Happy Birthday, Lance Reddick!

      Email Post       12/31/2011 08:11:00 PM      

From all of us here at Fringe Television, we wish you a very Happy Birthday in all the universes!

Fringe Rewatch 406: And Those We've Left Behind

      Email Post       12/30/2011 02:24:00 AM      

Join us during the fall/winter break every Friday for our Fringe Winter Rewatch.

In my opinion, Fringe is a long-running mystery that will never give up it's secrets until the very end. It used to be a private escape. But today, it's very hard to throw away an episode after watching. I missed that a lot. So I appreciate the time taken to set up the season for all the players involved. From a storyteller's point of view, I need episodes like these to establish where the characters are. Here Peter is embarking on a journey all his own.

It is weird that much of what I imagined has come true. I am not referring to Olivia not knowing Peter. I have come up with that scenario myself in fan fiction. What I imagined was a train coming from nowhere, not so much from the past.

On with the episode. Is it a dream, or a memory? Part of the future vision Peter saw in season 3's The Day We Die. The perfect day in the park for Peter until Olivia tells him, "Too bad it has to end." Why? "You can't ignore the problem, Peter. Ignoring it won't make it go away." What's the problem? "You, Peter. You are the problem."

TVLine Readers Share Their 2012 Wish List

      Email Post       12/29/2011 10:40:00 AM      

December 29, 2011 05:00 AM PST

TVLine Readers Share Their 2012 Wish List For Supernatural, Glee, NCIS, Gossip Girl and More!
by Team TVLine

And look who the #3 wishes are for:


“Finally an Emmy nomination for Anna Torv and John Noble – the most underrated actors on TV.” --Sabrina

“Renewal of Fringe for a fifth and final season (a la Chuck). That's it. I'd trade the future of all my other shows for one last season of Fringe. That's how good it is. It deserves a real ending.” --Jeff

Read the entire TVLINE article here.

Matt Roush's Top 10(And Then Some) of 2011

      Email Post       12/27/2011 11:07:00 PM      

Matt Roush's Top 10 (And Then Some) of 2011
Dec 16, 2011 04:11 PM ET
by Matt Roush


Living on the fringe of the TV schedule and ratings, Fox's sci-fi/fantasy mind-blower just keeps expanding in its mystical complexity. As Peter Bishop plays peek-a-boo between warring universes, we're treated to cautionary Frankenstein parables of the dangers of playing God. A more than worthy successor to The X-Files.

Click here to read Matt's entire TV Guide article.

Press Release for 408-"Back To Where You've Never Been"

      Email Post       12/26/2011 09:23:00 PM      

SpoilerTV has posted this press release for the upcoming January 13th episode, 408, titled, "Back To Where You've Never Been":


In an effort to find a way home, Peter journeys to the Other Side to confront Walternate. His venture proves more dangerous than expected. Meanwhile, Olivia receives a dire premonition from an Observer in the all-new "Back to Where You've Never Been" Winter Premiere episode of FRINGE airing Friday, Jan. 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FR-408) (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles; Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth; Seth Gabel as Lincoln Lee

Click here to see the original SpoilerTV post.

"Downhill Racers" Game On Official Fringe Website

      Email Post       12/26/2011 09:18:00 PM      

Every year FOX Broadcasting has a cute little animated game for the holidays in which you can pick and use characters from your favorite FOX shows.

This year's game is called "Downhill Racers." You can use Astrid, Broyles, Lincoln, Nina, Olivia, Peter, and Walter from Fringe to earn your points.

Click here to get to the official FOX Fringe website and play "Downhill Racers."

"Fringe Binge" Begins 12/26:Are You In?

      Email Post       12/25/2011 10:55:00 PM      

Someone on Tumblr started this and I don't know who.
There is a worldwide appeal for people to start watching all 72 episodes of Fringe via DVD tomorrow, December 26th at 8AM EST.
The idea is for Fringe fans around the world to all watch our show at the same time.

