‘Person of Interest Ending After Season 5? J.J. Abrams Says ‘My Guess Is It’s the Final Season’

'Person of Interest' Cancelled? J.J. Abrams
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Person of Interest” has long been at the center of cancellation conversation, as the yet-to-premiere fifth season was renewed with a truncated 13-episode order, plus has yet to receive a premiere date.

Though CBS has not commented on the series’ fate, exec producer J.J. Abrams says the fifth season will probably be the last.

“My guess is it is the final season,” Abrams told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

Praising the series, Abrams — who was at TCA for his upcoming Hulu series “11.22.63” — continued, “The only heartbreak there is how much good story there was to come if it were to have continued. Jonah [Nolan] and Greg Plageman have done such an amazing job on that show. I know what these episodes are that they’re done wrapping it up.”

As for when Season 5 may premiere, Abrams said, “We don’t yet have a schedule. But I know they will see the light of day…people will get to see these episodes. I know the power of that story. Again, to have a show that goes on as many years as that has, it’s very hard to complain. It’s a miracle to get a show on the air and to have it last that long is something that we should just be grateful for. But I do love that show and I would’ve loved to see that continue.”

Abrams’ comments come after much speculation that the series would end after its upcoming season, following the episode order.

This past summer at Comic-Con, Nolan also touched on the possibility that the series would be ending after Season 5. “We’re very, very proud of the show and very excited with the show we’ve been making,” the creator said. “If it’s the last season, no one is going to be disappointed with the story that we tell.”

Check back on Variety.com next week when CBS will present at TCA this upcoming Tuesday, and the network’s execs are sure to speak more on the fate of “Person of Interest.”

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  1. Alex. C says:

    I love person of interest, please dont cancel it.

  2. michael hollcraft says:

    only show besides ncis i watch only tv.something good,and it”s canceled.

  3. Felicia says:

    No, I love this show.

  4. Hanna says:

    “Person of Interest ” is such a great story and really makes you think about human nature and machine nature. I hope I doesn’t get cancelled. I have seen every episode!

  5. ladebra says:

    I love this show. The writing and the acting are great entertainment. Sad to hear it cancelled.

  6. Troy says:

    Leave it CBS to screw up once again. I love this show. It’s my absolute favorite. I hope the finale delivers.

  7. Vanessa says:

    I’ve been waiting patiently for the return of Person of Interest. Please do NOT cancel this show, please!!!!

  8. bsbarnes says:

    I remember seeing the pilot episode at San Diego Comic Con before PERSON OF INTEREST had its network debut and I thought it was fascinating! I still do. It’s refreshing that J.J. Abrams still believes this show has “juice”, I agree. To still have cast members from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, LOST and LIFE involved, even though another cast member has since hit it big on EMPIRE, is testament to how intriguing PERSON OF INTEREST remains. I look forward to seeing all the episodes that remain!

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