Don’t panic yet, ‘Fringe‘ fans. Producers of the cult favorite (but low rated) sci fi series insist they are not about to get the axe – despite being banished to what some call the Friday night “Fox Graveyard.”
“What is ironic is that for the last year, all the message boards have been saying ‘Please move the show off of Thursday nights,’ so it is sort of one of those ‘Be careful what you wish for things,’” executive producer Jeff Pinkner says of the move, which starts in January.
For years, Friday night has been the death slot at Fox – especially for science fiction: ‘Terminator,’ ‘Dollhouse,’ ‘MANTIS,’ ‘Sliders,’ ‘Millennium’ and ‘Dark Angel’ were all euthanized there.
“From the inside, you know when you are losing support from your network and studio partners, Pinkner says. “For us it has been just the opposite.”
“Our show has developed a devoted, rabid fan base. Our critical praise has never been higher. And our fan support has never been more passionate. If we can translate that to Friday nights, which has much lower expectations, we will be around for a good long time.”
Doing its part to help out, Fox produced a movie-style trailer for tonight’s episode titled “Entrada.”
Preview Tonight’s Episode:
The exact plot is being kept top secret, but the network hints that “Peter grapples with the aftermath of recent events as Olivia searches for an ally. Meanwhile, the Fringe Team discovers a critical device that communicates between universes.”
Confused? New to the out-of-this-world story? No problem.
“If the only episode of ‘Fringe’ you tune in to watch is this one, it is going to take you five minutes to sort of catch up, but you will feel what is going on, you will understand the relationships,” executive producer Joel Wyman tells us.
“It is a great entry point. And the one right afterwards, which is the falling out of this episode and sort of the picking up the pieces of this episode, is equally a great place to join. Because it is a reset episode.
“Olivia will be home sort of dealing with the consequences – like Rip Van Winkle – of everything that she missed.”