Around the Water Cooler: “Person of Interest,” Mid-Season Progress Report (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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THE SPECS:

Who: “Person of Interest” currently airs on network TV, specifically on CBS, Tuesdays at 10:00 PM.

What: “Person of Interest,” an action/crime drama featuring Michael Emerson (Lost) as Harold Finch, a technology and computer genius who, in the wake of 9/11, invents a Machine, which he sells to the government.  The Machine is designed to predict disasters and events with a high probability of catastrophic fatalities, except that Finch becomes aware that the Machine also predicts singular deaths, termed “acceptable losses,” that it discards or that are ignored by those associated with the Machine.  Consumed by several personal crises, including knowledge of the Machine’s capabilities, Finch hires former CIA-operative John Reese (Jim Caviezel, Passion of the Christ) as a vigilante responsible for saving the endangered lives predicted by the Machine.  Taraji P. Henson plays a police detective, recently demoted to officer, who first suspects and…

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