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Friday, September 16, 2011

FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future"

For those who have never watch Fringe these videos are a great way to catch up. Its even a great review for those who have watched it faithfully!
1 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future"

2 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- A Tragic Past"

3 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- A Tale Of Two Walters"

4 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- Fringe Takes Flight"

5 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- Echoes Of The Past"

6 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- The Other Side"

7 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- Over There"

8 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- A Double Agent"

9 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- The Journey Home"

10 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- Facing Destiny"

11 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- The Future is Now"

12 FRINGE - "Past + Present + Future -- A Different Choice"

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Digital Spy: 'Fringe' will still focus on mythology, says JJ Abrams

Wednesday, September 7 2011, 6:39am EDT Add comment
By Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter

Fringe co-creator JJ Abrams has insisted that the show will continue to build on its mythology.

Abrams told TV Line that the sci-fi drama will not change dramatically in an attempt to attract new viewers.

"It's kind of doing what the show needs to do to be the best version of the show, as opposed to just the apologists' stand-alone thing," he said. "I don't think Fringe could ever be [that]."

However, Abrams confirmed that his new shows, Fox drama Alcatraz and CBS series Person of Interest, will focus more on standalone stories.

"Shows like Alcatraz and certainly Person of Interest have much more of a shot because it's much more, clearly a new case every week," he suggested. "Whereas Fringe is like more about this insanely twisted family of people that are working in this crazy lab."

Fringe star John Noble (Walter Bishop) previously claimed that the show's fourth season will launch with a nine-episode "package" that will "restart" the series.
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/s118/fringe/news/a339100/fringe-will-still-focus-on-mythology-says-jj-abrams.html

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fringe Press Release: Episode 4.01 Neither Here Nor There

Looks like this is how Lincoln Lee is going to be integrated into the team.

THE FRINGE TEAM TAKES NEW SHAPE AS THE IMPACT OF PETER'S HEROIC CHOICE UNFOLDS IN THE FOURTH SEASON PREMIERE OF "FRINGE" FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, ON FOX

Just one week after Peter Bishop saved the day and was then wiped from existence, the truce between the two worlds remains intact and the two sides are forced to work together. Lincoln Lee joins the Fringe team as they investigate a shapeshifter case that is very personal to him in the "Neither Here Nor There" season premiere episode of FRINGE airing Friday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FR-401) (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles; Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth; Seth Gabel as Lincoln Lee

Guest Cast: Joe Flanigan as Robert Danzig; Shauna Johannesen as Julie Danzig; Charlotte Williams as Amy Danzig; Sean Michael Kyer as Jonathan Danzig; Stephen Lobo as Agent Frazier; Colin Lawrence Agent Roach

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TV Guide: Exclusive: Fringe Season 4 Promo Poster Revealed!

Sep 1, 2011 05:00 PM ET
by Damian Holbrook

Where is Peter Bishop?

Right here, folks! In this exclusive first-look at Fringe's Season 4 promo poster, fans finally get proof that the producers won't be playing games with our hearts by keeping Josh Jackson's recently evaporated character out in the ether for too long. In fact, as you can see from this Escher-meets-action ad, our boy is clearly back and seems poised for action alongside Liv, Walter and a lot of expectations when the show returns on Sept. 23 at 9/8c on Fox.

"This season we have earned [the right] for Peter to be more self-actualized," says executive producer Jeff Pinkner. "He's a huge component and key to the really big stuff we're [doing]."

Phew! So now that we know that, who has a theory about the fallen cubes imagery? And how excited are you for "Fringe Fridays" to fire up in three weeks?



http://www.tvguide.com/News/Exclusive-Fringe-Season-1036948.aspx

FRINGE - Fox Fall Preview 2011


Fringe Season 4 Poster

This is awesome! I love how the image is all shattered with both versions of Olivia/Bolivia and Walter/Walternate mixed together. The Observers blended in is a great touch also. I had a feeling that they would be a focus this season.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

TV Line: The Two Walters

Fringe As Season 3 came to a close, Walter and Walternate weren’t in a room together for but a minute before they started hurling accusations at each other. Such banter between the alters will continue when the new episodes arrive. “Oh, they’re always cross with each other,” John Noble told me, two episodes into filming. “And the thing about having an argument with yourself is you can take the gloves off, and that’s what they’ll be doing — abusing each other. But ultimately they’ll have to resolve their issues.” As they address the mystery of their conjoined worlds, who will prove to be the smarter of the two? Sure, Walter lost some years in the bin, but his counterpart hasn’t exactly been chained to a lab Over There. “Walternate’s a pretty sharp dude,” says Noble, “but maybe he’s not on top of the science like Walter.”
http://www.tvline.com/2011/08/matts-inside-line-scoop-fringe-parenthood-ncisla-cougar-town-white-collar/

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

TV Addict: FRINGE Spoiler Alert: John Noble Teases Why the Peter Bishop Fans Have Come to Know and Love May Be Gone Forever!

By theTVaddict on August 7th, 2011

Since the moment the credits rolled on FRINGE’s phenomenal third season finale one question has been on every fan’s mind. That question — no, not how on earth the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences continues to fail to recognize John Noble with a much deserved Emmy nod — but rather where is Peter Bishop?

“Because we finished off with the season so powerfully what you’ll see now is thread in through a mini arc of four episodes,” explained John Noble during a one-on-one with the the TV Addict in Los Angeles. “We thread in the feeling, the presence of and finally the manifestation of Peter.”

And while it probably won’t come as much of a surprise that Peter does in fact return, (Joked Noble, “Josh [Jackson] is our leading man of course he does [return!]“) what sure as heck will is that Peter’s reappearance may not mark the return of the Peter fans (Not to mention the two Olivias!) have come to know and love over the course of the past three seasons.

“What we do is find a way to bring Peter back in…. but not in the way he was before,” revealed Noble. “It’s grand for Josh because it gives him a chance to finally do another version of himself, which he hasn’t had before. So it’s a great pay off for Josh and it means that we get to rebuild somehow in a different way.”

But just how different will be Peter Bishop 2.0 (Peternate?) be? Noble, not surprisingly, was playing coy. To the point that the only thing he would tease is that the start of FRINGE’s fourth season will be eerily familiar to fans of the show who has stuck with it since day one.

“That wonderful humanizing element that we’ve had in FRINGE of Walter and Peter getting to know and love each other again and build up their relationship… we start the season without that,” said Noble. “”[When the season starts] Walter is still in the lab but he’s quite insane, agoraphobic, obsessive compulsive and under the guardianship of Olivia and Astrid. He’s just locked in and won’t go out of the lab, so that’s an interesting restart from my point of view.”

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fringe Television: Joshua Jackson Cheers Fringe's Vanishing Act-and How It Will Save the Peter/Olivia Romance

By fringeobsessed 8/06/2011 08:22:00 PM

Joshua Jackson Cheers Fringe's Vanishing Act – and How It Will Save the Peter/Olivia Romance by Matt Webb Mitovich

Joshua Jackson is sorry if you fretted over his fate (as well as that of Peter Bishop’s) after his Fringe alter ego literally flickered out of existence in the Season 3 finale. But he assures you it was in the name of several greater goods — including boosting the Peter/Olivia romance.
Reflecting on early this spring, at which time he first got word that Peter might cease to exist, Jackson tells TVLine, “They brought me in as part of the [creative] process at the end, because there was a lot of debate internally about whether to finish [the season] with that or not, because it is such a big thing to do. And I was very much on the pro side.”

Why would an actor vote in favor of his character disappearing? Jackson’s rationale was two-fold. “One, it was the right ending for that season’s story – it almost had to be,” he says of the story arc in which Peter confronted his destiny as the “trigger” for a doomsday machine.

Jackson’s second reason for validating Peter’s vanishing: “I was never a real huge fan of the Peter/Olivia storyline,” he concedes. “All of Fringe is on this epic scale, and that seemed kind of banal to me at the center of it.”

But now, in the wake of Peter’s season-ending act and its dire ramifications, his connection to Olivia (played by Anna Torv) “is on an epic scale as well,” Jackson notes. “This guy sacrificed himself for the woman that he loves, which made that relationship more interesting and it launched us into the off-season with this ‘Holy s—t!’ moment.”

Getting back to those fretting Fringe fans, I asked Jackson if he had words of reassurance, any sort of promise that they will get their fill of Peter (and thus him) despite a season-opening storyline that would seem to limit his presence. The gist of his missive: the show, and I, would never betray you.

“Part of the reason they ended up making the decision to go with that cliff-hanger is because there’s a belief, given how passionate our fans are, that there is a level of trust in us — and we are all keenly aware of not violating that trust,” he shares. “So as much as there was a freak-out and panic, it was done with the hope that everyone understands that we’d never [mess] with our audience, which has been so faithful to us and kept us on the air.

“It was just a case of stealing a page out of [executive producer] J.J. Abrams’ playbook,” he continues, “and keeping people on their toes with anticipation… and then hopefully satisfying their desire.”
http://www.fringetelevision.com/2011/08/joshua-jackson-cheers-fringes-vanishing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FringeTelevision-FanSiteForTheFoxTvSeriesFringe+%28Fringe+Television+-+Fan+Site+for+the+FOX+TV+Series+Fringe%29&utm_content=FaceBook

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Nerdy Shirts


I came upon Nerdy Shirts recently and I have to say that I’m extremely impressed. There are tons of Geek T-Shirt on-line stores out there, but none of them seem to have the selection that Nerdy Shirts has. More importantly I don’t think that I have ever seen a place with old school 8 bit Nintendo themed shirts. I really had a hard time selecting two shirts because of the great variety of shirts that I wanted. I ended up choosing the A Princess Bride themed shirt with a name tag that said “Hello my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my Father, prepare to die”. And another Legend of Zelda themed shirt with a picture of the weapon selection box that says “Don’t make me go Zelda on you”.


Both shirts arrived very quickly and the cotton fabric is thin which is great for summer and has a great elasticity to it which makes it combined with the softness of the material extremely comfortable. The prices are reasonable and best of all they offer free shipping and returns along with gift cards which is a great gift idea. I wish that they had shirts from the TV show LOST or FRINGE (hint, hint), but I felt that the store had enough nerd related themed shirts to warrant a review.
http://www.nerdyshirts.com/

Saturday, July 30, 2011

FRINGE PANEL at COMIC-CON 2011



FRINGE - Where is Peter Bishop? Teaser 2

THR: 'Fringe' Producer on Peter's Return: 'He Will Not Be Another Identity'

In a chat with THR, Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman recall "toying with" the decision to move forward with the game-changing season finale.

