"Person of Interest" (CBS)
Airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. [Premieres September 22.]
When you hear that Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams are combining on a CBS crime-fighting procedural, you hope that the result will feel more like an Abrams/Nolan collaboration and less like a CBS crime-fighting procedural. Unfortunately, the "Person of Interest" pilot is maddeningly generic and while Michael Emerson does a little to elevate his side of this two-hander, he's matched with a sleepwalking Jim Caviezel, whose monotone and affectless stare kill any thought of intrigue. As by-the-numbers as the pilot feels, there's even less by way of ongoing intrigue to bring viewers back. Is "Person of Interest" notably worse than CBS' "Unforgettable"? No. But it's infinitely more disappointing.