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PERSON OF INTEREST: Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel on Shaw’s Return

May 31, 2016 by  
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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.

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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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On the Set of PERSON OF INTEREST: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson Preview ‘Reassortment’

May 24, 2016 by  
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"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.

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

May 3, 2016 by  
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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.

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Jim Caviezel Reflects on ‘Terra Incognita’

January 11, 2016 by  
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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].”

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Greg Plageman and Michael Emerson on the ‘Satisfying,’ ‘Philosophical’ Season 5

October 30, 2015 by  
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Credit: CBS/WB

It’s that time of year when nearly every fall show has launched…but, sadly, CBS is holding PERSON OF INTEREST’s (short) fifth season until, well, TBD.

But as fans anxiously anticipate the show’s return, the PERSON OF INTEREST writers and actors are hard at work crafting the upcoming season.

“We really have to raise the bar,” PERSON OF INTEREST co-showrunner Greg Plageman said. “We have to build this thing to a crescendo…I feel really strongly we’re there. This show is on a trajectory it needed to be on to give our audience a satisfying season conclusion that could be fitting as a series conclusion as well.”
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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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PERSON OF INTEREST at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

July 11, 2015 by  
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Credit: CBS/WB

PERSON OF INTEREST is back at Comic-Con. Follow along for live updates from its 2015 panel.

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GMMR TV Awards: Best Non-Finale Twist – Vote Now!

June 18, 2015 by  
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After two weeks of Give Me My Remote readers nominating their television favorites from the past year, it’s time to vote for the 5th Annual GMMR TV Awards!

Most of the categories have five nominees, but due to ties, the number can vary per topic. (And, as a reminder, each category can only have two nominees per show, so only the top two vote-getters from any series moved forward to the voting round.)

Next up: “Best Non-Finale Twist.” (And, warning, there are spoilers ahead.)

Take a look at your nominees and then vote for your choice below!

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GMMR TV Awards: Moment That Made Us Repeatedly Rewind Our DVR – Vote Now!

June 17, 2015 by  
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After two weeks of Give Me My Remote readers nominating their television favorites from the past year, it’s time to vote for the 5th Annual GMMR TV Awards!

Most of the categories have five nominees, but due to ties, the number can vary per topic. (And, as a reminder, each category can only have two nominees per show, so only the top two vote-getters from any series moved forward to the voting round.)

Next up: “Moment That Made Us Repeatedly Rewind Our DVR.”

Take a look at your nominees and then vote for your choice below!

GMMR TV Awards: Moment That Made Us Repeatedly Rewind Our DVR

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Castle and Beckett get married. (CASTLE)

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GMMR TV Awards: Best Season Finale Cliffhanger – Vote Now!

June 17, 2015 by  
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After two weeks of Give Me My Remote readers nominating their television favorites from the past year, it’s time to vote for the 5th Annual GMMR TV Awards!

Most of the categories have five nominees, but due to ties, the number can vary per topic. (And, as a reminder, each category can only have two nominees per show, so only the top two vote-getters from any series moved forward to the voting round.)

Next up: “Best Season Finale Cliffhanger.”

Take a look at your nominees and then vote for your choice below!

GMMR TV Awards: Best Season Finale Cliffhanger

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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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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 Season 4 Finale: ‘YHWH’ Photos

May 5, 2015 by  
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PERSON OF INTEREST’s season finale is ending the season in a big way.

“As usual, we get to the end of the season, [and] we like to break things,” PERSON OF INTEREST co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan laughed when we spoke last month. “We don’t like to have to make these phone calls in which we let people know their character is being killed off, [but] we had to make an awful lot of them…That’s a bummer, but it means for the audience lots of thrills and surprises.”

And as you can see from the photos from tonight’s hour, “YHWH,” things. get. intense.

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PERSON OF INTEREST airs Tuesdays at 10 PM on CBS.

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PERSON OF INTEREST: Jonathan Nolan Teases Deaths, ‘Messy’ A.I. War in Final Season 4 Episodes
PERSON OF INTEREST: ‘Asylum’ Photos
PERSON OF INTEREST Post-Mortem: Jonathan Nolan on Bringing a Bit of Closure to Carter’s Tale
PERSON OF INTEREST: Jonathan Nolan on Carter’s ‘Return,’ the Mystery of Reese, and More

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