EXCLUSIVE: I have just learned that Channel 5 has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the second season of Person of Interest. My sources were clear to stress that Person of Interest has been a solid performer for Channel 5 and that the current mid-season break the series is on (after airing only 10 episodes of season 1) is not down to the ratings performance of the series. I hear that the second half of season 1 will return to Channel 5 in late January while season 2 is tentatively scheduled to premiere in Autumn 2013.
Created by Jonathan Nolan, Person of Interest follows John Reese, a presumed dead former-CIA agent, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese’s special training in covert operations appeals to Finch, a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of Interest and stop the crime before it happens. Reese’s actions catch the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter, and Fusco, a cop who Reese uses to his advantage. The drama series is produced by Bad Robot Production is association with Warner Bros. Television and stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson & Kevin Chapman.
The acquisition of the second season of Person Of Interest is the latest in a long line of deals inked by Channel 5 in recent months to acqure subsequent seasons of their top performing US imports. The company has also signed deals with various distributors to acquire the UK rights to the fifth season of Sons of Anarchy, the fifth season of The Mentalist (which is set to premiere on Channel 5 on Friday November 2nd at 9pm), the ninth season of CSI: NY, the thirteenth season of CSI and the second season of Once Upon A Time. Channel 5 has also dropped two under-performing series: Showtime’s comedy series Californication (which aired four seasons of 5*) and NBC’s multi-generational family drama series Parenthood (which aired only 2 seasons on 5*).