There were reports that the reason why CBS did not include Season 5 of the American science-fiction crime drama TV series “Person of Interest” on its midseason lineup because the network apparently wanted to boost the sagging ratings of the show which was quite evident during its fourth season last year.
As a result, instead of debuting in the fall of 2015, CBS has pushed back the airing date of Season 5 of “Person of Interest” to summer of 2016 where it will have a stronger shot at competition.
However, recent reports seem to indicate that there is another reason why Season 5 of “Person of Interest” was not released during the fall of 2015. Apparently, the TV series has yet to complete filming, particularly its last few episodes.
Fans of the popular TV show actually posted on Instagram several pictures of the cast of “Person of Interest” filming in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., details Crossmap.
According to a source, the filming being done on the historic US site is for the 11th episode of the TV series, which means that producers have yet to complete filming for the 12th as well as the 13th and final episode of Season 5 of “Person of Interest.”
One of the photos shared by fans is a shot of Logan Pierce, played by Jimmi Simpson, with the group. It also revealed that Harper Rose, played by Annie Ilonzeh, might finally be meeting Logan Pierce, assuming they have not met yet in the first few episodes of Season 5.
On the assumption that filming has completed for Season 5 and only the location shooting at the Lincoln Memorial is lacking, it is most likely that CBS prefers to air TV series that is already complete before they start airing the first episode to avoid unforeseen programming delays.
Season 4 on Netflix
As part of the marketing and promotions strategy of CBS to drumbeat Season 5 of “Person of Interest,” its fourth season shall actually be made available on Netflix beginning on December 30, reports iO9.
Considered by many as the best science fiction show on broadcast TV in recent years, “Person of Interest” was once the most watched TV series on the small screen.
Meanwhile, it appears that the rumors about Season 5 being the last season for “Person of Interest” are proving to be on target.
While the first four seasons of the show had an average of 22 episodes, the upcoming Season 5 shall only have 13 episodes. That is also what the network did to its previous TV series “The Mentalist” before wrapping it up after five seasons.
It seems that the network just gave the showrunner and director enough episodes to tie everything up and give the TV series a closure so that fans would not feel dismayed.
One other major situation why critics believe that Season 5 of “Person of Interest” is going to be its last is when the network recently announced the official lineup for its midseason and the TV series was no longer there.
“Person of Interest” used to be the flagship TV series of CBS during its midseason but due to the show’s poor ratings during its fourth season, it has become a lesser priority for the network.
Recent reports also say that Season 5 of “Person of Interest” will premiere on CBS in the summer of 2016 although up until this time, the network has yet to make an announcement on the specific premiere date.
Great episodes all throughout
Despite the looming end for his TV series, creator and director Jonathan Nolan is still very thankful for CBS for giving him and the producers the opportunity to do Season 5 of “Person of Interest.”
He said that it is also good for the fans because they will have the opportunity to see every plotline of “Person of Interest” coming to a wrap rather than leaving them with many unanswered questions.