Next up for J.J. Abrams: New TV series 'Fringe'

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Having scored a box office bull’s-eye with Cloverfield, producer J.J.Abrams (pictured) is now turning his attention to Fringe, his two-hour pilot for Fox that focuses on a trio of investigators who solve supernatural and sci-fi mysteries. Production on the project, which stars Mark Valley (Boston Legal) and Kirk Acevedo (The Black Donnellys), is expected to start as early as Feb. 1 and could cost Fox up to $10 million for the pilot alone. (Abrams told Hollywood Insider that he had cast a British actor on Wednesday for another key role, but refused to elaborate.) Fringe, which earned a series commitment from Fox, is slated for a fall bow, though the 2008–09 season could be disrupted by the writers’ strike. Says a source close to the project, “The best way to work with J.J. is to not put him in a position where he feels forced.”


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  • Blaire

    Wasnt that show most recently called The X-Files?

  • jaime

    Agree 100% that sounds like a remake of the X-Files (BTW im just now starting to watch that show i bought the complete series), and CSI. . .um please JJ be more original. Cloverfield was like godzilla but way way better!!!
    LOST is AWESOME and different. . .

  • Ceballos

    You guys are talking like a remake or an update or a new take on the X-Files (especially via JJ Abrams) is a bad thing…
    Hope it doesn’t tank $10 million is a mighty big investment.

  • Snarf

    Loved me some Xfiles (the first 5 seasons anyway) and while JJ drives me over the deep end at times by not explaining everything to my satisfaction I gotta say I’m looking forward to to this one.

  • Anna

    J.J. Abrams must have been a big fan of Oz because I notice that he keeps casting former cast members in his shows.
    I agree that an update of X-Files isn’t necessarily a bad thing if it’s done well. I miss that show.

  • Matt

    Or wasn’t/isn’t this called SUPERNATURAL?

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  • Riley

    I’m looking forward to this show.
    Visit: http://thebluewhalepub.com/viewforum.php?f=114
    TV is bad enough without comparing each new show to all those who have past before it. Let’s just enjoy it while its here. As the lifespan on a paranormal show is short to begin with, why waste time comparing?

  • Regina

    this show is so awesome. my husband and i will not miss an episode. brilliant work!!!!

  • cjd

    Blaire said it best. And everyone in the biz knows it’s related to X-Files… Regardless, it should be a good show. They recycle ideas all of the time no matter tv, film, or literature.

  • DAVE

    Nothing brilliant about this show. They are already stealing X Files ideas. This is like Alice in Chains getting back together with a new singer.

  • Pete

    Is Chris Carter getting royalties for this show??????
    This show is trying to be the X-Files…only it’s missing one important thing…..The X-Files….

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