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Previewing Fringe‘s Brave New World

What in the world, or is that alternate worlds, or new worlds is going on with Fringe?

Thankfully Fringe has been picked up for a 5th and final season of 13 episodes. But will that be enough to explain even half of what was thrown at us this season, especially last Friday night in the penultimate episode, “Brave New World: Part 1”?

Now we’ve got even madder, as in crazy, scientists, interacting observers, the possible death of a series regular, maybe two deaths, and dinosaurs. Dinosaurs! Plus we have the return of William Bell. Yes, Leonard Nimoy returns in the flesh, not a hologram, no old film or voice overs – in the flesh.

When the cast, along with Executive Producers J. H Wyman and Jeff Pinkner, were at Wonder Con they swore to the audience, and the press, that they tried to get Nimoy to come back, but he was retired. Well played. I believed every word.

Check out the epic trailer for “Brave New World: Part 2”. Beware — more surprises and spoilers.

Final episode of Fringe Season 4 airs Friday, May 11 at 9:00 PM

Joshua Jackson On Comic Books, Endings And A Possible Season 5

For fan boys and fan girls Fringe is a guilty pleasure. It’s pure fun for followers of the multidimensional fantasy to question what’s really going on. What world are we in tonight and who is really whom and in some cases what? The more questions that are answered only reveal more questions. The big question now is will Fringe return for a fifth season. Joshua Jackson, also known as Peter Bishop in this dimension, sat down with several journalists at Wonder Con to answer… yes, more questions.

POPCULTUREZOO: What’s going on with the Fringe comic book you’re working on?

JOSHUA JACKSON: My portion of it is done. In the first season they did a preseason one anthology of Walter and William Bell’s life, some of their stories together. I don’t think we did one in the second season and in the third season the anthology idea was what was happening outside of our team. But this year they offered me the chance to write one of them and I pitched them this idea, which was the bridging moment, what happened at the end of last season, ‘Where did Peter go?’ And since it was such a big story they allowed me to do not one, but three of the six. It was awesome. It was great.

PCZ: Were there anything in the comics that you wish you could have done for the show?

JACKSON: (Laughing.) I went big. It was like the 300 million dollar version of Fringe in the comic book.

PCZ: What were some of your favorite comics growing up?

JACKSON: That depends on what phase of my life. I was a sort of a teenage Green Lantern fan. And then I started to get into the Frank Miller comics as I got a little bit older…the Sandman series. Actually, I shouldn’t admit this, I’ll never live this down, but it was my little sister who turned me on to the Sandman series. Embarrassing. That’s not the way that’s supposed to go.

PCZ: What type of TV did you like to watch then?

JACKSON: The X-Files was my show growing up. Law & Order for some reason. I watched a lot of Law & Order. And weirdly, the O.J. Simpson trial. O. J. Simpson and John Stewart got me kicked out of high school. Because I would stay up late to watch the old John Stewart Show, which was syndicated and only on at 1:30 (AM). And I’d be so tired when I woke up I’d blow off my first couple of classes and watch the O.J. trial. (Laughing.) O.J. Simpson ruined by education.

PCZ: What is the feeling on the set that this might be the last season for Fringe?

JACKSON: The feeling on set doesn’t change very much. The uncertainty…you don’t work any less hard. The hours don’t become shorter or longer. We have known for such a very long time that we are on the bubble. We were on the bubble last year; we’re on the bubble again this year. Maybe we’ve just gotten used to it. Has it affected the moral of the crew? Not really. I don’t know what the last story is; we haven’t gotten that script yet. It just feels that the guys have set themselves up to be able to either finish the whole story or finish the season story with this last episode that’s coming up. I’ll just speak for myself, but so long as the story ends, whenever it ends, I think everybody will be satisfied with that.

PCZ: John Nobel [Dr. Walter Bishop] said that he thought that Fringe was so close to becoming the best science fiction show ever. How do you fell about that?

JACKSON: I’m happy to aim for best ever. I will always have a soft spot for The X-Files. Even within the genre is it really apples to apples? What’s our story about? I think now, it’s about a woman trying to come to understand herself. This has been Olivia’s journey. In an odd way it’s kind of like a metaphor for puberty. She open’s Pandora’s Box in the first episode. She literally says, “I’ve opened Pandora’s Box”, which is not exactly a subtle Freudian reference. And then we’ve gone for 4 years of her, and with her past life with Fauxlivia [alternative earth’s Olivia], getting to know herself over the course of these 4 years. Well, that’s not The X-Files story at all. I will forever love The X-Files story but that’s a story of lost love and a torn family and a man reconciling himself to loss. Can one possibly be better when they’re not the same thing? I’m happy he thinks we’re almost there, but I’d have a hard time nominating us just yet.

Fringe is on FOX – Friday nights at 9 PM.

Fringe Season Four Premiere And Cast Photos

“NEITHER HERE NOR THERE” Airs Friday, September 23 at 9:00 PM on FOX

Just one week after Peter Bishop saved the day and was then wiped from existence, the truce between the two worlds remains intact and the two sides are forced to work together. Lincoln Lee joins the Fringe team as they investigate a shapeshifter case that is very personal to him.

