FRINGE: ‘We Feel Pretty Confident About 13-Episode Fifth Season’ — Jasika Nicole

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Jasika Nicole says the Fringe camp is “pretty confident” over a potential 13-episode fifth season return. She also looks back on the challenge of “Making Angels” and discusses the “huge moment” coming up that could define the show’s future.


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Insider: This is your first time playing both versions in the same scene — did you get any tips from Anna Torv or John Noble, who’ve both done this before?
Jasika: Yes I did! And I didn’t even know I would need to prepare for it. We are reading the next script while still filming the previous episode, so beyond knowing your lines, it’s hard to prepare. But let me tell you, being on set with this enormous greenscreen wall and having to change back and forth between costumes over and over, is so overwhelming. There’s no way to full prepare for it until you’ve actually done it. Anna was so sweet – she should write a book about filming with your doppelgangers [laughs]. There’s all these tiny little things you would never think about.

Insider: I’m curious because this season has shifted many of the storylines and I feel like Olivia sort of took over for Astrid when it came to Walter. I know that was a relationship you cherished, so how did you feel about that choice?
Jasika: I’ll be honest with you, I thought, “Then what is Astrid doing on this show?” She’s a peripheral character, doesn’t have a lot to do with the storyline – she’s there more to show off the other characters. I think you learn a lot about Walter through Astrid. And I’m fine with all of that. So when they took that away, it was a personal struggle I had. Eventually, for my own sanity, the story I came up with is that because Walter and Olivia weren’t as interested in having a relationship with Peter, that Astrid would be the only person who made Peter feel like he was in a safe place. I don’t want to say that the writers don’t think about all the details, but they have so many characters to be in charge of – I only have one character to be in charge of, so if there’s something lacking, it’s huge to me. That’s another reason why this episode is so exciting to me.

Insider: Fans are obviously hoping the show gets a fifth season. Have you heard anything on set that we don’t know?
Jasika: We honestly still do not know – we feel pretty confident that we’ll be back but for a 13-episode fifth season. It’s a rumor that’s going around, so we all feel like it won’t be a full 22 but we’ll have time to wrap everything up and provide closure for fans.

Insider: You’re currently filming episode 17 — and I know that Jeff and Joel have repeatedly said that they have a finale plan in place that would take a certain number of episodes to complete. As far as you know, that plan hasn’t been initiated, right?
Jasika: There is a huge moment in episode 17 that could actually be the start of the end of the show. I don’t think it is though because the writers always do that. I have actually thought that every season finale worked as a series finale – it’s such a tease. I have no idea if this is the start of those episodes — although I don’t think they would tell me if it was anyway [laughs].

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  1. Lafra08 says

    Actually I hope for the 22-ep. season 5 renewal for Fringe!!!!! This show has still huge potential and is so adorable because the writers and producers are not afraid of taking risks with the plot – season´s 4 reset was such a huge risk but the real fanbase is still there for Fringe!!!! And I´m pretty confident that the second half of season 4 will be mind-blowing and fascinating and that we will be finding with Peter the way back somehow to our beloved original characters and their relationships we miss so much as he does! Fringe has also the most adorable and cute cast ever, all beautiful people with amazing personalities so dedicated to their show, simply a huge Fringe family!!! And the huge dedicated fanbase all over the world trying to occupy twitter and internet for Finge every friday its phenomenal!!!! I think the ratings will start getting better and better! Fringe deserves not only full season 5 the whole beautiful Fringe story deserves to be told weather within 6 or 8 seasons as long as writers and producers have stories to tell!!!!!

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    • James says

      No way.

      A concise 13-episode end season of pure mythology with no filler is what we need.

      End it on a high. Not dragging it out over another season of “will they-won’t they?” renew it again.

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      • Roneo says

        I will be more than satisfied if we do have thirteen episodes of pure concentrated Fringe essence.

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      • Lafra08 says

        Who said that it would be another season of “will they-won´t they” – the producers said they had stories for 6-7 seasons so I imagine they have planty of ideas for another storylines and not only for the romantic storyline, and to say they had only this storyline on their minds is a little bit unfair!

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        • James says

          I’m not saying I want it to end.

          I’m saying I want it to end on a high.

          Realistically, if this show is going to continue into Season 6 and 7, it’s going to require drastic budget cuts to the point where all we see is Walter’s lab and basic cases.

          If they make a deal with Warner Bros., they can get a shorter Season 5 of top-quality, solid episodes and finish it with dignity, rather than a crawl.

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        • Dylan says

          You would rather we return to the days where one wouldn’t see a mythology-based episode for months?

          And as for the writers taking risks, the only thing they’ve really risked doing is alienating their fanbase – and they’ve both succeded and failed immensely.

          Take my negative reaction, for instance. I have been so disheartened by this fourth season, by the nonsensical plot twists at the end of season 3 that spewed out multitidues and plot holes and inconsistencies, and the apparent lack of interest by the writers and producers in giving the fans what they want and resolving everything from the past three seasons that we all had investment in, that I still haven’t seen the latest episode – the first time since Fringe’s pilot in 2008 that I couldn’t be bothered watching an episode.

