Looks like the numbers have stopped coming for Team Machine, as CBS has canceled “Person of Interest” after five seasons. According to IGN, the news was announced just shortly after CBS revealed that the series will return Tuesday, May 3 for its now final season of 13 episodes, followed by back-to-back new episodes beginning on Monday, May 9, with its series finale set to air on Tuesday, June 21.
Premiered in the fall of 2011, “Person of Interest” followed the journey of Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) and John Reese (Jim Caviezel), the mysterious enigmatic billionaire and the brooding ex-spy who prevents violent crimes before they happen with the aid of Finch’s creation called the Machine. With an endless list of allies and friends such as homicide detectives Josslyn ‘Joss’ Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman), sultry ex-covert operative Sameen Shaw (Sarah Shahi), beautiful computer hacker Root (Amy Acker) and Bear the Dog, Reese and Finch are on a mission to stop bad things from happening to good people: people who are considered irrelevant by the relevant government they once worked for.
Battling crime and corruption that ranges from HR to the Brotherhood, Team Machine shows that everyone is relevant to someone, for everybody deserves a champion.
“Person of Interest” is co-created and executive produced by Jonathan Nolan, who’s also known for the “Dark Knight” trilogy with his brother Christopher with Christian Bale as Gotham City’s Bruce Wayne/Batman. On “POI”, the character John Reese is the Batman in the Suit: the shadowy, mysterious vigilante hero that New York may not deserve, but Reese is the hero needed to protect the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, and hopeless. Like Captain America, Reese is the human shield who champions the underdog from the bullies. As the Man in the Suit, John Reese is kinda like a 21st-century Lone Ranger riding for justice.
Airing a decade after FOX’s “24”, several years after USA Network’s “Burn Notice”, “POI” is the post-9/11 cyber-crime action-thriller with Team Machine as the combination of “The A-Team” and “The Equalizer”: in the business of fixing/solving the problems of those who can’t help themselves.
“We’re extremely excited to be able share this final season with the fans,” Nolan and executive producer Greg Plageman issued in their statement. “We’re eternally grateful to our amazing cast and crew, as well as our partners at the studio and network. Most of all, we want to thank the show’s fans – the best fans in the world. This subversive little paranoia-inducing cyberpunk-thriller is for you and you would have been possible without your support. As life has come to imitate ‘Person of Interest’, it’s been our great privilege to work on show for the past five seasons. We can’t wait for you to experience this thrilling and final chapter.”
“Person of Interest” will continue to remain relevant for a new generation of fans in years to come thanks to Netflix and reruns in syndication, which includes being part of WGN America’s “Prime Crime” line-up.