Person of Interest (TV series)
|Person of Interest|
|Created by||Jonathan Nolan|
Taraji P. Henson
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||45 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||J. J. Abrams
Richard J. Lewis
Kathy Lingg (co-prod.)
Stephen Semel (co-prod.)
Ben Brafman (assoc.)
Farrel Jane Levy
|Location(s)||New York, New York|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Bad Robot Productions
Warner Bros. Television
|Original run||September 22, 2011– present|
Person of Interest is an American television crime drama broadcasting on CBS. It is based on a screenplay developed by Jonathan Nolan. The series revolves around a former CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) recruited by a mysterious billionaire (Michael Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York City. CBS renewed the show for a third season on March 27, 2013, and will move the series from its current time slot, Thursday at 9:00 pm, to Tuesday at 10:00 pm. Season three will premiere on September 24, 2013.
John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former Green Beret and CIA field officer, is living as a derelict in New York City after the death of the woman he loves, and is presumed dead. He is approached by Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), a reclusive billionaire computer genius who is living under an assumed identity. Finch explains that after September 11, 2001, he built a computer system for the government that uses information gleaned from omnipresent surveillance to predict future terrorist attacks. However, Finch discovered that the computer was predicting ordinary crimes as well. The government is not interested in these results, but Finch is determined to stop the predicted crimes. He hires Reese to conduct surveillance and intervene as needed, using his repertoire of skills gained in the military and the CIA. Through a back door built into the system, Finch receives the Social Security number of someone who will be involved in an imminent crime, at which point he contacts Reese. Without knowing what the crime will be, when it will occur, or even if the person they were alerted to is a victim or perpetrator, Reese and Finch must try to stop the crime from occurring.
They are helped by NYPD Detectives Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman), a corrupt officer whom Reese coerces into helping them, and Joss Carter (Taraji P. Henson), who in early episodes investigates Reese for his vigilante activities. Although Reese arranges for Carter and Fusco to be partners in the NYPD early in the first series, for the entirety of the show's first season, neither is aware that the other is also working with Finch and Reese. Periodically, the team also enlists the aid of Zoe Morgan (Paige Turco), a professional "fixer" who applies her skills to particularly difficult tasks. The series features several subplots. One significant story arc involves "HR", an organization of corrupt NYPD officers in league with budding mob boss Carl Elias (Enrico Colantoni); in the course of this arc Fusco is forced to go undercover. Another important storyline revolves around Root (Amy Acker), a psychopathic female hacker who is determined to gain access to the Machine.
The Machine is a mass surveillance computer system programmed to monitor and analyze data from surveillance cameras, electronic communications, and audio input throughout the world built in two unoccupied floors at Ingram's company IFT. From this data, the Machine accurately predicts violent acts. Under control of the U.S. Government, its stated purpose is to foresee terrorist attacks, allowing the government to forestall terrorist activity. However, the Machine detects future violent acts of all kinds, not just terrorism. Unknown to Finch, his partner, Nathan Ingram, created a routine, called "Contingency", on the eve of the government handover to access the non-relevant data. Ingram and Finch are seen accessing this program in the episode, "Zero Day". In the episode, Finch is appalled that Ingram has the data sent directly to him. At some point, Finch presumably has updated the Contingency routine, as it began to pass on the "irrelevant" non-terrorism data to him in the form of social security numbers, via coded messages over a public telephone.
Over the course of each episode, the viewer periodically sees events as a Machine-generated on-screen display of data about a character or characters: identification, activities, records, and more may be displayed. The viewer also sees a Machine-generated perspective as it monitors New York. Commercial flights are outlined by green triangles, red concentric circles indicate no-fly zones around tall buildings, and dashed boxes mark individual people. The Machine classifies the people it watches by color-coding the boxes: white for no threat or an irrelevant threat, red or red-and-white for perceived threats, and yellow for people who know about the machine, including Finch, Reese, Ingram, Corwin and Root. The white-boxed "irrelevant threat" targets include the Persons of Interest that Reese and Finch assist.
