of secrecy and serious guarding of narrative secrets, and Person of Interest is now in that same zone of madness. We have big changes coming up in the next few weeks, and the scripts contain camouflaging and other security devices, and made up scenes and stuff, all to keep a certain set of secrets. It’s interesting and exciting, but it also feels like we’re a little bit paranoid right now and living in a security state. So stay tuned, because there’s stuff coming down the line that is so big that the producers are very nervous.
That’s funny — and the paranoia’s kind of ironic, considering Person of Interest‘s subject matter. But the show got to the surveillance state idea before the NSA news broke this year. Did the real-life case with the NSA affect the feel of the show?
I’m sure it’s affected the writers, who are no longer spinning out a make believe story and suddenly have to contend with the notion that what they’re writing is representative of something real. I think it’s opened new avenues for writers, so it’s good. It must be stimulating and exciting now that it’s more explicit, the connection between our narrative and the public one. Although it’s possible to overrate the political topicality of a scripted TV show — I keep thinking people are going to stop me in the street and go, “Oh my god, it’s so timely that you’re dealing with this thing that looks exactly like PRISM and the NSA and all of that,” but what people actually talk to me about on the street is the dog. (See video.) So I don’t think it’s as much on the viewers’ minds as it is on ours.
The nature of the Machine has been a constant mystery. Do you know at all what it’s up to, or what it wants?
What does the Machine want? I don’t know what it wants, I don’t know what it’s doing, I don’t know where it is. You’ll see in the next few episodes that it’s starting to be a problem and wearing on our team, because the machine is now choosing who it talks to.
And Finch feels left out.
Yeah, but how can he fight it? What’s to be done? His creation, his child, is freezing him out a little bit.
Then let’s talk about Finch. He’s always delivering massive amounts of dialogue to keep the audience up to speed with a complicated show. How do you manage that?
I don’t try to overthink what my business is in terms of playing this character. Sometimes I think we’re a kind of live action comic book, because it’s many small frames that make up the one hour program we present. I think about that while we’re working, I try to envision how this scene will be cut, and which bits or microbits will be used and to what effect. The net result for me, as the actor, I try to keep things moving along, and if I have a long line, I try to rattle it off in such a way that it can’t be surgically shortened. The clock is always ticking on Person of Interest – that’s the one thing to be mindful of. It is sort of my job to be the teller of the exposition, so that’s a particular kind of acting challenge.
And how has his dynamic with Reese evolved?
There’s an easiness between them now. We want the audience to feel like this is a partnership, and it’s important to the story that they’re so familiar with one another that they can predict each other’s behavior. At the same time, you want to hang on to a sense of uneasiness, like the fact that their mission is probably suicidal, and they’re probably up against fearful adversaries and fearful odds.
The show films on location in New York. Do people often stop you in the middle of takes?
Oh, constantly. Fans will come up and interrupt a take of a scene. I think people like seeing us on the real streets of New York, and some of those people in the shots are citizens of the city who aren’t connected with our project. Sometimes, if we’re walking around, the cameraman may be a block away shooting with a long lens, so we’ll be doing dialogue, and people think we’re off duty. Why I would be limping and wearing those clothes off duty, I guess, doesn’t register with them, so we constantly have to start over. People come up going, “Hey, we love your show!” Well, actually, you’re in it! You’re in the show right now, you’re in the scene. See way down there, the camera? You’re in the frame.
You actually tell them that?
Yeah. [Laughs] I mean, what else can you do? We’re always coming home with crazy stories of things that happened on location.
Person of Interest airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
On Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 6:30 pm ET, in New York City, the Paley Center will feature actors Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, and Sarah Shahi and creator and executive producer Jonathan Nolan of Person of Interest to discuss Season 3 of this highly acclaimed TV show. Ticket go on sale September 25 (for Paley Center members and on September 25 for the general public. Cost is $25.00 for member and $30.00 for the general public. This even will be streamed live at 7:20 pm ET, just click here for the link. Here’s the actual write up from the center itself:
Person of Interest
Thursday, October 3, 2013
6:30 pm ET
Jonathan Nolan, Creator/Executive Producer
Actors Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, and creator/executive producer Jonathan Nolan are among the people of interest who make CBS’s Person of Interest one of the most provocative shows on television, assuming even greater relevance in the wake of recent revelations of widespread government surveillance programs. Created by Nolan (whose previous works include collaborations with his brother Christopher:Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises), the series, now in its third season, stars Caviezel as John Reese, a presumed-dead former CIA agent who teams up with the mysterious billionaire Harold Finch (Emerson) to thwart violent crimes that Finch’s surveillance software invention has identified as about to happen (Time magazine calls them “quasi-legal vigilantes – using power to achieve a definite good, saving the lives of the innocent”). Though typically classified as a crime show—TV Guide praised it as a “rare crime drama that revels in actual mystery, its dark, paranoid tone embodied by two damaged heroes”—Nolan himself told a San Diego Comic Con audience over the summer that he is “unabashed about the fact that it’s a science fiction show.” When news broke this year of PRISM and other real-life government surveillance programs, television critics were quick to draw analogies to Finch’s invention, The Machine, and Nolan responded by saying, “Now that reality has caught up to us, we aim to push a little further in the third season out into that science-fiction space.”
Critics have lauded Person of Interest not only for its riveting, thought-provoking concept, but also its artful depiction of a post–9/11 universe and its splendidly nuanced characterizations. The series also stars Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapmanas New York detectives, and adds Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi, both joining the regular cast this season. Joining Nolan and JJ Abrams as executive producers are Greg Plageman and Bryan Burk.
Tickets on sale to Paley Members Wed. Sept. 25 at noon.
On sale to the general public Fri. Sept. 27 at noon.
You can watch the panel stream live.
7:20 pm ET (4:20 pm PT)
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