July 29, 7:49 PM 7/29/2011 by Philiana Ng

Earlier this week, Fox released a new Fringe teaser asking Season 4's biggest question: Where exactly is Peter?

Showrunners Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman spoke to The Hollywood Reporter after the show's Comic-Con panel last weekend and what they said was mind-blowing and head-scratching.

Joshua Jackson joked to THR that he would like his alter ego to return to the cult sci-fi drama in a "flash of light," when the time came. Wyman, however, wasn't as giving. "You know, that is an assumption," he replied when asked about how Peter would return to the series. "He will not be another identity."

"For us, we are really using Peter's story this season to explore a lot of the basic rules of the show, which are choices and connection," Pinkner added.

But Wyman and Pinkner were adamant in dispelling any theories that questioned whether the events in the season finale actually happened.

"It really happened," Wyman reassured. "What we are trying to do from a conceptual standpoint is have the audience understand that it happened and you know it did happen. We watched it and there has been a catastrophe and it needs to be righted. It will either right itself properly or it will go in a very negative way. Now you have to understand what those repercussions are going to mean."

He added, "Peter sacrificed himself. He was a selfless hero. There are sacrifices; a sacrifice wouldn't be hard if it was easy."

Before they decided to go ahead with the finale, there were discussions about the events that unfolded that would affect the trajectory of the series.

"Before we decided to actually pull the trigger and do that season finale, we convinced ourselves that it happened and we were willing to play with consequences," Pinkner said. "I think it ends up in a place that is really kind of beautiful."

"When we were toying with it, it is analogous to this," Wyman explained. "In Fringe, we get to tell the quintessential kidnapping story, not about a kidnapping but about crossing universes. We get to tell the love triangle with two people who are the same person. We get to reinvent these trite situations."

Pinker agreed: "And we have characters that really hold up a mirror to themselves, having a second Walter and having a second Olivia really exposes sides of their characters that you wouldn't otherwise get."
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fringe-producer-peters-return-he-217303

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Digital Spy: 'Fringe' John Noble hints at Walter fate

Thursday, July 28 2011, 9:49am EDT
By Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter

Fringe star John Noble has revealed that his character Walter will struggle with insanity once again next season.

In the Fox sci-fi drama, Walter regained some of his faculties with help from son Peter (Joshua Jackson), but Peter was erased from history in the third season finale.

Noble explained: "Walter came out of that [psychiatric] hospital three seasons ago, and he was... pretty insane. [But if] he didn't have Peter to help him, he'd still be insane, so initially I think we'll see that."

He continued: "[Walter will] still work for Olivia and he'll still be brilliant, but he doesn't have that lovely softening element of a family."

However, Noble insisted that Peter will eventually return to restore the show's status quo, despite Joshua Jackson's recent claim that he had not returned to filming on Fringe.

"It's not going to last forever," Noble said. "We can't live without Josh Jackson!"
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/s118/fringe/news/a332160/fringe-john-noble-hints-at-walter-fate.html

Monday, July 25, 2011

Comic-Con 2011: Around the Exhibit Hall

This guy made this awesome Centaur costume that was rigged so that his back legs moved when his front legs did.

Lego Harry Potter Display

Lego Ninjago

Lego Star Wars

Some Lego Castle

Comic-Con 2011: Around the Exhibit Hall

Lego Pirates display

Heres me planning my next move on taking over the universe!

X-Men Figures Display


Lego type Kre-O Transformers building set, but in giant size.

Marvel Comics X-Men Panel

I went to a Marvel Comics X-Men Panel and they spoke about a new huge storyline (Schism) that’s just started that’s going to change a lot. Before it was always Charles Xavier vs. Magneto. But since Cyclops has been leading and Wolverines has basically been his hitman and since they have always had a shaky trust / working relationship something finally happens to cause them to have a huge break, so much so that half of the X-Men are going to believing with Wolverine and the new dynamic will be Cyclops ideology vs. Wolverines with will replace the Professors X’s peace with Human’s ideal vs. Magnetos crush the humans before they crush us ideal. Cyclops has always been survival and drawing inwards. So I’m guessing that Wolverines side will be something that’s the opposite of that. It should be interesting. Bad thing though is that Uncanny X-Men is around issue 540 and after the big break they are going back to #1 with Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine and the X-Men, so unless they eventually go back to the old numbering we won’t have a #600 celebration or higher. (Which is a possibility) But is seems like a cool story which will spin into other cool stories.

Comic-Con 2011: Entertainment Weekly Lost Retropective

I went to a “Lost: One Year Later with Jeff "DOC" Jensen & Dan Snierson Panel. They were talking about Jeff giving a gift to Dan of a Lost Deleted scene video and suddenly a Stormtrooper runs in telling them to stop and to not show the tape/ He rips his helmet off to reveal Carlton Cuse! Then someone else charges in in a Star Wars costume yelling that the tape must be shown and it was revealed that he was Damon Lindelof! So they agree to finally show it but before they do Darlton talks about how they had made a scene in season one that proved that they did have things planned out since season 1. It was a fake deleted scene from the season one finale Exodus with Locke & Jack arguing about how they were all brought there by the island and it showed Jacob and MIB in the background watching them and discussing about how MIB had become the Smoke Monster, Jacob bringing everyone to the island and MIB made fun of Jacobs island/bottle analogy. Very funny, it’s great to see how well Darlton can make fun of each other.

The rest was a Q & A

What would you change? Damon Only 5 seasons Carlton: No Tattoo episode. LOL -- (Some artist went through some natural disaster and so Carlton bought a bunch of prints of a Lost characters in a Star Wars poster to give away to all those who ask questions.)

Any blowback from ABC for the religious aspects (Rose praying with Charlie example)? No ABC was really supportive of it they really tried to represent all religions.

Why couldn’t Widmore and Ben kill each other? Because they believed that they couldn’t.

Who was in the season 5 outrigger? There are unanswered questions in life just like the show. (Dodge) They purposely withheld the answer from the show because trying to answer it caused too many problems.

I asked them if Libby’s back story was always supposed to be what we saw on screen. (I sited the crazy fan rumors about Libby being a spy for Widmore or her ex-Husband dying in the deck accident that Hurley caused and her wanting revenge) They told me that what was on the screen had always been planned.

Walt Question. Never was going to answer WHY Walt was special. They said that the why questions are not ones they really should be answering. Walt was there to show that there were people who were special. Along with Miles Hurley Locke etc.

They revealed that Michael Giacchino was in the audience. Afterwards I gave a set of Lost Trading Cards to Jeff Jensen and Dan Sniderson.

Comic-Con Report: Jay & Jack get together

Friday night I went to a Lost get together hosted by Jay & Jack of the Jay & Jack Podcasts and was able to meet Kris White, the guy who ran the Official Lost Podcasts with Darlton. We talked about his experience with making the podcasts with Darlton, along with a personal Graphic Novel writing project that he has set up through Kickstarter which allows people to donate to his project and gain things like early copies of the book, being made a character in the book and other things and he plans on using the money to pay an artist for the illustrations. Damon Lindelof has given him a referal along with other writers.

The website is http://the36.net/

Comic-Con 2011: The ugly incident at the Fox Booth

The next day I went down to the Fox booth early to get a ticket for the Fringe signing but it was such a mob and the stupid booth people kept telling everyone the wrong place to go. I was on one side and they told us to go to the other side this went on for a few minutes and during that time there was almost two fights and people almost got trampled. I didn't worry about myself since I'm sturdy, but I worried about some of the smaller people. They had to close the ticket give outs so I missed out. I could have gotten in the line at the end during the time of the actual signing like I did last year for a possible chance, but then I might have missed the actual Fringe Panel.

Marvel Animation Panel

New Live action superhero shows “AKA Jessica Jones” with characters Carol Danvers and Luke Cage (ABC), a new Hulk TV show (ABC), a “Cloak and Dagger” show patterned after the comicbook (ABC Family) and "Mockingbird” (ABC Family). So lots of comicbook stuff to try and fill the Smallville void. Plus animated Ultimate Spiderman, Hulk and the Agents of Smash along with season 2 of The Avengers, they showed the season 2 Premiere which they teamed up with the Fantastic Four to combat Dr. Doom which was awesome.

Comic-Con 2011 Jay & Jack Panel

On my way to the Jay & Jack Panel I ran into Ryan Ozawa of the awesome Hawaii Blog and gave him a set of Lost Trading Cards since he had helped me with a few things during my 10th anniversary trip to Hawaii last November.

In the Panel Kris White, Ryan Ozawa and Jay & Jack discussed and answered audience questions about their podcasting experiences and with Lost in General. They were giving out Lost Action Figures to those who asked questions.

Comic-Con 2011 Fringe Panel

I rushed and got in line for the Fringe Panel and got in to the previous Vampire Diaries Panel and then was able to make it up closer when that panel ended.

The Fringe Panel was awesome, I got into the Q & A line at the beginning and they started like always with a clip real that highlighted all of the main characters. Then all of them came out, the two main showrunners Jeff Pinkner & JH Wyman, along with Anna Torv (Olivia), John Noble(Walter), Lance Reddick (Broyles), Blair Brown (Nina), Jasika Nicole (Astrid) and Seth Gabel (Lincoln Lee) (who is becoming a full time cast member.)

John Noble said: “You guys are the best fans that ever existed, thank you from all of us very sincerely”. Pinkner & Wyman said “We’ve got to address the elephant in the room. Somebody’s not here — Gene booked milk commercial.” They spoke about how they decided to let go of Joshua Jackson them because of how expensive he was so they had auditions for a new actor to play Peter and they showed a clip of auditions Fringe Audition Tape: Rebecca Mader, Damon Lindelof, Michael Emerson, Greg Grunberg, Jeff Probst, Jorge Garcia and many others in [Peter Bishop] audition video.


J.H. Wyman said “There is no Peter. He doesn’t exist.” Joshua Jackson enters panel. Wearing Observer suit and fedora. Anna Torv asked If Peter doesn’t exist, is there a child? Pinkner said “I’m not sure we’ve seen all of Olivia’s powers yet. What’s going to happen is really hard to answer because we think it would spoil letting the show unfold.” Lance Reddick was asked to impersonate William Bell which was very funny. Joshua teases Lance about the impersonation and Lance replies “You don’t exist anymore so stop talking”John Noble has a soft spot for Walternate, he could understand why he would do what he did and the justifications. Josh Jackson later jokes with John Noble: “You shot my wife in the head!

