Sunday, 24 April 2016

Is A Person Of Interest Reboot Possible?

This was posted in response to this article about a Person of Interest reboot recently on Facebook, so I thought I would share it.

Did you read the disclosure at the end? This site; TV Guide is owned by CBS. So this article; while it gives me hope given the producers and cast, meaning Nolan, Plageman, Emerson, Caveizel and company say that POI could go on from the finale of Season five. Is it possible it is geared towards all of the fans who are so pissed off that they have effectively boycotted CBS. I know of many fans who have done exactly this. One wonders just how many fans and whether this is affecting the ratings of CBS's other shows.

I also happen to agree with Rita Presto who posted earlier saying that: "Never say never isn't enough for me" She also goes on to say: "I would like to hear some real hope for this great show that I think got the shaft"...Yes, indeed Rita, Person of Interest was royally screwed by CBS. 

CBS do not own it, Warner Bros do, so they were not interested in spending money on promoting the show and giving it the best chance it could at getting great ratings which is the only place there profits were generated. This made no sense to me, even if the show was not owned by the network, why would you not do everything possible to generate more profit.

What they did instead was move it to Tuesday nights after Season 2. They then behaved as if they did not care when ratings fell. They spend little on promotion and basically treated a quality, relevant masterpiece like shit. I also hope that the fans who have stated they will boycott CBS stick to their word. It is about time the viewers were listened to.

I also do not believe Nolan. I do not think he could have possibly finished the story he had planned for POI in a way that he was satisfied with. Especially when he said that he had at least seven or more seasons of story planned for the series. He is saying what CBS want to hear, because let's face it, if you bite the hand that feeds you, you end up paying for it. 

CBS are a huge company and he obviously does not want to alienate a network that can give him work in the future. I would say his comments were made through gritted teeth, because as a writer myself, I would be so pissed off if I was forced to shorten a story I had planned for 44-46 episodes to 13 episodes. So Nolan is paying lip service, in my opinion. I feel truly sorry for Jonah Nolan. 

Not being able to tell the story you want to tell really sucks. I just hope that Season 5 does not feel rushed. I think it will, but hopefully the writers are clever enough to distract the fans from the rushed feeling.

Even though I am not giving up on Person of Interest until I believe there is absolutely no hope of it being picked up by another network, I would love to see something more positive about this, not just speculation that it could happen. 

I really wish that Netflix would comment or at least tell us they are considering picking up the series. Please Netflix, Hulu, Fox, NBC....Please seriously consider starting talks with WB regarding this series, it is the best series to hit our TV screens since Grey's Anatomy in 2005 and this was 12 years ago. Given the lack of good scripted TV available these days, this show is one other networks really need to consider.

And fans of Person of Interest. I know things are looking bleaker for the future of this show, but I urge you not to give up. Please try to watch Season 5 live if you live in the US and please continue to join in and support the campaign to save our show. We cannot do it without the support of the fans, we need you now more than ever, so I urge you to not give up. Not yet!

So, are we giving up yet? Or do we really believe there is hope. Nolan did say that not many of the characters will survive, but there is no reason why they could not bring them back from the dead. Everyone thought Reese and Finch were dead in the beginning, so I am not ruling out this possibility or any scenario that could be used in rebooting the Person of Interest story.

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