"Fringe" mixes elements of "The X-Files" and Paddy Chayefsky's "Altered States" with what Abrams calls "a slight 'Twilight Zone' vibe." It will focus on brilliant but possibly crazy research scientist Walter Bishop, his estranged son and a female FBI agent who brings them together.So the question is, which of those many elements tops your list for reasons to watch?
Episodes will explore self-contained mysteries of the paranormal, as well as the relationships between the three leads.
"So much of the story is relatable people in extraordinary situations," Abrams said. "The show is definitely a nod to 'Altered States' and 'Scanners' and that whole Michael Crichton/Robin Cook world of medicine and science."
There'll also be an overriding mythology that will come into play from time to time, as well as a healthy dose of humor.
"It does the stuff my favorite TV shows and movies do, which is to combine genres that shouldn't fit together," Abrams said. "It's definitely meant to scare the hell out of you, but it's also meant to make you laugh... It pushes all the buttons of things we loved from our childhood."
Driving the show will be the Walter Bishop character, a larger-than-life figure who bears some resemblance to the titular character in Fox's "House." In the pilot, he's in a mental hospital.
"Imagine that your father is Frankenstein mixed with Albert Einstein," Orci said. "He's someone who has the mental ability to solve so many problems but is so different that communicating with them is almost impossible." -- Variety
Someday soon LOST will end and I need something to replace it.
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You can never have enough mysterious overarching mythologies to puzzle over.
Nobody eats like John Noble.
I miss 'Twilight Zone' (careful, this one might date you).
Bad Robot silly! (read: JJ Abrams can do no wrong).
How could you not be looking forward to a nut-house House?
I like those other guys (Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman).
I miss 'The X-Files'.
There aren't enough pictures of Anna Torv on the web.
Joshua Jackson ('cause rumor is he's the new George Clooney).
Other: Got a better reason to watch? Tell us in a comment or join the discussion in the forum.