Monday, January 31, 2011

E!: More Lincoln!

berry_hearts: I love Lincoln on #Fringe. Please tell me we will be seeing lots more of him!
Linc, Scarlie and Fauxlivia are all back this week. And when this ep airs, we'll have our preggo radar turned up to 11, because those rumors that Fauxlivia is preggo by Peter are just too destructively delicious to ignore.

FRINGE Episode 3.12 "Concentrate And Ask Again" Sneak Peek

Saturday, January 29, 2011

EW: Ratings: 'Fringe' does it again!

by James Hibberd

Fringe showed last Friday’s rating was no fluke, my friends.

The Fox drama delivered 4.6 million viewers and another 1.9 preliminary adults 18-49 rating last night.

Fringe held steady despite its lead in, Kitchen Nightmares (4 million, 1.7), dropping two tenths from last week’s debut.Everybody thought Fringe would have to face Supernatural this week, but that face-off has been delayed until next Friday. The CW decided to give the returns of Vampire Diaries (0.6) and Nikita (0.4) an encore airing instead.

Otherwise, the night was quiet. CBS, ABC and NBC had nothing but repeats and news programs, with ABC’s 20/20 (1.7) rating the highest.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

TV LINE: Great Scott! Fringe Tops Friday Ratings

January 22, 2011 09:04 AM PST
By: Matt Webb Mitovich
It didn’t draw the 1.21 gigaviewers I had hoped for, but Fox’s Fringe nonetheless won the night in the demos with its Friday debut.

Fringe delivered a 1.9 rating in the coveted 18-to-49 demo, up 12 percent from its last Thursday outing and building slightly on its lead-in, Kitchen Nightmares. Overall, the spooktacular series — which this week guest-starred Back To The Future‘s Christopher Lloyd — drew 4.83 million total viewers.

Elsewhere on the newly freaky Friday….

* NBC’s CBS’s’ Medium walked into the light with a finale audience of 7.76 million total viewers, making it the night’s most watched program (with CSI: NY serving up a repeat and Blue Bloods temporarily test-driving Wednesdays).

* The aforementioned Kitchen Nightmares led the 8 o’clock time period in the demos. In fact, Kitchen Nightmares and Fringe combined to give Fox its best average Friday rating since March 2008 (!).

* The double-helping of CSI: NY repeats won the 9 and 10 pm slots in total viewers, with audiences of 7.2 million and 6.6 mil.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Fringe Music Video

FRINGE Music Video 'Echos'

TV Line: Exclusive First Look: Fringe's New Billboard!

January 18, 2011 08:41 AM PST
By: Michael Ausiello

In a major blow to the argument that Fox is banishing Fringe to Fridays to die, a new piece of evidence has emerged that strongly suggests the network very much wants the show to succeed in its new, challenging time slot: A fancy outdoor advertising campaign touting the show’s new Friday perch!

Fringe on Fridays Will Be a “Fringe Unhinged,” Says J.J. Abrams

Last week at the Television Critics Assoc. Press Tour, Fox president Kevin Reilly urged reporters not to declare Fringe dead and buried. “I beg you not to write the eulogy prematurely,” he pleaded. “It’s a show we’re very passionate about. I want the audience to transfer to Friday. I would be heartbroken if it went away. But if the fans stick with us the show could be on the air for many years.”

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TV Guide: Fringe Stars Preview What's Ahead in Season 3

Jan 12, 2011 11:20 AM ET
by Carita Rizzo
Fringe moving to Friday may seem earth shattering to some of its fans, but at FOX's TCA party on January 11, Lance Reddick and Jasika Nicole previewed future plot lines that will literally put the Fringe division on shaky ground.

"The degradation of the physical universe that is happening in the alternate universe is going to start happening on the primary side," says Reddick. Adds Nicole, "It's no longer about needing to communicate with them and say, 'Look, we don't want to be at war, we just want peace.' It doesn't really matter because the worlds are starting to come apart at the seams in a fundamental way. The trajectory of the show is figuring out how to stop that from happening, so that our universe doesn't become like theirs, because theirs is practically destroyed."

