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John Noble has confronted and conquered an array of daunting acting challenges playing Fringe’s brain scrambled boundary-pushing physicist Walter Bishop. But when the star found himself literally brain scrambled as a result of an ongoing sleep disorder while shooting the first episode of the Fox drama’s fifth and final season, Noble had to ask for a time out.
“I couldn’t even think, mate,” the Australian actor tells EW. “I was working and going: ‘This is really hard.’” Which is saying a lot for a heady sci-fi series that routinely challenges its cast and audience with such noodle-cooking concepts as time travel, parallel worlds, and alternate timelines. With the blessing of producers and backers, Noble took 10 days off to seek treatment in Los Angeles. He’s now back at work in Vancouver, shooting the second episode of the season, which will launch as scheduled on September 28. “People were so bloody supportive, it was really touching,” says Noble. “I’m feeling more well rested now and sleeping better than I have in 20 years.” READ FULL STORY
Despite not being on the Fringe panel at today’s Television Critics Association Press Tour, Fringe‘s John Noble got a lot of love from his cast mates and executive producer J.H. Wyman — specifically in light of his Emmy snub.
“We feel probably like a lot of you guys,” Wyman told a room of reporters. “I can’t comprehend it.”
Noble, who made the EW readers’ list of most disappointing snubs, was not among the Best Actor nominees announced earlier this week. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland), and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) were all nominated.
“If it’s an issue because this is a science fiction show, I really don’t know. I’m trying to believe the cream will always rise to the top. I have to believe that,” Wyman added.
Meanwhile Wyman — who was joined on the panel by Josh Jackson, Anna Torv, and Lance Reddick — was reluctant to give details on the fifth and final season of the show, which is three days into production. But he said he hopes the ending will give each of the characters “[getting] what they want to get.” “Some things may be unexpected, some things may be expected. But I want to feel like what they got was earned,” he said. “I want to be able to feel like there’s a sense of closure…and a feeling of hopefulness.”
Ichabod Crane is coming to your TV.
Fox has given a put-pilot commitment to an adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from Fringe creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Ocri, EW has confirmed.
The duo’s version of Sleepy Hollow is a “modern-day supernatural thriller based on the 1820 short story,” a spokesperson for Fox confirmed. This isn’t Ichabod Crane’s first jump from the page — In addition to many other Headless Horseman projects in existence, Tim Burton directed a 1999 film, starring Johnny Depp as Crane.
It’s not clear at this time when the show is set to air, or if any casting decisions have begun.
Fringe just gave Comic-Con fans a first look at its final season and the video is below (explosions!). Here’s a three-minute plus look at the ambitious fifth season of the Fox cult favorite. Also, check out EW.com’s live blog of the Fringe panel where John Noble reveals a feature film could be possible (well, creatively it’s possible I’m sure, but financially? … hmmm). Here you go… READ FULL STORY
Hats off to Warner Bros. TV: Fans of Fringe who packed Hall H (capacity: roughly 6,500) at Comic-Con Sunday were given grey fedoras to wear. We live-bogged the panel for the Fox drama that will air its fifth and final season beginning Sept. 28.
10:06 a.m. An exclusive reel is presented. “They came without warning. They took our world. They enslaved our citizens. To save our future we must look at our past.” Okay this looks good. Wait, that’s Walter being released from amber! “We finally ruined” our world, he says. And is that Peter and Olivia’s daughter, Henrietta? Chills. Here comes Leonard Nimoy, more explosions, and this; “Rise up. Strike back.” Says Peter, “I think it’s time we cause a few fringe patterns of our own.” Promises Walter, “I know how to rid the world of the observers.” Clip over. Now the panel: Exec producer Joel Wyman, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole.
10: 11 a.m. Lights go up. Fans are holding up white cards with white tulips printed on them. Nice. Where’s Blair Brown? She’s got a cold and couldn’t travel. Wyman shoots a video of the crowd saying ‘We miss you Blair.’ He’s gonna tweet it to her. And it turns out that nifty trailer that was just shown was a sales tool to get a season 5 pickup from Fox. Production hasn’t even started yet! READ FULL STORY
Stars from 'Walking Dead,' 'True Blood,' more take the stage at EW's Women Who Kick Ass Comic-Con panel
As a big supporter of strong women, Entertainment Weekly brought together some of entertainment’s most bad-ass females for a panel during San Diego Comic-Con. Moderated by EW’s Lynette Rice, the Women Who Kick Ass panel featured Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast, Smallville), Nikki Reed (Twilight, Breaking Dawn), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Anna Torv (Fringe), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), and surprise guest Lucy Lawless (Spartacus) for a wide-ranging chat about stereotypes, the challenges that come with playing a tough woman, and…going to jail?! Read on for the highlights:
+ FREE LUCY Lawless, who was arrested in February after she and other activists protested aboard an oil-drilling ship in New Zealand, told the crowd that she’s not sure what will go down at her sentencing on Sept. 12, but admitted, “I am guilty — of trying to save the environment!” Massive cheers erupted. READ FULL STORY
InsideTV Podcast: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Fringe,' 'True Blood' and more in special Comic-Con edition!