As the series progresses, a wider governmental conspiracy emerges. Known as "The Program", it revolves around the development and utilization of the Machine. Apparently led by a mysterious figure known only as "Control", an unnamed official (Jay O. Sanders) from the Office of Special Counsel begins eliminating key personnel who are aware of the Machine's existence by deploying teams of Intelligence Support Activity (ISA) operatives who believe they are acting to eliminate perceived terrorist threats on the recommendation of a department known as "Research". The members of the elimination teams are classified by the Machine using a blue box.
- John Reese (Jim Caviezel): a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces and later a CIA field officer, who is presumed dead following a mission in China. Little is known about Reese's background, and his name is one of several aliases he uses. He lost his lover, Jessica, prior to meeting Finch, which appears to have marked him deeply. Reese demonstrates skill in the use of a range of weapons, hand-to-hand combat, and surveillance tactics. He knows very little about Finch and often is rebuffed when he attempts to learn more about him.
- Harold Finch (Michael Emerson): a reclusive, security conscious, and intensely private billionaire software engineer. His real name is unknown and he has many aliases, using various species of birds as the last name. Finch has developed a machine that can isolate the Social Security numbers of people with either premeditated homicidal intent or who will be homicide victims, based on its analysis of surveillance data. Following a traumatic event in his own life that led to the death of his business partner and close friend, Nathan Ingram, he recruits Reese to help him deal with the people the Machine identifies. Finch lives and works in an abandoned library, and shows the results of severe physical injuries, including the inability to turn his head, a rigid posture, and a limp.
- Detective Jocelyn "Joss" Carter (Taraji P. Henson): an NYPD homicide detective whose husband was killed in the line of duty, and the mother of a teenaged son, Taylor. Carter is a former U.S. Army interrogator who passed the bar exam in 2004, but gave up practicing the law to return to police work. Carter first crosses paths with Reese following his encounter with a group of young men on a New York subway, but knew him principally as a mysterious man in a suit. Carter is initially determined to apprehend Reese, but eventually forms an alliance with him and Finch. She is unaware of the Machine's existence.
- Detective Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman): a corrupt cop Reese blackmails into being a source inside the police department. Finch later arranges for Fusco to be transferred to Carter's precinct so that he works with her. Over time, Fusco becomes increasingly loyal to Finch and Reese, but continues to keep a secret regarding the death of a cop involved with HR. Like Carter, he does not know about the Machine.
- Bear (played by a pair of dogs: Graubaer’s Boker and Midas van’t Rietje): a Belgian Shepherd Malinois with military training that Reese rescues from Aryan Nationalists using him as an attack dog. Bear spends the day with Finch, who was reluctant to have him in the library at first, but has become attached to him over time. Bear gained his name by eating $1,000,000 in bearer bonds stolen by Leon Tao. Helped Carter dig up a body to protect Fusco.
- Zoe Morgan (Paige Turco): a fixer who specializes in crisis management. Finch and Reese first meet her as a person of interest; later, she works with them on cases that require her skills. She has an ill-disguised interest in Reese.
- Nathan Ingram (Brett Cullen): Finch's deceased collaborator on the Machine who died from an attack caused by a van bomb. Ingram acted as the interface between the government and their company while the Machine was under development.
- Grace Hendricks (Carrie Preston): Finch's fiancée, who believes him to be dead.
- Root (Amy Acker): a highly intelligent hacker and contract killer with a keen interest in both Finch and the Machine. Her real name is Samantha "Sam" Groves.
- Carl Elias (Enrico Colantoni): a nascent crime boss and the illegitimate son of Mafia don Gianni Moretti. Elias is determined to revive the crime families of New York and to eliminate the Russian mob, with the assistance of criminal elements of the NYPD (HR).
- Leon Tao (Ken Leung): a former financial criminal and three-time Person of Interest who has assisted in some cases.
- Special Agent Nicholas Donnelly (Brennan Brown): an FBI agent who becomes interested in Reese when his case crosses one of Reese's. He periodically offers Carter the opportunity to work with him as he pursues Reese.
- Special Agent in Charge Brian Moss (Brian Hutchison): the FBI agent sent to close Donnelly's investigation of "The Man in the Suit", he works with Carter, and attempts to recruit her to the FBI.
- Det. Cal Beecher (Sterling K. Brown): a narcotics detective with whom Carter has begun a relationship. Beecher is Alonzo Quinn's godson, but was unaware of Quinn's activities.
