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June 21, 2016

Credit: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. ©2016 WBEI. All rights reserved.

Credit: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. ©2016 WBEI. All rights reserved.

Sooner or later both of us will probably wind up dead. Actually dead, this time. I said I’d tell you the truth. Didn’t say you’d like it. – Harold Finch

When PERSON OF INTEREST’s Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) set out on their unconventional partnership, the terms were clear: they would try and prevent untimely deaths, but it would very likely lead to one (or both) of them meeting their own end.

Certainly PERSON OF INTEREST has never been shy with death, as several of their allies have fallen in the years since the duo started on their mission. But, as of now, both men have managed to survive.

I visited the set of PERSON OF INTEREST last October, before the show’s fate was officially confirmed and either actor knew how the series would end, and asked whether they wanted their character to survive. [Read more]

May 31, 2016

Credit: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. ©2016 WBEI. All rights reserved.

Credit: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Shaw is officially back with Team Machine on PERSON OF INTEREST — after a virtual reality reunion in episode 4 — but whether she can be trusted is still a big question mark.

“Well, it would be like if someone in your family you thought was dead suddenly turns up again, only they’re not quite right,” Michael Emerson (Finch) says. “I know Mr. Finch feels that way. He’s always trying to keep a distance from things, and not let emotions cloud his judgment. He’s always the one saying, ‘Let’s slow down. Let’s check on this. Let’s think this through. There may be more to this than what we see. But as you might imagine, Root is gung-ho for a full reunion and partnership. We’ll see how that plays out.”

“Practical sense: I have the understanding of what Samaritan has done,” Jim Caviezel (Reese) adds. “I can care deeply about Shaw…this is nothing personal. But with Samaritan, she could be a Manchurian candidate. It has nothing to do with her. I’m very well aware of interrogation. I’m very well aware where they can make you — you can be sleeping and acting out something and you’re not aware what you’re doing. It might not be her choice, is what I’m saying. I’m trying to get them to understand I know what these people are well and capable of doing. And I’m going to protect you, for hell or high water. I know some people are eternal optimists. To Reese, that’s being blind. There’s good and there’s evil. And evil hides in many of the grey areas. In fact, if you asked Reese, he’d probably tell you it’s the guys in the middle who are the most evil.”

With Team Machine in danger in tonight’s milestone 100th episode, the team will have to rely on each other more than ever if they stand a chance to make it out in one piece. “Finch and Root have worked a lot of things out; more than I would have ever dreamt, three seasons ago,” Emerson acknowledges. “They’re doing pretty well. But Shaw is a sore and touchy subject with Root. It’s going to get between Root and everybody.”

PERSON OF INTEREST airs Tuesdays at 10 PM on CBS.

Related:

On the Set of PERSON OF INTEREST: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson Preview ‘Reassortment’
PERSON OF INTEREST’s Jim Caviezel on Team Machine’s Most Dangerous Year Yet
PERSON OF INTEREST: Michael Emerson on Finch’s Machine Struggles in Season 5
PERSON OF INTEREST: Jim Caviezel Reflects on ‘Terra Incognita’
PERSON OF INTEREST: Greg Plageman and Michael Emerson on the ‘Satisfying,’ ‘Philosophical’ Season 5
PERSON OF INTEREST: Michael Emerson on the Show’s WGN America Run, Season 5’s ‘Events’
PERSON OF INTEREST: The Cast, Writers Pick Which Episodes Will Hook You
PERSON OF INTEREST: Sarah Shahi and Greg Plageman Preview Shaw’s Season 5 Return

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May 24, 2016

"Reassortment" -- Reese and Finch become trapped in a hospital that becomes ground zero for a deadly viral outbreak. Also, Samaritan's newest recruit has second thoughts, and Shaw continues to struggle with reality, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, May 24 (10:00 -- 11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Michael Emerson as Harold Finch, Amy Acker as Root, and Jim Caviezel as John Reese Photo: Giovanni Rufino/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. ©2015 WBEI. All rights reserved.

