To Wisdom’s credit--so far anyway--this doesn’t look like the typical gruesome network cop drama arrayed with female victims and their predatory killers (even though there are two such victims in the pilot). It does look like a good idea in search of genuine high-tech bona fides.
Piven and Jones are wasted in formulaic predictability. By the end of the first episode, you’ll realize that the show will focus on a crime of the week, essentially doing a bargain basement take on “Person of Interest.”
Despite the ridiculous premise, the hollow performances, the shallow sketches that substitute for characters, and the incredibly thoughtless approach to the emotional lives of those characters, there are still moments when you might actually want to see what happens next. At times, it’s because an actor crackles with energy, and at others, it’s because it just doesn’t seem possible that things could get even dumber.
A watered-down “Person of Interest” crossed with Fox’s failed “APB,” this time-waster stars Jeremy Piven as a Silicon Valley mogul touched by tragedy when his daughter is murdered, leading him to quit his company and create a crowd-sourced, crime-solving app. ... And to think CBS’s Sunday night was once home to a prestige drama like “The Good Wife” and now it’s a parking spot for this disappointment.
From pacing to plotting to smirky hipster pseudowisdom ("Privacy? We gave that up a long time ago so we could watch cat videos on our cellphone"). Wisdom of the Crowd is a stylistic clone of Person of Interest and Bull. In terms of IQ points, it's the lowest yet.
There is an attempt here to tap into what makes shows like Scorpion and Person of Interest lack, but neither the acting nor the writing delivers the minor narrative pleasures that those series serves up intermittently. Instead, Wisdom of the Crowd acts as an egregious, even embarrassing gesture toward understanding the age of social media, a husk of modern tropes made with minimal passion and even less care.