Use the links below to check the viewing timetable for your country:

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FringeBinge2011

On Tumblr: http://fringebinge.tumblr.com/

Also, the FringeBinge people on Twitter are asking if you participate to use the special #fringebinge hashtag.

You can also check into all 72 episodes at getglue.com.

Enjoy the FringeBinge. Don't forget to take some breaks!

Merry Fringemas from Fringe Television

      Email Post       12/24/2011 09:48:00 AM      

From all of us at Fringe Television to all of you, have a very Merry Fringemas!
(Although this mash-up video was made in 2009 by FOX Broadcasting it is still wonderful. Enjoy!)

Fringe Rewatch 405: Novation

      Email Post       12/23/2011 12:00:00 AM      

Join us during the fall/winter break every Friday for our Fringe Winter Rewatch.

Law . the substitution of a new obligation for an old one,usually by the substitution of a new debtor or of a new creditor.
the introduction of something new; innovation.

Peter, though happy to be back clearly looks resigned to whatever Broyles has in mind for him and doesn’t even put up a good Bishop-fight over his newest living arrangements at the FBI headquarters.

Olivia discovers Walter hooked up to a machine that is beeping wildly and you can tell by the look on her face that she is having flashbacks to the lobotomizing incident prior to Peter’s return. When Walter abruptly wakes up, Olivia startles and he explains that this is the only way he can sleep since the “stranger” has come into their lives. A stranger that Broyles has denied him access to.

This is when Olivia informs Walter that not only does the stranger refuse to talk to anyone but Walter but he is claiming to be Walter’s long dead son, Peter Bishop. When I first imagined the scene of Walter finding out that the stranger is claiming to be his son, I expected a lot more emotion and I have to admit his look of mild shock was disappointing.

New Fringemas Songs from "The Fringemunks"

      Email Post       12/19/2011 09:32:00 PM      

While there may not be any new episodes of our beloved series right now, there is some new festive "Fringemas" music for you to enjoy.

David Wu, the very talented creator of "The Fringemunks,"  has released 2 new digital Fringemas songs sure to make your holiday more merry.

Click here to listen to David Wu's "Blight Christmas" and "12 Days Of Fringemas." Enjoy!

Composer Chris Tilton Adding Music To Fringe Fridays

      Email Post       12/19/2011 09:00:00 PM      

Gifted composer, Chris Tilton, who composes all of the music for the Fringe series, posted this on his Facebook page on December 02:
Chris Tilton
So there may be no more Fringe for 2011, but there will be music! Starting today I'm going to upload one cue every Friday for the rest of the year! The cues will be from ep. 408 the Spring Premiere (which was previously supposed to be the fall finale) and ep. 409. Titles will be kept secret to avoid hints and/or spoilers.

Connect to his Facebook profile here to hear his weekly Fringe Friday musical clip.

Ken Tucker's Top 5:The 10 Best Of 2011

      Email Post       12/19/2011 08:59:00 PM      

by Ken Tucker
Dec 17, 2011 12:30 PM ET
Entertainment Weekly

Completing my Best in TV list: Here are the Top 5 shows: Best of 2011 VIDEO
Here is the completion of my Top 10 list, the five shows I enjoyed most in 2011. “Enjoyed,” however, is short-hand for a finely tuned algorithm: The shows here gave me a lot of immediate, visceral pleasure; they were pleasant, and sometimes pleasantly knotty, to contemplate.

I take into account the balance between acting, writing, directing, and editing (I have to say, production values don’t matter much to me — a show can look like crap, like it was shot for $300 — and as long as it contains excellence in the other areas, it’s aces with me). As it happens, my number one choice this year is also one of the most beautiful-looking shows on TV, but that’s not all that makes it #1:

Click here to read the article and watch Ken's Top 5 Best TV Shows of 2011 Video(Pay attention to #3!)