Credit: CBS

“We work for it,” PERSON OF INTEREST’s Jim Caviezel (Reese) says, during a break on the production of tonight’s hour, “Reassortment.” (The second episode in tonight’s POI double-header. You can read more from the set visit here.)

Indeed, this hour — which was filmed back in October on location in a Brooklyn hospital — has a good number of moving pieces, as  Reese and Finch are locked down in a hospital as a virus spreads.

“This is one of those super contagious disease scenarios,” Michael Emerson (Finch) previews. “Samaritan has manufactured a superflu, which is more deadly and more contagious than anything previous. We’re trying to figure out why and what to do about it. And contain the outbreak, and find the remedy.”

Naturally, Reese and Finch aren’t alone in the hospital — there are a good number of people (and Bear) to worry about.

“On a personal level, I’m not going to leave them,” Caviezel says. “That goes back to the pilot of [Reese saying], ‘I don’t know how I’m going to die, but I know I’m going to die.’ The fact that I’m going to die someday, I’m going to stay and do my duty. When Finch comes in and says, ‘What are you doing; you don’t understand, this could be spreading?’ [Reese’s thought is], there also might be a cure.”

Unfortunately for Team Machine, finding an answer could be complicated: Reese and Finch know how to fight when action or technology are involved. But a contagion is an entirely different beast to fight.

“He understands the dangers, but they’re in that spot where it’s as easy to go forward as it is to go back,” Emerson acknowledges. “So you might as well tough it out. Plus, people’s lives are at stake, so why not do the right thing?”

PERSON OF INTEREST airs back-to-back episodes starting at 9 PM on CBS.

Related:

PERSON OF INTEREST’s Jim Caviezel on Team Machine’s Most Dangerous Year Yet
PERSON OF INTEREST: Michael Emerson on Finch’s Machine Struggles in Season 5
PERSON OF INTEREST: Jim Caviezel Reflects on ‘Terra Incognita’
PERSON OF INTEREST: Greg Plageman and Michael Emerson on the ‘Satisfying,’ ‘Philosophical’ Season 5
PERSON OF INTEREST: Michael Emerson on the Show’s WGN America Run, Season 5’s ‘Events’
PERSON OF INTEREST: The Cast, Writers Pick Which Episodes Will Hook You
PERSON OF INTEREST: Sarah Shahi and Greg Plageman Preview Shaw’s Season 5 Return
PERSON OF INTEREST Post-Mortem: Greg Plageman on Season 5’s ‘Greatest Mystery,’ Rebuilding the Machine, Exploring Backstories, and More

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May 3, 2016

Credit:: John Paul Filo/CBS

Credit:: John Paul Filo/CBS

When PERSON OF INTEREST returns, the biggest priority is protecting the compressed Machine — a task that gets action-packed, fast.

As for Reese, he has another possible headache on his plate: Fusco starts to question exactly what went down when he was ambushed at the end of season 4. Reese knows if Fusco digs too deep, that could lead the wrong people to him…and potentially to Team Machine.

I sat down with Jim Caviezel (Reese) on the show’s set — while they were filming the eighth episode of the upcoming season — to talk about his character’s evolution, team-first mindset, and more. [Read more]

May 3, 2016

Credit: Barbara Nitke/CBS

Credit: Barbara Nitke/CBS

After nearly a year off our television screens, PERSON OF INTEREST is finally back.

Last season, Finch, Reese, and Root struggled to save the Machine as Samaritan operatives took them on. Team Machine was successful — but they had to compress the Machine into a briefcase and go on the run. Meanwhile, as Fusco attempted to take in Dominic and Elias, both men were killed in an ambush…which will leave Fusco with a lot of explaining to do.

I sat down with POI star Michael Emerson (Finch) as they were filming the eighth episode of the upcoming season to talk about how Team Machine is coping in season 5, rebuilding the Machine, and more.

[Read more]

January 25, 2016

Credit: Fox

Credit: Fox

What happened when Lucifer (Tom Ellis) needed a vacation from Hell? Well, in Fox’s new drama, LUCIFER, he went to Los Angeles, opened a bar, and avoided the call to return.

