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‘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 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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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, matching its last season finale in the demo. In total viewers, the final episode was up 3% from last week for a season high and Fringe‘s most watched episode in nearly a year.

The only other broadcast network to offer all-originals last night was CBS, which won Friday in 18-49 (1.7/5) and total viewers (10.5 million). Undercover Boss (1.9/6, 9.45 million) at 8 PM was up a tenth from last week in 18-49, matching its top demo rating of the season and hitting a season high in total viewers. With ABC’s Shark Tank in repeats, Undercover Boss was the top program of the night in 18-49. CSI: NY (1.6/5, 10.6 million) matched its 18-49 season high from last week. Blue Bloods (1.5/5, 11.5 million) was down a tenth in 18-49 while posting its largest audience of the season.

ABC’s comedies took a down turn. Last Man Standing (1.3/5) was off 13% from last week, Malibu Country (1.1/4) dropped 21%. Even in repeats, Shark Tank (1.5/4) was solid, ranking as ABC’s top program of the night in the demo and No.3 overall, tying an original of Blue Bloods. 20/20 (1.2/4) had a week-to-week drop to match its name — 20%.

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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 hit a season high last night. The family police drama was also the most watched show of the night with 11.13 million viewers. Starting off CBS’ primetime Friday earlier, Undercover Boss (1.8/6) also had a good night. The reality series was up a solid 20% over January 4’s broadcast. In their second week of originals for 2013, ABC’s comedies Last Man Standing  (1.5/5) and Malibu Country (1.4/4) were both up. Last Man rose 7% over last week with Malibu up a strong 17% over its 1.2/4 of January 4. There were practical pitches for cleaning toys and keeping your coffee hot longer on Shark Tank (2.0/6) last night. Its audience up to 6.84 million over last week’s 6.338 million, the entrepreneurial reality show saw ratings also rise. Shark Tank was up 11% over last week among Adults 18-49. A false disappearing act was the subject of Fridays’ 20/20 (1.5/4). The newsmagazine series was up 7% from its last show. With 10.303 million watching, CBS won the night among total viewers but tied with ABC for Adults 18-49

Fox’s Fringe (0.8/2) returned from its winter break last night. Watched by just over 2.4 million viewers, last night’s episode fell … 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 last week but was the most watched show of the night with 11.073 million viewers. CBS also had the second and third most watched shows of the night with 9 PM’s CSI:NY (1.5/5) pulling in 9.975 million and 8 PM’s Undercover Boss (1.6/6) getting 7.939 million. CSI:NY was down from its November 30 1.5/4 rating. Undercover Boss slipped two tenths from last week’s 1.8/6, down 11% week to week. NBC’s Dateline NBC (1.7/5) was up 55% in the 18-49 demographic over last week’s 1.1/3. With 9.663 million watching on average, CBS won Friday night in terms of total viewers while NBC was tops in the 18-49.

Over on ABC, Last Man Standing (1.4/5) was down 13% from last week.  The network’s other Friday comedy, Malibu Country (1.4/5) slipped 7% from November 30. The comedies improved the hour 40% for ABC among the 18-49 compared to the same night in 2011. Like last week, ABC’s 9PM had a Shark Tank (1.5/4) repeat. At 10 PM, The Holidays Unplugged 20/20 (1.3/4) was down fourth tenths from last week’s 1.7/5. In its closing 13 episode run, Fox’s Fringe (0.9/3) was flat with its last original show back on November 16, … 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 is in the middle of its final 13-episode run. Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Fringe is produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot in association with Warner Bros TV. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman serve as executive producers, while Akiva Goldsman is a consulting producer. Wyman is showrunning the final season.

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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 13 episodes of the Warner Bros. TV-produced series began last Wednesday with Noble. On Monday, Noble was MIA at the show’s TCA panel when producers explained that he was not feeling well. The series resumed production yesterday without Noble, and a decision was made later in the day to go on hiatus while the 63-year-old actor receives treatment. Word is that Noble has had the condition, first reported by TMZ, for awhile. It was aggravated by his recent intense schedule that had him flying back from his native Australia right into Comic-Con then right into production on Season 5 of Fringe. Filming is now slated to resume on Aug. 7. The delay won’t affect the show’s Sept. 28 final season premiere.

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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. Wyman and cast members Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and Lance Reddick (who nearly teared up near the end). The network already has announced that the coming fifth season will be its last. But creator J.J. Abrams, in prerecorded comments, was more than appreciative to have been granted five seasons of a series marked by both its creative vision and tiny audience. Introduced by Wyman, the recorded Abrams credited the media for Fringe’s having been granted such a lengthy stay of execution. Said Abrams: “I wish I could be there to thank every one of you personally for your unbelievable support of the series. Fringe is a show that I’m enormously proud to be associated with. The work that the cast and crew have done has been amazing. But your support is really the thing that has kept it alive. And Fox has been unbelievable…It’s a very great thing in this day and age that a network would support a show that isn’t a massive hit. And Fringe has always been, true to its … 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 includes a SVOD carveout, allowing Warner Bros to sell the series to a streaming service where serialized dramas do far better than in traditional off-network syndication. Chatter about a Fringe off-network sale started this morning when the series was listed as “sold” for a fall 2012 launch on a slide from Warner Bros TV Group president Bruce Rosenblum’s speech at an investor conference. Variety was the first to unveil Science as the buyer.

