EXCLUSIVE: Fringe star John Noble is reuniting with Fox and the series’ co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. Noble is set for a major recurring role on Fox’s new drama series Sleepy Hollow, co-created/executive produced by Kurtzman and Orci. He will appear later in the season as Henry Parrish, a kind and reclusive man who possesses supernatural powers that have the potential to help the series’ protagonist, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison). The news comes on the heels of a strong premiere for Sleepy Hollow, which posted Fox’s biggest opening for a fall drama series in 7 years with 10.1 million viewers and a 3.5 in 18-49. Noble, who was a fan favorite for his portrayal of eccentric scientist Walter Bishop on Fringe, will also be reprising his role on The Good Wife next season as Matthew Ashbaugh, Alicia’s (Julianna Magulies) very rich, eccentric client who was murdered. He is repped by Seven Summits Management and Coast to Coast.
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At today’s TCA panel on Almost Human — Fox’s new human-android, near-future (2048) police drama – creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman called the new series “more accessible” than Fringe, the previous sci-fi series from the JJ Abrams team. During the panel, Wyman joked that Fringe survived 5 years on Fox despite low ratings due to “the incredible taste” of Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. He acknowledged that the former series had its own mythology but “as the story evolved it wasn’t exactly clear.” The new series, he said, “is a police drama. This is about hardworking brave people in the front lines of a future that is just a stone’s throw away.” He said “We don’t look at episodic television as a bad word” and added that the series would “present a compelling case every week that involves these characters.” He and executive producer Naren Shankar stressed that they are not creating a dystopian future, but one in which good trumps evil.
After the session, Wyman was quick to say his onstage comments weren’t intended to diss Fringe. “I’m very proud of Fringe,” he said. But he joked it was show that people either loved or hated and added that not everyone is ready for a dose of string theory on TV. “I think this is more accessible because people don’t seem to want to think about science when they come home from work.”
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Fox bid farewell to its never-quite-a-hit cult drama Fringe late this afternoon with a panel featuring exec producer J.H.…
There might be a Fringe movie, at least if members of the cast have their way. “The film is very possible down the line,” John Noble said today at the show’s Comic-Con panel. “The show will live on in some form or another,” added fellow cast member Joshua Jackson. It was Fringe’s last turn at Comic-Con today but if the packed Hall H was any indication the fans certainly don’t want the sci-fi series to even think about ending. That dedication was evident right near the beginning of the session as hundreds in the crowd held up print out of white tulips in tribute to the show’s 18th episode and the flower’s role as a symbol of forgiveness. Beyond the actor’s speculation and fond hopes, not a lot was revealed in where things were going in season five or down the line.
“It’s only 13 episodes so I’m going to be careful with what I say because I really want you guys to experience it. I’m going to be tight lipped,” said executive producer J. H. Wyman near the end of the session. The panel today included Wyman as well as cast members Anna Torv, Jackson, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole and Noble. Blair Brown was supposed to be there but it was announced she couldn’t make it due to a cold.
As primetime continues to lose viewers to the longer days and warmer springtime, Fox’s Fringe last night (1.1/3 in adults 18-49) went up a tenth from last week in its first airing since the sci-fi series was renewed for a 13-episode final season. It was one of only two series to post gains vs. their most recent originals last night. The other was NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are (1.0/4), whose Rob Lowe episode was up 25% from the previous new episode 3 weeks ago featuring Edie Falco. After surging 33% last week, Fox’s The Finder (1.1/4) was down 8% this week as it faced all-original competition in the 8 PM hour vs. all-repeats on the major nets last week.