J.J. Abrams ‘Hopeful’ for Fringe’s Return as Network Talks Begin

Co-creator J.J. Abrams is still optimistic about the future of Fringe, even as Fox and Warner Bros. Television reportedly begin negotiations to reduce the show’s license fee — a necessary move if there’s any hope for a fifth season.

“We remain hopeful that Fringe will be able to continue,” Abrams tells TVLine, echoing comments he made two weeks ago, when Fox President Kevin Reilly revealed the sci-fi series is losing money for the network.

As TVLine’s Michael Ausiello points out, Reilly wasn’t making an offhand remark to reporters; he was sending a message to Warner Bros. executives: If they have any hopes for renewal, and for Fringe to hit the 100-episode mark to bolster its syndication prospects, they had better cut their fee.

Star Joshua Jackson, who’s brought up the possibility of wrapping up the series with a shortened Season 5, a TV movie or even a graphic novel, remains focused on Fringe coming to a satisfying conclusion.

“If we’re not making them money on Friday then that show is going to get canceled,” he tells IGN. Whether it’s Fringe or American Idol, when it stops making money, you know, it’s show business. Whether that happens this year, whether we get a half-season next year, whether we get a whole season next year, whether we run for 10 more years, at the end of the day, still, what will be important is not how long it runs but if the whole story finishes. So I’m more concerned about the finish than anything else.”

Luckily for Jackson, and for the show’s fans, Fringe‘s producers seem to be concerned with that as well. Here’s Executive Producer Jeff Pinkner talking to TVLine earlier this month: “Worst case scenario, if this were the last aired season of Fringe — and as we’ve said before, there are other outlets where we could continue our stories, be they graphic novels or webisodes — we know what the end of this season is going to be, and it can function as a series finale.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Dawnelldo Dawnell Bouknight

    I didn’t want this show to get cancelled! 

  • Deanjsimons

    errr….there was no mention of the show definitely getting cancelled. that news won’t be even decided for a while.

  • Coryjameson

    I doubt it will get picked up. And even it is renewed for an abbreviated 5th season, the budget will be practically nothing. They’s have to kill off, Broyles, Ostrich Farnsworth, basically everyone except Olivia, Peter and Walter. Most of the episodes will be those three stuck in a closed room talking to each other. 

    And all the Ron Paul Fringe fanatics will proclaim it the finest work of art in the history of history.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. Unfortunately the ratings are in the cellar. It doesn’t look good. :-(
    I’d love to see the show get picked up for another season.

  • Anonymous

    “we know what the end of this season is going to be, and it can function as a series finale.”

    I wonder if they even have an end point in mind for the show after seeing that statement.  Now I have all kinds of mixed feelings …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MCCYFBKHPASDV7JESTCWBFRD6U Keil

    Any property or project of JJ Abrams’ getting canceled is AWESOME news

  • Juan

    I’m pretty sure they have an end game planned, they’ve mentioned it before. But I think they mean that even if they can’t get there, the finale of this season is in such a way that with a few tweaks and changes, it can also serve as an end point, even if it’s not the one they wanted.

  • Cjorg2

    I hear Keil also supports abortion and kicks puppies. 

  • mike payton

    he really likes aborting puppies

  • Demoncat4

    even if they some how can reduce their license fee odds are looking one way or the other fox will have suceeded in sending fringe to the grave yard of sci fi shows moved into the death slot. though hope fringe beats the odds and gets the fifth season and hundredth episode

  • Big H

    It’s Fox’s own fault for moving the show to Friday at 9. It’s up against other genre shows like Supernatural and the new hit Grimm but it’s still getting 3 million plus viewers.

  • sandwich eater

    Fringe is the last good sci-fi show left on network TV.  We really need it to continue.  There is a dearth of sci-fi on TV these days.  I didn’t like Terra Nova and have no interest in Alcatraz.  So there’s no sci-fi on TV for me to watch.  (At least there’s no American sci-fi, there’s still Doctor Who.)  It’s weird how Fox is airing all the sci-fi shows on network TV.

  • Lord Prong

    Apparently he also feeds off the embryos to retard the effects of aging.  Like an evil Sylvester Stallone or something.