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'Person of Interest' Exclusive: A Thanksgiving Treat From the Show's Producers

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 23rd 2011 6:00PM
Michael Emerson fans, we may have something of 'Interest' for you.

On Sunday, CBS will rebroadcast two episodes of 'Person of Interest,' the pilot and the Oct. 27 episode, 'The Fix.' But for fans of the Emerson-Jim Caviezel drama, the real treat will arrive online, a bit later that night.

Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman, two of the show's executive producers, have recorded a special audio track with thoughts and memories on the making the 'Person of Interest' pilot.

The version of the pilot with the commentary track will be available at 1AM ET Monday morning on CBS' site, but we've got an exclusive excerpt from that enhanced pilot below.

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Save Our Stars: Actors We Want to Rescue from Bad or Blah Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 8th 2011 1:30PM
SOS ListIt happens every year: Disappointing new shows arrive on our TV screens, and they not only leave us cold, they also drag some of our favorite performers down into the muck of mediocrity. If only we could wave a magic wand and free these actors from disappointing or inconsistent vehicles!

As it stands, however, the majority of the shows listed below -- from 'Ringer' to 'American Horror Story' -- have been picked up for full seasons or given additional seasons. As you might imagine, this is not news that fills me with joy. I'd love to see the performers below released from their current gigs one way or another. I say this from love: If 'Ringer' killed off Nestor Carbonell's cop character, I wouldn't shed a tear. Rather, I'd rejoice at the idea that the actor would be free to be awesome on another (ideally excellent) program.

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CBS Orders Full Seasons of 'Unforgettable,' 'Person of Interest'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 25th 2011 4:00PM
CBS Orders Full Seasons of Unforgettable, Person of Interest'Unforgettable' and 'Person of Interest' are here to stay. CBS has ordered full seasons of the two freshman dramas.

Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh star in 'Unforgettable,' the Tuesday night procedural about a detective who has hyperthymesia, the ability to remember everything she sees. According to CBS, the show averages 14 million viewers.

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Reese Brings a Gun to a Hostage Negotiation on 'Person of Interest' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 21st 2011 3:15AM
'Person of Interest' - 'Judgment''Person of Interest' (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS) is definitely following that classic CBS procedural formula. While we get to enjoy a new mystery each week, the character development and larger storylines are moving at a glacial pace.

This week, we saw that Reese and Finch are starting to trust one another a little bit more, and even maybe starting to open up. Not really, but the hints that they could someday become close are there. We're going to guess about halfway through the 11th season at this pace.

Luckily, the cases they tackle are unique each week, as we never quite know what to expect, or even who the real bad guy is until the guys start to piece it together. This week's case turned out to be a fairly standard one, with the guy who's number came up having his son kidnapped.

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'Lost' Rivals Reunite on 'Person of Interest,' Jason Behr Returns to TV & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 14th 2011 7:10PM
Alan DaleIt's a 'Lost' reunion on CBS's 'Person of Interest.'

EW reports Alan Dale -- aka Charles Widmore, a one-time inhabitant of the Island and Ben Linus' nemesis -- will guest star as a former member of the German Stasi secret police. Look for Dale to appear in the eighth episode of the drama series.

Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel star in the new action show.

In other casting news ...

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Flashbacks Show the Building of Finch's Machine on 'Person of Interest' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2011 6:45AM
'Person of Interest' - 'Ghosts'By now we know that Mr. Finch built and designed the software that finds the titular 'Person of Interest' (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS) in each episode. His guilty conscience about these people who aren't tied to terrorists but still in danger lead him to seek out Reese and start this clandestine operation they've got going on.

But it wasn't always that way, as we saw in this week's flashbacks. We also saw Finch running on a treadmill, so the injury that's lead to his current limp and limited mobility happened after this -- perhaps when he stopped working for the government?

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'The X Factor' Bested by 'The Big Bang Theory' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 23rd 2011 12:30PM
The Big Bang Theory Beats The X FactorFox's 'The X Factor' dipped in its second night, but not by much.

