Person of Interest – Episode 1.09 – Get Carter – Press Release

WHEN CARTER’S LIFE IS PUT IN JEOPARDY, REESE AND FINCH MUST PROTECT HER WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT, ON “PERSON OF INTEREST,” THURSDAY, DEC. 8

CHEAT TWEET: Detective Carter’s the new POI. Cat to Mouse: Your move! #PersonOfInterest, 12/8 @9pm ET/PT http://bit.ly/vYiwkt

“Get Carter” – Reese and Finch’s game of cat and mouse with Detective Carter becomes infinitely more complicated when The Machine declares that she is their newest POI, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Thursday, Dec. 8 (9:00 – 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

SERIES REGULARS:
Jim Caviezel (Reese)
Michael Emerson (Finch)
Taraji P. Henson (Detective Carter)
Kevin Chapman (Detective Fusco)

GUEST CAST:
Charles Flint Beverage (Mr. Kovach)
Jennifer Laura Thompson (Mrs. Kovach)
Jason Olazabal (Hector)
Mark Margolis (Moretti)
Victor Cruz (Mr. Castillo)
Ed Moran (Sgt. Harris)
Brian Avers (Daniels)
Anthony Azizi (Yusuf)
Gregory Lay (Officer Valentino)
Kwoade Cross (Taylor)
Danny Henriquez (Leonard)
Arianna Hoeppner (Monica)
Francois Battiste (Bottle Cap)
Michael Mulheren (Lynch)
Maureen Sebastian (Mei Li)
Enrico Colantoni (Elias)

WRITTEN BY: Greg Plageman and Denise Thé
DIRECTED BY: Alex Zakrzewski

Taken from: SpoilerTV

CBS Nears Back Orders For ‘Person Of Interest’ And ‘Unforgettable’

CBS is finalizing deals for back orders to rookies Person Of Interest and Unforgettable. Neither of them has been the breakout hit that CBS’ new comedy 2 Broke Girls has been (that series was given an early full-season order a couple of weeks ago), but they have both performed solidly in their time slots and are coming off ratings upticks. Unforgettable (2.5/5) on Tuesday was up two tenths from last week, while Person Of Interest last Thursday drew a 2.7/7 in 18-49 and 12.6 million viewers, up two tenths from the previous week in the demo. It benefited from a Big Bang Theory repeat as a lead-in vs. How To Be A Gentleman the week before.

Source: Deadline

Michael Emerson bends to ‘Interest’-ing light.

By Amy Amatangelo

 

Michael Emerson is playing a hero on his new CBS series “Person of Interest.”

For the actor best known for playing master manipulator Benjamin Linus on “Lost” and psycho stalker William Hinks on “The Practice,” that takes getting used to.

“It feels a little strange, and it takes me outside of my comfort zone, I guess,” Emerson recently told the Herald. “I’ve been so in the habit of finding a sinister note, or at least an ambiguous note in my work. I’ve been so busy making audiences question what I’m up to for a long time that it feels anti-instinctual to relax and just be the good guy and not employ all my little bag of tricks.”

In the series the 57-year-old actor plays Finch, a wealthy software genius who created a computer surveillance program that can predict when a crime is about to happen.

“It’s not science fiction to suggest that you can be followed. You can be photo-graphed. You can be listened to really fairly easily. All the technology that we use in the show is real-life existing technology,” he said. “(Executive producer) Jonathan Nolan is fond of saying he wants people to watch the show and then never be able feel the same way about their cellphone, which is the effect it’s had on me.”

The series puts the actor back in New York, where he lives with his wife, actress Carrie Preston (“True Blood”). While on “Lost,” he never truly relocated to Hawaii. “I always got a sublet every season, and at the end of the season, I would pack things in a storage unit and go home to my real life,” he said. “I never felt like that was home. People would buy a house and get killed off the series. You tempt the fates, I think, when you make a gesture that suggests permanence. I try to think of my career as being a kind of gypsy career.”

As “Person of Interest” continues, Emerson said the series will incorporate overarching mysteries into the stand-alone episodes.

“The histories of both my character and (co-star) James Caviezel’s character are part of a big long flashback treatment and more will be revealed every episode,” he said. “Each time the explanation of how they came to be doing this work will become clearer and it will justify them more.”