So, that's the list. Yes, there were a lot of shows I had to lop off with a degree of pain. (Which means, yes, I'll be writing my annual Top 11-20 list to post next week.) But these shows were all superb at this moment in TV history. I hope you agree. And disagree. Because that's just inevitable. Pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly for my full prose analysis of my Top 10.

NY Times' Mike Hale's 10 Favorite TV Shows of 2011

      Email Post       12/19/2011 08:34:00 PM      

by Mike Hale
Published: December 16, 2011

FROM the modest slice of the television pie that I found time to watch this past year here are 10 of my favorite shows, in alphabetical order.

‘FRINGE’ (Fox) Consider this a vote for the latter half of the show’s second season, which played out the dual-universe story in consistently surprising and moving ways. Season 3 has been a mixed bag so far, with the alternate-universe cast completely dropping out of sight at times. (It can’t be because the actors have other obligations, given that they’re the same ones who appear in the regular universe.) But it looks as if things will pick up again now that Peter Bishop has returned from electromagnetic limbo.

Read the rest of Mike Hale's New York Times article here.

SVT Best of 2011 TV Awards-The Winners Announced!

      Email Post       12/17/2011 11:24:00 PM      

Well, sadly our beloved series did not win the best TV Drama category, and came in at #3.
BUT, I am happy to announce that John Noble ran away with the vote to win the "Most Overlooked" category by 25%.

Congratulations to John Noble, who is truly overlooked in all awards everywhere for his talent in portraying multiple versions of Dr. Walter Bishop.

Click here to read all the winners in SpoilerTV's Best of 2011 TV Awards.

FRINGE-Fans Ask:What Would Your Dream Episode Be?

      Email Post       12/17/2011 07:45:00 PM      

Here's a new installment of the popular "Fans Ask Fringe" video series, where a real fan question is answered by some of the cast.
This week's question:What would your dream episode be?

New Fringe Promo 408 Back To Where You've Never Been

      Email Post       12/16/2011 12:26:00 PM      

Here's a brand new promo for episode 408. Fringe returns with new episodes, Friday January 13th on Fox.

Fringe Rewatch 404: Subject 9

      Email Post       12/16/2011 02:11:00 AM      

The fourth episode of each Fringe season ( The Arrival - Momentum Deferred Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep) has historically been a turning point. Each of these set the pace for the storyline of the first half of their respective seasons. The prior three episodes of the current season showed a world in which Peter Bishop died in both universes. The repercussions of the absence of the Peter we know were made evident. Walter is a wreck, barely able to function and constantly under the threat of being committed to the mental hospital again. Olivia is a bit more open in some ways, but she’s certainly hiding her fears and doubts about herself well. There’s been no son to take care of his father and work with him. For Olivia, there’s been no consultant that evolved to a friend, lover, and future husband.

Previously, Olivia revealed to Walter that she had seen the same man he was seeing - in her dreams.

Many times throughout the series, Olivia has been shown trying to sleep. She often had a difficult time resting, as many burdens weighed heavy on her mind. In this Amber-verse, Olivia is more able to let go. Maybe that it is because she killed her stepfather, or had an early exit from the Cortexiphan trials. Or some other reason. But this Olivia sleeps soundly at night - maybe even hoping to dream of the stranger that she and Walter discussed. Her nightstand is shown with a few objects: a picture of her sister and niece, keys, and other small personal effects.

Clocks and time are always of importance - even if shown merely in the background. Olivia’s digital alarm clock initially showed a time of 5:58 - very close to the 6:02 am, a time that most astute Fringe viewers instantly recognize as the time that the machine was activated by the red universe in the original time-line. The mysterious light that slowly shined upon Olivia’s unaware form added a great sense of suspense as the minutes ticked away. When this episode first aired, I only really cared and hoped that maybe Peter would show up in some form, perhaps the astral projection Peter we knew from season three. This second time around, I was able to just take in the scene and really get an idea of what it meant.