- Detectives Raymond Terny (Al Sapienza), Bill Szymanski (Michael McGlone) and Kane (Anthony Mangano): NYPD homicide detectives with whom Carter and Fusco periodically work.
- Jessica Arndt (Susan Misner): Reese's deceased lover. After Jessica's relationship with Reese ended, she married another man, but remained in contact with Reese. She is eventually killed by her husband during a domestic dispute.
The following characters are tied to a government conspiracy related to the development and use of the Machine.
- Special Counsel (Jay O. Sanders): a shadowy figure from the Office of Special Counsel who appears to be engineering the activity regarding the machine, and sees Reese as a threat.
- Alicia Corwin (Elizabeth Marvel): a liaison between Ingram and the government while the Machine was being developed, and a former member of the National Security Council. Corwin began living in hiding in a small town after Ingram's death.
- Denton Weeks (Cotter Smith): the official who commissioned the development of the Machine; he is in league with the Special Counsel.
- Hersh (Boris McGiver): Special Counsel's enforcer, a former member of the ISA.
- Samantha Shaw (Sarah Shahi): a government assassin who worked for Special Counsel unknowingly dealing with the "relevant" numbers from the Machine. She is now an ally of Reese and Finch.
The following characters are involved in the HR storyline, in which a group of corrupt police officers work in collaboration with an up-and-coming mob boss to control organized crime in New York.
- Alonzo Quinn (Clarke Peters): the Mayor's Chief of Staff, and the head of HR. Quinn, along with Simmons, plan to rebuild HR, with or without Elias' assistance.
- Officer Patrick Simmons (Robert John Burke): a uniformed officer who is now a right-hand man to Quinn; he handles HR activities on the street level.
- Officer Anthony Marconi (David Valcin): a uniformed officer who works as Elias' principal enforcer. He is easily identifiable by a large scar on his right cheek.
- Captain Arthur Lynch (Michael Mulheren): a major figure in HR with whom Fusco appeared to be working. He was shot by Fusco to save Reese.
- Captain Womack (John Fiore): the captain in charge of Homicide and Carter and Fusco's supervisor; he protects members of HR when Carter gets too close.
The following characters are part of Reese's backstory relating to his time with the CIA.
- Mark Snow (Michael Kelly): a CIA operative who once worked with Reese.
- Tyrell Evans (Darien Sills-Evans): a CIA agent working with Snow.
- Kara Stanton (Annie Parisse): Reese's former CIA partner widely believed to be dead.
The following characters are involved in the Decima Technologies storyline, in which a shadowy organization attempts to gain control of the Machine.
- Greer (John Nolan): A mysterious British figure connected with Decima Technologies.
The series was officially picked up by CBS on May 13, 2011, and debuted on September 22, 2011. It was renewed for a second season on March 14, 2012 by CBS, which premiered on September 27, 2012. CBS has since renewed Person of Interest for a third season, and Sarah Shahi is set to become a full-time cast member.
According to CBS, Person of Interest received the highest test ratings of any drama pilot in 15 years, what one CBS executive called "crazy broad appeal you don't usually see", prompting CBS to move CSI, which was broadcast on Thursday for over 10 years, to Wednesday, opening up a slot for Person of Interest. The pilot episode won its time slot, drawing 13.2 million viewers. On October 25, 2011, the show received a 22-episode full season order. The order was later increased to 23 episodes.
David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle said "Person of Interest separates itself from the gimmick pack, not only because of superbly nuanced characterization and writing but also because of how it engages a post-9/11 sense of paranoia in its viewers." David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gave the pilot four stars out of five, commenting on Caviezel's and Emerson's performances, saying Caviezel "brings the right stuff to this role" and Emerson "is fascinating as Mr. Finch." Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times stated, "the notion of preventing crimes rather than solving them is an appealing twist... The surveillance graphics are very cool."
|Season||Episodes||Timeslot (ET/PT)||Premiere||Finale||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
|Live + DVR
Person of Interest has been picked up by many networks for broadcast outside the USA.
