One of the most intriguing and secretive shows in development is CBS’ Person of Interest, from mega producer J.J. Abrams and creator Jonathan Nolan (writer of The Dark Knight). Those two names were virtually all that was known about the show, along with the fact that it’s an unconventional procedural of some kind. But that’s changed with the news that CBS has given the greenlight to film the pilot.
But there’s a wrinkle: there are slightly differing reports on the show’s premise. According to EW.com, the show’s premise is:
An ex-CIA hitman and a scientist team up to prevent crimes before they happen.
Meanwhile, Deadline.com claims that the show is:
…a crime drama centered on a CIA agent, presumed dead, who is recruited by a reclusive billionaire to wage war against violent criminals in New York City.
So which one is the truth? EW’s story suggests a scifi twist to the procedural format, with Minority Report-type “pre-crime” law enforcement. Deadline’s story has a “vigilante” vibe, along with an action-heavy bent.
Is it possible that both reports are correct? Either way, it sounds good to me! For the first time in years, CBS has a show I can’t wait to see.