‘Fringe’s John Noble Joins ‘Sleepy Hollow’

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 10:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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TCA: ‘Almost Human’ Creator Says Android Police Drama Is No ‘Fringe’ – A Good Thing

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 4:07pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

At today’s TCA panel on Almost HumanFox’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.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC Comedies Drop, ‘Fringe’ Ends, ‘Nikita’ Steady In Return

By | Saturday January 19, 2013 @ 9:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s cult sci-fi drama Fringe bowed out last night with decent by Fringe standards  numbers for its series finale. The two-hour closer (1.0/3 in adults 18-49, 3.1 million viewers) was up 25% from last week in 18-49, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Blue Bloods’ & ‘CSI:NY’ Hit Season Highs, ‘Malibu Country’ Up, ‘Fringe’ Returns Down

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 9:27am PST

Friday was a very good night for cop shows on CBS. CSI: NY (1.6/5) was up 13% over last week’s show for a season high. Rising 23% over its January 4 show, Blue Bloods (1.6/5) also … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dateline’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ & ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘Fringe’ Steady

By | Saturday December 8, 2012 @ 10:09am PST

With the exception of a repeat of last week’s SNL Christmas (1.5/5) special, Friday night was light on holiday fare. At 10 PM, CBS‘ police family drama Blue Bloods (1.4/4) was down a tenth from … Read More »

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Two-Hour ‘Fringe’ Finale Set For Jan. 18

By | Friday November 2, 2012 @ 2:02pm PDT

The fifth and final season of Fox‘s sci-fi series Fringe will conclude with a two-hour, two-episode run Friday, January 18 from 8-10 PM, the network said today. It will also mark the 100th episode of the series, which … Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Fringe’ Shuts Down Production For 2 Weeks As Star John Noble Gets Treatment

By | Wednesday July 25, 2012 @ 5:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After four days of shooting, production on the final season of Fox’s cult sci-fi drama Fringe has been shut down  for two weeks so co-star John Noble can get treatment for a sleep disorder. Filming on the final … Read More »

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J.J. Abrams Salutes The Critics In Absentia: TCA

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 6:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Fox bid farewell to its never-quite-a-hit cult drama Fringe late this afternoon with a panel featuring exec producer J.H.Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Fringe’ Pic Possible, Cast Says

By | Sunday July 15, 2012 @ 11:12am PDT

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.

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“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. Read More »

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‘Fringe’ Co-Showrunner Jeff Pinkner Exits

By | Tuesday June 19, 2012 @ 6:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

J.H. Wyman will be the sole showrunner on Fringe for the sci-fi drama’s upcoming 13-episode fifth and final season as Jeff Pinkner is departing. Both Pinkner and Wyman have been on Fringe since the first season, which was run by Pinkner, with Wyman joining him as co-showrunner in Season 2. Read More »

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‘Fringe’ Sells In Off-Network Syndication To Science Channel

By | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 8:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A month after securing a 13-episode fifth and final season renewal from Fox, modestly rated sci-fi drama Fringe has been sold in off-network syndication to Discovery Communications’ Science Channel. The pact between Fringe producer/distributor Warner Bros and Science … Read More »

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Rumored Fox Schedule: ‘Glee’ To Move To Thursdays, ‘Touch’ To Fridays?

By | Sunday May 13, 2012 @ 4:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox will follow NBC in presenting its fall lineup tomorrow. But unlike the peacock network, which is overhauling its schedule with four nights of comedies, Fox is not expected to make drastic changes. The network would not comment, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’, Newsmagazines Rise, Everyone Else Drops

By | Saturday May 5, 2012 @ 9:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Before 2012, there had been only 3 movie blockbusters to open to over $150 million. This year, we’ve already had two, Hunger Games and The Avengers, both during the regular TV season. As The Avengersmonster $80.5 million Friday haul raises questions about the movie’s impact on last night’s primetime. As with Hunger Games, it was not actually that big — according to Nielsen, the number of adults 18-49 watching television last night was down only 2.64% from last Friday. Of course, the effect was disproportionally larger on young- or male-skewing shows like Fringe, The Finder, Grimm and Blue Bloods, which were all down, while ABC’s lineup led by Shark Tank actually thrived.

Shark Tank showed ABC schedulers what it is capable of when left uninterrupted. Airing a second original in a row for the first time in month and a half, the reality series pulled in a 1.7/7 in adults 18-49 to rank as the top program of the night in 18-49 and beat CBS’ Undercover Boss (1.4/6) in the 8 PM hour for the first time. ABC had a great night all around, winning every hour in 18-49. Primetime: What Would You Do (1.4/5) was up 27%, while 20/20 (1.5/5) was up 7%. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Fringe’ Inches Up Post Renewal

By | Saturday April 28, 2012 @ 10:05am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Fringe’ Renewed For Fifth And Final Season With 13-Episode Order

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 4:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Low ratings be damned — cult favorite Fringe will finish its multi-universe journey with a 13-episode final season. As expected, Fox has closed a deal to renew the sci-fi drama for a fifth season. While a dismal ratings … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grimm’ Rises, ‘The Finder’ & ‘Fringe’ Fall

By | Saturday April 14, 2012 @ 9:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

These are ratings that don’t need a comment, just a moment of silence. In its second week on Friday, Fox’s The Finder (0.9/3 in adults 18-49) fell 18% from its underwhelming premiere on the night last week to a new … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Finder’ Low In Friday Debut, ‘Fringe’ Down

By | Saturday April 7, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Did this seal the fate of The Finder? In its Friday debut last night, the Bones spinoff pulled in a 1.1/4 among adults 18-49 at 8 PM, down 52% from its most recent airing on Thursday behind American Idol. At … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Fringe’ Bounces Back, ’20/20′ Hits Two-Year High, ‘CSI:NY’ Returns

By | Saturday March 31, 2012 @ 9:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There are not that many cases when a 1.2 demo rating wold be a cause for celebration. This is one of them — last night Fox’s bubble sci-fi drama Fringe  posted a 1.2/4 in adults 18-49, shooting up 33% from … Read More »

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