But when an acquaintance of Lucifer’s gets killed he finds himself drawn into the investigation to find her killer. And with that, he has a new calling, of sorts: thanks to his uncanny ability to draw out secrets — and his newfound fascination with Chloe, a detective who is immune to his ways — he decides to consult with the LAPD.

“For me, we were starting at a point where it was a character that, yes, everyone knows, but it could be a different world, at the beginning of a redemption story,” Ellis told reporters on the show’s Vancouver set (in the video below). “And this was like the ultimate redemption story; the most irredeemable character, how could he find redemption? And so that was my take on it.”

Though the devil could be a super serious character, “I just wanted it to be a fun take on it,” he continued. “And he likes to have fun with people. And that was a huge selling point for me, and a huge kind of thing I tapped into, really: I didn’t want to be Mr. Evil.”

Check out more from Ellis in the video below, as he discuses playing a recognizable figure, how the show is handling its comic origin, and more…

[Read more]

January 21, 2016

THE 100’s Clarke (Eliza Taylor) has endured a lot during her time on the ground, but the decision to sacrifice the people of Mount Weather to save the people she cares about weighs heavily on her.

“She’s pretty messed up over Mount Weather,” Taylor told reporters on the show’s Vancouver set in the video below. “She obviously left because she wasn’t able to face her demons, wasn’t able to deal with what she’s done. So she’s in a state of pure survival mode. She’s just out in the woods. It’s all about hunting and finding somewhere dry to sleep. Just trying to survive.”

But what will it take for Clarke to forgive herself? “It’s going to be a long and hard journey,” she said. “She’s…in a pretty dark place; I think it’s going to take a lot of time for her to kind forgive herself and for other people to forgive her as well.”

Check out more from Taylor…

[Read more]

January 21, 2016

Credit: Jordan Nuttall/The CW

Credit: Jordan Nuttall/The CW

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW kicks off tonight on The CW, and many of the faces taking center stage are familiar to fans of ARROW and THE FLASH: Sara/White Canary (Caity Lotz); Ray/Atom (Brandon Routh); Stein (Victor Garber) and Jax (Franz Drameh), AKA Firestorm; Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller); Mick/Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell); Kendra/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée); Carter/Hawkman (Falk Hentschel); and baddie Vandal Savage (Casper Crump).

But there is one new face in the series, and he’s who ties the mismatched group of heroes and villains together — Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill). Rip gathers the team together to take down Vandal, and the chase (throughout the world and time) is on.

On the show’s Vancouver set, Darvill sat down with reporters to talk about sticky situation Rip has found himself in…

[Read more]

January 13, 2016

We’re supposed to have one life to live, but for SECOND CHANCE’s Jimmy Pritchard, things take a twist: when the 75-year-old is killed during a home invasion at his son’s home — and his death is staged as a suicide — he’s revived in a new, young body by mysterious twins.

On the show’s Vancouver set, SECOND CHANCE star Robert Kazinsky (young Jimmy) spoke with reporters about what viewers will see on the series…

[Read more]

January 11, 2016

Terra IncognitaPERSON OF INTEREST fantastic fourth season (which is, finally, streaming on Netflix) dove deeper into the dueling artificial intelligences_, but one of the finest hours was decidedly human: “Terra Incognita,” as a dying Reese (Jim Caviezel) hallucinated a do-over with Carter (Taraji P. Henson).

“This felt like a great way to put those characters back together again, and get the opportunity for them to have a last goodbye, from their perspective,” PERSON OF INTEREST creator Jonathan Nolan said at the time.

Caviezel pointed to the hour as a particularly important one for Reese. “Last year, during the scene in the car with Carter where he doesn’t realize he has all these protective things around him — he was devastated by the loss,” he shared late last year on the set of the show’s upcoming fifth season. “He was in love with her. But because he’s so good — like special operators can do, they can separate heart and mind. They can compartmentalized so much that when he lost Carter, he never realized that he loved her. And very deeply. That loss, he’ll never get that back. In human behavior, he starts to play a new kind tape in his head, that this is what really happened, when it didn’t happen that way. Now, it gives him a purpose [going forward].”

[Read more]

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