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]".