The new singing competition was watched by 12.5 million viewers with a 4.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic on Thursday. Comparatively, the Sept. 21 premiere was watched by 12.5 million viewers for a 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

'The X Factor' was bested by CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' premiere, which drew 14.4 million viewers for a 4.9 rating. The new entry on CBS's Thursday nights, 'Person of Interest,' was watched by 13.2 million with a 3.1 rating.

As for the other big debut of the night, ABC's 'Charlie's Angels' reboot was seen by 8.7 million viewers (a 2.1 18-49 rating). It's not a very big number, but better than 'My Generation' did last year. The two-hour premiere of 'Grey's Anatomy' had 10.3 million viewers with a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

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'Person of Interest' Premiere: Reese Has Standoff With Corrupt Cop (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 2:45AM
'Person of Interest' - 'Pilot'If you're looking for a procedural drama of a very different color, or even if you don't care for the procedural format, you might just fall in love with 'Person of Interest' (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS). It certainly had one of the stronger pilots in this new premiere week.

Jim Caviezel is brilliant as an emotionally haunted and physically menacing former government operative, while Michael Emerson captures much of the same genius that made Benjamin Linus a stand-out character on 'Lost,' but without the evil undertones.

The premiere did a great job of setting up the very simple premise. Mr. Finch (Emerson) built a machine after 9/11 that can predict who will be involved in criminal activities. The machine for the government's purposes isn't interested in smaller crimes, but it's these crimes that kept Finch up at night.

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Review: Michael Emerson's 'Person of Interest' Is a Mixed Bag But Worth a Look

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 21st 2011 12:30PM
'Person of Interest' (9PM ET Thursday, CBS) has a few solidly good things going for it.

A big part of the premise is the idea that video surveillance and online tracking programs pervade almost every aspect of our lives. The show isn't designed to peer into the scarier crevices of paranoia, but 'Person of Interest' asks, not without cause, is it actually paranoia if someone really is watching us?

The other big thing it has going for it is Michael Emerson, who, after his terrific performance as the charismatic and ambiguous Ben Linus on 'Lost,' is more than capable of commanding the center of this drama as an enigmatic technology titan named Finch.

The pilot is well-paced and looks great, but then we always expect excellent production values from things that J.J. Abrams (one of the show's executive producers) sprinkles his pixie dust on. And, despite the fact that someone's dusting for fingerprints within the first five minutes of the pilot, there are glimmerings that this may not be just another CBS procedural.

Then again, 'Person of Interest' might be just another CBS procedural, dressed up in fancier clothing. We'll have to see.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Sept 19-25

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 18th 2011 2:00PM
Two and a Half MenNote: Since this is officially "premiere week," with dozens of new and returning shows airing, I'm emphasizing the "picks" portion of the title and only spotlighting a selection of the most noteworthy offerings. For a full listing of new and returning shows and their timeslots, check out our fall premiere grid or alphabetized list to plan your schedule.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

'Eureka' (8PM ET, SyFy)
season finale
After a controversial summer which saw the renewal and subsequent surprise cancellation of the series, the show's fourth season comes to a close with a dramatic episode guest-starring Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. A special holiday episode will air in December before 'Eureka' returns for its final season next year.

'Two and a Half Men' (9PM ET, CBS) season premiere
'2 Broke Girls' (9:30PM ET, CBS) series premiere
One is a comedy I've never seen, the other is one of my favorite comedies of the fall -- guess which is which? Though I've never sat through an episode of 'Two and a Half Men' before, I can't deny that I'm curious to see how the long-running Chuck Lorre comedy will reinvent itself post-Charlie Sheen -- with the addition of Ashton Kutcher, it has the potential to be either an epic comeback, or an epic trainwreck (check out AOL TV's exclusive interview with Kutcher, Cryer and Jones here). More of a sure thing, however, is the charming '2 Broke Girls,' one of my favorite comedy pilots of the season. Centered around a bristly Brooklynite and a Park Avenue princess, the risqué comedy had me laughing out loud for the majority of the episode, which is more than can be said for a lot of the new sitcoms this year ...

