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PERSON OF INTEREST: The Cast, Writers Pick Which Episodes Will Hook You

August 31, 2015 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST — arguably one of the best dramas on television right now — is finally coming to Netflix and syndication (on WGN America, at 7 PM) on September 1st. (Only the first three seasons of POI will be on Netflix streaming this week — season 4 will be available on September 22nd; )

To boil the show down to its simplest terms, PERSON OF INTEREST follows an ex-CIA agent (Jim Caviezel’s John Reese) and a brilliant billionaire (Michael Emerson’s Harold Finch) as they attempt to stop violent crimes before they occur — using social security numbers generated by an all-seeing Machine, which can pinpoint a likely occurrence. (Complicating matters? They don’t know whether the number they get is going to be the victim or the perpetrator.) Since they can’t do it alone, through the show’s four seasons, they’ve had help — in varying ways — from Taraji P. Henson’s Carter, Kevin Chapman’s Fusco, Amy Acker’s Root, and Sarah Shahi’s Shaw.

If you haven’t watched the show, you absolutely should make your way through the entire series. The drama’s evolution from focusing more purely on case of the week (while having little tidbits of mythology sprinkled in) to deep-diving into the Machine — including its war with another A.I. — has been fascinating and compelling journey. And since the show’s upcoming fifth season is returning midseason, you absolutely have time to catch up on the 90 hours that have aired so far.

But if you need a starting place, PERSON OF INTEREST executive producers Greg Plageman and Denise Thé, as well as stars Chapman and Acker, shared a few episodes you should check out…

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Sarah Shahi and Greg Plageman Preview Shaw’s Season 5 Return

August 11, 2015 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST has officially pinned down the return of Sarah Shahi’s Shaw.

“Sarah Shahi should be back by episode 5,” PERSON OF INTEREST co-showrunner Greg Plageman shared. “She’s a trooper man, she’s doing a lot. But she’s ready to go, she says I want to be back, and we’re very excited to have her.”

On the show, Shaw went MIA after she sacrificed herself to save Team Machine. Initially, she was presumed dead, but viewers have seen brief glimpses of Shaw — clearly not right — in the months since. (Shaw’s temporary exit was crafted to accommodate Shahi’s real-life pregnancy.)

And though PERSON OF INTEREST isn’t on CBS’ fall schedule, the airdate limbo could serve to bring back Shahi earlier than planned.

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Greg Plageman and Kevin Chapman Tease Fusco’s Future

July 23, 2015 by  
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For four seasons, Team Machine has fought the good fight on PERSON OF INTEREST, whether it’s trying to prevent crimes/save people, dealing with corrupt cops/public officials, or a competing (and very powerful) A.I.

But throughout it all, one member of Team Machine has been operating without knowing the truth of what’s going on: as of now, Fusco still doesn’t know what’s going on with the Machine. (Which has undoubtedly kept him safe on more than one occasion, but that’s not likely going to be something Fusco is thrilled about when all the lies come to light.)

So will season 5 be the year Fusco’s finally looped in? PERSON OF INTEREST co-showrunner Greg Plageman and star Kevin Chapman (Fusco) shared their thoughts about what the future might hold for Fusco… Read more

PERSON OF INTEREST Producers, Stars on Why a Shorter Season 5 Could Be a Good Thing

July 15, 2015 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST is in an unusual situation as it gears up for its upcoming fifth season: not only is the series being held until midseason, but its episode order count has been reduced from the normal 22/23 installments per year to, reportedly, 13 episodes.

At the show’s Comic-Con panel, POI creator Jonathan Nolan acknowledged they don’t know if the upcoming season will be the end, but “we’re very proud of the show…[and] if it’s the last season, no one is going to be disappointed with the story we tell.”

Before the panel, PERSON OF INTEREST star Jim Caviezel (Reese) shared he’s just focused on making the best show possible.

“We are where we are because every damn episode is so damn good,” he explained in the video below. “We don’t think about out there. We stay right here in the moment, today.”

Check out what else Caviezel, Nolan, and Michael Emerson (Finch) had to say about the shorter season, as well as co-showrunner Greg Plageman’s take on why this could actually be a good thing…

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Report: PERSON OF INTEREST Season 5 to be 13 Episodes

May 12, 2015 by  
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person-of-interest-featuredThe recently-renewed PERSON OF INTEREST will only have 13 episodes in its upcoming season 5, Deadline reports. (A network rep had no comment.)

While fans may be (understandably) disappointed to have less hours of the show — and given what executive producer Greg Plageman teased about the fifth season, it’s hard to imagine that in a shorter season — the producers have mentioned their desire to have a shorter season before.

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PERSON OF INTEREST Post-Mortem: Greg Plageman on Season 5’s ‘Greatest Mystery,’ Rebuilding the Machine, Exploring Backstories, and More

May 6, 2015 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST closed out its excellent fourth season with a traumatizing — and action-packed — finale, “YHWH.”

For POI co-showrunner Greg Plageman, he got to witness some of the fan reaction to the bloodshed and trauma via the POI writers’ room Twitter account.

