TVWeek - Fox Offers Previews of ‘Fringe,’ Feature Films on Sunday:
Fox is doing everything it can to turn Sunday’s encore presentation of the “Fringe” pilot into an event—including offering viewers advance looks at feature films “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “24: Redemption” and the second episode of “Fringe.”Forbes - Q&A: JJ Abrams Talks 'Fringe':
In an unusual move, Fox will follow Sunday’s 8 p.m. “Fringe” repeat with a broadcast of the first four minutes of the second episode of the series.
Your work tends to generate a lot fan interest online--do you read what your viewers write? How has it impacted your story telling?
J.J. Abrams: I do read it. Not all of it, of course, because there's a lot out there. We're living at a time where if you do a Google search for a 'show, review and network,' you'll get The New York Times and Pete Billingsley from a town you've never heard of on the same results page. It's kind of democratizing the process so that everyone has access to a distribution system to express themselves.
It's amazing to me how the consensuses is no longer [garnered from] ripping open the newspaper or getting the printouts from the studio or network, but rather going online and seeing what the people--paid professional, amateur fan, casual viewer--have to say.
How does that impact where you take a story and how you tell a story?
J.J. Abrams: The experience of doing a TV show is a very unique one--and it's one of the reasons that I wanted to do a show again. Unlike a movie, which is sort of a one-off, there's an evolution, an ongoing transformation that happens when you do a TV series. You're always reacting to the stuff that you're seeing, whether it’s the stuff on screen in the editing room or the stuff on screen on your computer at home.
So I wouldn't say the fan's reaction ever dictates anything, but they are not only appreciated and in many ways the reason that we're doing the show, but also people with whom we have a dialogue. We take what they think and what they feel to heart.