Just as her clock struck six, activating the alarm, a blue mass of energy hovered above Olivia, prompting her to make for her gun (conveniently in her nightstand, maybe with her copy of Advanced Forensics.) As scared Olivia looked on, the mass dissipated. Yet, the alarm on again displayed from 5:59 to 6:00 am prompting confused Olivia to look over her bed - the mass had indeed attracted the metallic objects to it, leaving Olivia looking bewildered at what had just occurred.

The next day at Walter’s lab, the unstable scientist, along with Astrid, used Matrix-style movie camera filming and peanuts to test a way to capture images of his unwanted, non-corporeal  visitor. There is a joking terminology among some of the fans that have dubbed Walter as “Walnut,” and Peter as "Peanut." So this scene, very neat on its own, was especially funny to those in the online fandom.

Another Dome... hmm...
What wasn’t so funny was Olivia’s injury from having been touched by the energy mass, and her fears that she had something to do with its appearance - like “when she was a child and set fire to the room.” There were two of these incidents in the old-timeline. One occurred when she was three years old. The other when she was being tested in an effort to determine what made her able to cross over to the other universe, in the hopes of returning healed Peter to his family. Which was she referring to, and if it was the latter, why would Walter be trying to have her cross over if there wasn’t a Peter to return?

Walter’s witnessing of an event before it happened was a prelude to further time-slips later in the season.  However, time inconsistencies may have occurred before. I had written previously about my thoughts concerning Olivia’s experiences in The Road Not Taken. I believe this season gives evidence to my feelings that Olivia was not experiencing the red universe, but another time-line. We could also point back to Peter’s assertion concerning déjà vu in White Tulip - “I read that déjà vu is fate's way of telling you that you're exactly where you're supposed to be. That's why you feel like you've been there before.” But the biggest concern about this occurence came from Sam Weiss in  The Last Sam Weiss, when he remarked that time may be "course-correcting."

Mmmm... Delicious, Strawberry-flavored Death...
We know just how much of an effect that the revelation concerning her treatment with Cortexiphan had on Olivia in the prior time-line. It made her feel damaged, and it took a long time for her to embrace her abilities and just how “special” she was.  The current Olivia did not seem to know much about the other Corexiphan subjects and her interactions with Cameron gave her the insight that she lacked. Cameron - like Nick Lane, James Heath, and Simon Phillips -  conveyed to both Walter and Olivia how his life was altered by what the Cortexiphan trials did. He expressed hope at a normal life, and felt that he didn’t even receive a special power that could make him useful. It gave Olivia cause to reflect on her emotional capacity and ability to form bonds with other people. Walter earlier had reiterated William Bell’s words that Olivia was always the strongest. But strongest in what way? Is it in the ability to keep one’s emotions in check and be the stoic warrior for justice that defines Olivia Dunham?

Nina Sharp’s speech concerning technology and ethics piqued my interest. After all, Fringe is often a cautionary tale about the consequences of “crossing the line” and playing God.

“Nanotechnology -- the bloom is not off the rose. Because of the far-ranging claims that have been made about potential applications of nanotechnology, a number of serious concerns have been raised about how this will affect our society if realized and what actions, if any are deemed appropriate, might be needed to mitigate these risks. This is not Massive Dynamic's concern. We create technology. How it is used is not our concern. We just own the patents.”

Nina told Olivia in The Pilot: "We've reached a point where science and technology have advanced at an exponential rate for so long... that it may be far beyond our ability to regulate and control it."

The interesting thing about this is how I thought about the technology used to heal Captain Lincoln Lee from the alternate universe when he was burned to a crisp by Sally Clark on the bridge in Over There: Part One. Also, Nina would later discuss some similar technology in Those We Left Behind, and it was associated with the new human shape shifters.

