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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!”

Michael Emerson, Amy Acker, Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Jonathan Nolan, and Greg Plageman will attend the Paley Center advance screening and panel on Monday, April 13 at 6:30 pm. If you live near the area or will be visiting, you can still get tickets. Click here for the information.



Here is a series of videos from the Person of Interest panel from the NYCCC 2014

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What’s up for Finch and Fusco

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.

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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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
New York

IN PERSON

Jim Caviezel
Michael Emerson
Jonathan Nolan, Creator/Executive Producer
Kevin Chapman
Sarah Shahi

Actors Jim CaviezelMichael 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:MementoThe PrestigeThe Dark KnightThe 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)

  • THIS EVENT

    Members: $20
    General Public: $30

Larger version of the photo featured in this article is available to be viewed here.

Notice that there are not many (well, just two, and even those are questionable) bloopers by Michael Emerson. The guy must be a tremendous professional:

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:

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