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Joshua Jackson’s Message: ‘Start The Campaign’ To Save Fringe

Fringe showrunners Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman are feeling good about the show coming back for another season. Fox network execs are also feeling good about the show coming back for another season. How about star Joshua Jackson? How does he feel about the series’ prospects for another season?

“I’m a positive person in general, but we really need our Fringe fans to tune in and watch us on Fridays,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “We did good when we first moved, but last week we did not have a good week, ratings wise. It is going to take the people that like the show to watch the show and start the campaign and show their support if they want to see us stick around for another season.”

Fringe did indeed start out great, hitting a 1.9 rating for two consecutive weeks when it came back last month. The numbers have slipped since then however, not into the extreme danger zone, but hopefully not the start of a trend either. Fortunately, DVR numbers have been strong as well, which gives a boost to flagging rating. The gist seems to be that fans are tuning in, but not enough of them. Fortunately for we the fans, Jackson isn’t just telling us to tune in more, he’s giving us reasons to do so. Hints! Also, spoilers ahead.

“Apparently I’m gonna be a dad and it is like the most extreme long-distance relationship, which I am pretty good at as it turns out in real life,” he said. “My baby mama is in another universe. I think he has to find out, but I don’t know exactly how we’re gonna work that out yet. I have not seen the finale script yet or anything. The whole other universe thing and the machine and the war of the two worlds is obviously the end of this season. But you would think they can’t just let the baby thing fall away.”

He also speaks to the recent focus in the show on exploring the interpersonal relationships between our main characters, sometimes at the expense of time that would otherwise be spent with the monster of the week. I’ve been enjoying the added character development, personally, but Jackson promises a return to more of the sci-fi elements that make the show so enjoyable.

“We have been exploring our feelings a lot lately,” he said. “I feel sort of bad for fans of the relationship. The Peter-Olivia supporters have been taken for quite a ride. He wants to be with her, and in his mind it was her. But in her mind, he should have been able to tell the difference. But we get back to some cold hard out-there science stuff soon enough.”

Fringe airs tonight at 9 ET/PT on Fox.


  • Geistbusters

    I usually watch on Hulu, but if it means keeping it on the air, I’ll turn off my Xbox from 9 to 10.

  • Coryjameson

    Let’s say that it does get a 4th season. Wouldn’t FOX still hobble it by slashing it’s budget and that there would practically be no special effects for the entire season and they couldn’t even afford to have SPOCK back?

  • DF

    @Coryjameson. The Fringe people are really creative, so I think they could pull the show off with a slashed budget and almost no special effects. They have great characters, especially Walter, so there’s something to play up. As for SPOCK, the actor is retired right now, so its unlikely he’ll be back anyway.

    I’m already watching the show when it airs. Supernatural is on at the same time, but I watch Fringe instead. I record Supernatural. Not that I count though. Only the Neilsen Family’s and the DVR people (somewhat) really count. And let’s face it, Fringe isn’t a Neilsen Family type of show. Those people like the reality shows, dumb comedies and soapy dramas.

    That said, I’m going to continue watching it and showing it my support by posting about it on Facebook & twitter. Thats just about all I can do. Well, that and hope against hope. I think, though, that we might be just buying time. The moment FOX decided to put the show on fraking Friday’s nights pretty much sealed its fate. *SIGH*

  • Lincoln

    Here we go again with Fox. They’ll support crap like American Idol, but a quality show like Fringe gets dumped to Friday night. The problem is that Fox knows that they can make the same amount or more money by giving the people a cheaper, lower-quality, intelligence-insulting product. Why pay for a quality drama where the viewer actually has to pay attention when they can make reality shows for nothing? The second Fox moved Fringe to Friday was the second they decided they wanted to cancel it. If we, the intelligent viewers inconvenience ourselves by putting our Friday night plans on hold to watch this show that so obviously deserves a better time slot, they’ll probably let it go for one more season with no budget and fewer episodes, but even that will be begrudgingly done on Fox’s part. I love Fringe and it will be playing on my TV every Friday for as long as it lasts or hopefully gets moved to a decent time slot. But seriously, Fox just needs to get out of the SciFi business. Why buy the pilots if you’re just going to very purposefully drive the show into the ground just when the show really gets interesting? Mark my words, if and when Fringe gets canceled it will be exactly what the Fox execs want because Fox hates good TV even when they own it. Hell, especially when they own it. Hey Fox, what did good TV ever do to you to deserve such treatment? Give Fringe a better time slot now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wyatt

    Absolutely correct! Fox has no reason to attempt to be as profitable as they can be. They clearly should cater to a tiny minority and minimize their profits!

    Seriously dude, not the fault of the network. Fox did not ‘drive the show into the ground.’ They gave it a good time slot with a good lead, and it did not do well. (Thursday night is a good night and Bones does almost 10 million viewers a week) Fox had to take advantage of the time slot with more profitable programming. That’s it, and no more. Blame the public if you want. The point is that Fox made the right decision economically.

  • Tomfitz1

    I’ve no worries. Fringe’s far too good a series for FOX to cancel. Otherwise, House, Bones would’ve been cancelled long time ago.

    Course, ratings speak volumes.

  • Logs

    Dude, Wyatt, seriously, shut up! We’re trying to get people fired up, not convince them that canceling Fringe is a good idea. You and your talk of sound business decisions and economic logic… You’re gonna make Pacey cry!


    And also, between their so-called news channel and American Idol, Fox has done more damage to this country than Hitler. Hitler I say! HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITLERRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!