Seth Gabel says he’s more like Over Here Lincoln. Joshua asked about whether he wishes that he had an alternate. Jackson enjoyed free time not having to play an alt-Peter, however S4 will take him to a different arena. “I don’t think Peter will ever have an alternate, but however he gets folded back into the story, it will be a very different version than what we’ve seen before. He’s in a different place now.” Jasika Nicole was asked something that she didn’t want to answer and started singing “Astrid has a gun”.

Pinkner/Wyman said “What’s been great about flashback episodes is that it’s deepened the emotions of these characters” / “We’ve loved them as well and it’s our intent to keep doing that. We’ll always go back and forward if it suits the story and the things we are trying to get across.” John Noble: “Walter and Nina have an affair in Season 5.” Joshua Jackson screams, “Mommmy!” (I got about 4 people away from the microphone when they cut the line off.)

The Cast then turn to ask the audience trivia questions for "Save Peter" T-Shirt prizes. Jasika asks: What type of sandwich did Walter make for Astrid when she was trying to crack the code in season three? Cucumber, avocado, cheese and tortilla chips. Anna Torv asks what color was Walter’s suit that he got married in. Purple. John Noble asks: Roscoe (Christofer Lloyd) was keyboard player in a band. What other instrument did he play on record cover? Drums. Blair Brown: “What did Peter promise Nina in equestrian ring in S1?” He would owe her a favor. The Panel swag was a luggage tag with a changeing picture on the front with the two Olivia’s on one side and the two Walters on the other with a disappearing and reappearing Peter in the middle. It said on the back “If found in this Universe or the other side, please contact:" with lines to fill out your address.

Comic-Con Report 2011 Alcatraz Panel


After that was able to jump to the front row for the Alcatraz panel. They actually showed the Pilot Episode which I loved. It reminds me of Fringe with the cop aspects and Jorge is kind of a nerdy mix of Hurley & Walter and Sam Neil is kind of a Broyles type. The main girl is pretty with a hidden family history that not even she knows about. It’s a total find the murderer on his killing spree before he kills everyone on his list. Plus there’s the Lost type mystery of who zapped all these prison inmates to the present and is letting a new one loose each episode to exact revenge each episode and how did they do it?

Elizabeth Sarnoff (Showrunner), Jack Bender (Writer), Jorge Garcia (Alcatraz Consultant), Sarah Jones (Main Cop and then FBI girl), Jeffrey Pierce (First Alcatraz inmate released and possiblely a bigger part then is revealed) and another actor (Fiance of the main girl) came out and spoke about the show for a very short time since they showed the Premiere. There was a lot of talk about how some of the similarities with Lost were purposeful, but that it was its own show.

After that I tried to make the Person of Interest panel, but that got closed off. So all in all an exceptionally good Comic-Con this year

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Testing for Comic-Con

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fringe Season 4 Poster

Fox just released their Season 4 Poster!!!!!! Notice how the whole bottom area is broken up just like how the creators said that season 4 will be like a new show.

Hollywood Reporter: EXCLUSIVE: Comic-Con 2011: Preview Fox's Official Posters: 'Glee,' 'Fringe' and 13 Others

Preview the poster art for "The Simpsons" and as well as the rest of its San Diego swag.
July 8, 3:06 PM 7/8/2011 by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg
With the countdown to Comic-Con heating up, Fox is offering a sneak peek for the true diehards.

You can get an exclusive first look at the network’s poster art for its Comic-Con-bound shows, including Glee, Terra Nova and Family Guy, here.

The company also has plans to dole out 16,000 collectible poster tubes, featuring a collage of images from Fox, 20th TV and cable channel FX fare as well as Fox Home Entertainment and Fox Consumer Products. Within, fans will again be able to store their Comic-Con-themed show posters, which producers and stars will be signing at Fox’s booth (#4313).

The net will also update fans with frequent updates, including press rooms and panels throughout Comic-Con weekend, on its website.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/comic-con-2011-preview-foxs-209126

Comic-Con 2011: 'Fringe' Executive Producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman (Q&A)

After a heart-stopping third season finale, the showrunners discuss what awaits them in Season 4, appreciation for “Twin Peaks” and how they’ll answer the probing Peter questions in San Diego.

July 9 2:45 PM 7/9/2011 by Philiana Ng
J.H. Wyman, left, and Jeff PinknerWith hundreds of thousands of people attending San Diego Comic-Con every year and the July 20-24 event quickly approaching, The Hollywood Reporter chatted with the big names in television to discuss their favorite memories and tips for attending the annual event. THR’s Live Feed will talk Comic-Con with actors, writers and producers in the days leading up to the event so check back soon for interviews and the latest news on panels and screenings.

Comic-Con Panel: Fringe, Saturday, July 23, 4:30-5:15 p.m., Ballroom 20

The Hollywood Reporter: What stands out from your first Comic-Con experience?

Jeff Pinkner: I’ve been there with the show for three years, and I went once prior to that as a fan. After I got off the shuttle bus, three women barely dressed in some version of Xena were standing behind a 300-pound man dressed as Elmo. That was Comic-Con in a nutshell.

THR: What’s the best thing a fan has said to you at Comic-Con?

J.H. Wyman: This will be my third Comic-Con, and a fan once said to me, “I can’t believe you’re really you.” It reinforced that they’re actually near somebody that’s associated with running a show that they’re into and love. I think that was a really sweet way for them to say, “I trekked all the way here to San Diego and I can’t believe we actually standing here having a conversation about Fringe.”

Comic-Con 2011: Full THR Coverage

THR: Are you ready for the onslaught of questions, especially regarding Peter, at this year’s panel?

Pinkner: A lot of them will be laden with expletives. It will all become clear; not at Comic-Con, but once [the show] premieres. All the questions that involve the name Peter will probably be hard ones to field.

THR: There will be many questions of “Does Peter exist? Can you tell us?”

Pinkner: We’ll probably be faced with those questions. Our answer will probably be, “Who’s Peter?”

Q&A: 'Fringe' Executive Producer Calls Season 4 Renewal 'Gutsy'

THR: Who would be on your dream panel?

Wyman: Twin Peaks. I’d really like to talk to David Lynch. It’s my favorite show and it was groundbreaking.

THR: Were you satisfied with the way Twin Peaks ended?

Wyman: I think the first season was the most impactful. Now running a show and knowing what you’re up against, I do realize that a lot of people plan for failure but they don’t really plan for success. It’s really hard to keep something going. If you go back in that timeline, nobody had ever done anything like that. They were probably feeling it out as well.

To me, Twin Peaks was seminal because it was what it was. I feel that about a lot of filmmakers. It’s their prerogative to take the show where it goes and if I’m really a fan, I’m going to really get off the artistry of the artist that I’m watching. It’s not mine to judge, it’s mine to be involved and see it. Being apart of that it gave me so much pleasure that I don’t think it’s fair to say I wasn’t happy.

Q&A: John Noble Explains the Low Ratings and Talks Third Universes, Reality Shows

THR: Do you have any tips on how to pull off a great presentation?

Wyman: It should always be something outrageous and entertaining as possible. People really give you a lot of leeway for the exceptional.

THR: If you were to dress up in costume for Comic-Con, who would you be?

Pinkner: Anything where I could carry a sword or a broad ax.

THR: Seth Gabel is a series regular. How is that dynamic going to change this season?

Pinkner: We just fell in love with him, which is why we wanted to bring him back. Thus far, we’ve spent very little time with one version of him, the Lincoln Lee on their side, so I think that we’ll probably want to explore his character as well.

THR: What’s ahead for Fringe in Season 4?

Wyman: It’s going to involve a couple of newer themes. We’re just taking you down the road a little further on the journey. You’ll be able to see people from the past and you’ll be able to meet new people throughout the season.
Pinkner: Season 3 was about Walter coming to terms with truly coming to terms with the consequences of the damage that he had done when he broke two universes in order to save his son’s life and recognizing that in order to fix that damage, he may have to sacrifice that son, which was the choice he made in 2026. Peter recognizing that based on the trajectory that his universe was on, the love of his life Olivia was going to die in 2026 and he made the heroic choice to overt that outcome and now all of our characters, we find them in a place where we’re dealing with the consequences.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/comic-con-2011-fringe-executive-209435

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Comic-Con 2011 Fringe Panel

Saturday 4:30-5:15 Fringe Screening and Q&A— Fringe returns to Comic-Con with series stars Anna Torv, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole, and John Noble and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman for a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Delve into parallel universes and alternate doppelgangers and join the discussion about this critically acclaimed thriller as Fringe continues to explore otherworldly cases with endless impossibilities. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Fridays at 9/8c on FOX, and Fringe: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 6. Ballroom 20
http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci11_prog_sat.php

Friday, July 8, 2011

'Fringe' John Noble confirms series 'reset'

Friday, July 8 2011, 5:38am EDT
By Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter
Fringe star John Noble has confirmed that the show will "reset" when it returns for a fourth season.

The actor previously suggested that the Fringe writing team might "give [the show] a restart" following the disappearance of Peter (Joshua Jackson).

Noble told TV Line: "All I know is that [the show] will do a reset, and that [the writers] are really excited."

He continued: "I know that they have about nine episodes in a sort of package [to begin the season]."

Noble, who plays both Walter Bishop and his doppelganger Walternate on the sci-fi drama, also suggested that his two characters will be forced to work together in future episodes.

"It doesn't make sense for them not to, ultimately," he said. "But it won't be easy."

Noble recently admitted that he expects Fringe to run for five seasons, but added that he would be "surprised" if the show continued beyond that point.

The fourth season of Fringe will premiere on Fox on September 23.
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/s118/fringe/news/a328891/fringe-john-noble-confirms-series-reset.html#article_continue

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Digital Spy: 'Fringe' return 'will be like new pilot'

Thursday, June 23 2011, 11:40am EDT
By Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter

Fringe showrunners Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman have revealed that the fourth season will welcome new viewers.

The pair told the Examiner that the new season premiere will be "like a new pilot" for a first-time audience.

"Not everyone has time to sit down and watch [three full] seasons, so we tried to make this [fourth] season like a new pilot," said Wyman. "We did that a little bit last season, too, but it will just be an entry point for people to come in who haven't seen everything."

However, co-producer Pinkner also confirmed that the sci-fi drama's fourth run will reintroduce characters from the past.

"Without revealing anything, we have some... things we're very excited about," he said. "We're bringing back some characters who were among our favorites."

Pinkner went on to insist that the new season will not alienate long-term fans of the show.

