Person of Interest is an American drama television series broadcasting on CBS. It's based on a screenplay developed by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan.The series was officially picked up by CBS on May 13, 2011] and debuted on September 22, 2011.
Mr. Finch (Michael Emerson), a mysterious billionaire, has developed a computer program that predicts the identity of people connected to violent crimes that will take place in the future. However, the program has its limitations; for example, it cannot predict whether the person will be a victim, perpetrator, or witness, nor can it predict when or where the crime will take place. Unable to stop the crimes on his own, Finch hires John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former CIA field officer who is presumed dead, to help stop the crimes from taking place.
The pilot episode establishes that Finch originally built the machine for the government as a means to prevent another 9/11-type disaster, but found that it was also predicting many "irrelevant" crimes. Finch built a backdoor into the machine that, before erasing the "irrelevant data" each night, sends Finch a single Social Security number of someone involved in one of those crimes. Finch also reveals that the world thinks that he, like Reese, is dead.
Anybody watch the first episode? I liked it. For the first 20 or so minutes I was on the fence about it...thinking it was just typical CBS by-the-books "crime drama" but it got a better in the second half, I think. Action scenes were well done. I will watch the second episode.