With Comic-Con less than one week away, it’s time to let our geek flag fly. Jessica Shaw and I invited Jeff Jensen and Darren Franich into the studio for our first ever Entertainment Weekly podcast crossover episode! (It’s just like that time the beauties of Charlie’s Angels went on The Love Boat looking for a stolen statue, only with significantly less Lido deck.) What TV show panels are we most looking forward to out in San Diego? Which panels can’t help but deliver a healthy dose of awkward (Community with no Dan Harmon)? And why am I the only one excited about the upcoming Shazam! extravaganza?
In addition, Darren explains why he worries about Game of Thrones not sending its heavy hitters, Jeff drops some intel about the highly anticipated Firefly reunion he is moderating, and Jessica rolls her eyes over all the incredibly nerdy things being discussed in her presence. READ FULL STORY
Things wind down on the final day of Comic-Con as many attendees start exiting San Diego laden with the goodies they’ve picked up at the convention, but there’s still plenty of programming on Sunday for the diehards who stick around. The newly released Sunday schedule is largely packed with kid-focused and comic-book-specific offerings but there are also a few big panels that will be of interest to TV fans.
Fringe will make its final appearance at Comic-Con with a panel in Hall H featuring stars Anna Torv, Josh Jackson, John Noble, Blair Brown, and Lance Reddick, among others, discussing the series’ fifth and final season and screening footage.
Supernatural will also hold a panel in Hall H to tease its upcoming eighth season, which starts in October. On hand will be stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, among others.
The stars and creative team behind the BBC fanboy favorite Doctor Who will present footage from its next season in Hall H, and The Cleveland Show panel will feature a screening of the season 4 premiere episode, “Menace II Secret Society,” with series co-creator Seth MacFarlane and others taking questions.
Finally, for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans (or just anyone who wants to feel old), there will be a special retrospective panel called “Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Series cast members Nicholas Brendon and Clare Kramer and the original movie Buffy, Kristy Swanson, among others, will be on hand to share stories and discuss the legacy of the teenage vampire hunter in TV, film, comics, and video games.
For the full Sunday schedule, visit the official Comic-Con site, and keep checking back here for more updates.
The fifth and final season Fox’s Fringe begins September 28, but the countdown to The End begins on Sunday, July 15 at Comic-Con. For the first (and last) time, the sci-fi saga’s annual confab with fans — always a lively and well-attended affair — will take place inside Comic-Con’s largest venue, Hall H. Cast members Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble will be on hand, as will exec producer J.H. Wyman, who’ll be piloting Fringe’s 13-episode grand finale season solo following the recent departure of longtime showrunning partner Jeff Pinkner. “The Comic-Con panel is something I always look forward to, but this year it’s bittersweet,” says Wyman. “I think we have lots of good stuff in store for them.” Among the goodies for attendees: A season 5 teaser poster (see below) that confirms that Fringe’s final chapter will deal squarely with the dystopian future glimpsed in the season 4 episode “Letters of Transit.” Nutshell recap: The world is about to be invaded and conquered by time traveling Observers from the future. Our heroes must find some way here in the present to stop the take-over from happening… or they must find some way to overthrow their oppressors in the future.
The title of the season premiere: “Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11.” Sounds like “time travel” via mental projection to us! But then, we read too many comic books. Regardless: Wyman ain’t elaborating: “If I give you any spoilers, it will just force me to go back in time and prevent myself from answering this question. So if you wouldn’t mind, I should probably save us all the trouble and the potential paradoxes.”
How I Met Your Mother: Find out how season 8 begins
Q: I am counting down the minutes until How I Met Your Mother returns in the fall — any scoop on big plot points for season 8? Thanks! — Whitney
With roughly 136,500 minutes to go, I’m excited, too, Whitney. After what I felt was one of their best seasons yet, my expectations are sky high. And executive producer Craig Thomas, who was nice enough to break down the season 7 finale for me as part of EW’s Emmy Watch, promises we won’t be disappointed.
Now, while I couldn’t squeeze too much info out of him on next season (the writers’ room is in the thick of it now!), here’s what he did share. “One little tidbit: The season premiere picks up right where we left off in May, with Ted and Victoria — a runaway bride — driving off into the sunset. Suddenly, Ted is struck by horrible guilt over the fact that he was left at the altar back in season 4 and now finds himself on the other end of that dubious equation,” he says. “So the entire premiere takes place on that day in May — a first for us, starting a season that way — and then episode two jumps us through the summer and into September.”
So will we get to see Marshall and Lily’s first day as parents? Will Ted drive Victoria BACK to her wedding? What about Barney? What about Robin? WHY ISN’T IT SEPTEMBER YET? Anyway, discuss… (Note: My countdown was based on a “start time” 1 p.m. ET on June 22 and a premiere date of Sept. 25, which is simply a guess. And if you figured that out before reading this sentence, you’re crazy.)