"Our fans are incredibly loyal, we have the best fans!" he claimed. "I truly believe they're going to love [the resolution from the season finale], and they'll understand it. We have smart fans. They won't be disappointed."

Fringe star Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop) previously suggested that the show's new season could "wipe clean the entire slate of [the series]".

http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/s118/fringe/news/a326455/fringe-return-will-be-like-new-pilot.html

Digital Spy: 'Fringe' return 'will be like new pilot'

Thursday, June 23 2011, 11:40am EDT
By Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter

Fringe showrunners Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman have revealed that the fourth season will welcome new viewers.

The pair told the Examiner that the new season premiere will be "like a new pilot" for a first-time audience.

"Not everyone has time to sit down and watch [three full] seasons, so we tried to make this [fourth] season like a new pilot," said Wyman. "We did that a little bit last season, too, but it will just be an entry point for people to come in who haven't seen everything."

However, co-producer Pinkner also confirmed that the sci-fi drama's fourth run will reintroduce characters from the past.

"Without revealing anything, we have some... things we're very excited about," he said. "We're bringing back some characters who were among our favorites."

Pinkner went on to insist that the new season will not alienate long-term fans of the show.

"Our fans are incredibly loyal, we have the best fans!" he claimed. "I truly believe they're going to love [the resolution from the season finale], and they'll understand it. We have smart fans. They won't be disappointed."

Fringe star Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop) previously suggested that the show's new season could "wipe clean the entire slate of [the series]".
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/s118/fringe/news/a326658/mad-men-jared-harris-wants-fringe-return.html

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Anna Torv (Olivia) says the final episode of Fringe has already been written

June 15, 2011
Danny Cox Fringe Examiner

Season three of Fringe is in the books. Fans are awaiting the start of season four which they worked so hard to make happen. Then they know there will be hard work again to guarantee a fifth season.

Meanwhile, Anna Torv, who plays Olivia Dunham on the show, states that the series finale to Fringe has already been written. Wait, what?

Not sure if that can be believed honestly, but Digital Spy reports it to be true.

Torv says that she personally does not have any idea how the series will be completed but she has a belief that the writers and producers already know exactly what they want to do at the end. She recently spoke with TV & Satellite Week and told them she knows certain things.

“I’ve been told the ultimate final episode has been written. [The writers] know where they want us to go, but they don’t know yet when we will get there.”

Anyone ever seen Memento?

Nothing is set in stone of course even if an ending has already been scripted. Torv acknowledged that fact.

“It’s more of a dance between the audience, the creators and the cast about what works and what doesn’t,” [..] “It’s nice that although the skeleton of what is going to happen is there, it’s still a dance.”

Often times to avoid any type of spoilers or leaks, show creators or producers will avoid giving the cast their episode scripts until right before it is time to shoot. Not worried about that, Torv would rather not know where things are going anyway.

“Initially, I wanted to know [what's going to happen], now I’m happy not to. There’s something great about working on a film or a play where you know where you’re going, but on television it’s more open and that’s good too.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Digital Spy: 'Fringe' exec: 'New season won't betray fans'

Wednesday, May 25 2011, 11:01am EDT
By Morgan Jeffery, TV Reporter

Fringe showrunner Jeff Pinkner has insisted that the show's upcoming fourth season will not disappoint fans.

In the third season finale, Peter (Joshua Jackson) was erased from history by a mysterious time paradox.

"Rest assured we won't betray the audience," Pinkner told TV Line. "Taking Peter out of the story is another way to look at our series from another side. [We'll examine] what would have happened in these people's lives up to this point if [there was] no Peter."

In the original timeline, Peter's mother Elizabeth (Orla Brady) committed suicide when her son was a young boy.

"[Whether Elizabeth now survived is] the right question to ask," Pinkner explained. "And that's what [next] season will answer."

Pinkner recently promised that unresolved issues from the season finale will be dealt with in future episodes, while Joshua Jackson suggested that the fourth run of Fringe could introduce "radical" changes.

Fringe will return to Fridays at 9/8c in the fall on Fox.
http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/s118/fringe/news/a321488/fringe-exec-new-season-wont-betray-fans.html

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Hollywood Reporter: The "Buffy" and "Lost" alum reunites with J.J. Abrams.

Looks like Fringe is going on a Walkabout.


David Fury has traded one alternate universe for another.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum has signed on to Fox's sci-fi drama Fringe as a writer-producer after departing the network's Steven Spielberg series Terra Nova in September.

The Fringe gig marks Fury's reunion with J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot. Fury served as a co-executive producer and penned four episodes of Abrams' Lost during Season 1. He was nominated for a writing Emmy in 2004 for penning the series' "Walkabout" episode.

Fury, who also served as a co-executive producer on Fox's 24, joins co-creators Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as well as showrunners Jeff Pinker and J.H. Wyman.

Fury had signed on to serve as an executive producer on Terra Nova but left the prehistoric time-travel series in September, citing creative differences.

Fringe was renewed for a fourth season in March.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/david-fury-joins-fringe-as-189949

Thursday, May 19, 2011

'Fringe' stars talk past, present & future

May 18, 2011 ι Jarett Wieselman

Last night Anna Torv & John Noble were honored by The Paley Center for Media as the organization presented An Evening with "Fringe" -- where the stars talked to a rapt room full of actors and show devotees about their experiences on Fox's sci-fi phenomenon.

But before they took the stage, Anna & John exclusively talked to PopWrap about the season three finale, what they think it means for their characters and where they hope things go in season four!

PopWrap: Congratulations on a truly incredible season finale -- what did you think of it?
John Noble: I loved it. The script was evolving as we were doing it too – in particular, the ending with Peter evaporating. That was kind of a light thought that came in at one point and just made everyone say, “whoa.” But scripts often evolve like that, especially as they built the trilogy of episodes at the end of this season. So many things were happening, it was kind of mind boggling and very exciting, but kind of insane.

PW: Do you understand what happened?
Anna Torv: I do, but I’m not quite sure where it’s going.
John: At a psychological level, I absolutely understand it. For Walter/Walternate, I see them as the same man, so psychologically, I do understand. In dreams this happens, in other mental states this happens. So it doesn’t concern me that we do a literal representation that’s in another mind dimension, we all have those things.







PW: What excites you about the potential this universe bridge opens up for season four?
Anna: So much! I don’t know for sure, we haven't talked to the showrunners yet, but I would think this obviously means her baby doesn’t exist. I'm also curious to the concept of, "How much pain has Peter caused Olivia over the last three seasons?" Now, who is she without ever having experienced that? What kind of shifts will the characters make without Peter in our lives? But simultaneously how are we going to find him?

PW: I would imagine it also means you'll be playing both versions of your characters a lot more next year.
John: I think so too, and that is such a gift as an actor.
Anna: I love it. I’m also excited because we seen a lot of interaction between the characters, which we will now that they’re in the same world. Also, with Lincoln too! I know Seth [Gabel] is coming back!
John: Oh, he's so great!
Anna: It’ll be fun to see him on both sides as well.

PW: That could get messy for Fauxlivia!
John: Well she hasn’t committed to him yet!
Anna: That’s true! Maybe Olivia will get her back and date Lincoln! She needs some love too [laughs].

PW: Tonight is all about the actorly part of "Fringe" and obviously these dual performances are an excellent example of that. How have you approached it?
John: I’ve always seen these characters as the psychological parts of the same man. It’s that melding together – now the pressure is on enough that they have to stop compromising and come together. Because, and this is my personal opinion, but to survive this situation, this man needs to be his very best and that’s a combination of Walter and Walternate. That’s the approach I’m taking to it and it seems to be working. But we'll know for sure on Thursday, when we talk to the showrunners about season four.







PW: Oh man, you know that fans are going to be stalking your life on Friday now!
Anna: [laughs]
John: They’ll tell us just enough to keep us tantalized – that’s what they do.

PW: What are you hoping to talk about?
Anna: In that last speech where Peter talked about who brought the parts back – Astrid or Ella – I’m interested in that. I wonder if we’ll do more back and forth with the future.
John: I’m excited to continue with the different universes, I like that they’re going to work together. That’s always something we’ve wanted to do – not show a black and white world. This way you don’t automatically choose one side. We work really hard to humanize both sides.

PW: Back to the alternates, do you prefer playing one more than the other?
John: I do. I enjoy Walter more because he’s so random. And as an actor, that means I can do whatever I want and get away with it, whereas Walternate is so stitched up. Walter is a lot more fun.
Anna: It changes, I vacillate. When Faux-livia first came about I was thrilled not to be in the suit, but then I played Olivia Over There and I loved her during that period. It changes.







PW: Favorite episode this season?
John: I loved the one with Christopher Lloyd. It was such a joy to work with him and he was so good in the role.
Anna: I actually think “Entrada” – I enjoyed that because I had so much fun stuff to do,. You’re always biased towards things like that. It was my favorite episode to make, I don’t know how it would be watching it.

PW: And lastly, this show has really lived and died by the fans -- a very fickle community, it should be said. What kinds of comments have you been hearing from fans?
Anna: One of the things I love about doing the show is that anyone who stops me on the street, always asks “what’s happening next?” To be a part of something that’s bigger than you is fun because it means that the show you're making is the star.
John: That’s true. When people stop me on the street, it’s so generous and then “what do you know?” [laughs]. We have incredible fans.
http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/popwrap/fringe_stars_talk_past_present_future_WCVdPLnWorInilbfuhgftI

An Evening With Fringe - Anna Torv & John Noble [Paley 2011]

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fox Unveils 2011-12 Primetime Schedule

Looks like we're staying on Friday nights.

