We stay in an age of cameras. They’re mounted on road corners, posted on buildings, and planted on us, in our smartphones.

That is how we get to see so many as-they-happened pictures of real-life crimes, pure disasters, dramatic rescues and what-were-they-thinking moments. However what occurs when a father or mother, mourning his kid’s homicide, builds a crowdsourcing platform and asks the general public to assist observe down proof to resolve the crime?

That is the premise of “Knowledge of the Crowd,” a brand new CBS drama airing Oct. 1. (Disclosure: Proinertech is a division of CBS Interactive.) Jeremy Piven, best-known for his position as Hollywood agent Ari Gold on the HBO sequence “Entourage,” stars as wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner, who’s grieving over the demise of his daughter. The present opens with him quitting his profitable tech firm to launch “Sophe,” a web based platform designed to assemble new proof from the general public so he can discover her killer. Veteran actor Richard T. Jones performs Tommy Cavanaugh, a San Francisco police detective who investigated the homicide and will have put the flawed man behind bars.

“It is one thing that sort of exists immediately in several types,” Piven says of the crowdsourcing service. “Individuals are actually responding to that concept as a result of it is each inspiring and scary as a result of it might incite vigilante habits. So I believe it is a hot-button subject.”

Piven and Jones visited Proinertech’s workplaces in San Francisco on Sept. 19. We sat down collectively for a question-and-answer session about Silicon Valley, tech tradition and the professionals and cons of crowdsourcing for fixing crimes. This is an edited transcript of our dialog.

Richard T. Jones stars as Detective Tommy Cavanaugh, Blake Lee performs Josh Novak and Jeremy Piven is tech entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner within the new CBS crime drama “Knowledge of the Crowd.”

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Q: What do you know or take into consideration Silicon Valley and tech tradition earlier than you signed on to “Knowledge of the Crowd”?Piven: We have no idea quite a bit about tech — let’s be sincere. I did my analysis and I’ve discovered concerning the Steve Jobses of the world and the Elon Musks and all these innovators. However we’re from a era the place we did not develop up with all of those apps. So we’re sort of cavemen in that manner. I am making an attempt to catch up as a lot as doable. From what I’ve discovered, it is this attention-grabbing mixture of know-how and creativity, and it is the place they each come collectively — you see Steve Jobs actually realizing that the most important variable to his success was not limiting himself and his concepts. And that is a very lovely factor. We have been intimidated by the tech world as a result of we do not communicate that language, however we have been embracing it.

Richard performs a cop whom we crew up collectively, however he’s the antithesis of anybody who’s embracing the world of know-how, particularly in relation to crime fixing.

Jones: I play like an actual one who does not get it. I do have a telephone. So that is what I find out about know-how.

You’ve got stated this can be a controversial subject — utilizing crowdsourcing to assemble data. Within the pilot, the concept of vigilantism comes up. What do you consider the professionals and cons of all this?Piven: It’s harmful. We clarify in layman’s phrases that 90 p.c of crowdsourcing you possibly can simply kinda toss away, after which 10 p.c of the knowledge you should utilize. And so, it is harmful, however it’s additionally sort of fascinating. I believe, as you guys know, we’re crowdsourcing all the things immediately with out it being labeled — from the eating places we go to, to the routes that we take. All this stuff are crowdsourcing, and it is principally utilizing the concept of collaboration, which artistically I really like. Anytime you get a bunch collectively and you set everybody’s head collectively, you possibly can provide you with higher concepts. So you are going to need to take the nice and the in poor health, and it will be attention-grabbing to see how the present is obtained. That is one factor we will not fear about. We go to the stage and we do our factor, after which we’ve to place it out into the world. I believe there’s been some hesitation initially with a number of the individuals — how we’ll tackle sure issues, like when it does go flawed. In order that’s going to be fascinating.

Jones: Like Jeremy simply stated, it’s a must to take the nice with the unhealthy. However what’s attention-grabbing about my character [is], How will we use this platform and sort of maintain it managed? And as everyone knows, as soon as you set it on the market [on the internet], we’ll lose management of it. It has a lifetime of its personal and that is clearly the scary half, however it’s additionally exhilarating as a result of you do not know precisely what you’ll find from that. So I believe you get slightly little bit of each side. My character could be very pessimistic concerning the management of it, the place Jeremy’s character believes within the good of individuals.

Let’s speak about the way you strategy the characters. Richard, you have performed cops earlier than. What makes this position totally different?Jones: That is a harder query than it appears. I imagine it is about his relationship with the opposite individuals within the present. My character occurs to have a son. He divorced a beautiful chef who’s on her option to changing into a zillionaire and a I am a cop in San Francisco making no cash. After which I run into this mogul who is understood within the space and sort of worshiped by all individuals, individuals who love know-how. And now we’re changing into pleasant with one another and we’re working collectively. How I approached it was actually like how I might strategy a brand new friendship or an introduction into a brand new space. I sort of simply let it occur. So after studying the script, I used to be like, “OK, that is attention-grabbing as a result of I do not know something about know-how and this can be a option to study with out actually having to review about it.” I might study by means of asking questions, like my character would naturally and actually do. He might be organically silly. [Laughs.]

Piven: Precisely. [Laughs.]

