Apparently the Television Critics Association likes to write (who knew?). It's one thing to check the internets and find a piece of news on Fringe, another entirely to try and sift through the flood of reports on the Fringe panel Q&A at today's Television Critics Association Press Tour. I mean really, who has the time?
Who was there?
JJ Abrams and fellow executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orici, Jeff Pinkner, and Bryan Burk, with stars Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, and John Noble appearing via satellite from New York. -- TV SquadWill Fringe be impenetrable (like Alias and Lost)?
J.J. Abrams learned a lesson from “Alias.”But I like impenetrable!?
It hit him when he was at a friend’s house one day and an episode of the ABC spy vs. spy drama was on television. Abrams, the show’s executive producer, couldn’t follow what was going on.
“Literally, it was impenetrable,” he said.
So for his newest project, Fox’s much-anticipated mystery “Fringe,” the writer-producer took a different tack.“’Lost’ has a reputation of being a very complicated show,” he said. “’Fringe ‘is in many ways an experiment for us…” -- THR Feed“We believe it is possible to do a show that has an overall story and end game … but also a show that you don’t have to watch Episodes 1, 2 and 3 to tune into Episode 4,” Abrams said.
While “Alias” was a show “I so loved working on,” he added, “I can see how it was difficult.”
“This show is going to have a different paradigm,” Abrams promised. “We’re trying very diligently to do a show that doesn’t require the kind of insane absolute dedication to a series.” -- LA Times
"It works simply as weird, eerie imagery, but these images will also be, there will be references in the show...it's part of sort of the code of the show," said Abrams. -- MeeVeeWhat's JJ Abrams have to do with it?
"This is the first show I've been a creator on since 'Lost.' I care desperately about it," Abrams said. "I'm going to be deeply involved in the show. I feel jealous I didn't get to do the pilot." -- THR FeedIs Joshua Jackson funny?
When a reporter asked about the cow "that stole a couple of scenes" in the pilot, Jackson points to his ear and says "We can still hear you." -- TV SquadMind if we compare Fringe to the X-Files?
"The genesis of this show is... 'What do you want to see?'" Abrams said. "It wasn't like, 'OK, let's do the X-Files again.' It was, 'What kind of show is something neat you'd want to see?' I thought we'd get slammed for doing the David Cronenberg, 'Altered States' stuff because for me that was something I was obsessed with when I was growing up. ... that weird place where medicine and science meet real life." -- MeeVeeYou leaked the pilot didn't you?
Bryan Burke said for the record: "We did not put it on line. We hate putting anything out there until it's done." And JJ added: "We all freaked out when that happened, especially when it got to that peer-to-peer thing where it was unstoppable. But most of the response has been positive. And Fox gave us an incredible time slot, so we're floating on air." -- E! OnlineI've seen the leaked pilot online. Should I see it again at Comic-Con?
About the leaked pilot, there are a few differences between what the critics saw this week and what went out on BitTorrent earlier this summer, mostly involving some added interrogation scenes and a scene near the end of the episode. -- TV Squad