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The J.J. Abrams-produced drama will conclude with its recently scheduled fifth season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
“We’re extremely excited to be able share this final season with the fans,” executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman told IGN, which first reported the news Wednesday. “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 would not 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.”
The news comes after the network scheduled a burn-off of the drama’s remaining 13 installments with two episodes a week. The move to conclude the series this season follows Abrams’ comments to reporters that such a move was “likely” and that showrunners Nolan and Plageman have been prepping season five with an eye that its conclusion serve as a series finale.
The show, produced by outside studio Warner Bros. Television, was left off the network’s fall schedule for the first time this season. When CBS announced its midseason moves in January, procedural Person of Interest was nowhere to be found. (Fellow procedural CSI: Cyber, meanwhile, was bumped off its Sunday perch after Elementary shifted to make room for WBTV-produced Rush Hour.)
“I know they will see the light of day,” Abrams told reporters in January. “People will get to see these episodes. I know the power of that story. Again, to have a show that goes on as many years as that has, it’s very hard to complain. It’s a miracle to get a show on the air, and to have it last that long is something that we should just be grateful for, but I do love that show and I would’ve loved to see that continue.”
The decision to end Person of Interest comes after CBS had a perfect fall, expanding all its freshman series (Code Black, Limitless, Supergirl and comedy Life in Pieces) for full-season orders. Midseason comedy Angel From Hell, meanwhile, didn’t fare as well and has already been canceled.
The decision to end Person of Interest comes after CBS and creators Robert and Michelle King made the joint decision to end The Good Wife with its current seventh season and as the network is bidding farewell to comedy Mike & Molly.
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