The earth is not the only thing rattled on the latter half of Season 3. "The biggest tease that I can offer you is that this love affair between Peter and Olivia, which involved another Olivia, has not ended," says Nicole. "You're going to get your first hint about what it means in the first episode back, at the very end. And if you blink you'll miss it. It's something at the very, very end if the episode — a little trigger — and it [points to] something that happens in the future. It's going to link the universes in a way that they have never been linked before."

And in February, after the great success of the previous flashback episode, Fringe is delving into Alterna-Peter's childhood in episode 15. "It's actually a flashback in both universes," reveals Nicole. "It delves even deeper into the inner workings of why [Walter] took his son but more importantly, what happens to a child when they're taken from another universe? Does he know? He knows that there's something different about his parents."

Nicole says she's not worried about the time shift, from Thursday nights to Fridays. "I don't know if it's because I'm super optimistic but I don't see how this could be bad for us," she tells us. "On Friday night we're contending with less, so I feel like if anything, we might even gain some people. I think that if we can maintain ourselves, and maybe gain some more [viewers], that would be really good. And I can't imagine that not happening."

TV Line: Fringe Spoilers

Question: Can I please have some scoop on Fringe? —Gary
Ausiello: The Friday-bound thriller will be flashing back to the bad ‘ol days when Walter was conducting experiments on Olivia.

Question: Give me some Fringe spoilers to help get through this frigid (Canadian) winter! —Kyle
Ausiello: Here’s some hot scoop to warm up those frostbitten bits of yours: Bolivia will be back before the end of the season! Also, we’re going to learn a lot more about the Doomsday device and what effect it has on Peter.

TV Line: Exclusive: Fringe On Fridays Will Be A Fringe 'Unhinged,' Says J.J. Abrams

By: Matt Webb Mitovich
Fringe‘s move to Fridays, which takes hold on January 21, is looking more and more like a really terrific thing.

Not only has Fox been promoting the heck out of the time-slot change, but Fringe‘s new “under the radar” home apparently has opened the door for even freakier storytelling.

Noting that Fox “has always been pretty cool” about letting Fringe push the envelope, series creator J.J. Abrams tells TVLine that said envelope’s seams have achieved outrageous new levels of elasticity.

“When we made the move and [executive producers] Joe [Chappelle] and Jeff [Pinker] started pitching stuff, we thought, ‘Well, this will probably get a little pushback,’” Abrams shares. “But they [at Fox] were like, ‘OK, sounds good!’”

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Glee, Fringe and More!

J.J. didn’t want to spoil what’s to come during the back half of this season by detailing any of the especially “out there” fare. Instead, he vaguely spoke of “visual things” that “if I had done in a film, the PG-13 rating would have been taken from us.”

Fox, however — as touted in the promos — apparently looks forward to its Fridays being freaky. “They have been amazingly and gloriously lenient in what were able to do,” Abrams reports. “It feels like unbridled, unhinged Fringe.”

Exclusive: Fringe Spoilers, But There’s a Twist…

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly indicated as much speaking to the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday, saying the Fringe creative team should be feeling “really liberated” in its new time slot. “I think now they can say, ‘You know what? We are playing to our fans — [but are] happy to take anyone new that wants to get on board.”

HitFix: Press Tour: JJ Abrams on 'Fringe' embracing serialization

By Alan Sepinwall - Loves FOX, worried about Fridays
Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 11:00 AM

JJ Abrams is a busy, busy man. He has three pilots in development for next season, including "Alcatraz" at FOX, plus another one currently being shopped, is directing the movie "Super 8," and doing early work on the "Star Trek" sequel.

He's so busy that he long ago passed on day-to-day responsibilities for running "Fringe," but he still feels such passion for the show that he keeps coming to FOX's press tour events to preach the gospel and keep the show out in the public. (In comparison, he didn't come to any ABC press tour events after the first one for "Lost.") He knows he'll gather a crowd, and that in among the questions about "Star Trek" and all his other projects, he'll be able to sing the praises of the little sci-fi series that could. So he came to FOX's party at this tour relatively early, and stayed well past closing time, surrounded at all times by a throng of reporters.

