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PERSON OF INTEREST: Michael Emerson on Finch’s Machine Struggles in Season 5

May 3, 2016 by  
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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.

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Michael Emerson on the Show’s WGN America Run, Season 5’s ‘Events’

September 1, 2015 by  
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WGN America’s “Prime Crime” lineup is welcoming PERSON OF INTEREST to the mix on Tuesday, September 1st.

The network will air the first three episodes of the CBS drama — which just happens to be one of the best shows on television — from 7-10 PM ET/4-7 PM PT. The mini-marathon will continue over the next two weeks as WGN America airs POI and ELEMENTARY back-to-back for a total of 100 installments of the two shows. (There is also a Labor Day marathon planned, which will consist of six hours of each show.)

The move could be a big one for PERSON OF INTEREST — with the series not airing until midseason, this gives new fans the chance to catch up before the shortened fifth season launches on CBS.

I spoke with PERSON OF INTEREST star Michael Emerson (Harold Finch) about the series hitting syndication (and finally streaming on Netflix), the show’s evolution, and a tease of what’s to come in season 5…

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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: Michael Emerson Teases Finch Going to Hong Kong, and Going Toe-to-Toe with Jessica Hecht

October 28, 2014 by  
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While the PERSON OF INTEREST gang remains firmly in their cover identities, this week’s new episode, “Pretenders,” leads Finch far away from the rest of the group: he’s going to Hong Kong!

I spoke with PERSON OF INTEREST star Michael Emerson (Finch) about Finch’s adventure, meeting up with someone there who might be Finch’s match (played by BREAKING BAD’s Jessica Hecht), and whether there would be any sort of romantic interest coming up…

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Michael Emerson Shares His Favorite Episodes From the First Two Seasons

July 2, 2013 by  
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After two seasons of it being impossible to legally watch PERSON OF INTEREST online, the series has finally made its way to iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and other digital retailers.

And since summer is the perfect time to catch up on the shows you may have missed during their original run, I spoke with PERSON OF INTEREST star Michael Emerson (Finch) at last week’s Saturn Awards to find out which episodes he was most hoping fans would check out…

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