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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: Jonathan Nolan Teases Deaths, ‘Messy’ A.I. War in Final Season 4 Episodes

April 27, 2015 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST took a little bit of a detour from the looming wars with the last episode as Reese set out to solve one of Carter’s unfinished cases (and he nearly died in the process). But as we approach the final two episodes of the season, things are about to explode.

“As usual, we get to the end of the season, [and] we like to break things,” PERSON OF INTEREST co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan laughed.

And with those broken things to come, some familiar faces won’t make it out of the season alive.
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PERSON OF INTEREST: Jonathan Nolan on Carter’s ‘Return,’ the Mystery of Reese, and More

April 13, 2015 by  
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Terra IncognitaThis week’s new episode of PERSON OF INTEREST is an emotional hour, as Reese sets out to solve a case Carter was never able to close before her untimely death.

“One of the fun things of our show is the opportunity to tell big stories about how technology is changing our lives, and the planet around us,” PERSON OF INTEREST creator Jonathan Nolan noted. “But now Reese is pretending to be a New York City police officer, [and] his day job pulls him into some more grounded, dark, emotional landscapes. In this case, it’s the story of a murder of a family that Carter began investigating a few years beforehand. It’s a cold case where the main suspect has fled the country. He’s now come back to the country, the Machine has given us his number, and it’s an opportunity for Reese to pick up where Carter left off in trying to solve this mystery. But the episode really is about more than the case; it’s about the mystery of who is Reese? Who is he really?”

As the show underwent its deep-dive into Reese’s mindset, the flashbacks also allowed the series to use Taraji P. Henson (Carter) — who has been having a busy year between EMPIRE and her SNL hosting gig this past weekend — for the first time since her 2013 exit.

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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 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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PERSON OF INTEREST: Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman Talk the Carter Twist in ‘The Crossing’ and What Comes Next

November 20, 2013 by  
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[This post contains massive, massive spoilers for the PERSON OF INTEREST episode, “The Crossing.” If you haven’t seen it, please go watch the episode before you read any further.]

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PERSON OF INTEREST Post-Mortem: Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman on What’s Next for Root

October 9, 2013 by  
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[Warning: This post contains spoilers for tonight’s episode of PERSON OF INTEREST, “Lady Killer.” If you haven’t seen it, go watch it, and then come back to see what POI executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman had to say about what comes next.]

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Jonathan Nolan, Greg Plageman, and Sarah Shahi Tease ‘Lady Killer’

October 8, 2013 by  
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It’s time for the women of PERSON OF INTEREST to take center stage in tonight’s brand new episode, “Lady Killer.” And while at first glance, it might seem like a simple one-off, there are deeper issues being raised in the hour.

“I think it’s a good example of a standalone story that opens up Carter’s character in a fun sort of way,” PERSON OF INTEREST executive producer Greg Plageman teased to reporters after a screening of the episode. “But also the Root storyline is giving us a greater glimpse into the serialized aspect regarding her relationship with the Machine and what that’s going to mean for her and Finch.”

“Never underestimate a strong woman who has access to a networked artificial intelligence,” executive producer Jonathan Nolan pointed out.

Of course, none of this might have been possible if the show hadn’t committed to expanding the world these characters live in with regular guests (Paige Turco’s Zoe) and more permanent quasi-allies (Sarah Shahi’s Shaw).

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In Case You Missed It…BONES, SLEEPY HOLLOW, ALMOST HUMAN, and More

September 22, 2013 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST: Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman on Season 3, Moving to Tuesdays, and More

September 19, 2013 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST is making a big move: after spending its first two seasons on Thursdays, the series will make the move to CBS’ very popular Tuesday lineup this year.

And it’s not like the people behind the series are taking this move for granted: PERSON OF INTEREST creator Jonathan Nolan shared that they have very big things planned for fans.

“We came into this season knowing two big pieces of where we were going,” Nolan shared. “It’s going to be an exciting, exciting season. We got some big questions, and hopefully, some big surprises.”

To see what else I could dig up about POI’s third season, I spoke with Nolan and executive producer Greg Plageman about the show predicting this summer’s real-life government controversies, adding two more series regulars to the roster, and more…

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