Amy Acker Takes "Root" As Series Regular In Season Three Of 'Person of Interest'

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July 20th, 2013


via press release:







POI Fans May Find Their Face in Upcoming Episodes via a New

Social Photo Opportunity Launching for Season 3




BURBANK, Calif. (July 20, 2013) — With the Machine gone missing and cybervillain Root on the loose at the end of season two, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get decent intel on Person of Interest, which returns for a third season September 24 on a new day and time: Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Fortunately, fans of the hit surveillance drama from Warner Bros. Television and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions were given the inside track by executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman today at the show’s packed Comic-Con panel.


Details on the breaking news below:




  • The minds behind the Machine (Nolan & Plageman) announced that fan-favorite recurring guest star Amy Acker has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming third season, starring as Root, the Machiavellian cyber-hacker.


  • First introduced in season one as a foil for Finch and last seen in a mental institution, the conflicted cyber-terrorist Root will stop at nothing to find the Machine and set it free.


  • Acker previously appeared in J.J. Abrams’ Alias and Joss Whedon’s Angel, and she stars in Whedon’s acclaimed feature film Much Ado About Nothing.




Nolan and Plageman also hinted that fans should keep an eye on the Person of Interest Facebook page in the coming weeks. Here’s why:


  • Warner Bros. Television and CBS are launching the Person of Interest Social Photo Opportunity, which will give the show’s fans on Facebook the ability to submit photos for a chance to become a “person of interest” at some point during season three.


  • Currently in development and expected to launch prior to the debut of season three, the POI Social Photo Opportunity will allow fans to submit personal photos through Facebook, with the possibility of their image being included in the show during an upcoming episode.


  • For more information on the chance to become a “person of interest,” fans should “Like” the Person of Interest Facebook page at and stay tuned for details — which will be released in the coming weeks — on when and how to submit images.


  • When the POI Social Photo Opportunity Facebook app launches, fans will then be able to submit an image from their own Facebook account, add effects and then upload it to a database. POI producers will then select photos for use during upcoming episodes of the show, with new images appearing throughout the entire third season. Photos could appear at any time … in any place … in any episode.

The first two seasons of Person of Interest are available now for digital download (in standard and high definition) through all online retailers, including iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. Additionally, the complete second season of Person of Interest will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on September 3, 2013.


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  • Petar

    AMAZING video. And about the news with Shaw now we have 6 series regulars.

  • Hardline_Pro

    LMAO. This is so perfect. Cant wait for Season 3!

  • chris23

    Loved Amy Acker on ANGEL a great series in which she also became a series regular in Season 3 after being introduced in Season two. I loved her as Fred, short for Winnifred.

    I also like the actor Michael Emerson on another show I loved which is LOST.

    I’ve never checked this show out CBS dramas tend to be to procedural and less storyline arcs is this show different than the tyical CBS Drama?

  • Petar


    Its hybrid. Still has procedural structure but also arcs and serial elements too. Its best crime drama with best script and acting.

  • PurpleDrazi

    First Sarah Shahi is made a regular and now Amy. Great news!

    Loved the video and how they tied it into real world events. Everybody keeps describing this show as science fiction but I think it’s closer to reality than most people think.

  • kancov

    I love Root!

  • CBSviewer

    @ Petar

    Its hybrid. Still has procedural structure but also arcs and serial elements too. Its best crime drama with best script and acting

    It’s only your opinion. Person of Interest is a good Drama but not the best on TV.

  • Ike

    @chris23, this is a lot better than anything else on CBS. I recommend it. It’s a hybrid between procedural and serialized drama. Like you, I was skeptical at first because, well, CBS. You might want to try watching some of the more important episodes from season 1. Maybe someone else can recommend which ones (I still haven’t seen all of S1 myself). Just keep in mind it gets better as it goes along. I get the impression there were a lot of skippable procedural episodes early in that season. Season 2 increasingly used ongoing storylines, although there were still several procedural episodes, some of which were duds, like “Proteus” — you can definitely skip that one, that was terrible. There were also lots of episodes with a few ongoing story elements as a subplot, while the procedural stuff was the main plot. It works pretty well. Of course, some episodes are better than others, and Amy Acker lights up the screen whenever she appears. Actually, there are a lot of really good guest stars in this show. It also uses NYC locations very well.

  • Jane Elliot

    @chris23: I love POI, but I’ll be the first to admit that the show’s procedural episodes blow (unless they are introducing a character they plan to use again). Fortunately the show runners seem to realize this, because season 2 was much more serialized than season 1.

    Episodes to watch:
    Season 1 (starts rough, but gets better):
    01 – Pilot
    06 – The Fix
    07 – Witness
    09 – Get Carter
    10 – Number Crunch
    13 – Root Cause
    17 – Baby Blue
    18 – Identity Crisis
    19 – Flesh and Blood
    21 – Many Happy Returns
    22 – No Good Deed
    23 – Firewall

    Season 2 (there are a few good stand alones that I skipped; here are the main arc eps):
    1 – Contingency
    2 – Bad Code
    10 – Shadowbox
    11 – 2piR
    12 – Prisoner’s Dilemma
    13 – Dead Reckoning
    16 – Relevance
    19 – Trojan Horse
    20 – In Extremis
    21 – Zero Day
    22 – God Mode


  • Jay

    Amy Acker? Series Regular? Ok definitely getting into this show next season.

  • Eileen

    can’t abide the amy acker character. POI may have entered shark jump territory. i’m not pleased with the late s2 developments and s3 double downs on stuff i don’t like. sigh. at least the show was brilliant. once.

  • daniel tillinghast

    I love Amy Acker. Glad she’ll be a regular.

  • kenny1949

    Root is the best character Amy Acker has done and it is good to see her return as a regular. It also completes the symmetry that Sarah Shahi brought to the show. There is now a dark counterpart to Reese and Finch to go with Carter and Fusco.

  • POIFanatic

    Awesome news! Love Root and Shaw!

    @Chris23: Lets just say that you’ll be hard-pressed to find something better than POI (action/drama) on network television right now.

  • Gregg247

    I like Shaw, so I’m glad she’s going to be a regular next season. Root, on the other hand, is crazy and not fun to watch at all. She’s a decent villain for the show, but I don’t want her on every episode.

    How will this affect Fusco’s screen time? lol

  • lll

    The existence of Shaw ruined season 2 for me, but that’s my opinion. I adore Root, but I’m still not sure about adding her as a regular. I however, don’t think they jumped the shark because they created Shaw or added Root to the cast. I’m willing to give it one more chance.

    I’m worried that Shaw and Root will suck the screen time out of Fusco and Carter now that we have to deal with both of them each week.

  • johnhelvete

    Acker will probably only be in most of the serialized episodes and not in any of the procedural episodes. Shahi doubt that she will be in every episode either.

  • MichaelChickless

    Best show on broadcast TV!

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