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'Person of Interest’ to end after Season 5; CBS sets date for ‘The Good Wife’ finale

Jim Caviezel stars in "Person of Interest," which

Jim Caviezel stars in "Person of Interest," which was filmed around all five boroughs of New York, and occasionally on Long Island. Credit: CBS / John Paul Filo

You may now put a period on “Person of Interest”: The fifth season, beginning May 3, will indeed be the final one.

CBS announced Wednesday that the show’s “fifth-season finale” will air on June 21, without using the term “series finale” in its announcement. But executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman gave a statement to the website IGN late Wednesday confirming the show’s demise.

With “P.O.I.” wrapping, this is the departure of yet another major New York production — “The Good Wife,” which tapes interiors in Brooklyn and elsewhere, is ending May 8, CBS also announced Wednesday.

Both have been instrumental in the New York television production renaissance, but while “Wife” is fictionally set in Chicago, “P.O.I.” has very much embraced New York — not just Manhattan but all five boroughs. Every episode features some New York landmark — and yes, “P.O.I.” occasionally finds its way to Long Island as well. The show shot an exterior at Grumman Studios in January, while the Newsday story on the unusual scene noted, or cautioned: “During filming police said a vehicle will explode, creating sound, smoke and flames that may be visible in Bethpage. It will be a one-time, single explosion.” (Caution was prudent — production on one episode was briefly shut down in 2013 when passers-by in midtown Manhattan saw guns drawn during the shooting of one scene and assumed a gunbattle was about to take place.)

In the statement to IGN, Nolan and Plageman said, in part, “We’re extremely excited to be able to share this final season with the fans. We’re eternally grateful to our amazing cast and crew, as well as our partners at the studio and network. Most of all, we want to thank the show’s fans — the best fans in the world. This subversive little paranoia-inducing cyberpunk-thriller is for you and would not have been possible without your support. As life has come to imitate ‘Person of Interest,’ it’s been our great privilege to work on the show for the past five seasons. We can’t wait for you to experience this thrilling and final chapter.”

There’s little doubt, by the way, that “P.O.I.” has been both influential and beloved by a passionate core fanbase that has long pondered the fate of “The Machine” — the key narrative hook all these years — and their show, as well.

The series is about a former CIA agent, John Reese (Jim Caviezel), and billionaire Harold Finch (Michael Emerson), who stop crimes before they happen with the aid of a surveillance system known as “The Machine.”

CBS will air two episodes per week in May and June. A total of 13 episodes were shot for this final season. Airdates and times will be Mondays (starting May 9) and Tuesdays (starting May 3) at 10 p.m.

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