By Rob on May 6, 2015.
Season 4 has come to an end while it feels like it has just started a short time ago. This cliffhanger will have us waiting anxiously - though we have much to process!
There has been no official confirmation of Season 5 yet but we are very confident to get word any day now - worst case, at CBS Upfronts on May 13.
In order to prepare for Season 5, let’s take a look at how Season 4 started to breathe. This gives us a chance to have rough estimates on when we can expect what information about S5 to start arriving.
After renewal (which should be official soon - and very likely!), the first thing to start is - obviously - the writing. The writing process starts by them exploring general themes for the season, building a structure, drafting rough developments. As they continue, they’ll start breaking it down into episodes and add more details. Eventually, the episodes itself start going into the “actual” writing process
Last year, the first writing session was on May 28th, so we can probably expect writing to start in the last weetk of May or the first week of June.
First day back in the room! Getting our last bit of sun before descending into writing Season 4. pic.twitter.com/qAjWVyHja5
— POI Writers’ Office (@POIWritersRoom) May 27, 2014
Also, we got to know the episode title of the S4 premiere, “Panopticon”, on July 2nd.
@mamahub19 Plageman and @Emount88 writing, Richard Lewis directing. Title: Panopticon. #PersonOfInterest #irrelevantsrock
— Amanda Segel (@absegel) July 2, 2014
When the writing process has advanced and the first episode(s) have gone through the revision process, production can start. Last year, the filming started on July 7th, the monday after July 4th. This means, if Season 5 get picked up, July 6th is most likely production start this year.
“I would be flabbergasted if we weren’t renewed. I don’t know why it hasn’t been made official yet. I’m fully expecting to go back to work on the Monday after the Fourth of July.” - Michael Emerson in tvgoodness’ interview
Back then, CBS released a photo of the first slate.
Around that time this year, we can hope to get first glimpes in form of set photos or set reports.
Last year, we got a nice trailer for Season 4 containing some freshly filmed scenes for “Panopticon” during SDCC 2014.
This year it might be more difficult to present such an amount of new content because SDCC15 will be from July 9-12, compared to last year’s July 24-27.
Nonetheless, SDCC is where we will get a big load of new information, so mark this date on your calender! We’ll expect first teasers - maybe a big style trailer - in late July or early August.
The “usual” information (press release, promo pictures, promos) started to arrive in late August, increasing in detail until the premiere arrived in late September.
Conclusion & Summary
Even if the wait until September seems like an eternity - Season 5 starts way before the premiere airs. The summer has many things to offer - among them lots of little snippets to help us wait for the next season.
Until May 13: Renewal information
Late May - Early June: Writing begins
July 6th (probably): Filming begins, episode titles start dropping in
July 9 - 12: SDCC15 - Panels with information
Late July - August: First trailer with new content
August - September: Increasing amount of released information: Promos, pictures, descriptions - until
Late September: Season 5 premiere!