          I know I’ve said I wouldn’t give up, but I’ve just watched the last three seasons in succession – I’ve seen it all, and right now I feel as invested in what is going on as I did throughout all of ‘The Event’ and ‘Flashforward’.

          I like shows that respect their audience, that respect their characters and their plot, that uses real drama and doesn’t take risks for the sake of taking risks. In other words, I want an actual smart drama, not a show of gimmicks that just likes to wear the title of what it used to be.

          If it wasn’t for my enjoyment of this website I probably would have stopped already. But I am declaring now that I sticking with Fringe until its next break – and if it hasn’t converted me by then, I’m moving on.

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          • JM says

            @Dylan
            The latest episode was actually very good dylan! you should try it out, there was no lincoln in it AT ALL! Also fringebloggers wont be the same without your analysis and thoughts! stick it out till the end!

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        • Lafra08 says

          I thought there is a little bit more faith in our writers and producers! IMO 5-th. season with only 13 eps. would feel forced because they have to come to an end! And I believe this beautiful story deserves to come to an natural end withhin 6 seasons or so…And as far as I´m concerned I´m very curious what the writers and producers had in store for another couple of seasons. Of course we need better ratings for that but with JJ Abrams directing an episode maybe the season opener I hope the ratings could get higher!This special show deserves this!!!!

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      • Penny Laine says

        I agree. I’d rather see a 13-episode last season fully focused on the mythology and with no standalones, a final season for the main fanbase to tie all the loose ends and answer some of the burning mysteries… ;)

        13 episodes already feel like a gift to me… I tend to be very sceptical, I was very surprised when it was picked up for a fourth season, but I honestly think a short season is all we can ask for. And I’m OK with it, 13 episodes should be enough to get closure. 22 episodes (which I don’t think is a possibility, but again, I tend to be negative) would mean a drastic budget cut and I wouldn’t want to see Fringe go with a weak season due to lack of means. I’d rather have a kicka** shorter season.

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  2. Jennifer says

    PERFECTLY said Lafra08!!!!! :) That is EXACTLY what I am hoping for!! I wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense if they only came back for 13 episodes because the 5th season is when WB would be able to have the show in syndication & that is where their profit would start.

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    • Rick Terry says

      The show will be available for syndication after this season’s finale.
      Generally 80 episodes make for syndication. Sometimes they want 100.
      Once the finale airs it’ll be episode 87, when and if a 13 episode 5th season airs that will bring the grand total up to 100. That is the magic number. So it is not entirely out of the question for FOX to agree to a 13 ep season to end it all. Basically that would mean they are looking at a 50% cut in the show’s budget just by virtue of the amount of eps, plus like everyone else is saying; It will allow for a more concentrated myth based season to tie up all the loos ends. I’m sure they will also allow for an option to make 10 more eps if the rating increase in any significant amount, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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  3. Dac says

    While I’d love Fringe to go on longer than 5 seasons, I’d be stoked if we got a full 22 order. However, I would still be happy with a final 13 IF there are no standalones from the ground running.

    I think even with a full season it would have to be nearly all mythalone or fully serialized to get all the answers.

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  4. Pat the Cat says

    The show should’ve ended at the end of last season when Peter disappeared. They had done a good job of explaining a lot of the questions and it would’ve ended on a high.

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    • Dylan says

      With Peter NOT disappearing, the Observers mystery revealed, and if ‘6.02AM EST’ and ‘The Last Sam Weiss’ were willing to take greater risks as any lead in to a series finale should, then I would have been happy to take ‘The Day We Died’ as the grand finale.

      I just took my parents through a mythology-only Fringe marathon, treating (again their knowledge of a fourth season) ‘The Day We Died’ as the final episode of the series. That episode hit hard until Peter disappeared, because turns such as Olivia’s death actually felt as though they had meaning – because it was the end.

      Though ended they should have, ended it they did not…

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  5. JM says

    I do feel sorry for her, its obvious (to me) in the last few interviews shes done, shes not happy with her characters role on the show, and they had show a great oppourtunity to give her more things to do this season, except that role was given to lincoln, i cant help but think lance reddick and blair brown feel the same way.

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    • Lincless says

      What makes it the most irritating is that many of the Fringe writers did such a good job in terms of character balance with Alias. imo at least.

      I think a 13-episode season would be perfect. As much as I like a 22-epsiode season with better opportunities for character developement…it’s just not realisitc.
      But 100 episodes and an intended end would be neat.

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    • Dylan says

      Reading her comments it’s understandable that anyone in her situation would be upset. Those writers should be ashamed.

      If they want to really take risks then maybe they should risk balancing out the characters. Some of these single-episode guests get more solid screen time and things to do in 40 minutes than actors like Nicole, Brown, and Reddick get in an entire season of their own show.

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      • JM says

        Yes, when they were talking about how now, basically the only thing astrid was allowed to do on the show which was taking care of walter, has been given to olivia (the character that does everything) she has basically nothing to do, its horrible that they have reduced the character even further this season, i think that astrid centric episode was to keep her from quitting lol.