Fringe: Will Walter die?
So, we already know that much of next season will take place in 2036. We know that we have a mere 13 episodes to go. And we know it’s a journey we’ll be taking without the watchful eye of co-showrunner Jeff Pinkner. (J.H. Wyman will remain as the sole showrunner.) But other than that? Fringe can take us in any direction is pleases.
For John Noble, all that matters is that Walter gets a chance to right his wrongs. But is death the only way to do that? We discussed: “I think they’ve got to find a way to do it… I think they’re going to find a way to disappear him,” he says. “The storytelling mode, does it work to kill off a hero? I’m not sure that it does sometimes. You can see a person go through an enormous journey, but somewhere at the end of that journey, there’s a change — whatever the change is. It’s [usually] a change for the better, even though it may mean that person is not there.”
But he doubts the writers will, as he jokes, say, “Die, old man!” “I think that would be horrible. I think the fans would storm the citadel,” he says. “But I think it would also be really honorable and dignified if they find some way for Walter to willingly end this nonsense. But I don’t actually know how they’ll do that yet. But I believe they have to.”
Elsewhere, he also feels like the “extraordinary love affair” between Peter and Olivia needs to “become validated.” “That would be satisfying to me as an audience member. Again, not walking into the sunset, just really [reassuring us] they are in love and they need each other,” he says. Of course, he adds, “we’d know that anyway.”
Parenthood: Three teases for season 4
Jason Katims never intended for the season finale of Parenthood to feel like a series finale. (For the record, he thinks it was the wedding that gave that impression.) So we asked Katims to preview some of the great stuff coming up for the characters. And since you’ve already read about what Sarah and Mark will be facing (darn you, Ray Romano!), here’s a look at some of the others:
+ Julia and Joel: “We want to explore the addition of Victor, who’s the boy that Julia and Joel adopted. And we want to look at both the joy of what that is but also the challenges of what it’s like adopting [a child]. It’s not what they expected. They never pictured an 8-year-old. They pictured a baby. So what is that like for them? What are the challenges?”
+ Crosby and Jasmine: “We’re excited about exploring the first year of marriage between Crosby and Jasmine. We have a couple ideas for some really big storylines for them. It’s a little early to pitch those quite yet, but we’ll be really taking the show to another level.”
+ Drew: “It’s last year of high school. I have a bunch of friends who have children graduating high school, and it’s a really interesting period of time from both the parents’ point of view and the high school senior, who is ready to take off and branch out.”
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John Noble is scoping out the competition.
The Fringe actor is working his way through his Emmy screeners — a collection of the best television from the past year. He’s usually too busy to watch live, but now, just before Emmy voters narrow an expansive list of talent to just a few names, he’s catching up. “I’ve seen some terrific television the last few weeks just watching the screeners,” he tells EW. “Someone said the other day, ‘It’s a golden age of television.’ And it really could be; there’s some marvelous stuff being made.” Several critics agree: Fringe included.
And as the show heads into its final 13 episodes (something that will happen without co-showrunner Jeff Pinkner, whose exit was announced Tuesday night), Noble is hoping for closure above all. “Fringe is a saga…there needs to be a resolution,” he says. “People are so devoted to Fringe and to wanting this story to be completed. And if we can complete it properly, then it goes into the annals as one of the greatest science fiction stories of all time.”
How that will happen, he’s not sure. What he does know is that “most of next season” will take place in 2036, a world fans first got a glimpse of in the 19th episode of last season, “Letters of Transit.” “Episode 4.19 didn’t just appear,” he says. “We didn’t even know we were picked up then. But what they said was, ‘If we are being picked up, this is where we’re going.'” But most of Noble’s conversation with EW was more focused on where we’ve been with Walter Bishop in the last year. So, we walked through the highlights in our Emmy Watch deep dive. First, watch a clip of one of his favorite moments:
C0-Showrunner Jeff Pinkner will step down from the series he helped to oversee since season 2. J.H. Wyman will now serve as the drama’s sole showrunner in its fifth and final season. Pinkner’s decision to leave was amicable and will give him a chance to pursue other projects, reports TVGuide.com.
Fringe co-creator/executive producer J.J. Abrams released this statement: “We’re so excited to begin work on a fifth season of Fringe and to be able to deliver the 13 final episodes to our passionate and devoted fans. For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on Fringe. We’re thankful for the invaluable contributions Jeff has made to the show and of course wish him well and look forward to working together in the future. J.H. Wyman’s importance to Fringe cannot be overstated, however, and I’m thrilled that he will continue as showrunner for the concluding chapters of our story. We can’t wait for our fans to see what we have in store for them in the wild conclusion of Fringe.”
Fringe will return for 13 episodes in the fall. It will return for its final season on Friday, Sept. 28.
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