Earlier in the day, FOX president Kevin Reilly had said that the show's move to Fridays (which happens next week) wasn't automatically a bad thing - "I beg you to not write the eulogy prematurely" - and that if the bulk of the show's Thursday audience followed it to Friday, the show could run "for years."

Reilly had also noted that the show's appeal had become more insular as the writers began focusing more on serialized stories, but that he and his fellow executives had accepted A)that the show's audience was going to be the show's audience, and B)the show was much better this way.

So when I got into one of the scrums with J.J., I asked him about how and why the writers accepted that this is what the show should be like. A quick transcript after the jump...

When you first paneled the show, 17 or 18 TCAs ago, you said this was going to be the standalone, accessible J.J. Abrams show. And by now, you've clearly done a 180 from that, and it's very heavily arc'ed. Even the Monster of the Week shows this season have been about Fauxlivia in some way. When did you guys realize the show worked better this way?

The thing I feel like I'm constantly wrestling with and learning in TV is that balance: doing a show that has relatable, you can just come in and watch a standalone episode, and the thing that, at its core, I live for, which is ongoing, long-term story arcs. You can call them mythology, you can call them story, whatever. But it's very difficult in an hour-long show that doesn't just have a crime, to do shows that don't dig deep into why characters are there, where they really come from, what their demons are, how they're going to excise them. Falling in love, falling out of love. All this stuff is inherent in what makes a story interesting.

I will say that for "Fringe," over time, we - and when I say "we," I mean the writers of "Fringe," Jeff (Pinkner) and Joel (Wyman), those guys - realize that if we don't embrace the truth of what the show is - which is that it is about a woman who was experimented on when she was a kid, it is about a man who might not have come from here, it is about a father who is holding incredible secrets, including those that come from the other place, and these are things we talked about when the show was starting, to not embrace that means we will fail on other people's terms. So if we're going to fail, let's go down having done the most badass, weirdest, interesting, sophisticated version of a series we can possibly do.

One of the things Kevin said today was that at the executive level, they've embraced the fact that the show's audience is its audience, and it's probably not going to be as broad and accessible as they'd hoped. But they're fine with it so long as the audience stays roughly the amount it is now. Does that maybe give you the freedom to go even a little bit deeper into that?

It absolutely would if we weren't moving to Fridays. I am grateful beyond belief, and I have loved being at FOX. I have loved the experience, so much so that we're doing "Alcatraz" for FOX. I'm thrilled. Having said that, I do not want "Alcatraz" to get a slot because "Fringe" has left one for it. My goal is that they can co-exist happily, and they are two very different series, but "Fringe" deserves to live beyond season 3. The work that everyone there is doing proves that out.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Michael Ausiello: Are Fringe and Lie to Me in Jeopardy?

By: Michael Ausiello
Fringe and Lie to Me are not doomed. That was the big takeaway from the Fox exec session today at the TCA Press Tour.
Regarding Lie to Me, network president Kevin Reilly called the decision not to order additional episodes this season “a needs thing, “adding, “We’ve got a lot of midseason shows that we’re rolling out and we just have to get a little deeper into the spring and size everything up [before discussing another season]… We’d like to believe there’s [a future] for Lie to Me. It delivers a very loyal audience wherever we put it.”

Reilly also cautioned against delivering last rites on Friday-bound Fringe. “I beg you not to write the eulogy prematurely,” he begged. “It’s a show we’re very passionate about. I want the audience to transfer to Friday. I would be heartbroken if it went away. But if the fans stick with us the show could be on the air for many years.”

Other highlights from today’s exec session:

* Lone Star‘s demise “was a real bummer,” acknowledged Reilly. Added Fox chairman Peter Rice: “The truth is it failed to meet the [ratings] expectations that we had. [But] I would much prefer to fail with a show we’re creatively proud of than fail with a show that we’re embarrassed of.”

* Failed freshman comedy Running Wilde took too long to find its creative sea legs, said Reilly. “The show [eventually] found itself,” he added, “but it was too little too late.”

