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WHO DREAMS OF HUNTING PEOPLE?
The experts of the CBS show “Hunted” explain why no one can hide.
By Joshua Rothman 02:00 P.M.
DePaul has found working on “Hunted” surprisingly satisfying, in part because the fugitives were often resourceful—they hid in woods and on the water, and used all sorts of technological tricks to disguise their trails—and in part because the manhunt had realistic resources at its disposal. “We had access to confidential informant funding,
” he said. “Like, ‘There are some guys hiding in a bunker around here—a hundred bucks if you tell us where they are.’ We had thermal vision, helicopters, K-9 …”“We had a tip line,” Payton said. “Facial recognition. Drones.”
“We hung up wanted posters
,” DePaul continued. (True, the posters acknowledged the artificiality of the hunt—“This individual is voluntarily ‘on the run’ as part of a new television series,” one read—but they got the job done.) In key respects, the show simulated the limitations of the law: the investigators found themselves waiting on simulated subpoenas.
Conversely, there were ways in which the simulated manhunt couldn’t match the real one.
“Contacting real law enforcement to do true A.P.B.s—we didn’t have that,” Payton said.
Are there top-secret resources, I asked, used in real life, that couldn’t be used on television?
“Of course there are!” DePaul said. “There are trade secrets in our community that we don’t talk about—”
“—And that’s the end of this, or we stomp on your phone!” Payton said, perhaps only half in jest, while DePaul laughed. He hazarded that the onscreen manhunt was between seventy and eighty per cent as intense as the real thing.