Walter’s biggest fear was being returned to Saint Claire’s, just as it was in the old time-line. It was heartbreaking to watch him discover the letter addressed to Olivia, the woman who would be making the ultimate decision about his fate. When Olivia first entered the lab in this episode, Walter greets her with how happy he is that she is visiting. Olivia reminds him she is not “visiting” but is “working.”

After Olivia stopped Cameron from destroying the energy mass when she saw Peter’s face take form, Walter gave her something to chew on.

Walter: You acted against all reasonable agreements and expectations. You behaved irrationally with regard to only your intuition and instincts.
OLIVIA: I guess I did.
WALTER: When I do that, people say I'm crazy. I suppose I've learned that crazy is a lot more complicated than people think.

Even after Walter’s freak-out in the hotel room, Olivia came to see that Walter was not a threat, but like her, he needed to be trusted and feel valued. So her choice to give Walter a clean bill of sanity was a relief.

One other tidbit. Olivia remarked that Walter and Bell were testing children to see if one of their abilities was crossing to other universe - it seems this Olivia did not knowingly cross over.

Peter’s return via Reiden Lake was no surprise to me. In fact, I was counting on it. Ah, but what does the Observer think about this occurrence? This is still a mystery as we “calmly” await Fringe’s return January 13, with the episode Back to Where You Never Have Been.

Olivia’s reaction to seeing him still kills me. “Who are you?” Peter’s unbelieving and crushed face coupled with her stare of scared confusion caused the collective groan from Peter/Olivia shippers everywhere. Peter had come back from who-knows-where after making a choice to save the woman he loves from being murdered in the future, only to have her stand before him, frightened and with no memory of him.

But in my mind, Olivia’s question has relevance for the audience as well. Now that we know “Where is Peter Bishop,” the question we should be asking is:

“Who is Peter?”

Vote 'Fringe' for Tv.com's 'Best Overall Series of 2011'

      Email Post       12/15/2011 10:28:00 AM      

It's that time of year.
Many websites are making nominee lists and checking them twice.
Tv.com is having a 'Best Of 2011' contest, and Fringe is a contestant for 'Best Overall Series of 2011.'

Click here to vote now. Voting ends January 02, 2012. Give Fringe your support!

'Fringe' is #2-Most Popular Shows on SpoilerTV for 2011

      Email Post       12/14/2011 08:37:00 AM      

On Monday SpoilerTV posted their  Most Popular TV Show of 2011 table,
and it's wonderful to see that Fringe is at #2 of 25.

The popularity score is based on "a calculation of Page Views, Video Plays, Poll Votes, Comments, Facebook Likes, Google+1's and Tweets."

Click here to see the SpoilerTV Most Popular Shows of 2011 table, and to read the article.

Congratualtions to Fringe!

FRINGE - Fan's Ask: Anna Torv (Season 4)

      Email Post       12/10/2011 09:27:00 PM      

Here is the first of many new cast interview videos, According to Fringe media man, Ari Margolis.
Anna is wonderful, here, as always. Enjoy!

Fringe Rewatch 403: Alone in the World

      Email Post       12/09/2011 11:29:00 PM      

 Join us during the fall/winter break every Friday for our Fringe Winter Rewatch.

Episode three begins with Dr. Sumner interrogating Walter about his meds and hallucinations. It's clear he never approved of Walter's release and thinks the best thing for him would be recommittal. Poor Walter is in quite a state, terrified, “hallucinating,” desperate to appear sane, he tells Sumner that the hallucinations have stopped even as he struggles not to flinch at Peter's reflection in the back of his shiny clip board.

Pursued through Hyde Park by a pair of bullies, a small boy runs breathless down an isolated trail. Peeking behind him for the bigger boys, he flees into an abandoned service tunnel. Cornered, he's about to get a beating when one of the boys yelps that something touched him. The other barely has time to scoff before both tormenters are covered with some kind of sickly, immobilizing mold, allowing the frightened victim to escape.

Fans Ask Fringe-"I Wish..."