“I think [the fans are] simultaneously horrified and engaged,” he laughed. “They know someone is going to die, they don’t know who it is, but they gotta stay engaged. It’s a lot of fun.”

With season 4 now behind us, I spoke with Plageman about what the writers have in store for season 5 — including the “greatest mystery,” if everyone we think is dead will stay dead, Martine’s unseen backstory, and much more…

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman Tease the Team’s Struggles Post-Shaw, the Return of the Brotherhood, and More

February 3, 2015 by  
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It’s been a long couple of weeks since the last episode of PERSON OF INTEREST, but finally, the CBS drama — arguably the best show on network television — returns with a brand new episode tonight.

With the traumatizing “trilogy” behind us (which saw the team, seemingly, lose Shaw, a little over a year after Carter died), Reese and Root are off on a trip in tonight’s hour, “M.I.A.,” to find out what the heck had happened to Shaw.

“I think we have the opportunity here to put a couple of our characters on the road in search of a final answer in terms of what happened to Shaw’s character,” PERSON OF INTEREST executive producer Greg Plageman teased last month.

“It’s definitely a Root and Reese [team-up] episode in 13, and given that Shaw is MIA, they’ll be spending more time together [beyond that],” executive producer Jonathan Nolan added. “We’re looking for more mayhem and more hijinks in the second half of the season.”

And so, TV life goes on. I spoke with Plageman and Nolan about how the team handles the next number that comes up, what the Brotherhood will be up to next, the war between machines, and more…

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PERSON OF INTEREST Post-Mortem: Greg Plageman and Jonathan Nolan on the Shaw Mystery, Control’s ‘Awakening,’ and What Comes Next

January 14, 2015 by  
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[Warning: this post contains spoilers for the January 13th PERSON OF INTEREST episode, “Control-Alt-Delete.”]

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Greg Plageman and Jonathan Nolan Tease Going ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ in ‘Control-Alt-Delete’

January 13, 2015 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST started off 2015 with a bang as last week’s excellent episode, “If-Then-Else,” culminated in the team losing Shaw. And after that trauma, tonight’s intense hour, “Control-Alt-Delete,” showcases a different aspect of the series.

“Get prepared to go down the rabbit hole with the other side,” PERSON OF INTEREST executive producer Greg Plageman teased.

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PERSON OF INTEREST: ‘Wingman’ Photos

September 29, 2014 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST’s Fusco is going to be a bit over his head in the upcoming episode, “Wingman.”

“I think episode 3 is a lot of fun,” PERSON OF INTEREST executive producer Greg Plageman teased. “It’s the one where Fusco learns to get some game.”

Check out some photos from the hour…

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PERSON OF INTEREST airs Tuesdays at 10 PM on CBS.

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PERSON OF INTEREST: What You Missed on Your Summer Vacation
PERSON OF INTEREST Season 4: Greg Plageman and Jonathan Nolan Tease a Cold War, the Loss of Sanctuary, and More
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PERSON OF INTEREST: ‘Nautilus’ Photos

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PERSON OF INTEREST Season 4: Greg Plageman and Jonathan Nolan Tease a Cold War, the Loss of Sanctuary, and More

September 23, 2014 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST blew things up multiple times in season 3, and now the show is coming back for its fourth season with the team split up: Reese, Finch, Root, and Shaw are off-grid to keep safe from Samaritan, while Fusco has been left behind.

I spoke with PERSON OF INTEREST showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman about the show’s pacing this year, the team losing their sanctuary, the AI’s Cold War, and more. (Though, in an amusing twist of fate, technology did work against us: Nolan lost phone reception a few minutes into the interview, so most of the chat is solely with Plageman.) Keep reading to see what they had to say…

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Jim Caviezel and Greg Plageman Tease Season 4

July 30, 2014 by  
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The PERSON OF INTEREST characters were forced to split up at the end of last season in order to remain safe, and things won’t be calming down much when the show returns this fall.

“This season is about the war between two machines,” POI executive producer Greg Plageman told reporters at Comic-Con. “The question becomes, how do you go up against something that’s watching and listening [to your every move]?”

Check out what else he and series star Jim Caviezel (Reese) were able to tease about season 4…

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PERSON OF INTEREST Season 3 Finale Post-Mortem: Greg Plageman and Jonathan Nolan Tease What Comes Next

May 14, 2014 by  
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[This post contains spoilers for the third season finale of PERSON OF INTEREST. If you haven’t seen it, please go watch that before you read this interview.]

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In Case You Missed It…THE FOLLOWING, ALMOST HUMAN, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, and More!

February 9, 2014 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST: Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman Tease an All-Flashback Episode, Expanding the Series, Why They’re Not Interested in Airing 200 Episodes, and What’s to Come

February 4, 2014 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST has doubled down on exploring its more serialized elements this season, and the stakes have never been higher. (Poor Carter.) But on the bright side, in spite of the mourning many fans are going through, the show has never been better.

I sat down with PERSON OF INTEREST bosses Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman to talk about their desire to make “a great compelling story,” potentially shooting shorter seasons, filming outside of New York, and what’s to come for the second half of the season…

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