Follow us down the rabbit hole as we take a look at the positive ratings news for last week’s episode, and find out why JJ. Abrams wants Fringe to get an end date – plus more bits and pieces from the world of Fringe.
Fringe continued it’s upwards ratings trend with around 9 million Nielsen viewers tuning into “The Bishop Revival”, scoring 3.0 in the key 18-49 target group that advertisers just love. (compared to 2.6 for the previous episode).
[via] Airing at 8 p.m.,”Bones” (3.6/11, 12.4 million) was the demo’s winner Thursday, posting its highest ratings since 2007, while “Fringe” (3.0/8, 8.9 million) tied its best 18-49 numbers of the season.
Whilst we were mostly up against repeats, it wasn’t so long ago that we were scraping around with series low figures, so repeats or not, there’s no denying that the last few weeks have yielded positive returns. Has the tide turned? I guess the ratings for tonight’s “winter finale” will tell us more.
Elsewhere, JJ. Abrams believes that Fringe should be allowed to set an end date:
“I think it would be wonderful and I don’t think you can go wrong when you know exactly where the story is going to go,” said Abrams. “If FRINGE is lucky enough to continue going, I do think that at a certain point it would be a really smart thing to start to say, OK, let’s figure out what the actual date is so we sort of know how far we should push things.”
Hear, hear. Not that I’m desperate for the show to end or anything, but we’ve seen how the 6 season plan has benefited Fringe‘s cousin, Lost. A similar strategy would allow the Fringe producers to map out the series with greater assurance – hopefully making each and every episode matter. Of course, the show hasn’t been signed for a third season yet, but it would be nice to think that a pick-up and a fixed end date would arrive at the same time. Let’s hope that FOX are as cool and awesome as ABC when it comes to trusting a mystery show with enormous potential.
Abrams also spoke to CraveOnline about some of the mythology elements of Fringe, and, of course, the serial vs standalone topic:
Q: On Fringe, where did the combination of outdated ‘60s technology and the future come from?
J J Abrams: Part of it is I feel deleted. I love that feeling of anachronistic technology. You know, the printing press at the office, I just love that stuff. Part of it is to go the opposite of hyper f***ing floating holographic technology and go back to insanely tangible steel pins, pulleys, strings. I just love that.
Q: Are you satisfied with the ratio of standalone episodes to seasonal arc episodes on Fringe?
J J Abrams: I think it will be somewhat consistent with where it’s been but I always like a great standalone, but I’m also a sucker for that ongoing serialized story. So I’m sort of in a place where I would be thrilled with more serialized stuff but I also know that that’s a reasonably difficult way of doing television.
I’m a sucker for that ongoing serialized story too, JJ, and I would be more than thrilled with more serialized stuff. Please make it happen?
Rob Salem of the Toronto Star talks about Mythology shows and mentions a bit of Fringe in the process.
Popular Mechanics investigate the likelihood of the biological horror seen in last week’s Fringe:
[Last] week’s Fringe episode begins with a seemingly joyous pre-wedding party, until the groom’s grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, glimpses a man she recognizes as a former Nazi soldier. Before she can really voice it to those around her, she begins to choke and collapses—as do about a dozen other members of her family around her.
As Agent Olivia Dunham arrives on the scene with Peter Bishop, and Peter’s peculiar father Walter, only one thing is clear about the mass slaying: The cause of death was asphyxiation.
As Peter noses around for clues, he finds a single candle—cinnamon, not jasmine like the ones the bride picked out. And sure enough, that candle is our murder weapon. Ex–mad scientist Walter tests the candle for toxic chemicals, and gets a big fat bingo. The candle contains hydrogen cyanide, which was activated in the air through the heat of the candle—but that doesn’t explain why only a portion of the wedding guests dropped dead on the spot.
Tonight’s episode is the “winter finale”. Not the season finale, but the point in the season where the show takes an on-screen break, before returning on April 1st with all new episodes all the way to the finale in May.