Looks like Olivia’s got a new partner and Peter is still nowhere to be seen. Wait, who’s this Peter Bishop person being referred to? Anyway, Fringe is back for another season and that is really all that matters. Tune in Friday, September 23 to see how this new spirit of cooperation between here and over there plays out!

SDCC 2011: Warner Bros. TV Goes Big To San Diego

Warner Bros. Television is bringing shows old and new to San Diego next month for the 2011 Comic-Con International. Here’s the full rundown of their plans for July 20-24:

THE BOOTH

It wouldn’t be Comic-Con without a visit to the Warner Bros. booth. The Studio will once again have a can’t-miss, nearly 3,000-square-foot destination on the convention floor, at space #4545. Anchored by the iconic Warner Bros. Water Tower, the booth is a must-visit location for autograph signings, multiple interactive kiosks for fans to play video games from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and much, much more. Stay tuned to @TheWBdotcom on Twitter or www.thewb.com/comiccon in the coming weeks for more details about activities at the booth.

SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PILOT SCREENINGS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 • 6–9 PM • BALLROOM 20

WBTVG continues its Comic-Con tradition of hosting a special sneak peek premiere event on preview night. This year, the Studio is offering fans the opportunity to see some of the most anticipated new premieres of the year.

Alcatraz: Executive producers J.J. Abrams and Elizabeth Sarnoff deliver a chilling new midseason drama for FOX revolving around America’s most infamous prison, the one-time home to the nation’s worst murderers, rapists, kidnappers, thieves and arsonists.

The Secret Circle: The ordinary becomes extraordinary in this romantic drama about a coven of young witches, from The Vampire Diaries executive producer Kevin Williamson, based upon the book series by L.J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries).

Person of Interest: From J.J. Abrams and The Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan Nolan comes an action-packed hour for CBS about an ex-CIA operative and a mysterious billionaire who team up to stop violent crimes before they happen in New York City.

Supernatural: The Anime Series: The popular series Supernatural makes history this summer as the first-ever live-action show to be re-imagined in Japanese anime style. Renowned animation studio Madhouse – working with the full approval of series creator Eric Kripke – produced the anime series, which mirrors the story arc of Supernatural‘s first two seasons, providing supplemental stories ranging from prequels and spin-offs to untold tales that fit within the Supernatural mythology.

PANELS

FRIDAY, JULY 22
10:00–11:00 AM, Room 25ABC
MAD
Show producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek, along with MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano and “Spy vs. Spy” artist Peter Kuper.

12:30–1:30 PM, Ballroom 20
THE BIG BANG THEORY
Stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch join creators/executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, and executive producer Steven Molaro.

1:30–2:20 PM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Star/executive producer Rob Corddry and executive producers Jonathan Stern join stars Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel and Megan Mullally.

2:00–3:00 PM, Room 6BCF
GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES
Executive producer Bruce Timm will join producer Giancarlo Volpe and producer/story editor Jim Krieg for a panel moderated by executive producer/Warner Bros. Animation’s Sam Register.

3:30–4:30 PM, Room 6A
THUNDERCATS
Producers Michael Jelenic and Ethan Spaulding, and art director Dan Norton.

SATURDAY, JULY 23

10:00–10:45 AM, Ballroom 20
CHUCK
Stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky with Sarah Lancaster and Adam Baldwin join co-creator/executive producer Chris Fedak for a panel to discuss the fan-favorite spy series’ final season.

3:30–4:15 PM, Ballroom 20
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola and Joseph Morgan join executive producers/writers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.

4:15–5:00 PM, Ballroom 20
FRINGE
Stars Anna Torv, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole and John Noble join executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman.

5:00–6:00 PM, Ballroom 20
ALCATRAZ
Stars Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia join executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff.

5:10–6:00 PM, Room 6BCF
THE SECRET CIRCLE
Stars Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin and Natasha Henstridge join executive producers/writers Kevin Williamson, Andrew Miller and Richard Hatem.

6:00–6:45 PM, Room 6BCF
NIKITA
Stars Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Fonseca join executive producer Craig Silverstein.

6:45–7:30 PM, Room 6BCF
PERSON OF INTEREST
Stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson join executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman.

SUNDAY, JULY 24

10:00–11:00 AM, Room 7AB
YOUNG JUSTICE
Producers Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman, and lead character designer Phil Bourassa.

11:15 AM–12:15 PM, Hall H
SUPERNATURAL
Series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles will topline the panel, held this year for the first time ever in Hall H. Additional cast members and executive producers to be announced.

1:00–2:00 PM, Room 6A
SCOOBY-DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED
Supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone and producer Mitch Watson.

2:15–3:15 PM, Room 6A
THE LOONEY TOONS SHOW
Supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone, story editor Hugh Davidson and writer Rachel Ramras.