Source: Boston Hereld

Photos: ‘Person of Interest’ Michael Emerson Season 1 Episode 4 First Look

Person of Interest Review: Secrets and Trust

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 You’re being watched. You’re being listened to. A machine spits out a number and identifies a person of interest. Victim? Perpetrator? That’s unknown, but it’s clear that Big Brother is watching and you never know when you might need saving.

“Ghosts” jumped right into the story, although I’m not sure about the time frame between this episode and the pilot, and showed that John Reese is taking his new job seriously. He’s highly dangerous and highly effective. He also likes nice suits.

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While I found Reese rather off putting and emotionless a week ago, his demeanor (and my opinion of him) changed for the better in this episode.

James Caviezel clearly made a choice to portray the character as cold and robotic at the start because Reese’s experiences had shaped him into a broken and untrusting man. Reese was highly guarded and as much as I felt disconnected from him, the second episode allowed me to recognize his own disconnect from himself and the world.

This episode showed a warmer (if you can call it that), version of Reese. Okay. So he has a lot of heating up to do, but it’s a start.

Change takes time, and as much as the episode quickly moved around from clue to discovery to pay-off, I like that the character growth is taking a gradual yet slow pace. It gives the audience a chance to witness little changes and details without the overcoming of personal problems shoved instantly down our throats.

Additionally, it’s those tiny moments where Reese flashes a quick smile or a clever comment that make him more than just a tough killing machine. Granted, wearing a nice suit and beating up bad guys in the elevator, making dump truck entrances, and repeatedly showing enemies why not to mess with him also make Reese one cool dude.

Interestingly enough, he didn’t seem to have a problem killing a person. Sure, he usually goes for the knees to take away their golf game, but Reese didn’t hesitate when he shot the hitman in the laundry mat… or in the hallway for round two. It separates him from the standard good guy who prefers to knock out his opponents and refuses to kill. It’s what makes Reese such a gritty and interesting character, as he borders the line of good guy/bad guy.

As for Finch, he remained his mysterious self. Why can’t he turn his neck? How did he get that limp? Who was his colleague when The Machine was in its origin stages? (I mean, besides being another member of the Others on Lost.) The questions simply swirl around his character, even as bits of flashback give the audience a glimpse into his past.

Could Finch be a bad guy? I mean, is it safe to assume he is a good guy?

I’m glad that Reese is curious as to what those secrets are instead of completely giving into the notion of The Machine and its magical lottery numbers. Plus, the cat and mouse game between the two “partners” should prove highly entertaining for its own form of banter and attempts to be one step ahead of the other.

The case of the week wasn’t all that interesting. The discovery of the expensive real estate and “dead” girl moved by with blazing speed. Sometimes, magically finding a lead or a clue when it’s convenient makes a show more like an episode of Scooby Doo, but I’m enjoying the characters roam around to save the day, so I’ll let it slide.

As much as the show falls into the procedural category, I find my interest lies more in learning about the characters. If I’m not interested in the leads, it doesn’t matter how provocative or mind bending the plot is. Reese and Finch are obviously just getting started. That said, I’m hoping Detective Carter gets a chance to do something and even interact with Reese or Finch. She would add another great dynamic and perspective for the show. Hopefully, she’s not just “that cop that follows the main characters around.”

All in all, this episode was a solid outing that continued to establish the tone and feel for the story and its characters. It’s looking to be one interesting and action packed ride.

Source: TVFanatic

Michael Emerson to former ‘Lost’ co-star Terry O’Quinn: I won’t quit you, either!

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Our ongoing lobbying coverage of a potential John Locke/Benjamin Linus TV reunion continues! Last week, Terry O’Quinn (now guest-starring on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 with ex-Oceanic 815er Daniel Dae Kim) told EW he still wants to work with fellow Lost co-star Michael Emerson (now on CBS’ Person of Interest), even though plans for a J.J. Abrams-produced action-drama vehicle fell apart earlier this year. Said O’Quinn: “I was actually looking to do a series after Lost. … Michael and I fiddled around with one and we sort of got through the process of generating some interest in it, and we just didn’t come up with a script that everyone agreed on. Michael and I stay in touch; we still talk about that. Maybe we’ll make it happen before we get too creaky. I would love to have at least one more good experience like Lost.”