By NELLIE ANDREEVA Monday May 16, 2011 @ 5:30am PDT

Fox just announced its primetime schedule for next season. One new drama, Terra Nova, three comedies, New Girl, I Hate My New Daughter and the animated Allen Gregory as well as Simon Cowell's reality show X Factor are launching in the fall, with dramas Alcatraz and Bones spinoff Finder as well as animated comedy Napoleon Dynamite joining in midseason. As we predicted, prehistoric drama Terra Nova will lead the network's Monday lineup at 8 PM, pushing veteran House to 9 PM. House will return to 8 PM in midseason to help launch the J.J. Abrams-produced Alcatraz behind it. As expected, Fox is keeping the Tuesday comedy block, with New Girl joining Glee and Raising Hope, and I Hate My Teenage Daughter will launch behind the X factor performance show. Also staying put is American Idol on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with its airing pattern mirrored in the fall by X Factor. Additionally, Fox announced that the next season of American Idol will kick off on Sunday, Jan 22 after the NFC Championship game, the first time the veteran reality series has had a season premiere outside of its regular nights. America's Most Wanted will no longer be a weekly series, scaling back to quarterly specials. Fox also listed the Tim Kring/Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch as being in development for midseason. Here are Fox's fall and midseason schedules:

FOX FALL 2011 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM TERRA NOVA (new)
9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE
TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM GLEE
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (wt) (new)
9:30-10:00 PM RAISING HOPE
WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:30 PM THE X FACTOR Performance Show (new)
9:30-10:00 PM I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (wt) (new)
THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM THE X FACTOR Results Show (new)
9:00-10:00 PM BONES
FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE
SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM ENCORES / AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (specials)
SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 PM THE OT (NFL post-game)
7:30-8:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM ALLEN GREGORY (new)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD


FOX MIDSEASON 2012 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM HOUSE
9:00-10:00 PM ALCATRAZ (new)
TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM GLEE
9:00-9:30 PM NEW GIRL (wt) (new)
9:30-10:00 PM RAISING HOPE
WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:30 PM AMERICAN IDOL Performance Show
9:30-10:00 PM I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (wt) (new)
THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL Results Show
9:00-10:00 PM THE FINDER (new) / BONES (spring)
FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES
9:00-10:00 PM FRINGE
SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM ENCORES / AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (specials)
SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 PM ANIMATION DOMINATION (encores)
7:30-8:00 PM THE CLEVELAND SHOW
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (new)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS

Here is the rest of Fox's release with descriptions of the new series:
New York (Monday, May 16, 2011) – Peter Rice, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Networks Group; and Kevin Reilly, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, today unveiled the FOX primetime schedule for the 2011-2012 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at The New Beacon Theatre.

“Nothing impacts culture the way a television show does,” said Rice. “And here at FOX, we have the most talked about, most followed, most creative shows that build connections between viewers and brands.”

“Going into next year, we've rejuvenated AMERICAN IDOL, built a core strength across the week and developed a really fresh, creative new lineup for next season," said Reilly. “From razor-sharp comedies to epic dramas to a massive talent competition series, I think we have the goods to continue to be pop culture’s most vibrant platform, as well as the top network.”

Launching this fall is the highly anticipated singing competition series THE X FACTOR, which marks the return of Simon Cowell to FOX. Cowell, along with Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul, will judge the U.S. version of the international television phenomenon that will award an unprecedented $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music to the next global superstar or breakout music group.

Epic family adventure series TERRA NOVA, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Jurassic Park”), Peter Chernin, René Echevarria (“Castle,” “The 4400”) and Brannon Braga (“24”) and starring Jason O’Mara (“Life On Mars”) and Stephen Lang (“Avatar”), premieres in the fall. The ambitious series follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race.

Also debuting this fall are the half-hour comedies NEW GIRL (working title) and I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (working title). Created by Liz Meriwether (“No Strings Attached”), NEW GIRL (wt) is a new single-camera ensemble comedy starring Zooey Deschanel (“(500) Days of Summer”) as Jess, an offbeat girl who – after a bad breakup – moves in with three single guys and essentially sets a bomb off in their lives. New multi-camera family comedy I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (wt) stars Emmy Award winner Jaime Pressly (“My Name Is Earl”) and Tony Award winner Katie Finneran (“Wonderfalls”) as single moms, life-long friends – and former nerds – who fear their privileged and overly indulged daughters are turning out to be just like the girls who picked on them in high school.

ALLEN GREGORY is the new animated comedy joining the Sunday ANIMATION DOMINATION lineup this fall. Created by and featuring the voice of Jonah Hill (“Get Him to the Greek,” “Superbad”), ALLEN GREGORY is the story of an extremely pretentious 7-year-old about to embark on his greatest challenge yet: leaving the safety of homeschooling and attending elementary school with children his own age.

Television’s No. 1 hit series, AMERICAN IDOL, will kick off midseason with a special premiere event Sunday, Jan. 22 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. Entering its remarkable 11th season, the series will continue to empower contestants and viewers to share their voices in deciding who will be the next AMERICAN IDOL.

The two new dramas set to launch in midseason are ALCATRAZ and THE FINDER. From executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) and writer Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Lost”) and starring Sarah Jones (“Sons of Anarchy”), Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) and Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”), ALCATRAZ is the chilling new thriller centered on America’s most infamous prison and the mysterious return of its most notorious criminals. Created by Hart Hanson, the executive producer and creator of BONES, THE FINDER is a new procedural drama starring Geoff Stults (“She’s Out of My League”) as an Iraq war vet with an extraordinary ability to help people find the unfindable.

Based on the hit cult classic and featuring the voices of the film’s original cast, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE is the new animated comedy premiering in midseason. The series follows the continuing adventures of Napoleon Dynamite, America’s most awesomely awkward teenager, and his quirky family and friends as they navigate life in rural Idaho.

In March, while GLEE takes a break before its spring semester return, FOX will continue the laughs on Tuesdays with a block of four half-hour comedies. The night will feature the critically acclaimed RAISING HOPE, new comedies I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (wt) and NEW GIRL (wt), as well as one of the additional comedies in development, including FAMILY ALBUM (working title) and LITTLE IN COMMON (working title). Starring Mike O’Malley (GLEE) and Rachael Harris (“The Hangover”), FAMILY ALBUM (wt) is the single-camera comedy that takes a snapshot of the Bronsky clan as they reveal the hilarious stories behind the photo-worthy moments of life. The new family comedy LITTLE IN COMMON (wt), starring Rob Corddry (“Hot Tub Time Machine”) and Kevin Hart (“Death at a Funeral”), follows three diverse middle-class families who become intertwined when their children play on youth sports teams together.

In addition, Kiefer Sutherland, star of the landmark Emmy Award-winning series “24,” returns to FOX in TOUCH, scheduled to go into pilot production this June. Written and created by Tim Kring (“Heroes”), TOUCH centers on the relationship between a single father and his 11-year-old son with special needs. Their relationship and their lives take an extraordinary turn when the gifted son begins to make connections in his life and around the world.

This spring, FOX will celebrate its 25th birthday with a star-studded look back at the last quarter-century on the FOX 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (working title) airing Sunday, April 1. FOX’s biggest stars from both past and present will make appearances to honor the network that began 25 years ago.

Other FOX series returning in 2011-2012 include: AMERICAN DAD (Season 7), AMERICAN IDOL (Season 11), AMERICA’S MOST WANTED (quarterly specials), BOB’S BURGERS (Season 2), BONES (Season 7), THE CLEVELAND SHOW (Season 3), COPS (Season 24), FAMILY GUY (Season 9), FRINGE (Season 4), GLEE (Season 3), HELL’S KITCHEN (Season 9), HOUSE (Season 8), KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (Season 4), MASTERCHEF (Season 2), MOBBED (specials), RAISING HOPE (Season 2), THE SIMPSONS (Season 23) and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (Season 8). AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS, NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE and TEEN CHOICE 2011 will also return to the FOX schedule.

NEW SERIES SYNOPSES

The new unscripted series launching this fall is:

THE X FACTOR

Simon Cowell returns to FOX in the award-winning international phenomenon THE X FACTOR. This new competition series, hosted by Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones, gives viewers the opportunity to help choose the next global superstar or breakout music group. THE X FACTOR judges will travel the nation searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups – who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to make their dreams come true. Auditions for THE X FACTOR were held this spring in Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Newark, NJ; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; and Dallas, TX. In a departure from other singing competition series, the first time a contestant auditions for judges Simon Cowell, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul, he/she will do so in front of an audience of thousands – raising the stakes and increasing the pressure to impress not only the judges, but also a potential legion of fans. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence it takes to become a global superstar or breakout music act and win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Those contestants who survive the first auditions graduate to “boot camp” and will be divided into four categories. Each category will be mentored by one of the show’s judges. Not only is it a competition between the hopefuls to stake their claim for the coveted win, but it’s also a showdown among the judges as to whose acts will dominate the competition and make it to the finals. The judges may have their say in how the competition progresses, but it will be up to America to decide who ultimately has THE X FACTOR.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Syco Television, FremantleMedia North America
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Simon Cowell, Rob Wade, Siobhan Greene, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway, Andrew Llinares

JUDGES: Simon Cowell, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Cheryl Cole, Paula Abdul

HOSTS: Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones

The following new comedies will premiere this fall on FOX:

I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (working title)

I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (working title) is a new multi-camera comedy about two best friends who are single moms struggling to raise their difficult and over-privileged teenage daughters. ANNIE (Emmy Award winner Jaime Pressly, “My Name Is Earl”) and NIKKI (Tony Award winner Katie Finneran, “Wonderfalls”) are former high school outcasts whose pasts inform their current parenting styles. Annie, who was raised in an ultra-strict, über-religious household where she had little-to-no freedom, pretty much allows her daughter, SOPHIE (Kristi Lauren, “You”), to do whatever she wants. Nikki, once an unpopular, overweight social pariah, has reinvented herself as a pretty Southern belle whose top priority is providing her daughter, MACKENZIE (Aisha Dee, “Dead Gorgeous”), with the childhood she never had. Sophie and Mackenzie are also best friends, which leads to a lot of co-parenting for Annie and Nikki. They have given the girls everything they asked for and everything they never had: clothes, money and self-esteem. The unintended consequence is they have created two mean girls just like the ones who tortured them years ago. Sophie finds her mother embarrassing and mocks her at every opportunity, but she secretly needs her mom and knows that her behavior is not always appropriate. Mackenzie, on the other hand, is the more manipulative of the daughters – she knows how to work her mother’s insecurities to her benefit. Annie’s ex-husband, MATT (Eric Sheffer Stevens, “As The World Turns”), wants to be a good parent, but is too clueless to know what that even means. That leaves his brother, JACK (Kevin Rahm, “Desperate Housewives,” “Judging Amy”), an attractive, high-powered attorney, to serve as more of a father figure for Sophie. Jack’s meddling would annoy Annie more if she didn’t have such a crush on him. GARY (Chad Coleman, “The Wire”), Nikki’s ex, also tries to help raise his challenging daughter, but the couple’s complicated relationship often makes his involvement more difficult. As their daughters begin to experience their first high school dances and other life-changing teen events, Annie and Nikki are often reminded of their own tortured adolescent years. But when Sophie and Mackenzie’s mean-girl antics cross the line, the moms quickly realize that they must, for the first time, dole out some real punishment and fix what is broken. They have no idea how to do that, but they do know one thing: They can’t do it without each other.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Warner Bros. Television, Bonanza Productions Inc.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer, Andy Ackerman

