FRINGE is a show that by design is not for everyone. It requires a different degree of passion, it requires a different degree of investment, it requires a different degree of attention. And we always said not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice and are passionate about it. So we’re making the show for those people.
For frustated fans of Fringe, the good news is that their favourite ship may be coming home: The March 23 episode - ironically titled “A Short Story About Love” - will be “the be - all and end - in terms of expectations about the Peter/Olivia relationship,” says Wyman.“We know the shippers are saying, ‘We want them to be together,’ and we get it. We want them to be together too. We do believe that their fate is to have incredible impact on each other’s lives.” Adds Pinkner: “There are certain shows and stories that we’ve all fallen in love with where you end up feeling betrayed. We’re very intent on not doing that.”
GRYFFINDOR: “I never wanted this life for you. I never wanted you to bear this kind of responsibility, but you were a very difficult little girl. You were far too driven, far too strong to let someone like me stop you from becoming who you are.” -Jeff Pinkner + Drew Goddard (Jack Bristow: Alias: All the Time in the World)
If Fringe exec producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel H. Wyman’s teases turn out to be true, the three-episode arc (beginning April 22) that closes out this season will likely send theorists into a tailspin. “Pretty much every question anyone had this season will get answered,” Pinkner says. “If we do our jobs correctly, we’ll make people look at the entire season through a different perspective.”
Interviewer: There is.. eh.. a giant evolving diagram.
Jackson: Oh, God, I’m glad that’s where it went!
*round of LOLs*
Jackson: [To Pinkner] I hate to break it to you, boss, but it’s sometimes hard to follow all the little pieces. It takes a flowchart. I actually have a flowchart on my wall at home. I’m such a nerd I’m an actor with a flowchart.
Marisa Roffman: I remember very early on in FRINGE’s run, when the topic of Peter and Olivia being potentially romantically linked in the future was brought up, some fans felt very strongly that they shouldn’t be together, too, but obviously that mindset did drastically change as the series continued on.
Jeff Pinkner: The theme of FRINGE was what does it mean to be human? And being human is very much about connection, and these were very much characters on the fringe of society who felt like they didn’t belong, and finding each other, and finding Walter, and making a family, we always knew was what the show was going to be about.
What we’re really proud about with our show, among other things, is that the fans are deeply loyal. We got a message that several buckets of red licorice were sent to FOX today as a thank you from the fans of the show, which is just sweet and adorable and kind and incredibly gratifying.
The stories you love are the ones that don’t betray your trust; that don’t betray your investment in them. The story doesn’t always go the way you’d hope it goes, but that’s what allows for hope and payoff. If it was always a series of happy events, by the time you got to the end, you’d be bored. There has to be struggle, there has to be disappointment along the way, but we’ve made it very clear we have no intention of betraying people.
Josh’s character, Peter, made a heroic choice, and Walter recognizes he might have to sacrifice to save his son, and now we’re fighting the consequences of that. […] Without revealing anything, we have some really– we have some things we’re very excited about. We’re bringing back some characters who were among our favorites. […] I truly believe they’re [the fans] going to love [the resolution from the season finale], and they’ll understand it. We have smart fans. They won’t be disappointed.
We’ve had a lot of people say ‘We love the promos; we want to figure out time to watch’, but not everyone has time to sit down and watch [three full] seasons, so we tried to make this [fourth] season like a new pilot. We did that a little bit last season, too, but it will just be an entry point for people to come in who haven’t seen everything.
Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman tease where ‘Fringe’ will go upon its S4 return [x]
Jeff Pinkner: Our message is at the end of the day, we don’t lose a lot of sleep over [the ratings] because there’s nothing we can do about it except make the best show that we can and hope the fans continue to watch. And thus far, they are. And thank you. All we can do is make the best show we know how. Our message to our fans would be please don’t fret, watch the show, don’t be anxious and enjoy the story.
JW: It’s the fan support and obviously…the media, being so fantastic to our show and being so kind and wanting to give great reviews and supporting [the show] by trying to convince people to watch it if they’re missing it — it’s because of you guys and the fans we’re still here. We’re like, “We have the greatest fans in the world and the greatest support from the media, that’s fantastic, and we’re lucky, so let’s just keep on making these great shows.” If the viewer can, watch the show live. If they can’t, DVR it. That’s the message. That’s the only thing people will respond to over at Fox. They’re not going to say, “It’s critically acclaimed and the fans really like it but nobody’s watching it.” We’ve seen things like that with ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and shows that have done really well creatively and review-wise but didn’t have the viewers [so they got canceled].