Star Apps: PJ Byrne

With the recent move from handheld to wearable technology (connected fitness bands, smartwatches, and eyewear such as Google Glass), one might wonder if microchipping is the next step in our tech evolution. The answer is an emphatic “Yes,” according to CBS’s “Intelligence”. On the new suspense series, which airs Mondays (10-11p.m., ET/PT), Josh Holloway plays Gabriel, a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced by a super-computer microchip in his brain, which provides him with unfettered access to Internet, Wi-Fi, telephone, and satellite data — info he uses to protect the U.S. from foreign enemies. On the show, actor PJ Byrne (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Horrible Bosses,” ” Final Destination,” “The Legend of Korra,” and “The Game,”) plays Nelson Cassidy, whose father developed the chip. Byrne chatted with me about “Intelligence,” being jealous of co-star Josh Holloway, the ethics of being chipped, and his favorite apps.

PJ Byrne plays Nelson Cassidy on Intelligence.

(Credit: Robert Voets/CBS)

How would you describe your Nelson Cassidy character on “Intelligence”? I’m like a tiny, skinny, little human, who wears glasses and never thought in his life that he’d get to be an action star. Josh plays a super agent with a computer chip in his brain, and I get to hang out with him. In some cases,… [Read more]


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