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From Jack Bauer to Cylons, How Scripted Television Dealt With Sept. 11

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2011 12:30PM
Given the enormity of what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, it was natural that many television writers would spend the next decade working out what it meant in the stories they told. But the shows that grappled most directly with what it meant to live in a post-9/11 world (and I examine those shows in a bit more depth below) sometimes had a difficult time wrestling with the moral and political complexities of the age while still telling a gripping story. Who knew that a show about killer robots would be one of the most successful shows to combine concerns about terrorism with satisfying character drama?

Of course, in the relatively immediate aftermath of the tragedy, many scripted television shows had episodes or moments that paid tribute to what occurred on Sept. 11, including 'NYPD Blue,' 'Third Watch' and 'The West Wing,' among many others (and almost a decade later, 'Fringe' depicted still-standing twin towers in one of its most memorable moments).

Others programs dwelled on our longing for reassurance in a chaotic world in more oblique ways. 'Lost,' after all, depicted a plane crash, a struggle for survival and the difficulty of sustaining relationships in extreme circumstances, and 'Jericho' took our fears about the state of our union and amplified them in a variety of ways.

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Michael Emerson Talks Playing Mysterious Again for 'Person of Interest' & Old 'Lost' Pals

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 7th 2011 12:00PM
Michael Emerson, 'Person of Interest'Michael Emerson is an award-winning creep, a critically lauded man of mystery, a spine-tingling scene-stealer. In short, Emerson is an actor who always intrigues.

His latest series, 'Person of Interest' (premieres Thurs., Sept. 22, 9PM ET on CBS), finds him giving viewers goosebumps once again as Finch, a secretive billionaire and software genius on a mission.

Teaming up with Reese (Jim Caviezel), an ex-CIA wildcard, the two use sophisticated surveillance technology to prevent violent crimes, but their brand of vigilante policing doesn't go unnoticed by the actual police (including homicide detective Carter, played by Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson).

I caught up with Emerson to hear all about his latest role, his new costars and keeping up with his old 'Lost' pals, too.

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Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Stars We're Excited to See (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 25th 2011 12:00PM
Zooey! Jorge and Michael! Sarah Michelle (with or without her magical crabs)! Welcome to Part 4 of our critics roundtable debate, all about the stars we're most excited to see on our TVs this year.

Here's a little backstory: during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of my fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV, and this one has the most laughs.


I've split our chat into five insightful videos -- best new comedy, best new drama, worst new show and star we're happiest to see on TV (watch all four below), and returning show we're most excited for (posting Friday) -- so check back tomorrow for the last installment.

For now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan to find out which stars we're most excited to see on TV.

And watch until the very end for a hilarious (to us, at least) crabby outtake ... anyone else ever sat through 'Simply Irresistible'?

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CBS Pilots Snap Judgment: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 10th 2011 12:00PM
New CBS Shows, 2011-2012We've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate in the fall. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of CBS's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are five shows total (read up and watch previews here) and plenty of varying opinions -- none of us agreed 100% on any of them -- from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba, Kim Potts and Laura Prudom.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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Sneak Previews: The New CBS Shows

by Chris Harnick, posted May 19th 2011 11:15AM
2 Broke GirlsWhat do Michael Emerson and Kat Dennings have in common? They have two of highest-testing new shows, according to CBS.

Yep, CBS is predicting Emerson's 'Person of Interest' and Dennings' '2 Broke Girls' are going to be hot next season. But, that's up to you, dear viewers!

During midseason, look for new rookie cop drama 'The 2-2' from producer Robert De Niro.

Check out previews of of '2 Broke Girls,' 'Person of Interest,' Poppy Montgomery's new police drama 'Unforgettable,' Patrick Wilson and Julie Benz in supernatural medical drama 'A Gifted Man' and David Hornsby and Kevin Dillon in 'How to Be a Gentleman' below.

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