WRITERS: Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer

DIRECTOR: Andy Ackerman

CAST: Jaime Pressly as Annie Watson, Katie Finneran as Nikki Miller, Kristi Lauren as Sophie, Aisha Dee as Mackenzie, Eric Sheffer Stevens as Matt, Kevin Rahm as Jack, Chad Coleman as Gary

NEW GIRL (working title)

NEW GIRL (working title) is a new single-camera comedy from Liz Meriwether (“No Strings Attached”) that features a young ensemble cast and takes a fresh and outrageous look at modern male/female relationships. JESS DAY (Zooey Deschanel, “(500) Days of Summer”) is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves in with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. Although she’s dorky and awkward, she’s comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she’s not used to hanging with the boys – especially at home. Of the three male roommates, NICK (Jake Johnson, “No Strings Attached”) is the most grounded. He had big plans for life, but somewhere along the way, he stopped caring and became a bartender. Usually the smartest guy in the room, he has an uncanny knack for reading people and uses humor to deflect everyone and everything. SCHMIDT (Max Greenfield, “Ugly Betty”) is a hustling young professional who fancies himself a modern-day Casanova. Though his heart is usually in the right place, he’s always scheming ways to climb the social ladder and is driven by an immature and almost obsessive urge to be on “the scene.” Viewing Jess as a gateway into the elusive female mind, as well as a personal project, Schmidt encourages the guys to bring Jess into the apartment. The third roommate, COACH (Damon Wayans Jr., “The Underground”), is a former high school athlete who currently makes his living as a personal trainer. Set in his ways and with a take-it-or-leave-it attitude to dating, Coach is most comfortable when he’s in the gym. Though he’ll never admit it, Coach’s macho athletic exterior is actually a cover for his shyness around women, and he struggles to translate his personal confidence into conversation, preferring to speak in sports metaphors – or not at all. Rounding out this group is Jess’ childhood best friend, CECE (Hannah Simone, “Beautiful People”), a deadpan, somewhat cynical model who blossomed after outgrowing her promiscuous adolescent years. She has the street smarts Jess lacks and spends a lot of time doling out no-nonsense relationship advice that only a professional model could give. She and Jess balance each other well and accept each other despite their faults, making Cece the perfect complement to Jess. As their relationships progress, the five friends come to realize they need each other more than they ever thought they would and end up forming a charmingly dysfunctional family.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment

CREATOR/WRITER: Liz Meriwether

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Liz Meriwether, Jake Kasdan, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Dave Finkel, Brett Baer

DIRECTOR: Jake Kasdan

CAST: Zooey Deschanel as Jess, Max Greenfield as Schmidt, Jake Johnson as Nick, Hannah Simone as Cece, Damon Wayans Jr. as Coach

The new animated comedy joining the FOX schedule this fall is:

ALLEN GREGORY

ALLEN GREGORY is a new animated comedy series that tells the story of one of the most pretentious 7-year-olds of our time. When he looks in the mirror, ALLEN GREGORY DE LONGPRE (Jonah Hill, “Superbad,” “Get Him to the Greek”) doesn’t see a child. He sees a young man who is intelligent, sophisticated, worldly, artistic and romantic – characteristics he inherited from his doting father, RICHARD (French Stewart, “Private Practice,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”). The pair share an extraordinary father-son bond – a bond that is sometimes annoyingly interrupted by Richard’s life partner, JEREMY (Nat Faxon, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, “Reno 911!”), for whom Allen Gregory has minimal respect, if any at all. They live together in a stunning architectural loft, along with JULIE (Joy Osmanski, “Grey’s Anatomy”), Allen Gregory’s adopted Cambodian sister. Although Allen Gregory has allegedly composed operas, written novels and dated Chloë Sevigny, he’s about to embark on his greatest challenge yet: leaving the safety of his father’s homeschooling and attending elementary school with children his own age. His journey will be a struggle, not only with the other kids at school, but with the faculty as well. Whether it’s the all-out rivalry with GINA WINTHROP (guest voice Leslie Mann, “Funny People”), his by-the-book second grade teacher; his unique relationship with JUDITH GOTTLIEB (guest voice Renée Taylor, “How I Met Your Mother”), his 68-year-old principal; or his desperate desire to be best friends with JOEL ZADAK (guest voice Jake Johnson, “Get Him to the Greek”), the school’s popular stud, Allen Gregory has his work cut out for him. With the help of his trusty friend and assistant, PATRICK VANDERWEEL (Cristina Pucelli, “Finley the Fire Engine”); and the support of SUPERINTENDENT STEWART ROSSMYRE (Will Forte, “Saturday Night Live”), who believes the De Longpres are a tremendous asset to the school, Allen Gregory won’t have to get his hands too dirty. ALLEN GREGORY is about an outsider. And while he may put on a tough exterior, deep down, all Allen Gregory wants is to fit in. Well, that, and for Julie to run away and never be seen or heard from again. And Jeremy too.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment

CREATORS: Jonah Hill, Andrew Mogel, Jarrad Paul

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jonah Hill, Andrew Mogel, Jarrad Paul, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, David A. Goodman

VOICE CAST: Jonah Hill as Allen Gregory De Longpre, Nat Faxon as Jeremy, French Stewart as Richard, Joy Osmanski as Julie, Cristina Pucelli as Patrick, Will Forte as Superintendent Rossmyre

GUEST VOICE CAST: Leslie Mann as Ms. Winthrop, Jake Johnson as Joel, Renée Taylor as Principal Gottlieb

The following new drama will debut this fall on FOX:

TERRA NOVA

From executive producers Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Jurassic Park”), Peter Chernin, René Echevarria (“Castle,” “The 4400”) and Brannon Braga (“24”) comes an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making. TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in jeopardy, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past. When scientists at the FERMI Particle Accelerator unexpectedly discovered a fracture in time that made it possible to construct a portal into primeval history, the bold notion was born to resettle humanity in the past – a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time. The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first colony established in this beautiful yet foreboding land. JIM SHANNON (Jason O’Mara, “Life on Mars”), a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family through this new world of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. Jim’s wife, ELISABETH (Shelley Conn, “Mistresses”), is a trauma surgeon and the newest addition to Terra Nova’s medical team. JOSH (Landon Liboiron, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) is their 17-year-old son who is angry to leave life as he knows it behind; upon arriving at the settlement, he finds himself instantly drawn to the beautiful and rule-breaking SKYE (Allison Miller, “Kings”). MADDY (Naomi Scott, “Life Bites”), Josh’s endearingly awkward 15-year-old sister, hopes Terra Nova will give her a chance to reinvent herself. Although Elisabeth’s medical training secured the family a spot on the pilgrimage, a secret involving their five-year-old daughter, ZOE (newcomer Alana Mansour), soon endangers their place in this utopia. Upon the Shannons’ arrival, they are introduced to COMMANDER NATHANIEL TAYLOR (Stephen Lang, “Avatar”), the charismatic and heroic first pioneer and leader of the settlement. Taylor warns the travelers that while Terra Nova is a place of new opportunities and fresh beginnings, all is not as idyllic as it initially appears. Along with blue skies, towering waterfalls and lush vegetation, the surrounding terrain is teeming with danger – and not just of the man-eating dinosaur variety. There is also a splinter colony of renegades led by the battle-hardened MIRA (Christine Adams, “TRON: Legacy”), who is vehemently opposed to Taylor and his leadership. Even more threatening than what lies outside the protective walls of the colony is the chilling possibility that something sinister is happening inside Terra Nova. The Shannons will come to suspect that not everyone on this mission has the same idea of how to best save mankind; in fact, there may be forces intent on destroying this new world before it even begins.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment, DreamWorks Television, Kapital Entertainment

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, René Echevarria, Brannon Braga, Alex Graves (pilot), Jon Cassar, Aaron Kaplan, Katherine Pope, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Craig Silverstein, Kelly Marcel

DIRECTOR: Alex Graves

CAST: Jason O’Mara as Jim Shannon, Stephen Lang as Nathaniel Taylor, Shelley Conn as Elisabeth Shannon, Landon Liboiron as Josh Shannon, Naomi Scott as Maddy Shannon, Alana Mansour as Zoe Shannon, Christine Adams as Mira, Allison Miller as Skye

The two new dramas set to debut midseason are:

THE FINDER

Iraq war veteran WALTER SHERMAN (Geoff Stults, “She’s Out of My League”) gained a reputation while serving in the Army Military Police as someone who was very good at tracking down insurgents, deserters and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Unfortunately, Walter found one IED just moments before it found him. Two months later, when Walter woke from his coma, he earned an honorable discharge and returned home. His resulting brain damage from the explosion transformed him from someone skilled at recovering people and things into something much more extraordinary: a Finder. From the creator of the hit series BONES comes THE FINDER, the new one-hour procedural centering on a remarkable man who uses his unique gift to help others recover what they’ve lost. Walter may have left the military, but his reputation as a discreet professional who can unearth anything and anyone has been passed on to generals, politicians and other powerful figures. His first post-military assignment was to find the CIA head honcho’s missing daughter and bring her home. Walter did both, and since then has never been without an assignment. After settling in Key West, Walter met the beautiful and worldly IKE LATULIPPE (Saffron Burrows, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), a woman with a mysterious past and many hidden skills. She tends bar at The Ends of the Earth, which also serves as a makeshift office and home base for Walter. Walter helped Ike escape a dangerous life, and for that, she is eternally grateful. Another island denizen dedicated to Walter is LEO KNOX (Michael Clarke Duncan, “The Green Mile”), once an obese lawyer who, after the deaths of his wife and children, completely reinvented himself into a gentle giant, philosopher and Walter’s legal advisor. Because of his skills, Walter is often asked to find a person or a thing that law enforcement either will not or cannot find. With the help of Ike and Leo, as well as a patchwork of indebted connections, he and his team ultimately find meaning in their own lives by finding something or someone other people have lost.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Hart Hanson, Dan Sackheim, Barry Josephson

WRITER: Hart Hanson

DIRECTOR: Dan Sackheim

CAST: Geoff Stults as Walter Sherman, Michael Clarke Duncan as Leo Knox, Saffron Burrows as Ike Latulippe

