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Fringe Shocker: Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner Exits Series

      Email Post       6/19/2012 10:09:00 PM      

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 Exclusive Fringe Shocker: Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner Exits Series

Jun 19, 2012 07:30 PM ET
by Natalie Abrams

Fringe is gearing up for its fifth and final season, but it will do so without one of its head honchos. has learned exclusively that Jeff Pinkner, an executive producer who has run the Fox series alongside J.H. Wyman since Season 2, has stepped down. Sources tell us it was Pinkner's decision to exit the series in order to pursue other projects and that it was an amicable split. Pinkner will not retain his executive producer credit and Wyman will be the sole showrunner for the final season.

"We're so excited to begin work on a fifth season of Fringe and to be able to deliver the 13 final episodes to our passionate and devoted fans," Fringe co-creator/executive producer J.J. Abrams said in a statement. "For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on Fringe. We're thankful for the invaluable contributions Jeff has made to the show and of course wish him well and look forward to working together in the future. J.H. Wyman's importance to Fringe cannot be overstated, however, and I'm thrilled that he will continue as showrunner for the concluding chapters of our story. We can't wait for our fans to see what we have in store for them in the wild conclusion of Fringe."

Read Natalie's entire article here.


G said...

Thank you, Jeff, for making Fringe the great show it is today. I wish you all the best for your other current and future projects! :)

- G

Zepp said...

I have always been guided by the statements and interviews of the two showrunners of the Fringe, Jeff Pinkner and JH Wyman. The two have always shown great ability in their declarations, a lot of credibility in their answers to fans, was, until now, a duo that represented very well Fringe, no doubt. This output Pinkner, is a loss for the production of Fringe very important, I see, but I also think that Wyman has all the predicates and competence to finalize Fringe, the overall shape of its initial conception. Despite the bad news output Pinkner, I'm "feeling" that we have a fifth and final season of Fringe, simply fantastic, unprecedented, and best of all so far.

SissySiri said...

Wow, it looks like things are really winding down.

All the best to you now and in the future Mr. Pinkner and thank you for your contribution in making Fringe the best show on TV.

Anonymous said...

In the end I think these things come down to money, negotiations and schedules. It's Hollywood and it happens. Pinkner said on Twitter that Fringe is in good hands and I believe that's true. Joel Wyman will do fine wrapping things up, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

This really bothers me. There are only 13 out of 100 episodes left and he can't bother to see his product to the end?

It seems to me like he was anticipating, perhaps even hoping, that the show would not be renewed.

Matthew M said...

Agree to all the above comments but..........
maybe he knows something about the end of all things FRINGE that he doesn't want associated with his name. I'm just sayim'........
happened before on other TV series.

SissySiri said...

That sounds ominous Matthew M . . . I swear if Fringe ends badly I am going to be in a really, really, bad mood for a really, really, long time.

Zepp said...

Yeah, that's news output Pinkner, really was not good. But I have total confidence in the competence of Joel Wyman, in making this last season of Fringe, which is fantastic and memorable, even in something greater than everything so far we have been presented. I know, or supposedly know that this work of executing the production of Fringe was not, is not and will not be until the last episode, an easy task, but Wyman has all the experience, to produce Fringe, and there are three or four years has demonstrated this, and certainly he will go to the last episode, showing the same competency in the search for better quality of results, we all expected. I repeat that Joel Wyman, definitely has my vote of total confidence.

fringeobsessed said...

I agree with you, Zepp. I believe Joel Wyman has things under control. My brain keeps thinking maybe JJ Abrams re-assigned Jeff Pinkner to another of his series, but that is purely speculative.

I refuse to put a negative spin on this news, and I encourage the fandom to accept this change, be gracious to Jeff who has done a wonderful job for Fringe, and wish him well with his new endeavor. You can tweet him the same at at this address:@JPFRINGE.

Zepp said...

Undoubtedly fringeobsessed, Jeff Pinkner made ​​a excellent work so far, alongside Wyman, and it really should not forget to thank him. Jeff Pinkner will always be for me, one of the "trademarks", one of the recognized "faces" of our beloved show. Thanks Jeff Pinkner, for your dedicated, competent and outstanding work on Fringe!

Anonymous said...

R u serious 5th and final season. I am so upset to hear that this is the final season. I love this show and wish that it would continue with more and more season. This just sucks. I'm a major fan sence episode 1 I've been watching this show. I just hope that there is someway that this may not be true and this show can continue for 10 more seasons.

Hector said...

Signed Hector. For last anonymous comment.

Anonymous said...