* Reilly anticipates that veteran hits Bones and House will return next season, but there’s a fair amount of deal-making that needs to happen first

Monday, January 10, 2011

Charlie Francis, Observer: September, & David Robert Jones Designs

These are the last 3 designs that will be in the first set of Fringe Trading Cards that I will be designing.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Michael Ausiello: Exclusive: Fringe Spoilers, But There's a Twist…

January 6, 2011 02:13 PM PST
By: Michael Ausiello
they’re hidden in an independent record store near you!
Allow me to explain: In Fringe‘s Jan. 21 episode (its first in its new Friday time slot), Walter comes face-to-face with his musical hero — the keyboardist for the ’70s band Violet Sedan Chair, Roscoe Joyce, played by Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future).

As a genius tie-in, producers created a vinyl album for the group titled Seven Suns and shipped it to select independent record outlets nationwide. “They’ve been in stores for a couple of months now,” says a show insider.

The best part: Each individual album is different, including specific spoilers and clues about the show embedded in the lyrics (and possibly elsewhere). “They all have unique properties,” says the source.

Now fans just have to find the stores that carry the album. Well, that and figure out who are the real musicians behind the faux group. Says the insider: “We’re keeping that a secret for now.” (Sure, now they decide to be tight-lipped!)

Anyway, Fringe fans, that’s your mission, should you choose to accept it.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Michael Ausiello: Fringe Flashback

Question: You’re back! Huzzah! I need some Fringe scoop please. I’ll take anything. —Hayley
Ausiello: My “Over There” mole tells me that an upcoming episode will flash back to 1985 to show the consequences of Walter’s kidnapping of Peter from the alt-universe.

Michael Ausiello: Exclusive: Fringe Welcomes Home Olivia's Wicked Stepfather!

As if you needed another reason to follow Fringe to its new Friday time slot, sources confirm to me exclusively that later this season, producers are planning to introduce a new Big Bad — perhaps the largest, worst Big Bad of them all: Olivia’s abusive (and never-before-seen) stepfather.

As you know, a 9-year-old Olivia — tired of watching her stepdad mercilessly beat her mother — shot and nearly killed the evil-doer. He eventually disappeared to parts unknown but has continued to send her cryptic messages every year on her birthday. What brings him back into the fold? And better yet, who should play the MIA monster? Let’s leave the first Q to the producers and the second one to Mr. Armchair Casting Director (that’s me!).
Michael Emerson: Not only is he probably one of the few actors who takes “Oh my God, you’re so creepy!” as a compliment, but this gig would keep him busy until things really get hopping on the pilot he’s hatching with his former Lost boss, Fringe producer J.J. Abrams.

Terry O’Quinn: If Abrams thinks Emerson is the wrong shade of black hat to menace his Fringe heroine, perhaps his other muse, Lost’s Locke, could fit the bill. He, too, should have a little free time before that pilot he’s doing with Abrams and Emerson kicks into high gear.

Robert Knepper: I haven’t enjoyed a piping-hot cup of English Breakfast since Prison Break put T-Bag’s portrayer on the map. Thank goodness his character wasn’t named Scones. I really love scones.

Jon Voight: His stints as 24’s controversial’s controversial Season 7 heavy and the de facto Jock Ewing of Fox’s short-lived Lone Star reminded us that this acting heavyweight is way more than just Angelina’s dad.

Willem Dafoe: I’m sure he’s a very nice fellow and all, but the erstwhile Green Goblin’s face alone frightens me. If he has lines, too — which, um, in most roles, he tends to — forget it.

Gary Oldman: Besides being a 100-percent brillopants thesp, the onetime Dracula brings just the right amount of out-there to his work to fit right in on Fringe.

John Malkovich: What’s better than being John Malkovich? John Malkovich being villainous. Sure, he’s more than gifted enough to play Mr. Nice Guy, but it’s so much more fun when he doesn’t. (For a probably less expensive option: Think Big Love casualty Zeljko Ivanek. He and Malkovich are practically evil twins.)

Who do you think should play Olivia’s Stepdaddy Dearest?