WGN America’s Prime Crime Promises 100 Episodes of Elementary and Person of Interest Over First Two Weeks!

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WGN America has put together the schedule for its Prime Crime block of Elementary and Person of Interest programming – with 100 episodes between the two promised for the block’s first two weeks.

As the exclusive home for two of television’s most popular procedurals, WGN America will open the Prime Crime run with power blocks of each: Elementary will premiere with six back-to-back episodes on Monday, August 31st beginning at 7/6C; person of Interest will premiere with three back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, September 1st at 7/6C, followed by three episodes of Elementary.

Then, on Labor Day Monday, September 7th, the network will run a twelve-hour marathon of episodes from both shows.

Elementary and Person of Interest will air regularly as a two-hour block on weekdays at 7/6C. For further details, follow the jump.

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Any show in that seen-it-all-before genre that can intrigue, involve and even fool you in its first hour, while leaving you curious to see where it heads in the next, is a show that has accomplished something.”

USA Today, on “Person of Interest” Season 1

“If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were creating Sherlock Holmes for TV today, chances are very good that he’d be a lot like the Sherlock that CBS has created in their new procedural, ‘Elementary.”

-New York Post on Elementary, Season 1

LOS ANGELES, August 21, 2015 – WGN America becomes the exclusive cable destination for TV’s most popular procedurals, “Elementary” (which critics called “gripping” and “edgy”) and “Person of Interest” (touted as “gritty” and a “rare crime drama”), premiering Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1, respectively, in the network’s new “Prime Crime” line-up.  Airing weekdays, back-to-back, starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT, the two hit crime dramas join fan-favorite “Blue Bloods,” in the new programming block that kicks off with a binge-worthy 100-episode event. Over the first two weeks, a total of 100 installments of “Elementary” and “Person of Interest” will give viewers the opportunity to watch these compelling series from the very beginning, diving into the cases and capers that have unfolded since their television debuts. WGN America acquired the exclusive off-network rights to the coveted dramas in 2014.

In “Elementary,” Jonny Lee Miller (who plays Sherlock Holmes) and Lucy Liu (who plays Dr. Watson) are a modern-day crime solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases; and in “Person of Interest,” Michael Emerson (in the role of billionaire Harold Finch) and Jim Caviezel (as CIA operative John Reese) prevent violent crimes before they happen with the help of an advanced surveillance system known as “The Machine.”  Taraji P. Henson, who currently stars in “Empire,” is a regular in the first four seasons of the series.


Monday, August 31 (7:00 pm – 1:00 a.m./ET)

  • “Elementary” debuts with six back-to-back episodes

Tuesday, September 1(7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m./ET)

  • “Person of Interest” debuts with three back-to-back episodes, followed by three episodes of “Elementary”

Labor Day Marathon, Monday, September 7 (1:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m./ET)

  • 12-hour marathon features episodes of both “Elementary” and “Person of Interest”

Representing the two most significant acquisitions across cable premiering in 2015, “Elementary” and “Person of Interest” continue WGN America’s transformation as an entertainment destination with popular originals, including breakout hit “Salem,” Emmy-nominated “Manhattan” and upcoming dramas “Underground” and “Outsiders,” both premiering next year.

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About WGN America and Tribune Studios

WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO), is nationally distributed in 73 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with high-quality entertainment programming including the breakout hit series “Salem,” critically acclaimed drama “Manhattan,” and upcoming scripted dramas “Underground,” “Outsiders” and “Ten Commandments.”  The network also brings its audience a strong slate of popular first-run syndicated series and blockbuster movies.  Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media Company, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide.  Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica.  For additional information, please visit www.wgnamerica.com.