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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, but I hear that it will stick to its plan to launch an all-comedy Tuesday night with Raising Hope, Ben & Kate, New Girl and Mindy Kaling’s It’s Messy. Glee, which anchored the Tuesday comedy block for the last two years, is rumored to be relocating to Thursday after X Factor. In its sophomore season, Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch may join Fringe on Fridays for a sci-fi-themed night, while new medical drama The Mob Doc drama looks Monday-bound, inheriting the night of Fox’s veteran medical drama House and possibly airing with Bones. As expected, given its 15-episode-a-season order, I hear Fox is holding back its highest-profile new series, the Kevin Bacon-starring The Following for midseason, along with new comedy The Goodwin Games.

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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 performer in live viewing, Fringe has been a big DVR gainer and a favorite of critics as well as Fox brass. “Fringe has been a point of pride for me, I share the fans’ passion for the show,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in January at TCA, where he also made it clear that a renewal hinged on renegotiating the deal with producing studio Warner Bros TV and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot at a lower license fee. “We lose a lot of money on the show,” Reilly said. “We are not in the business of losing money, so we’re trying to figure out if there a number at which we can continue with the series.” After lengthy negotiations over the past couple of months, the two sides came to an agreement, giving the show and its fans a proper ending. “We are thrilled and beyond grateful that Fox – and our fans – have made the impossible possible: Fringe will continue into a fifth season that will allow the series to conclude in a wild and thrilling way,” series co-creator/executive producer JJ Abrams said. Here is a trailer for Fringe‘s upcoming Season 5:

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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 series low. Its rating was matched by Fringe (0.9/3), which was down a tenth to match its series low. Fox finished fifth for the night in 18-49 behind ABC and CBS, which were tied for first with a 1.5/5, Univision (1.4/5) and  NBC (1.2/4).

NBC’s Grimm showed yet again that it does well when airing uninterrupted. For a second consecutive week since coming back with originals 3 weeks ago, the dark fairytale procedural (1.6/5) went up, jumping 23% from last Friday. Grimm was helped by CBS’ airing a Lionel Ritchie music special against it instead of CSI: NY. It was a Lionel Ritchie-themed night last night. It started on NBC, which rebroadcast the Ritchie episode of Who Do You Think You Are from last season to a 0.9/3, which was actually up a tenth from the series’ originals the last two weeks, underscoring how dependent on the profiled celebrity the docu series is. Then from 9-11 PM, it was CBS’ turn with the ACM Presents: Lionel Ritchie & Friends special which logged a 1.4/4.

CBS’ Undercover Boss (1.7/6) at 8 PM was down a tenth from last week but still ranked as the top program of the night in 18-49. After a … 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 9 PM Fringe (1.0/3) dropped 20% after an encouraging 33% jump last week. (That is a two-tenth drop for Fringe, while its lead-in went down a tenth with the switch from Kitchen Nightmares to The Finder.)

CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers, with Undercover Boss (1.8/7, 7.8 million) once again ranking as the top program of the night in the demo and Blue Bloods (1.7/5, 10.8 million) in total viewers. Boss was flat and Blue Bloods up a tenth in 18-49 from last week. Sandwiched between them was CSI: NY (1.6/5, 8.9 million), also flat with last week. ABC’s Shark Tank continues to hold its own, drawing a 1.3/5 with a repeat for a second place at 8 PM against originals on the other Big 4 networks. Primetime: What Would You Do? (1.6/5) was up a tenth from last week, while 20/20 (1.5/5) tumbled 29% from last week’s highly-rated lotto frenzy episode. ABC finished second for the night in 18-49 and total viewers. Following a flat Who Do You Think You Are? (0.8/3), NBC’s Grimm (1.3/4) was up a tenth from last week. Dateline (1.1/3) was down a tenth. The CW aired repeats while Univision logged another No.3 … 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 the series low it posted in its return from hiatus last week. Fringe also matched its lead-in, Kitchen Nightmares, which also recovered from its all-time low of a 1.0 rating last week.

CBS’ lineup returned to normal after two weeks of NCAA basketball, bringing with it CSI: NY, back after a midseason break to a 1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers, down a tenth in the demo from its last original almost 2 months ago. Undercover Boss (1.8/7, 8.1 million) was down 10% from its most recent episode 3 weeks ago when both Undercover Boss and Blue Bloods underwent significant downward ratings adjustment in the finals. Blue Bloods (1.6/5, 10.6 million) was even with that final demo rating and once again ranked as the most watched program of the night.

Highest-rated among adults 18-49 was ABC’s 20/20 (2.1/7, 6.9 million), which had its best demo delivery in more than 2 years (since 1/8/10) with a program devoted to the Mega Millions lotto frenzy. Primetime: What Would You Do? (1.5/5) also was competitive, but with Shark Tank a repeat (1.2/5), ABC (1.6/5, 5.6 million) was edged by CBS (1.7/6, 9.4 million) for the top 18-49 spot for the night. CBS also won in … Read More »

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