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By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/30/17 – “We all know that the Internet has changed the world, and the only question is, “Into what?'”  This compelling line was cut from the pilot of CBS’ suspenseful new drama series WISDOM OF THE CROWD set in San Francisco’s Silicon Valley–but should still be kept in mind!
LOS ANGELES, CA – Monica Potter of ‘Wisdom of The Crowd’ speaks onstage during the 2017 Summer TCA Tour – CBS Panel (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

The Internet and other intriguing subjects were discussed at length during CBS’ TCA Press Tour Panel held on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Present were CBS personnel Katie Barker, Vernon Cheek, and Kacy Barrasas; executive producer and showrunner Ted Humphrey; and actors Jake Matthews, Monica Potter, Jeremy Piven, Richard T. Jones, Natalia Tena, and Blake Lee.

Jeremy Piven of ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’ speaks onstage during the CBS portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at CBS Studio Center on August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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In his grief over the murder of his daughter, visionary tech billionaire Jeffrey Tanner (played by Jeremy Piven) creates a whole new way to solve the crime that involves crowdsourcing.  The fundamental tenet of crowdsourcing is that the collective can be smarter than the smartest person in it!


Natalia Tena (L) and Blake Lee of ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

There’s a cop show element to WOTC where, for the most part, the cops are heroes to be trusted.  Here Richard T. Jones of JUDGING AMY fame portrays Detective Tommy Cavanaugh.  “I think we all want the police to be on our side!” said Jones.

Jeremy Piven (Wisdom Of The Crowd) and Leanne Aguilera (Entertainment Tonight)

“We want to delve into police community relations.  We want to delve into racial tension in America.  We want to delve into all of the things that are in the headlines today in terms of how police are viewed,” said Humphrey.


Richard T. Jones (Wisdom Of The Crowd) and Matt Murray (9JKL)

Appropriately enough, the original concept for WOTC was a collaborative effort originating in Israel.  Could the “wisdom of the crowd” actually be used to help with law enforcement operations?

WISDOM OF THE CROWD stars Jeremy Piven (far right) as Jeffrey Tanner, a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionize crime solving in the process. Working with him is Sara Morton (Natalia Tena), a brilliant engineer whose relationship with Tanner goes beyond professional; Josh Novak (Blake Lee, second from left), a talented, nerdy-cool head programmer; and Tariq Bakari (Jake Matthews, far left), a tech genius and expert hacker with issues adhering to the rules. This fall, WISDOM OF THE CROWD will be broadcast Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Diyah Pera/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

According to Humphrey, it already is!  “So, you know, to me, it feels like it’s a cutting edge idea that has a lot of flaws,” he said.  “I think part of the message of the show is to take a really good, hard look at exactly how that’s happening and how we can, in some ways, maybe shape it.”

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 1: Panel session for the new CBS show, WISDOM OF THE CROWD, at the TCA presentations at CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles, August 1, 2017. Pictured: (L-R): Monica Potter, Jeremy Piven, Richard T. Jones, Natalia Tena, Blake Lee. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

THE WISDOM OF THE CROWD is slated to premiere on Sunday, October 1st on CBS at 8:30 p.m.  If two heads are better than one, how about a million minds solving one murder?!