ALCATRAZ

From executive producer J.J. Abrams (FRINGE, “Lost,” “Star Trek” and the upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “Super 8”) and writer and executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Lost,” “Deadwood”) comes ALCATRAZ, the chilling new thriller centered on America’s most infamous prison and one-time home to the nation’s most notorious murderers, rapists, kidnappers, thieves and arsonists. When San Francisco Police Department DET. REBECCA MADSEN (Sarah Jones, “Sons of Anarchy”) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, “The Nine”), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER (Robert Forster, “Jackie Brown”), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER (Sam Neill, “Jurassic Park”) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO (Jorge Garcia, “Lost”), to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES (Jonny Coyne, “Undercovers”) and the merciless ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER (Jason Butler Harner, “The Changeling”). Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE (Parminder Nagra, “ER”), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz. Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Agent Hauser has known about the prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, JIMMY DICKENS (Santiago Cabrera, “Heroes”), at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Bad Robot Productions, Warner Bros. Television, Bonanza Productions Inc.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Danny Cannon (pilot)

WRITERS: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt

DIRECTOR: Danny Cannon

CAST: Sarah Jones as Det. Rebecca Madsen, Jorge Garcia as Dr. Diego “Doc” Soto, Sam Neill as Emerson Hauser, Parminder Nagra as Lucy Banerjee, Robert Forster as Ray Archer, Santiago Cabrera as Jimmy Dickens, Jonny Coyne as Warden Edwin James, Jason Butler Harner as Associate Warden E.B. Tiller

GUEST CAST: Jeffrey Pierce as Jack Sylvane

The following new animated comedy will premiere in midseason on FOX:

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

Based on the hit film, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE is an animated series that follows the continuing adventures of America’s most awesome awkward teenager and his quirky family and friends as they struggle to navigate small-town life in rural Idaho. The original cast from the film – Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Sandy Martin, Jon Gries and Diedrich Bader – will voice their characters in the series, and many new characters will be added along the way. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (Heder) is a 16-year-old boy convinced – for no apparent reason – that he is destined for greatness and blessed with unlimited “sweet abilities.” He spends his days practicing ninja moves, drawing ligers, soul dancing and bragging about his “girlfriend in Oklahoma” whom nobody has ever seen. Napoleon’s brother, KIP (Ruell), is an unemployed 32-year-old who lives at home and believes he would be an amazing catch for any girl who would respond to his online come-ons. The Dynamite brothers live with GRANDMA (Martin), a crusty woman who can often be found four-wheeling with her lady friends at the local sand dunes. Napoleon’s allies include PEDRO (Ramirez), his unflappable best friend who has recently been elected class president; and DEB (Majorino), an incredibly sweet girl who sees the good in Napoleon and dreams of someday being his wife. Napoleon’s UNCLE RICO (Gries) lives out of an orange custom van, where he obsesses over his botched high school football career and dreams up ways to become rich and famous. Then there’s REX KWON DO (Bader), a self-proclaimed martial-arts master who runs the local dojo. Guest voices in the debut season include Jennifer Coolidge (“American Pie,” “Legally Blonde”), Sam Rockwell (“Choke”) and Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”).

PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox Television

CREATORS/EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess, Mike Scully

VOICE CAST: Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite, Jon Gries as Uncle Rico, Aaron Ruell as Kip, Efren Ramirez as Pedro, Diedrich Bader as Rex, Tina Majorino as Deb, Sandy Martin as Grandma

The following drama is in development and slated for midseason:

TOUCH

From writer/creator Tim Kring (“Heroes,” “Crossing Jordan”) and executive producers Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope comes TOUCH, a preternatural drama in which science and spirituality intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact. Through masterful storytelling, the series follows a group of seemingly unrelated characters – beginning with a former firefighter tormented by his inability to save a dying woman, an Iraqi teenager who will go to great risks to help his family, a gifted singer whose actions at a karaoke bar save lives thousands of miles away and a British businessman desperately trying to retrieve a key piece of information from his lost mobile phone – who affect each other in ways seen and unseen. At the center is MARTIN BOHM (Kiefer Sutherland, “24”), a widower and single father, haunted by an inability to connect to his mute, severely autistic 10-year-old son, JAKE. Caring, intelligent and thoughtful, Martin has tried everything to reach his son who shows little emotion and never allows himself to be touched by anyone, including Martin. Jake busies himself with cast-off cell phones, disassembling them and manipulating the parts, allowing him to see the world in his own special way. After multiple failed attempts at keeping Jake in school, Martin is visited by social worker CLEA HOPKINS, who insists on doing an evaluation of the Bohms’ living situation. Although new at her job, Clea sees a man whose life has become dominated by a child he can no longer control. She believes his attempts to communicate with Jake are just wish fulfillment, and determines that it’s time for the state to intervene. But everything changes when Martin discovers that Jake possesses a gift of staggering genius – the ability to see things that no one else can, the patterns that connect everything. Jake is indeed communicating after all. But it’s not with words, it’s with numbers. And now he needs Martin to decipher their meaning and connect these numbers to the cast of seemingly unrelated characters whose lives they affect. Along the way, Martin will be guided by BORIS PODOLSKY, a discredited aging professor who offers Martin a compelling but unorthodox theory about Jake and his rare ability. Whether it be chance, coincidence, timing, synergy or fate, there are events that touch us all, as part of an interconnected, dazzlingly precise universe.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, Tailwind Productions, Chernin Entertainment

CREATOR/WRITER: Tim Kring

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Tim Kring, Francis Lawrence, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Kiefer Sutherland, Suzan Bymel

DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence

CAST: Kiefer Sutherland as Martin Bohm
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

HitFix Interview: Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman discuss the 'Fringe' finale and future

Awesome Interview!!!!!!!

By Daniel Fienberg - How will things change? Will the 2026 Future return? And more...
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 2:39 PM

FOX's "Fringe" wrapped up its third season on Friday night with a brain-bending cliffhanger that left fans expressing themselves with excited combinations of exclamation points and question marks.

Many fans loved the apparent shift in the "Fringe" paradigm. Some fans were less enamored. But for all of them, there was one major question: What the heck is this going to mean moving forward?

On Monday, I got on the phone with "Fringe" showrunners Jeff Pinkner and and Joel Howard "J.H." Wyman to discuss "The Day We Died" and the way it will ripple into Season Four this fall.

It won't surprise "Fringe" fans to know that I got very few concrete answers about next season, but I think that Pinkner and Wyman definitely provided a lot of insight into their approach to the structure and mythology of their show.

Click through for the full interview, but only assuming you've seen the finale...

HitFix: Hey guys. Thanks for chatting. We've had a few days since the finale aired. Have you had a chance to check out the reactions and gotten a feel for what the temperature in the room was?

Jeff Pinkner: We always do. We've said it before: We care very much what our fans and what the audience thinks. We also know that's not representative of the entire audience. We strive to take what the audience thinks into consideration, while at the same time not allowing it to, in and of itself, drive the ship.


HitFix: What have have you thought of the reactions?

JP: We're pleased. Yeah. I think that we're very pleased by the reaction. I think that there was a lot of "What the f***?" and frustration at the very ending of the show, which is not surprising when one of the core characters ceases to exist. What did you think?


HitFix: Honestly? For me, the answer is going to be in how well you guys pay it off at the start of next season. If it gets paid off well? It's all aces. Who knows from there?

JHW: I think that's always the case with something that's kinda audacious or risky in any sort of way. People are always going to say, "Well wait a minute. Why did you do that?" And if it becomes evident later that there was a good reason, then you're right, people are going to say, "Wow. I completely understand why they did that." Look, it's our MO. We've said it before that we always plot the seasons out a year in advance. We're not going around willy-nilly. It's something that we always lay out and we definitely know where we're going and feel like this is a perfect set-up for Season Four. A lot of the things and a lot of decisions that I think may confuse some people now -- other people it didn't, but some people it did confuse and some for some people they were good questions and for some people they were bad questions -- we feel confident that the answers will be revealed in the following season.


HitFix: One thing I definitely felt as I finished the episode was, "Oh my goodness, if that had even potentially been a series finale, people would have burnt down your offices." Did you guys have any fears about that?

JP: Well, we knew that this was not going to be the series finale. And, by the way, if it had been the series finale, we wouldn't have been in the offices anymore, so it would have been a crime against property, but not necessarily against me and Joel and all of our colleagues. As fans, if that were the series finale of a show that I love, I would be frustrated. At the same time, there's a certain honesty in it, that Walter ultimately was willing to make the the sacrifice that he recognized he may need to make in order to undo all of the wrongs, all of the damage that he had caused. A lot of our favorite stories don't end necessarily happily with a neat little bow, but end with some sort of emotional complications. Life is not all good or all bad. It's a mix of both. Had this been the end of the series, and it wasn't and nor was it ever intended to be, I think we would have felt that we were being honest to the core of the show.


HitFix: How did you decide that this particular episode and place was where you wanted to end Season Three? The penultimate episode with the conclusion in the future also had a finale-esque feeling.

JHW: This was the plan from the beginning. If we would have left Peter in the future, then the people who *did* enjoy this one would say, "Wow. I didn't like that." For us, it was something that's going to set up and lay groundwork and open a new chapter for the upcoming season. We didn't ever waver from the direction where we set out. It wasn't even an issue. It wasn't even a question.



HitFix: Obviously you guys aren't going to tell me specifics, but how would you describe the new structure or chapter this opens up for Season 4?

JP: New structure? Well, "Fringe" is always going to be "Fringe." If you want to go back to the beginning of Season Two, when Jeff and I had to decide, "Well how are we going to tell the story of Over Here and Over There? Are we going to have flashbacks? Flashforwards? Flashovers, as it were? Or are we going to actually trade off going across one episode after the next or some degree of a pattern like that?" And we felt like it wasn't honest enough to set up a compelling mythology for Over There if we're just giving people little bits of an episode. We felt it was too hard for people to get on-board with just seeing half an episode Over There and half an episode Over Here. People would get lost or confused. We said, "Look, we know we have a compelling mythology Over There that we believe in and we want to allow people to experience that in the best possible way." What that meant to us was being able to tell stories on a thematic level that we weren't able to tell Over Here. We could learn more about stories and more about the human condition and ask question about existence from Over There, while asking and inviting the audience to become invested in these new ideas. So as that went forward, we were lucky and people really found what we hoped they would, which is that they enjoyed. We're on a course of expansion. Last year we got the right to say we have two shows about one show, which is true.

So next season, what this allows us to do is it's going to allow us to pull from other elements as well. We're going to be able to have people Over Here that are from Over There, we're going to have people Over There from Over Here. There's a tremendous amount of drama. The worlds are still breaking down. What happened to Peter Bishop is obviously a question. Will he return? How is he going to return? In what capacity is he going to return? "Fringe" has the ability to not do anything normal. "Fringe" has the ability to take a kidnapping story and turn it into one that happened across universes. Or a pregnancy story and have the birth happen within the span of three hours. It's safe to say that we just want to have as many options as possible to keep the entertainment coming, to keep the drama flowing and to keep people compelled. So that was our main goal, to be able to, next season, tell even richer stories with people you're starting to get to know and who you know already.


