A few weeks ago, Fringe zipped forward to the year 2036 and showed us a world ruled by The Observers, time traveling super-powered bald men from the 27th century with a passion for fedoras, hot sauce and flasks of ice water. Can Walter (John Noble), Olivia (Anna Torv), and Peter (Josh Jackson) do anything here in the present to avert this fate? If you’ve seen the season four finale, then you now know – SPOILER ALERT! – that you’ll have to wait until the cult fave’s fifth and final season for the answer. “That’s certainly the suggestion at the end,” says exec producer J.H. Wyman, referring to two revelations in the closing moments that would seem to pave the way for Observageddon. “The idea that September says ‘They’re coming’ and that Olivia says she’s pregnant really does set us up for what we saw in ‘Letters of Transit.’ At the same time, I will also say that everything you’ve seen over the past four seasons is hugely important to season five.” READ FULL STORY
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Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off. Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY
Fox has renewed the fan favorite for a fifth and final season.
As we’ve been predicting for a few weeks, Fox has ordered 13 concluding episodes of Fringe despite the show’s ratings being super modest on Friday nights. Though producers were optimistic about a pickup, they reportedly shot two endings of the upcoming fourth season finale just in case a deal didn’t come through. Fox has even released a season five teaser trailer (below).
Fringe averaged a mere 4 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the adult demo, including DVR. Compare that to a first-year show that Fox cancelled — Terra Nova — which averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 3.6 adult demo rating. Likewise another Fox first-year series, Alcatraz, which like Fringe is also produced by J.J. Abrams, performed better than the Friday night show, yet is considered unlikely to receive a second year. READ FULL STORY
It’s late April, friends, and things are getting good, particularly on the shows featured in today’s Spoiler Room. But if you see a show you love that’s not represented, send an e-mail with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll sit here and wait for them to come in. (*Refresh*) In the meantime, can we quickly address this week’s main photo and how Nina Sharp and Bobby look oddly good next to each other. Crossover (in my crazy-a– dreams)!
WonderCon: 'Fringe' producers, stars John Noble and Joshua Jackson promote the drama's return with 'Walterisms'
It’s a WonderCon start for a wonderful week for fans of Fringe. At the fanboy fest on Sunday, exec producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman were joined by cast members Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Blair Brown, and Seth Gabel to hype the sci-fi drama’s return this coming Friday following a four-week break – the second momentum-sapping sabbatical of the show’s fourth season. But let’s not dwell on the negatives — sources confirm to EW that Fox and Warner Bros. Television are actively talking about bring the ratings-challenged cult fave back for a fifth season. Encouraging news. So is this: “A Short Story About Love” – airing on March 23 — is a high grade, can’t-miss episode of Fringe. READ FULL STORY
Olivia from the other timeline is done playing second fiddle to, well, Olivia (the real one).
In this new promo from the March 23 episode of Fringe, other timeline Olivia begs Walter to repair her memories so she can “go back to who I was.” As you’ll recall, the end of the last new episode showed Peter telling her that he couldn’t continue pretending she was his Olivia. “I know she’s out there — my Olivia. In my timeline. Waiting for me,” he’d said.
Clearly, we’re going to see Peter going to new lengths to return and see the emotional impact his statement had on poor Olivia. Fringe has this remarkable way of always breaking our hearts, so we can’t wait. What are your thoughts on the new trailer, readers? READ FULL STORY
'The Office,' 'Revenge,' 'Southland,' 'Justified,' 'HIMYM': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
It’s that time of year again, Roomies! I’m headed west (like Fievel!) from my home base here in NYC to hit up the annual PaleyFest celebrations in Los Angeles.
So if you’re a fan of Community, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, The Vampire Diaries, Castle, and Revenge, you’ll want to be following my moves on Twitter for the next week for the latest from all those panels. (My colleague Tanner Stransky will also be out there, covering Revenge, Parks, and more!) Be on the watch for plenty of goodies coming your way. (And there will also be a few more treats in store if your favorite show’s not mentioned in the sentence above. Just sayin’!)
Until then, enjoy this week’s offerings. I have to pack.
THE OFFICE: B.J. NOVAK PREVIEWS ARRIVAL OF KELLY’S ‘HERO’
Post-Florida fun, Ryan Howard is going to be in for a big (and completely unwelcome) surprise. Though he ever-so-briefly had his eye on Erin (Ellie Kemper), he’ll soon find that Kelly has a new crush of her own — except from the sounds of it, this is much more serious. Enter Heroes alum Sendhil Ramamurthy. READ FULL STORY
Filming last week’s Fringe was taxing on actress Blair Brown, who plays Nina Sharp on the Fox drama, particularly because filming Nina’s torture scene was, well, “torture.”
“I had a welt on the back of my head from banging my head into that bed frame because it was a really nasty, rusty old bed frame, which looked great,” she says. “I had a headache for about two days afterwards. I wouldn’t try it at home.”
