At the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this month, Fox president Kevin Reilly confessed that the network loses "a lot of money on the show," and that Fox is "not in the business of losing money." Worrying comments indeed, so much so that members of the show's cast — including Joshua Jackson, who plays Peter Bishop — are preparing for the inevitable end.
"My gut says that the head of Fox doesn't go on national television and says 'I'm not in the business of losing money' as a joke," Jackson laughed while speaking with MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival.
Jackson, who's in Park City for his new movie "Lay the Favorite," believes that "Fringe" is just as strong quality-wise as it's ever been. But with the series in the midst of its all-time lowest ratings, the actor admitted that "Fringe" is now "in that awkward place of being on the bubble — or under the bubble, as the case might be."
But all hope is not lost, according to Jackson.
"I think there's a possibility that if people just watched the show on the day and date, and if the numbers came back, [renewal] is a possibility," he said. "They've talked about maybe going off network with it, too. The TV landscape is a different place than it used to be, so [cancelation on Fox] might not be death."
Jackson added that whether or not "Fringe" gets canceled, the only thing that matters to him — "beyond the selfishness of not wanting to lose my job" — is ensuring that there's enough time to finish the story.
"The only thing that would piss me off about being canceled is if we brought people along for all these years — and they've been so dedicated and really stuck with the show — and we didn't finish it up," he said.
To that end, Jackson said that there's still plenty of time to wrap up "Fringe" in this current season, given that they're only up to hour 16 of the fourth season's 22-episode order.
"I don't know how many hours it would take to implement the [writers' end game], but we have plenty of hours left," he said. "I think if we found out [about the show's future] in the next several weeks, there would be no problem getting to what the ending is supposed to be."