Exclusive: 'Fringe' extends Andre Royo's stay

andre-royo-fringeImage Credit: Liane Hentscher/FoxIn any universe, this is great news: Fringe is bringing Bubbles Andre Royo back for seconds!

The Wire actor—who makes a sensational first impression in this Thursday’s absolutely thrilling season 3 premiere—will return for a second episode later this fall, sources confirm to me exclusively.

In case you missed my previous two stories on this subject, Royo plays an “over there” cabdriver who original-flavor Olivia encounters as she fights to find her way home. Some of my favorite moments in the episode sprang from their interplay, so I’m not surprised producers are bringing him back.

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  • SkippyJon Jones

    Olivia is a running sore, running from herself and society. Yet in the end her scar will heal us all.

    • Air

      Uh, what?

      • Edina

        Someone’s off his meds.

    • Chappel

      Dude, put down the Frank Miller comic book and take a deep breath.

    • Jacob

      Uh, sure.

  • Adam

    I love Bubbs!!!

    • Nance

      Andre Royo is a brilliant actor. He made Bubbles a major character, when I don’t think that was the original intention.

    • laylagalise

      Yes! The ‘Fringe’ PTB are super-smart for snatching up some of the excellent actors from ‘The Wire.’ Since Michael K. Williams, Wendell Pierce, Clark Peters, and Idris Elba (not to mention Chris Bauer, Robert Wisdom, and Amy Ryan) are otherwise occupied, might I suggest they add Jim True-Frost, Aiden Gillen, or Seth Gilliam next?

      • Russ

        Jim True-Frost already guested last year… he was the guy caught in the walls of the building when the other side and our universe got smushed together.

      • samara

        Yeah, Jim True-Frost was the poor bastard who had his own alternate’s head coming out of his stomach. Yeeecch.

  • samara

    Maybe he helps Olivia get home…

  • Raye

    And we should care about andre because?

    • SkippyJon Jones

      Because he is beautiful and angular, and if he were a gas, he would be inert.

      • samara

        Obviously you have been smoking Walter’s stash

      • SkippyJon Jones

        A mixture of chronic supernova and afghani kush….called Brown Betty.

    • Jon

      Because he is a fantastic actor who can bring more to a bit part than most can bring to a lead?

      Because he was one of the best parts of a show renowned for its outstanding cast of actors?

      • katie

        Exactly. To stand out on The Wire, a show populated with amazing actors, really means something.

      • C.J.


    • A-K87

      Because he is clearly a talented actor on the up.

      • SkippyJon Jones

        I would like to see him play this character covered entirely in sores.

    • Blue Sunflower

      Yeah I agree. That they’re giving all this time to guests and supporting – people I couldn’t care less about – and knocking Josh’s time to nil is ridiculous. The show is about Olivia, Walter, and PETER. Not Olivia, Olivia, Olivia.

  • BeansEBoy

    How about you don’t post spoilers like that on the front page of ew.com? Some of us like to watch shows and NOT know what’s going to happen.

    • SilentRage

      I’ve complained about spoilers before on this site but your complaint is verging on the ridiculous side, this site talks about casting developments all the time, if that’s considered a spoiler for you then maybe you’re lurking around the wrong page buddy.

    • tlo

      It’s just casting news, it’s not like they revealed that Bruce Willis was a ghost in The Sixth Sense. Or Soylent Green is people. Or that Rosebud was a sled. Or that Kate Winslet died from a botched abortion in Revolutionary Road. Those would be spoilers, casting news, not so much.

      • Jacob

        Tyler Durden isn’t real. Snape kills Dumbledore. Soylent… oh, you’ve got that one.

      • julie

        oi!!! i didn’t know that about revolutionary road!!

      • john

        ok thanks you spoiled it all for me I was saving up to watch those movies damn you!

  • katie

    Bubs! Great to see him back on TV. Maybe I’ll even watch Fringe now, at least when he’s on.

  • Chris

    Eric the annoying midget soon!

  • SkippyJon Jones

    Walter seems to be filled with remorse, and it is most delicious.


    Andre Royo is a phenomenal actor..so glad I get to see him again. LOVED him in THE WIRE.

  • Alex

    Bubs! An amazing actor whose journey to rehabilitation on THE WIRE continues to haunt me.

  • C Dubbs

    Gee, I wonder if you got this scoop from all the location pics of Bubbles filming Fringe last week.

  • Meredith

    This is the best show on TV..So excided for the new season.:)

  • William

    Love the show. She is So Hot!

  • rich

    I agree this is the best show on tv

  • hopeingaza

    Daaaaamn i miss charlie :( they shouldn’t have killed him in the first place .. no matter who they get in the casting charlie is so irreplaceable! now he is back but differently ! do u think he’ll stay this season as charlie from the other world ?????

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