FRINGE Finds New Friday Lead-In


Fringe will get a new lead-in from April 6.

Bones spin-off The Finder will replace Kitchen Nightmares as Fringe‘s lead-in from April. Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch will move into The Finder‘s original Thursday slot from March 22.

What does this mean for Fringe? Probably not a great deal, but it does mean a scripted lead-in as opposed to reality TV.

Source: EW


  1. WaySeeker says

    Huh! Well, I have been saying of late that if they really cared about Fringe, they would give it a better lead-in then “Kitchen Nightmares”. I guess a scripted show is better than a scripted-reality show (please, they have to have some kind of scripting/editing/knowledge they are on camera, no reality show has ever been live unedited raw reality) … I guess.
    BUT what do we know of “The Finder’s” numbers? And will it be followed over to Friday? And are those viewers more likely to keep watching when FRINGE comes on?
    I think it’s too late in the season to make much of a difference. And Friday night is more a DVR time anyway. I do hope it helps FRINGE somewhat. I don’t watch “The Finder”, but to be nice and fair I wish it the best of luck. I can’t think of any show, especially this late in the season, taht would make a good lead-in for FRINGE.
    Do you think lead-in’s make any real difference? If you do, what do you think would make a good lead-in? If it doesn’t exist yet, what kind of lead-in do you think would work best for it and Fringe?

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    • vlada_vvv says

      I guess the best lead-in for Fringe would be a whole hour devoted to the explanation of what has been happening on Fringe during this whole time. Without commercial breaks. =)

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      • shidey17 says

        Agreed. I wish they’d do what they used to do with Lost – the “pop up video” lead-in that would catch new or casual viewers up. Fringe desperately needs this.

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      • Ben says

        Or maybe Touch. From what I’ve seen Kitchen Nightmares is pretty good for what it is, but I don’t the biggest part of its audience will stick around for a paranormal show.

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  2. DeepRunner says

    Well, here’s a thought…Having a scripted show as a lead-in is better than having a “reality” show that could be less “real” than Fringe. :-)

    Here’s a better idea, though…put Fringe on a “real” night instead of leaving it buried on Fridays.

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    • DeepRunner says

      Regarding reality TV, I, like WaySeeker, think there is an awful lot that makes reality shows not the cinema verite that they are often portrayed as. And it is a proven fact that if people know they are being observed, they will change behaviors, for a while, at least. Ergo, I am not sure they are as “real” as they say they are.

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  3. Darth Kate says

    It doesn’t matter at this point. The ratings have leveled off. We’re not going to gain any new viewers.

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  4. says

    Yay! I’m jumping up and down with joy! I love “The Finder”. It is already there as far as episodic shows go! It is beyond what “Bones” started to become when the FBI psychologist replaced the squint. And, the most important thing is it’s much more of a light-hearted show. Hart Hanson, the creator of “Bones” actually tried to make it a little bit “heavier”, but then he met the guy who plays the male lead (Geoff Stults); and totally threw it out the window. Hanson then made “The Finder” around Geoff Stults and his good friend (and of movie fame), Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Green Mile”, w/Tom Hanks, etc.).

    YAY! I’ve long wanted to have another fictional show on before “Fringe”.

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