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‘Wisdom of the Crowd’: 4 things to know about the Jeremy Piven show – National

Wisdom of the Crowd is certainly a show that belongs in 2017.

Starring Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as grieving father and tech entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner, the show begins off on a grim observe as we be taught that Tanner’s daughter Mia was killed a 12 months earlier than the premiere’s occasions. An arrest is made, however Tanner believes that the man convicted, Carlos Ochoa (Ramses Jimenez), isn’t responsible.

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As a tech genius, Tanner invents SOPHE, a “crowdsourced crime fighting” platform that enables on a regular basis folks to contribute their two cents to fixing crimes. Dissatisfied with legislation enforcement’s investigation, Tanner fairly actually takes issues into his personal fingers (and the Internet’s) to discover his daughter’s assassin.

Global News caught up with the forged of Wisdom of the Crowd at the Television Critics Association summer time session, the place Piven and the others gave us the lowdown. Here are 4 things to know about the new show.

Crowdsourcing is the trendy iteration of needed posters

Social media is king, all of us know that. Wisdom of the Crowd well seizes on that actuality and takes it to the subsequent degree, making use of it to legislation enforcement.

“Yelp is crowdsourcing. Waze is crowdsourcing,” mentioned government producer Ted Humphrey. “And police in law enforcement are beginning to use crowdsourcing. It goes back to the days of wanted posters, but in its modern iteration, it’s putting things on a Facebook page. It’s putting things on Twitter. It’s Amber Alerts. This is the next iteration of that, and it’s an idea that scared the hell out of me when I contemplated it, because we’ve all encountered the yin and the yang of the Internet… the way it can be used as a vehicle for human cooperation, and also the way it can be a haven for conspiracy theories and fake news and whatever else you might want to point to.”

The final premise of Wisdom of the Crowd is that the collective is much smarter than the particular person thoughts, so why not seize on it?

“The fundamental tenet of crowdsourcing is that there is an inherent desire for community, an inherent altruism that, as [Tanner] says in the pilot,” continued Humphrey. “People really do want to be a part of something meaningful. When they’re given the right guidance and given the right platform, the collective can actually be smarter than the smartest person in it. That’s the fundamental tenet of crowdsourcing. It’s the fundamental tenet of the show.”

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Tanner’s hunt for Mia’s killer will final the complete first season, no less than

From episode to episode, Tanner and SOPHE will work on completely different circumstances, not simply the hunt for his daughter’s assassin. However, the showrunners say that principal case will take no less than all of Season 1 to clear up. Wisdom of the Crowd, ought to or not it’s renewed, plans on dissecting all layers of Mia’s homicide.

“It’s going to go on at least for the entire first season. Beyond that, these things have a way of changing and morphing, depending on how much story there is to tell and how fun it is to tell it,” mentioned Humphrey. “A version of it is that the first season is about who did it, and after that, it becomes about where are they, and how do we get them, and how do we put them away, and that sort of thing. Will it go on for multiple, multiple seasons?  We’ll see. It’ll go on as long as it’s interesting, and I do think that the vehicle of the show can exist without it at some point, but I also think that, coming in, it’s a very compelling and a very emotional story.”

The show is constructed on coronary heart, not simply expertise

Piven, who many individuals endlessly related to Entourage character Ari Gold, felt a private connection to Tanner. Forget the boastful, boorish Gold; Tanner is consumed by grief over the loss of his daughter and can do something to discover her actual killer.

“I was immediately drawn into the world, the characters, the premise and the idea that this guy is heartbroken and trying to fill that void,” mentioned Piven. “He feels that if he finds his daughter then that void will be filled, and he’ll be OK. It’s such a fertile, beautiful premise, ecause it can go anywhere. He doesn’t want this thing to be something that solves crime on a bigger level, he simply wants to solve his daughter’s crime, and then there’s all that conflict within that. To play a guy that has those layers and is a human being and that has… isn’t emotionally available and will ultimately do the wrong thing for the right reasons, I think, is a really brilliant premise.”

Humphrey says that some folks have in contrast the Tanner character to America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh, whose younger son disappeared from a mall and was later discovered useless.

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“There are obvious comparisons to John Walsh and Jeffrey Tanner, in that they’re both fathers driven by grief over the loss of a child,” he mentioned. “This show will deal with the impact that this has on his family and on his ex‑wife [Monica Potter]… the potentially devastating divisive impact it has on his whole life. This is a man who upends his entire life and his career and throws it all away in a quest to solve this.”

The Internet is a supply of immense energy to be wielded

Wisdom of the Crowd is forward of the curve, in that it’s seizing one thing that’s throughout us and integrating it into the plotline. We’ve by no means seen a show about crowdsourcing earlier than, and it’s so omnipresent in our lives — from GoFundMe to Change.org — that it appears nearly unbelievable it hasn’t occurred already.

“Jeffrey Tanner says, ‘We all know that the Internet has changed the world, and the only question is into what?,’” mentioned Humphrey. “I’m very occupied with exploring each the good and the dangerous [about] the Internet. As anyone who’s lived by way of a world the place there wasn’t an Internet after which, clearly, the unbelievable adjustments that the Internet has wrought on our life, I like to keep in mind these quaint days when it didn’t exist, and but they’re gone. They’re gone endlessly.

So each day, as we sit right here, our life is altering in methods we don’t perceive as a result of of it. Rather than simply let that occur, I believe half of the message of the show is to take a extremely good, exhausting have a look at precisely how that’s occurring and the way we are able to, in some methods, form it.”

‘Wisdom of the Crowd’ premieres on Sunday, Oct. 1 at eight p.m. ET/PT on Global.

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