At Wondercon Pinkner was the one going on about season 5 doing the overhype on 419, and Wyman seemed to think that season 4 was the last.

Wyman has been working on several projects, left the set of a film he is producing and he has written , with Naomi Rapace in the lead, and has another film lined up that he will direct and has written as well.

Pinkner is the one deciding that Olivia Dunham would be just a piece, to not write for the character, at the expense of Anna Torv.
So we are now after 4 seasons stuck with two characters being given decent backstory material Peter and most of all Walter.

Olivia had great potential (see pilot), Nina, Broyles and Astrid all could be connected with Olivia to give them more to do,
but instead everything was written around Walter and Walter and Peter.
Wich is the reason so many viewers left.

I think that a number of people on Fringe would be fine with Fringe ending season 4, Josh Jackson did not even want to be in S4, Wyman has his projects, Pinkner clearly as well, and Anna Torv must be longing for decent writing material, as there is not much left of the great Olivia Dunham.
John Noble must be the only one wanting a season 5, well he gets all the great material.

Warner Brothers wanted 100 episodes, Bad Robot has to deliver them.

Very interesting that Wyman on his own with only a few writers left, has already written 6 episodes, and set up the entire season 5, where last seasons they had not even started.
So he seems very driven.

But it is set in 2036, I hated that episode so much, but Noble has declared Transit and Westfield his favourites, and they are the ones being pushed by WB , see the screeners , for Emmy, well we know who their fav is.

Never mind that the lead actress of Fringe is Anna Torv, and the best episode of the season One Night in October, and probably all episodes with Over There characters are the better ones of season 4.

The End.

Anonymous said...

aka Chadwick Sayid

Why should Pinkner stick around? Did the catering truck accidentally get paid in USD again, instead of Canadian, like the contract states?

All his work is essentially done. They finished writing BraveNewWorld 1 & 2 in January. All he really has had to do for the past 5 months is "Thoroughly OUTLINE" the 13 remaining storyboards... tying all of the loose threads in that they intend to from the first four seasons onto those storyboards, while discarding all of the threads they can't incorporate. After that he coordinated to get all of the writers/directors aligned, briefed and under contract to write/direct the teleplays that will be those final thirteen shows.

Pinkner sounds like a good executive. All of the kids are trained and pointed in the right direction. Why should Pinkner stick around like a 'hover parent' when he trusts the youngsters to accomplish the mission?... that sounds like Jeffrey Jacob Abrams and the way he gets shows started for Bad Robot, the scatters to the wind while the team plays the game as he watches from his luxury suite high above the 50 yard line.

Plus, if FRINGE fizzles like LOST did at the end, then Pinkner won't have to go into the 'Witness Protection Program' like Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof did when their Bad Robot show ended.

Maybe Pinkner is going to Vancouver to take over the catering truck business. I hear that is where the real money is.

--- Chadwick ---

suckMyGlitch said...

hey anonymous at wondercon-

are you saying Josh Jackson didn't want to be in s4 and that's why Peter disappeared himself from the timeline?!?! if so, watch s3. personally, i think FRINGE has always been about Walter Bishop, the scientist.

SissySiri said...

These posts are too filled with intrigue and scheming for me. And frankly I have no idea about all the behind-the-scenes maneuvering, I’m just your average fan who loves Fringe. Ego’s can be a big problem in any workplace, as we are all aware I am sure, but as long as the job gets done I guess that is the most important factor.

Did anyone see the video of Joshua Jackson and the others saying thank you to the fans when they all thought that there would be no Season 5? Joshua kind of choked up at the end, he did not look, to me anyway, someone who wanted to get out of the show or have the show end. He was talking off the cuff, unscripted and to me he looked quite emotional.

Of course, I knew of Joshua, I did not have any idea who Anna Torv and John Noble were before I began watching Fringe. IMO, the Fringe experience has been good for all these actors, it has brought them into the forefront and because of this, people worldwide are fans of the show and of them. This cannot hurt for future acting jobs and I am sure that they are thankful to have been associated with this show from beginning to end.

Anonymous said...

@Chadwick Sayid

that's a weird comment -_-

Jesii28 said...

I don't think Josh Jackson wanted to leave Fringe at any point. He's said over and over again how much of a fan he is of the show- watching as a fan when Peter was not involved in s3 and s4 eps. He wasn't not on the show because he didn't want to be around or had other projects--it was just the storyline playing out.

Anyway, sad to hear Pinkner is leaving Fringe. All the best to him. I think Fringe is still in good hands with Wyman. 13 episodes to go!! Let's finish with the biggest bang ever!!

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