Below the jump we look at last night’s ratings news, find out what JJ. Abrams has to say on the future of Fringe and more.
Monday night’s ratings were always going to be interesting, considering Fringe was going head to head (on a new night) against Heroes. The news is good..very good. Fringe ousted Heroes in the ‘ratings war’ with a 2.8 demo (Heroes 2.1) and 7.79 million viewers (Heroes 4.71) – apparently giving Heroes their lowest rated broadcast to date (via). Ouch.
Although the show is set to remain on Thursdays for the remainder of the season, the positive performance of an out-dated (and virtually unadvertised) episode of Fringe away from its normal slot will surely give the network food for thought.
Collider caught up with JJ. Abrams at last night’s FOX TCA party. Abrams had plenty to say on Fringe, LOST, Undercovers and Trek. Below we have excerpts on what he had to say on Fringe, including the possibility of a third season, setting an end date for the show, Leonard Nimoy and more:
Question: Are the two universes on “Fringe” finally going to start to collide?
JJ: There is some pretty cool stuff that’s going to happen, by the end of the second season. Then again, Jeff [Pinkner] and Joel [Wyman], who are really running the show, have threatened to kill me, if I reveal anything. I will say that the plot that they had, at the beginning of this season, that we all talked about with Akiva Goldsman as well, will be coming to a really cool conclusion. I’m very excited about it.
Will there be more William Bell (played by Leonard Nimoy)?
JJ: There is a shot of that, for sure. I don’t want to say for sure, either way, but it’s definitely a possibility.
Do you feel like Fox is committed to doing a third season of “Fringe,” despite putting you on Thursdays?
JJ: Despite our time slot, which is always frustrating, they’ve been wonderfully supportive. I have no complaints at all about how Fox has supported us or dealt with us. Though there’s no official news about anything, I’m hopeful that, despite everything, we’re holding our own with them.
Is the season going to end on a cliff-hanger?
JJ: It will not end concluding the series.
Would you like to have a similar plan for “Fringe,” [as with “LOST”] to end the show on a specific date?
JJ: I think that would be wonderful. I don’t know how you go wrong when you know exactly where it’s going to go. Some shows don’t require it because they’re so funny that you don’t want them to end. But, with a show like “Fringe,” at a certain point, you want to have a sense of how long you’re going to be running.
Do you have a sense of where you want to take the show?
JJ: Oh, yeah. We had some really good sessions, early on, about where this thing could go, but no matter how much you talk about it, when you’re in episode 40-something of a series, it’s telling you what it is too. It’s evolved a lot, but any series does.
What has happened this season that you didn’t expect?
JJ: There were certain stories, especially the Walter and Peter story, and things with Olivia, that were actually going to play out longer, but that we jumped to and did sooner. And, there are other things that we’ve talked about, like her stepfather, that we’re putting off. There’s a lot of opportunity for where we’re going beyond this season, and I’m going to be optimistic about that. I feel like we have a long way to go still, but the evolution was key. The show has found a rhythm that is nice to see, and I’m really proud of everyone doing it.
Do you envision a six-year arc for “Fringe,” in the same way as Lost?
JJ: With “Lost,” we didn’t get to a place until the third season where we said, “We need to know where half-way is,” and I feel like that’s something that, if we’re lucky enough to continue going, it would be smart to say, “Okay, let’s figure out what the actual date is, so we know how far we should push things.”
But, you’re not there yet?
JJ: Not yet.
You can read the entire interview here.
Here’s a poster version of the Fringe ‘alters’ wallpaper. No word on how official it is yet – we’ll update this post when we find out. But hey, it’s a poster..enjoy!
Thanks to FringeRus for sending this over to us!