Executive Producer JJ Abrams expects the Person of Interest TV series to be cancelled by CBS, after its shortened fifth season. Abrams speculated about the show’s fate today, at the TCA winter press tour.
The cast of this crime drama includes Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel. Cancellation rumors have been swirling around for a while, even though EP Greg Plageman, like Abrams, thinks there are more stories to tell.
Here is more from Abrams, via TVLine:
“My guess is [Season 5] is the final season,” executive producer J.J. Abrams shared on Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “The only heartbreak there is how much good story there was to come if it were to have continued.”
Planning ahead of time for the Season 5 finale to also serve as a series finale, Abrams confirmed, was “the goal. But, obviously, things can be adjusted if [there’s] a miraculous [ratings] performance. But I think the idea is that this would be the finale.”
The discussion of shopping the series around to a new possible home, “in theory, will be had at the right time,” Abrams said. “But at the moment that’s not what we’re doing.”
“[Showrunners] Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman have done such an amazing job on the show,” Abrams continued, “and I know what these episodes are that they’ve done, wrapping it up. We don’t yet have a schedule, but I know these episodes will see the light of day. People will get to see these episodes.”
For its fourth season, Person of Interest ratings averaged a 1.53 in the 18-49 demographic, and drew in an average audience size of 9.42 million viewers. Compare those to the third season ratings, when the show averaged a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.83 million total viewers.
What do you think? Do you watch the Persons of Interest TV show? Should be cancelled after season five, or renewed for a sixth season?