'Person of Interest': CBS chief on Carter's increased role, Season 2 prospects

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person-of-interest-carter-finch.jpgCBS professes to be "extremely pleased" with the performance of its first-year drama "Person of Interest" -- which is not to say the network has been completely hands-off in its growth.

"We love all the characters. The Reese [ Jim Caviezel]-Finch [ Michael Emerson] relationship was really starting to take off," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said Wednesday (Jan. 11) at the TV critics' press tour. "But the Carter [ Taraji P. Henson] character was somewhat marginalized" early in the season.

Tassler says the network met with creator and showrunner Jonah Nolan to ask about bringing Carter more into the center of the show -- "into the superhero cave," as she puts it.

"It was a plan they had in place, but more for the end of the season," Tassler relates. "We asked if they were open to moving it up, and as you now can see, Carter is ... sort of the Commissioner Gordon. We felt that was a key ingredient to letting the show build and expand."

Tassler also says she has "high hopes" for the future of "Person of Interest" but hasn't made any decision on a second season yet. It's among the better-rated new dramas of the season, drawing a little under 13 million viewers per week and a respectable 3.1 rating in adults 18-49, so a renewal is probably at least a decent bet at this point.

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