[Downfront 2] Her character was killed off this drama, but it just might be for the best.
This Actress is a fan favorite, but you’d never know it by the way the network refused to promote her. Losing the show just might help her budding big screen career to shine even brighter!
TV Show: Person of Interest
Actress: Taraji P. Hensen
CBS drama series Person Of Interest was created by wunderkind producer/director J.J. Abrams, and originally starred James Caviezel, Michael Emerson, and the very talented Taraji P. Hensen.
Taraji P. Hensen played one of the three leads on the show. However, the producers always acted a bit squirrely about promoting her. For example, the show distributed marketing materials that didn’t even include her (check out the billboard below)!
Following suit, TV Guide did a cover story on Person of Interest. They put her two male costars on the cover… but no TPH!
Taraji P. Hensen did not let that go by unnoticed, and blasted the magazine on her Facebook page:
WOW!!!! TV Guide is NOT including me on the cover with my cast members……..I am the female lead of a 3 member cast and I’m not included on the cover!!!!!! Do you see the shit I have to deal with in this business…..I cram to understand!!!!
Of course, TV Guide made excuses for the omission. We weren’t doing a cover about the show itself. We were doing a cover about the relationship between the two male leads of the show. Yes, that’s it. Whatever.
Indiewire helped to make the case for including TPH:
Those who’ve been following our coverage of Person Of Interest since CBS began distributing marketing materials for it a few months ago, when networks started to unveil their new season lineups, will know that I’ve repeatedly wondered why Taraji’s image has been quite noticeably absent, even though, as she notes, she’s the lead female character (starring as a police detective) in the series cast of 3.
Except for 1 image in which she’s included, she’s been absent from just about everything else – maybe most importantly, the several trailers and video clips that have been been released for the series. She’s not in any of them. If anyone has seen any clips that she’s featured in, let me know, because I haven’t.
The implication here is that her role in this isn’t as important as we think; though she’s the lead female character, and her past comments about how involved she is, suggest otherwise. Not that I’m implying that there’s some kind of conspiracy against her here or anything like that, but I think CBS may not realize that even a quick glimpse of her at this point could actually help raise interest in the series, and attract an audience that may not at all be interested in watching, but might decide to tune in if only because they know Taraji co-stars in it.
She’s got almost 700,000 followers on Tweeter, and over 3 million fans on Facebook! So, there’s a fanbase there. Don’t make them feel ignored CBS.
But all this to say to Taraji, if I were talking to her directly right now: look, I don’t know if I’d come down on TV Guide for not including you on the cover with the other 2 leads. I’d instead look to CBS’ marketing/PR department first, because they’ve been omitting you from their own marketing materials from day 1.
After all the fuss, the producers started thoughtfully shoehorning TPH into the background of the marketing materials.
Taraji P. Hensen’s character was killed off of Person of Interest late last year. Go figure. Yes, both the male leads are still on the show. Good thing Taraji has lots of other projects waiting for her!
Congratulations to Jennifer for being first with the correct response!