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  6. FringeCharacter says

    I would like to live in the universe where shows like FRINGE exist sans fear of cancellation. Personally, I enjoy smart shows that engage and require the viewer actively watch and think.

    There are so many shows on that serve as background noise; viewing is not required because they’ll restate the happenings after every commercial break and you’ll eventually learn if they picked a tire or got a gator.

    Long live FRINGE!

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  7. Surun Tunne says

    honestly, I’m pretty sure that no one of the actors are allowed to say anything promising about a renewal when they really don’t know anything…WB and/or Fox wouldn’t want to get the fans excited and then just say: sorry no season 5…

    that means I’m very confident that we will get a 13-episode S5!

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    • Surun Tunne says

      and I also think, if fox will promote the FINAL season and the 100th episode series finale right and if JJ Abrams really directs an episode, the ratings could be very ok next year!

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  8. willg says

    I am super excited about the possibility as well. When I saw this I found myself thinking that if they can renew it for 13 then whats another 9 episodes. Then I thought how greedy that is because we could be on the brink of no more episodes. So I would definitely be excited for a final season with 13 episodes. It would be great that the producers would know they were working towards an end and we would get the ending they have planned all along. I agree with the above comment about the will they wont they scenario. Its not with the story lines so much as worrying about the ratings. This is an awesome show and I hope we can get this final season.

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  9. June08 says

    I agree with everyone ;)

    As strong as I would love to be in a world where Fringe gets the ratings and recognition it truly deserves due the quality of its cast, writers and all crew and where an end date would not be required…let’s face the truth: it is not the world we live in and it is obvious that another season is highly hypothetical :(

    So I’d rather have a last season with 13 episodes and a proper end than a renewal for 22 episodes and a cancellation in the middle of the road with no end at all.

    But as strong as I want to believe in hope, please WB & Fox, end our misery and say yes for a fifth season of 13 episodes with a normal budget and an awesome end for this amazing show.
    Long live Fringe!

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  10. Red Balloon says

    …..Season 5 with 13 pure heavy mythology episodes ? ok, it’s never happened and it’s not going to.

    So, if there are going to be standalone episodes as has always been anyway, I would be very VERY please with the entire 22 episodes’ thrill.

    IMO, It’s like going to a wedding only to hear the “I do”. I want the whole ceremony, then the party and after-party with some “chilaquiles or menudo” at the end ;)

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    • Dylan says

      If a serialized show is rewarded with a reduced final season designed to resolve its story and instead decides to lace it with standalone episodes, then something is very, very wrong with those responsible for it.

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      • Red Balloon says

        You’ve said the key word “rewarded”…I think the creators deserve as much reward as the fans, and I’m sure they have their own burning desires about an specific kind of episode(s) or story-theme.

        We’ve seen how the cast reacts to this kind of questions…their favorite episode or character doesn’t match the fans’, but that’s because they have a different angle of enjoyment than ours.

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        • Dylan says

          The word ‘rewarded’ isn’t automatically a postive. For instance, I can say that “the bad guys were rewarded with a collosal *ss-kicking” and that’d be using the word correctly.

          Rewarded is…just being given something as a consequence of having done something.

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        • Dylan says

          I understand that, but there are specific guidelines that constitute whether or not something is ‘strong writing’. Speaking in terms of narrative, characterization, resolution; all aspects of storytelling, the writers must close the story to the best of their ability.

          The show is facing canellation. So far, rather than close the story of the past three seasons, the writers have pushed it to the side and dived into something else. They could keep doing what they’re doing and all of the sudden the hammer would come down and season 4 would be it for Fringe. Then, not only do we not get resolution on the season 1-3 storyline, we get no resolution for season 4 either.

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          • Red Balloon says

            Well said, I agree that there has to be an ending date if we are rewarded with a season 5, that doesn’t mean it has to be a 13 episode resolution, it could very well be a 22 episode resolution and still give a satisfactory ending to the series. I don’t want them to be surprised with cancellation in the middle of next season, but should be announcing if it is the final season.

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            • Dylan says

              Writers generally appreciate shorter seasons, and if the show managed 13 episodes but with their usual budget for a 22 episode season –

              imagine the possibilities…

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              • Red Balloon says

                If you put that way…it would be awesome for me, because I tend to take what I can get and make the best of it; but I’ve noticed that more heavy episodes, means more questions for you guys, with the “tunnel enjoyment” of heavy mythology (I say this in the most respectful way)…and not necessarily the right ones, and not necessarily the right answers either…so I prefer that they have the time to think in between episodes and construct their answers with more creativeness and assertiveness.

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        • Dylan says

          It’s like everyone’s on contract. We give the writers an audience and leave them to write their show, they provide us a strong show with a satisfying conclusion.

          They get money, we get entertainment.

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  11. megan says

    I’m with alot of others here. If a 13 episode season is what we get, then please make it a strong set of 13 episodes!

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  12. Walternate says

    It works well for shows like The Walking Dead, True Blood, and Game of Thrones. I’m down for this, as long as it’s good, rich with mythology, and brings a fitting end.

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