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Person of Interest Will Likely End After Season 5

J.J. Abrams shares the grim news

Tim Surette

Our worst fears have been confirmed... maybe. As we wait for any bit of information from CBS about a premiere date for Person of Interest's fifth season, we've received some rather grim details. POI executive producer J.J. Abrams, fresh off directing the biggest movie in the entire galaxy, says he thinks Season 5--whenever it airs--will be the show's last.

"My guess is [Season 5] is the final season," Abrams told TV Line at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. "The only heartbreak there is how much good story there was to come if it were to have continued."


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He continued to toy with our hearts when he said that the writers approached Season 5 as though it was the final season but that it could go on longer if the ratings miraculously give CBS reason to bring it back for more. Or, more likely, if another outlet decides to pick it up.

"[EPs and showrunners] Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman have done such an amazing job on the show," Abrams said. "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 willsee the light of day. People will get to see these episodes." We better!

As for when that will be, we still don't know, but expect CBS to plug it in when the time is right for them. That could mean late spring, but I think it's headed for a summer run to match up with its other genre fare, like Zoo and the forthcoming BrainDead. Stay strong, my fellow POI fanatics. At least we'll get a solid conclusion to this wonderful series.

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