      Email Post       12/09/2011 07:30:00 PM      

Here's a new installment of the popular FOX Braodcasting video series "Fans Ask Fringe."

Walter Named MTV's Top 50 TV Characters Of 2011

      Email Post       12/08/2011 11:16:00 AM      

Fringe's Walter Bishop was ranked #20 in MTV's Top 50 TV Characters Of 2011:
20. Walter Bishop, "Fringe" If there's another television show featuring a mad scientist who achieves impossible feats of fringe-science lunacy while snacking on double-dipped beer-battered onion rings from Sully's in his Harvard laboratory (where the awesomely named Gene the cow lives), I'm not watching it. And frankly, I don't want to. Walter Bishop is the best man of science on TV since Jack Shephard, and I'm not just saying that because he reminds me way too much of my own weird dad. (Though, seriously, the similarities are eerie and I'm beginning to wonder whether I'm from a parallel universe. That's neither here nor there.) Walter is hilarious, heartbreaking and horrific all in one stroke, thanks to the unparalleled genius of John Noble and the "Fringe" writing staff, and the fact that Dr. Bishop isn't an Emmy-winning character is absolutely beyond me — but hey, he's solved weirder problems in the past. Give the man some time. - Josh Wigler

Head over to MTV's Best Of 2011 to see how other shows ranked.

The Real Secrets Of Fringe

      Email Post       12/07/2011 08:24:00 PM      

Here's a cute, new video that showed up on YouTube today. John Noble's reference to "Ari" is of course to Fringe media master, Ari Margolis, who, we thought(until now) was responsible for all those lovely Fringe promos. :)

Fringe Noble Intentions: Wallflower

      Email Post       12/02/2011 07:57:00 PM      

John Noble discusses the Cortexiphan trails and Nina's "edge" in this latest episode of Noble Intentions, for the Fringe episode "Wallflower".

Fringe Rewatch 402:One Night In October

      Email Post       12/02/2011 09:45:00 AM      

Join us during the fall/winter break every Friday for our Fringe Winter Rewatch.

Episode 402, titled 'One Night In October' is my favorite Season 4 episode to date.
Ironically, it aired on 09/30/11. (It would have been cute if it had aired on one night in October.)

The Importance Of A Second Episode

Season 4 starts off with a look into the new timeline (milestanfield, I hope you don't mind if I borrow your abbreviation of the 'new timeline,' 'NTL,' and use it here) through the Blue Universe's Lincoln Lee's eyes.

I remember commenting on episode 102, 'The Same Old Story,' this past summer how important a second episode is to a new series. Well, the same goes for Season 4, which executive producers Pinkner and Wyman have mentioned in an interview is like a new series, especially for new fans just tuning in for the first time.

Just like 102, episode 402, 'One Night In October' has the monumentous task of giving us new, critical insight into our beloved characters, and propeling the storyline in a forward direction. And while it is obvious within the first few minutes that 402 was not written by the Pinkner/Abrams/Kurtzman/Orci team, I do give writers Alison Schapker and Monica Owusu-Breen praise for writing this brilliant episode, and I may finally forgive them for writing that depressing, garden, P/O scene in 'Marionette.'

Fringe Episode Review - 4.07

      Email Post       12/01/2011 01:19:00 PM      


The Need To Be Seen


“The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it.  You and you alone make me feel that I am alive.  Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.”

George Moore


Timing is so important.  One can take all the proper steps for THE big date; be dressed to the nines, bring a big bouquet of roses, and a box of chocolates but if you show up at the wrong time all your preparatory work can go for naught.

How many refills is this?

Such is the fate of, ‘Wallflower.’  It came on the heels of the previous fantastic installment, ‘And Those We’ve Left Behind.’ Tough enough.  But then to become the unintentional Fall Finale, due to the pushing out of the airing schedule by one week because of baseball’s World Series, is truly a cruel twist of fate.


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