A new preview from Friday’s winter premiere sneaks its way online, and the exec producers respond to those cancellation fears — saying there’s plenty of story to be told beyond season 4. Head past the jump for the ins and outs.
Watch the latest ‘winter premiere’ sneak peek in the player below — Peter tries to sweet-talk Walt:
Further to their earlier comments on the this season’s finale and Kevin Reilly’s ‘money pit’ proclamations, Pinkner and Wyman go into a bit more depth on the state of Fringe in this newly-pressed interview with Huff Post. Observe..
On their reaction to the threat of cancellation:
Joel Wyman: I mean, it’s funny — if you remember, ever since we moved from Tuesday nights, people have been saying that we’re gone, but here we are. We’ve consistently said that the network has been transparent with us always. We have no reason to believe that we’re not in the same game that anybody else is in in the world of television. You’ve got to get numbers; you’ve got to do a certain number; how much does it cost to make the show? The question becomes, “Is there a way to make ‘Fringe’ that makes financial sense?” Jeff and I are both producers that always and have always rolled up our sleeves in order to be financially responsible. You never know.
The most important thing is the following: We’re not changing our plan, nor have we ever. We know where we’re going every season. We believe that the most important thing to our fans is to leave them satiated and to make them feel like there’s an ending that they can wrap their minds and hearts around and say, “I love that ending. I totally understand. I feel like I’ve watched an incredible saga and it’s come to a natural conclusion that I believe in.” That’s our main goal. At the end of each season, fortunately for us, we’ve always closed a chapter and opened up a new one. We have ideas where we would go if there was a fifth season and a sixth season and a seventh season. There’s plenty of story to be told. The question is, can we close a chapter and allow it to be a finale that lets everybody in their hearts go on and say, “I can imagine where it would have gone, but yet, I feel strangely satisfied.” That’s what we feel we have right now. We’re not going to change anything. We’re going to tell the story that we’ve been telling since the beginning. We feel that if we were the viewers and we were presented with an ending like what we have, that we would be very satisfied.
On what fans can do to help the show:
JP: The truth is, to a degree, as Joel said, there’s some horse trading involved. Some people were shocked by the announcement; the good news is, we were not. To a certain degree, Warner Brothers produces the show for Fox; there’s a license fee involved. That is always up for negotiation every year. It’s what the studios and the networks do, they haggle over who’s going to pay for the show and how much. Then, as Joel said, it’s our job to produce the show for the budget that we’re given or that we’re asked to produce the show for.
As far as what can fans do … the only real way to affect this decision is to watch the show live. We recognize that many people sort of program their own week and watch all television on DVR, so we’re certainly not in the business of begging our fans to save the show by watching live. But that’s always the thing the fans can do. The good news is, even in Kevin’s statement, creatively they’re thrilled with the show. We’re not in a situation where the network or the studio are asking us to go in one direction and we’re kicking and screaming and refusing and this is about creative differences. It’s not at all. We’ve had, as Joel said, the same degree of support at the network and the studio since we began … We’re so entirely grateful. At the end of the day, it’s a business decision. I think that what our fans can do is not freak out, feel secure in the knowledge that we’re very, very happy with the story we’re telling. We’re not freaking out and if things change, we’ll let them know.
Moving on to more story matters — on whether Peter’s goal in trying to get back to Kansas is attainable:
JP: Well, Peter obviously has returned to a timeline where none of the characters know him because in the timeline that he has returned to, he died at age eight … twice. So, as far as he’s concerned, he’s Dorothy — sorry for the sex change — who has awoken into Oz and he’s trying desperately to find his way back home. Certainly, that’s his goal. As we say and as we’ve said, one of the major thematics of this season is sort of like the effect that your life has had on other people. So, we’re meeting a version of the characters that we’ve known, that Peter knew, unaffected by his adult presence. It’s been really interesting to us to explore how his being there, being with them, affects them.
You can find the entire interview at Huffington Post.