“I feel very much the same way,” Emerson tells EW.com. “I was very gratified to read that in the press. We’ve both told each other that even though there may be some bumps along the road, sooner or later, we’re going to work together.” For fans of Emerson’s new show with Jim Caviezel (and there could be a lot of them: Person of Interest launched last week to 13.2 million viewers), the actor has some scoop about tonight’s episode (airing at 9/8 c): Expect some revelations about his character, Finch, a wealthy, tragedy-haunted techno-vigilante who uses a computer developed in the aftermath of 9/11 to identify and stop crimes before they occur. “I was surprised they started digging into [Finch’s past] so early,” says Emerson. “The writers are laying the groundwork of telling the backstory in tandem with telling the present story, and finding smart ways to have themes of the past intertwine with the themes of the present.”

More specifically?

“Just as the culture suffered a traumatic blow at 9/11 that made it regroup and rethink priorities, the characters on our show have had experiences of terrible violence, and based on that trauma, have decided to change the mission of their lives. That is certainly true of Finch. There is violence in the past,” says Emerson. “We also see some of the evolution of [the technology] he uses. We go back to the machine’s infancy a bit, and we are privy to how it evolved, and for what reasons it evolved, and the personalities behind its creation. You realize that it’s not just Finch.”

Asked if Finch might have an enemy out there — the Joker to his high-tech Batman — Emerson says: TBD? “That hasn’t been suggested yet in scripts that I’ve read, but I don’t see why that’s impossible, either,” he says. “That could be a swell storyline — an overarching thing that can consume a lot of narrative time.”

Source: EW

‘Person of Interest’ premiere review: Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel like to watch; do you?

For a show with a tricky, complicated premise, Person of Interest certainly moved right along at a zippy pace, didn’t it? This series, which CBS says tested higher than many in recent memory, featured Jim Caviezel as John Reese, a former CIA agent who’s off the grid and down in the dumps, having lost the woman he loves under mysterious circumstances. Reese was shaken out of his despair — given a new purpose in life — by Mr. Finch, and if anyone other than Lost’s Michael Emerson was playing him, the fussy little Finch would be a mere figure of fun. If there’s one thing Lost prepared Emerson to do well, however, it’s bringing gravity to scenes of great potential foolishness.

In this series created by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and co-produced by J.J. Abrams, there exists in the post-9/11 world a vast matrix of security cameras and technology. In the premiere episode, Mr. Finch revealed that he helped set up that all-seeing system, in Manhattan at the very least, and is now using it for his own purposes. Finch told Reese that he can track potential crimes to be committed, although mere lofty observation cannot indicate whether the people caught on camera are future criminals or victims. For that, Mr. Finch needs a man on the ground, and that man is Reese. “You need a purpose,” Finch told Reese, who’d spent his most recent months not shaving and riding the subway all night without changing his clothes for weeks. “You need a job.”

Reese took to the job with a ruthless efficiency, using his CIA training to go after bad guys with martial-arts precision. (The opening scene, with a shaggy Reese fighting bullies in a subway car, had a kinetic energy that I hope remains a prominent element in the series.) When a former bum started neutralizing criminals, it caught the attention of law enforcement, in the person of an NYPD detective named Carter, played by Taraji P. Henson with a credible mixture of curiosity and dubiousness. (Now she just needs more face-time, which I’m sure the producers are planning to give her.)

The big question is how Person of Interest proceeds as a weekly series. It could be that the idea is to give Reese and Finch a different case to close each week, with guest stars and self-contained plots that render the show a variation on the old anthology series ranging from The Twilight Zone to Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In Reese’s memories of the woman he loved along with a web of info to track down patterns of crime, there’s an element of the fine, low-rated, missed NBC Damien Lewis series Life.  POI also harkens back strongly to an older TV hit: The Millionaire, a 1955-60 series in which a mysterious benefactor entered people’s lives via a Mr. Finch-like messenger.

Person of Interest‘s vision of a city overrun by tech that can be used for humane purposes, with action scenes well-played by the expressively stoic Caviezel, has a multi-faceted appeal for these times. The show can simultaneously unsettle, comfort, excite, and amuse – something for everyone, if, like Mr. Finch, you like to watch. Do you, will you, again?

Source: EW