|Honduras||Warner Channel||TBA||Wednesdays at 8:30 pm|
|Australia||Nine Network||September 25, 2011||Mondays at 10:30 pm|
|Belgium||La Une / 2BE||August 28, 2012||Tuesdays at 8:15 pm|
|Brazil||Warner Channel||October 18, 2011||Wednesdays at 10:00 pm|
|September 22, 2011-May 9, 2013
|Thursdays at 9/8c
Tuesdays at 10/9c
|China||Sohu TV||September 28, 2012||Friday nights|
|Costa Rica||Warner Channel, Teletica||November, 2011; May, 2013||Tuesdays at 9:00 pm; Wednesday 8:00 pm|
|Cyprus||NovaCinema 1, NovaCinemaHD||September 30, 2012||Sundays at 9:00 pm|
|Estonia||Fox||January 8, 2013||Tuesdays at 9:00 pm|
|Fiji||Fiji One||July 11, 2012||Wednesdays at 9:00 pm|
|Finland||MTV3||February 20, 2013||Wednesdays 9:00 pm|
|France||TF1||March 6, 2013||Wednesdays at 9:00 pm|
|August 14, 2012
September 13, 2012
|Tuesdays at 9:00 pm
Thursdays at 10:15 pm
|Greece||NovaCinema 1, NovaCinemaHD||September 30, 2012||Sundays at 9:00 pm|
|Hungary||Viasat 3||March 8, 2012||Sundays at 8:55 pm|
|Indonesia||WarnerTV||Season 1: August, 2012
Season 2: February 21, 2013
|Thursday at 10:00 pm|
|India||Fox Crime||June 17, 2013||Monday-Friday 11:00pm|
|Ireland||RTÉ TWO||May 8, 2013||Mondays at 9:00 pm|
|Israel||Yes Action||March 15, 2012||TBA|
|Italy||Mediaset Premium Crime||April 30, 2012||Fridays at 9:15 pm|
|Japan||J:COM||December 9, 2012|
|Mexico||Warner Channel and Canal 5 (XHGC-TV)||September 18, 2012||Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:15 pm|
|New Zealand||TV ONE||January 16, 2012||Mondays at 9:30 pm|
|Norway||TVN||2013||Tuesday at 22:30 pm|
|Panama||Warner Channel||November, 2011||Tuesdays at 10:00 pm|
|Peru||Warner Channel||Part 1: 18 October 2011
Part 2: 07 November, 2012
|Wednesdays at 10:00 pm|
|Philippines||Jack City||January 2013||Saturdays at 10:00 pm|
Monday at 11:30 pm
|Portugal||RTP1, RTP2||May 8, 2012||Wednesdays at 02:32 am|
|Puerto Rico||WAPA TV||September 2012||Thursdays at 9:00 pm|
|January 8, 2013 (episodes 1-6)
February 20, 2013 (from episode 7)
|Tuesdays at 9:30 pm
Wednesdays at 8:10 pm
|Slovenia||POP TV||March 20, 2012||Tuesdays at 10:30 pm|
|South Korea||Channel CGV||May 11, 2012||Fridays at 10:00 pm|
|November 17, 2011
November 17, 2011
|Wednesdays at 10:30 pm
Thursdays at 10:25 pm
|November 21, 2011
January 10, 2013
|Mondays at 8:00 pm
Thursdays at 9:00 pm
|Taiwan||Public Television Service||November 14, 2012||Monday to Thursday at 11:00 pm|
|Trinidad and Tobago||CNMG||March 8, 2012||Thursdays at 9:00 pm|
|Turkey||CNBC-e||December 1, 2011||Thursdays at 9:00 pm|
|Ukraine||ICTV||2012||Mondays and Tuesdays at 23:57; Thursdays at 00:01|
|United Kingdom||Channel 5, Five USA||Part 1: August 14, 2012;
Part 2: January 27, 2013
|Sundays at 10:00 pm|
|Venezuela||Warner TV||November 2011||TBA|
|2012||BET Award||Best Actress (also for Larry Crowne)||Taraji P. Henson||Nominated|
|MPSE Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing - Short Form Dialogue and ADR in Television
for the episode Witness
H. Jay Levine
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Taraji P. Henson|
|People's Choice Award||Favorite New TV Drama||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (one Hour)
for the episode Pilot
|2013||MPSE Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing - Short Form Music in Television
for the episode Fire Wall
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