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Jeremy, while you had been on “Entourage,” you talked about approaching that character as commedia dell’arte — the place you are sincerely believing who you might be, in order that It appears excessive.Piven: Commedia dell’arte was one of many first types of performing earlier than there was electrical energy, and so they had kerosene lamps and also you needed to placed on white face so individuals might see you. And also you needed to be in considered one of 4 emotional states — happiness, disappointment, anger, concern — always. For those who weren’t in a kind of states, you had been requested to depart the stage. So that you had been in a heightened state of emotion always. And my instructor was Tim Robbins, who’s a really nice actor and director. That was the primary type of performing I studied, and it simply set me free. I by no means bought an opportunity to make use of it, however once I was enjoying Ari Gold — he is an insane human being. So all I did was play him in that fixed heightened state of emotion. I principally performed the anger; he was principally offended. [Laughs.] But it surely was heightened, it was full-blown, and hopefully it is honest. Regardless of how massive you make it, it’s a must to make it actual and truthful. That is the best way I performed that character, and the results of enjoying an genuine character was that folks thought I used to be really him, which was each confirming and tragic. [Laughs.]

We’re crowdsourcing all the things immediately with out it being labeled — from the eating places we go to, to the routes that we take.

Jeremy Piven

It was a blast to play. It was unimaginable. The lifetime of an actor is nice since you get to play all these totally different roles. And now I am enjoying a man who’s heartbroken as a result of his daughter’s been murdered and he thinks that his grief will go away if he catches the killer. Your grief is not going to go away, however it’s an excellent premise in the best way that it may well result in any sort of habits on his half. It was only a position that I could not stroll away from — the concept of enjoying an actual human being that’s emotionally accessible and loves his daughter.

Let me ask you some questions on tech. What’s your favourite tech?Jones: Mobile phone — would that be a great reply?

“We’re crowdsourcing all the things immediately with out it being labeled — from the eating places we go to, to the routes that we take,” says Jeremy Piven (left).

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It is a legitimate reply, yeah.Jones: Yeah, as a result of I am like continuously on it, sadly. Each type of communication is thru it. I do not know what I might do with out my telephone now.

Piven: I just like the app Waze. And I bought the — you possibly can choose a celeb voice now, so I chosen Owen Wilson and he does his character Lightning McQueen.

[Starts doing an Owen Wilson impersonation.] Flip proper. Cha-chow. So flip left, it is slightly awkward, however maintain going. I do know you are in your option to Residence Depot, however should you can cease, take a left proper there. There is a pretty — it is a Complete Meals. They usually have a Reishi cappuccino. It is great. I’m going in there in my pajamas. And my nickname is the Butterscotch Cowboy, and I prefer to, you realize, play this position in each film. And I simply sound like this it doesn’t matter what. And Jennifer Aniston’s a pal. I prefer to go go-carting.

I might actually do this ceaselessly. [The whole audience laughs.]

What piece of tech would you prefer to be invented only for you?Piven: I need an app that may assist me make higher selections. [Laughs.] You realize what I imply? That may be wonderful, you might simply present it the scenario. You say “What do I do about this? She feels loopy and self-consumed and delusional. Ought to I proceed?”

And the app solutions.

“No, you should not. You might be extra developed than that.

Please cease going for low-hanging fruit.

You’re the oldest man on this membership. Please go away.

Cease going to golf equipment. You might be too outdated.”

That may be an incredible app.

Jones: A flying automotive. Or let’s go additional: a time machine. Sure. A teleporter or one thing. There you go. That is what I would like. A teleporter.

So you do not have to get on planes?Jones: Precisely. And no safety.

You are each TV stars now — what was your favourite TV present rising up?Jones: “Good Instances.” I might say “The Cosby Present,” however then I might get some appears. [Laughs.] However you guys know you’re keen on “The Cosby Present,” all of y’all.

Piven: I believe you may have the flawed era.

Jones: They’ve watched it. They’ve seen it. [Points to laughing audience.]

Piven: Being Jewish, I wasn’t allowed to look at “Hogan’s Heroes” as a result of it was a comedy about Nazis. You realize, it was sort of like, “Nicely, that wasn’t humorous. They killed 6 million Jews.” As a baby I did not know that, you realize? I watched — keep in mind these cartoons, that they had — the Jackson 5 and the Osmond Brothers. And “Welcome Again, Kotter.”

Jones: Now we’re actually courting ourselves … Everybody’s like, what are you speaking about?

Piven: All people is aware of “Welcome Again, Kotter,” man.

Final query. What would you prefer to be requested that you just’re not requested in interviews?Piven: I believe we’re residing in instances the place individuals outwardly aren’t that interested in different individuals, and I believe that is a disgrace. Generally persons are afraid to ask questions and that is too unhealthy, as a result of we might clearly study a lot about one another. What’s attention-grabbing is I spent the previous 4 years working in London [on the PBS series “Mr Selfridge”] and we communicate the identical language in a different way. Like everybody is aware of in London the place they went to school. Right here nobody’s ever requested me what school I went to. Ever.

Jones [laughs]: What school did you go to?

Piven: None of your online business, man. It is none of your rattling enterprise. That is why we do not ask. No, I went to NYU.

Jones: I discovered that simply now, by the best way.  

Piven: Yeah, precisely. Folks wanna know what automotive you drive, perhaps, versus what faculty you went to, which I believe is bizarre.

Jones: I suppose, the query that we by no means get is, “Will we all get alongside on the present?” — which everyone actually needs to know, as a result of they like TMZ.

So do you?Jones: Sure, we do. Have a look at that, I used to be gonna go away you hanging in case you requested. [Laughs.] All of us have a blast really. Yeah, it is enjoyable.

Piven: All of us actually get alongside. It is nice. Folks do not know, however our hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — and we’re filming all that point. We do 12-hour days, and that is when you do not go over. You do 12- to 14-hour days. I am not complaining. It is only a actuality.

Until you are on a sitcom, and you’re employed 14 minutes per week. 

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