Fringe co-showrunner Jeff Pinkner has left the series.
Per TV Guide, Pinkner has stepped down with sources claiming it was his own decision to exit the series in order to pursue other projects. The split is said to be amicable.
Pinkner will not retain his executive producer credit and J.H. Wyman will be the sole showrunner for the final season.
In a statement, Fringe co-creator and EP J.J. Abrams said:
“We’re so excited to begin work on a fifth season of Fringe and to be able to deliver the 13 final episodes to our passionate and devoted fans. For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on Fringe. We’re thankful for the invaluable contributions Jeff has made to the show and of course wish him well and look forward to working together in the future. J.H. Wyman’s importance to Fringe cannot be overstated, however, and I’m thrilled that he will continue as showrunner for the concluding chapters of our story. We can’t wait for our fans to see what we have in store for them in the wild conclusion of Fringe.”
With the final season only containing 13 episodes, it’s not all that unusual to see Pinkner move onto his next project. Good luck to him in future endeavors, now it’s up to Wyman and his team to bring the good ship Fringe home in this final chapter.