But the audience is likely experiencing a little headache themselves following the episode. So in a Fringe Friday chat with Brown (Hey, the show might be on break, but we’re certainly not!) she breaks down the episode and previews what’s to come.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There are so many questions surrounding the characters that you’re playing right now — because there are two Ninas. I know the guys don’t tell you all that much, but what can you tell me about how this episode changes where we’re going in the next few?
BLAIR BROWN: Obviously, the challenge was once I realized that this was Mean-a — Mean Nina — it was hard pretending to be good Nina. READ FULL STORY
Happy Hunger Games! Or not.
But it certainly feels like a fight to the death as we slowly approach season-finale time. I know, it’s not even March yet. But behind the scenes, a few of your favorite shows have already closed out the year (Raising Hope, for one) and others are prepping for their final installments as we speak. What’s that mean for you? Stay tuned, because this is going to get fun.
In the mean time, there’s some great stuff coming up a little sooner than finales. So check out the scoop below and thanks as always for your thoughts, questions, theories, and general flattery. Not in on the fun? Get into it. Address is same: email@example.com. I’m also on Twitter. See you next week!
Ever since Fringe‘s beginning, the tangled mythology has been unraveled at a pace synonymous with genre TV — most “answers” lead to more questions. Friday’s episode of Fringe, ominously titled “The End of All Things,” is one such milestone in the show’s history.
“It’s definitely, as they say, a game-changer in that our characters learn a lot more and the audience is going to learn a lot more about the über-plot of the season’s bad guy, David Robert Jones (Jared Harris),” executive producer Jeff Pinkner said today in a conference call with reporters. The episode also finds the Observer (Michael Cerveris) peeling “back some layers about what his agenda has been and use that as an opportunity to revisit the things on the show we’ve seen before.” READ FULL STORY
Shipper Nation: A Valentine's Day treat for 'Fringe' lovers and a salute to TV's most romantic, creative (and arguably strangest) fans
Last Friday, Fringe fans were treated to an instant-classic installment of the Fox sci-fi series, one that significantly advanced the season’s defining storyline: Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) — marooned in a new rendering of history in which he has not existed since he was a child – trying to return home to his own timeline. Yet for one particular, peculiar subset of loyal Fringe viewers, “Welcome to Westfield” was nothing short of an early Valentine’s Day gift. They’re the fans for whom the dream sequence spectacle of Peter and Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) making love was a dream come true. They’re the fans that got goosebumps when Olivia planted a kiss on Peter, as if this “reboot” version of his ladylove had suddenly reverted back to the original iteration of her. They’re fans known as ‘shippers, and if you’re a Web-chatty TV watcher or pop culture aficionado who tends to fixate on romantic relationships in your favorite fiction or fantasize about the mere possibility of amorous activity between your favorite make-believe people, then you’re probably one of them.
In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, we explore how the shipper phenomenon — which began with The X-Files and until recently has been more associated with sci-fi and fantasy fandom — has gone mainstream and how shippers themselves can impact the creative process. An added bonus for Fringe fans: Exec producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman tell EW that an episode scheduled to air next month, entitled “A Short Story About Love,” will be a shipper milestone. READ FULL STORY
Happy Friday, roomies.
It’s that time of the week again, and by that, I mean it’s time for you to feast your eyes on the last important task I do before spending 48 hours eating various cereals on my couch. (I’m so glamorous.)
Hope everyone finds a little something in here they like but if you don’t, make sure you’re sending me your questions. Address is same as always: firstname.lastname@example.org. I also except them on Twitter. (Click the button below to join the party.) See you next week!
‘NCIS': A LOOK AHEAD WITH EP GARY GLASBERG
There’s been a lot of self-reflection happening on NCIS as of late. (In fact, the show’s entire 200th episode was dedicated to a storyline that found Gibbs on a personal journey unlike any we’d ever seen.) And as you may have guessed, this is all no coincidence. In fact, EP Gary Glasberg tells me that all the threads we’ve seen thus far will weave together for this year’s season finale. Vague enough for you? Maybe he can help elaborate: “There’s definitely a theme to this season about decisions and [about] the roads that people have taken and choices in their lives,” he says. “I hope that has come through; it certainly did in the 200th, But I think that’s been the case — whether we’re talking about realizations, like Abby and her brother or a lot of the things that have come up with Tony and Ziva as well.” READ FULL STORY
My initial impression of this week’s episode of Fringe, “Welcome to Westfield,” was that it looked like a disaster movie. You know, a Day After Tomorrow-type of film that would gross $500 million-plus internationally — except this is Fringe, so I knew the episode would also have a real plot.
And upon further inspection, provided by the exclusive clip below, it’s going to deliver tenfold.
The episode finds Olivia, Peter, and Walter caught in the grips of a terrifying Fringe event when they find themselves unable to escape a mysterious — and dangerous — town. Check out the clip below and come back on Saturday morning for Jeff Jensen’s Fringe recap. READ FULL STORY
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