HitFix: You've opened up a lot of storylines, but do you guys feel like you've closed off any storylines, per se? I saw a number of people concerned about the many things directly associated with Peter which, in their minds, could no longer exist because Peter "never existed." Do you feel like there are any hard and fast rules for what doesn't exist anymore?

JP: One of the notable things about time-travel paradoxes is that there are several ways to attack the time-travel paradox and as long as you remain honest and consistent with the rules that you choose to follow, the rules that you choose to establish, you're good. So we'll be very clear with the rules that we are establishing and hopefully we will remain true to those. But people's concerns for the baby and Walter and Walternate's history, those answers will become clear. It's funny, we felt that we reinvented the show and that the network would be more concerned at the end of Season Two going into Season Three, the idea that Olivia was stuck Over There and Bolivia was embedded on our team. That was a huge reimagining of the show in the network's eyes and they were very nervous, like "How are we going to tell 'Fringe' stories after that?" And we did. In fact, we would argue that the show became more compelling and that the storytelling became more rich and we hope to do the same thing this year, going into Season Four. And the network is not nearly as anxious. I think we've gained some trust and hopefully the audience will display the same trust.

There are two kinds of television shows: There's a show that's about a condition, about a hospital or about a police precinct or about a team of lawyers. And then there are shows about characters or an unfolding story. Ours is the latter and it needs to unfold. It can't stay still. We couldn't tell the same kinds of stories we were telling in Season Three forever, just like we couldn't tell the same kind of stories we were telling in Season Two forever, without it starting to stagnate. So the show is moving forward. It's the same character. It's ultimately, hopefully, the same variety of themes that we enjoy exploring so much. And hopefully it will just continue to grow and deepen and to get richer.


HitFix: And you guys also left a ton of mysteries in the 2026 future that may not still exist. How alive do you see that future world as being for upcoming stories?

JHW: I think we've gained a platform being able to say that we're going back in time and tell a slice of story that will inform the viewer and be able to say, "Hey, if I didn't see that episode, I would have missed a lot. On all kinds of levels." We look to the future-type-episodes as possibilities like that. Will it be the exact same future? We don't know. Will it be after that? Who knows? Perhaps. I can guarantee you that the only reason we would slip back and forth is to tell stories that are thematically relevant to what we're talking about now, in Season Four, to try and influence our storytelling in the past and future in that way. It's not that the whole structure of the show is going to change. It's not that you're going to be in the future in ever second episode. That's just not in the cards.


HitFix: But should viewers get invested in what happened in Detroit? Should viewers be invested in what happened with Broyles' eye? Should they be invested in how Walter's trial went down?

JHW: Yeah. Those are interesting. A lot of things are going to have degrees of importance. I think The Trial of Walter Bishop is very, very important and I know Jeff agrees. That's a very big time in Walter's life and people who love Walter will love to see that. We know what happened to Broyles in Detroit. We know what happened to his eye. We love to set seeds. That's kinda what we do all the time. We endeavor to do that. People would say, "Oh my gosh, in Season One, I saw amber and I didn't even understand what context it was. I had it in the wrong context. Now I realize that amber is something completely different from what I thought it was." Or in Episode Two, even, where the babies rapidly grew, when they were growing the soldiers like tomatoes, this came back in the Olivia pregnancy storyline. We're always trying to repeat on ourselves and always trying to to keep recontextualizing the program for the viewer who's really paying attention.

JP: One of the themes we've explored from the beginning is this notion of Choice vs. Fate and Inevitability. As The Observers have said, there are many possible futures unfolding at every moment. Of course, which one comes to pass is determined by all the interconnected choices that all of humanity is making simultaneously. So we witnessed, in our finale, one possible future in 2026. Whether that specific future happens or whether we're going to tell 15 more seasons of this television show to actually get there in real-time is unlikely on both fronts, because circumstances will change. However, there are certain events -- like Walter's Trial, like what happened in Detroit, which may or may not be related to how Broyles lost an eye -- those events may unfold anyway, because constantly there's tension between Fate and Choice and Synchronicity. Does that make sense?


HitFix: Ummm... *Some* sense, certainly?

JP: Sortta like the notion of... Your parents met under a certain set of circumstances, if they hadn't met that way, would they have met some other way? Would you still be here, perhaps born a year later?

JHW: Or earlier.

JP: Or earlier. Are certain events inevitable or are they all determined simply based on the choices that we all make.


HitFix: It seemed notable that you ended the season with The Observers getting the last word, so to speak. This season there were a couple Observer-heavy episodes. How much is Season Four the Season of The Observer?

JHW: We're definitely going to expand on people's understanding of The Observers, for sure. That's a story that's now ready to be told and we'll definitely go there.


HitFix: Earlier, you mentioned the things that were introduced in earlier episodes that maybe viewers didn't understand in that context, but that came to be much more important later on. How much would you say that what we witnessed this season was always the plan for Peter's machine, that this was always the plan you had for Sam Weiss, that this was always the plan behind the Olivia powers that were introduced in Season One and then not mentioned again for a while? How much was plan and how much was retroactive reimagining?

JP: Look, we as storytellers... It would be unfair to say it's Joel and I... J.J. [Abrams] and Bob [Orci] and Alex [Kurtzman] created the show and Joel and I and Akiva Goldsman and our phenomenal staff of writers have a paradigm and a framework that's been in place from early on. And we're exploring a world. So we established the world from the beginning and as we find avenues that are interesting, we go down them further and then they lead to doors that were maybe unexpected, but we go "Oh, that door connected to... That's a shortcut to France. We thought we would have to go to France by way of New York and then hopping on a plane and flying across an ocean, but in fact it turns out that we can head west and there's a door to France." I know that this is a horrible analogy, but a lot of the storytelling and a lot of the larger paradigms and themes have been in place from the beginning -- as is the ending, as a matter of fact -- but how we get there, we need to keep it interesting and exciting for ourselves. Otherwise, it will just be flat. So how we get there is always both predetermined and then also changes based on the choices we make.

JHW: To us, we enjoy setting things up and just saying, "OK. That's set up. We can move on to something else." We're not saying people won't be completely engaged by that thing we set up and are asking for an answer right away, but isn't that sorta like opening your presents on the day before Christmas? It's gonna come. That's why you watch a narrative is to watch it unfold. We intentionally set things up and say, "OK. We're gonna take our foot off of the accelerator on that element, for now, and examine these" and try to give people some building blocks for some other understanding that we want them to have. You mentioned the powers. In the season finale, they came to fruition, didn't they? To a certain extent. So you realize, "OK, so she did develop something and there was something going on and she has sorta mastered them to some degree. Isn't that interesting?" It's a task, because "OK, we know where that's going to go," but to a viewer, hopefully, they'll take it and go, "Oh, that's cool. She must have developed it." We think our viewers are really smart. And sometimes we do maybe ask them to paint in negative space. And that's cool. They do, most of the time.


HitFix: It's asking a lot sometimes. But when did you guys accept the idea that there would no longer be such a thing as a "casual" "Fringe" viewer? One who could drop in and drop out and still follow things?

JP: We haven't really accepted that at all. We anecdotally, each of us have friends and acquaintances who sadly are just occasional "Fringe" viewers or happily are just occasional "Fringe" viewers. We strive to maintain access points for people who are not serialized, devoted viewers of every episode. Obviously the more heavily mythological episodes, you certainly want to know what's going on, but a lot of the episodes we strive very hard to make sure that there is a story-of-the-week, whether it's about our characters or it's about the case-of-the-week, the bad guy of the week. Though suddenly they're dropping off the networks, the daytime serials, I remember being a kid home from school and turning on "All My Children" and after 15 minutes, you're pretty much caught up on everything you need to know in order to enjoy that episode. You might not know that this person, before losing their mind, was an alien, but you know enough to watch the episode now and get some real satisfaction out of it. And we still maintain to tell our stories like that. Joel and I have spoken often of this term, "myth-alone," which we believe we've coined, which is telling stand-alone episodes -- in that they each have a beginning, middle and end -- while still being true and honest and advancing the character and narrative mythology of the world so that there's something for everybody.


HitFix: And I like and have used the term "myth-alone." It just feels like this season, episodes became more "myth" and less "alone."

JHW: Sure, the end of the season was slanted a little more towards the mythology. It seems like a really simple idea like, "Hey, why don't you do a show that has a case-of-the-week, but has some mythology running through it?" and it may be simple, but it's like one of those puzzles where when you're in it, you can't see the answer, but when you know the answer you're like, "Oh duh." It took us some time to get there. An episode that we always point to is "White Tulip," as a perfect example. I think that anybody can sit down and watch that story, because it's about love, it's about loss, it's about faith. It's about all of those things and people can identify with that. You can feel all of those thematic things in Walter's performance and Walter's storyline about giving that letter to Peter. You don't need to know the entire thing. You just know that a man is facing a very difficult decision.

There are two types of viewers: There are the viewers who are going to sit down and they're gonna watch a show because they're invested in the characters and then there's the person who's going to follow the mythology. Our fans, our hardcore fans, the ones who followed us over to Friday and have been with us, they let us know loud and clear, "We're not really interested in the monster-of-the-week format. We don't respond to that. We want just mythology." So that was our journey. It's the network business to get new eyeballs and of course that's totally logical. It's a very expensive canvas to paint on and it needs to be paid for. I wish people would understand that this is not just a science fiction show, but a family drama and come to it. It's a tough sell with the science fiction moniker. We just dove in and said, "We're going to tell the stories that we really want to tell for as long as people will allow us to tell them." So far, you guys and the press in general have been so kind and it's for that reason that we're still around, the reviews and the things like that. We're just doing what we think is right. I don't know that we'll ever be a crossover hit where all of a sudden everybody in the world's watching "Fringe."


HitFix: As a last question, how are you guys approaching this fourth season, big picture-wise? You said you know where the end is. Are you approaching this as a prelude to a hypothetical Season 5, Season 6. Or is this a gift opportunity to bring the story close to that end?

JP: Certainly more the former. Certainly more that we have a lot of story left to tell and we hope that we have the good fortune and the opportunity to tell it. We're never gonna... we're not declaring an end to the series.

JHW: The show's evolving and turning consistently and organically it's changing. And with that change, there's always more story avenues and venues to come up.

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