September 25th, 2012
The cast of “Fringe”
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When we last saw Walter Bishop he did something really drastic. In order to stop William Bell from creating a new universe he could control, he was forced to shoot Olivia through the head. Thanks to the high levels of Cortexiphan in her system, she was able to regenerate the tissue and survive, and she later learned that she’s pregnant with Peter’s baby. Walter was warned that the Observers are coming, a reference to the flash-forward to 2036, when the Observers have taken over the world and enslaved humanity.
This fifth and final season takes place in 2036, picking up the day after Peter, Astrid and Walter were freed from the amber. First order of business: find Olivia and reunite the Fringe team. Though the key to taking down the Observers lies in Walter’s mind, the group may also need William Bell to win the war. However it ends, showrunner J.H. Wyman says the final season will pay off for long-time fans in a bunch of a-ha moments. “There’s going to be a lot of those [moments] and one specifically that’s going to be very impactful, I hope,” he says.
“Fringe” premieres Friday, September 28 at 9:00pm on FOX.
May 4th, 2012
Anna Torv plays Olivia Dunham on “Fringe”
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Looks like 13 is the lucky number for Fringe fans, because that’s the number of episodes the show has been renewed for! The producers tweeted out the news on April 26 that Fox’s four-year-old critical fave and perpetual bubble-show was given the green light for a half-season order next fall which will presumably be designed to wrap up the ongoing, alternate-universe exploits of Agent Olivia Dunham and company.
However, executive producer Joel Wyman recently told TV Guide Magazine that “every season finale ends a chapter and begins a new one the next season,” so until viewers see what goes down on the May 11th season-ender, who knows what universe, timeline or team they’ll be seeing come September (the month, not the Observer). Still, this renewal gives fans hope that things will turn out OK for Olivia and the Bishop boys. And they’re not alone. When asked about the possibility of Fringe’s final run, Josh Jackson (Peter) states that his “sincerest hope is that when the end comes, that it is a satisfying completion.”
What do you think? Are you thrilled that Fringe is getting a chance to tie things up? How would you like to see things end?
One fan (Jokapul) says it nicely, “Shots of cortexiphan all around! Gonna party like its 2036!”
February 14th, 2012
Everyone’s favorite Golden Girl, Betty White, just celebrated her 90th birthday. Some things get better with age and that can been said for these actors in their 60’s and 70’s who are still going strong in Hollywood and currently hold a starring, co-starring, or recurring role on a TV series.
Richard Chamberlain, 77
Publicity photo from NBC 1961 announcing the premiere of the television program Dr. Kildare. Raymond Massey is Dr. Gillespie and Richard Chamberlain is Dr. Kildare, shown scrubbing up. © Wikimedia Commons
Chamberlain (March 31, 1934) became a teen idol in the title role of the TV series Dr. Kildare (1961-1966). In 1963, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star-Male for said role. Other awards include the Golden Apple in 1962 for Most Cooperative Actor; the Photoplay Award for Most Popular Male Star in 1962, ’63, and ’64; the Golden Apple in 1980 for Male Star of the Year; a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Drama in 1980; in 1982 he won the Clavell de Plata award at the Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival as Best Actor; in 1984 he won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV; in 1985 he won the Aftonbladet TV Prize (Sweden) for Best Foreign TV Personality – Male. On 12 March 2011, Chamberlain received the Steiger Award (Germany) for accomplishments in the arts.
Currently, Chamberlain has a recurring role on TNT’s Leverage as Archie Leach.
Hector Elizondo, 75
Hector Elizondo in 2011
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Hector Elizondo (December 22, 1936) is a versatile actor. Equal parts warm and fuzzy, and tough as nails, the 75-year-old has done pretty much everything over the course of his nearly 50-year career. He is probably best known to the television audience as Dr. Phillip Watters on the CBS television series Chicago Hope. For which he won both an Emmy and ALMA award.
Currently, you can catch Hector playing Ed, the ideal paternal figure (and boss) to Tim Allen’s character on ABC’s hit sitcom Last Man Standing.
Richard Wilson, 75
Ian Colquhoun Wilson OBE (Order of the British Empire) is a Scottish actor also known as Richard Wilson (July 9, 1936) who is best known for his playing Victor Meldrew in the BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave (1990-2000). Wilson was awarded the OBE for services to drama as a director and actor in 1994.
Wilson currently stars as Gaius, the court physician of Camelot, in Syfy’s Merlin.
Dustin Hoffman, 74
Dustin Hoffman in 2009
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Once seduced by the notorious Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman (August 8, 1937) has come a long way from playing awkward, unsure 20-something Ben Braddock in the 1967 hit. Now with dozens of movies under his belt, Hoffman is moving on to premium cable, starring in the new HBO drama Luck. On the show, he plays Ace, a hardcore gambler fresh off a four-year prison sentence with a penchant for horse racing.
In his long acting career, Dustin has won 2 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globe awards, 3 BAFTA’s, a Genie award, 3 Drama Desk awards and an Emmy. Hoffman’s career longevity was topped off in 1999 when he was given the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chevy Chase, 68
Chevy Chase in 1990
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Born Cornelius Crane Chase (October 8, 1943), Chevy Chase has made a name for himself as a television and film actor, a writer but more famously known for his comedic skills which began as one of Saturday Night Live‘s original cast members back in 1975.
Since then, the 68-year-old actor has starred in a string of successful comedies including the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” film series. It wasn’t until he nabbed the role of Pierce Hawthorne on the quirky, cult hit comedy Community that he gained the respect of a younger TV audience. He’s unforgettable as the politically incorrect Pierce, making one cringe-worthy comment after another
In 1993, Chase was named Hasty Pudding’s Man of the Year; received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994; and in 1996 was awarded Harvard’s Lampoons Lifetime Achievement Award.
Craig T. Nelson, 67
As former “Coach” Hayden Fox (1989-1997), star Craig T. Nelson (April 4, 1944) has had notable roles in hit movies like Poltergeist (1982) and, more recently, The Company Men (2010). 67-year-old Nelson has been name-dropped on South Park, considered by many to be the true mark of celebrity.
Nelson currently stars as Zeek Braverman, the patriarch of the family dramedy Parenthood.
Tom Selleck, 67
Tom Selleck in 1988
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Tom Selleck (January 29, 1945), with his soon-to-be famous moustache, rocketed into the spotlight in the ’80s as the titular lead in the iconic prime time detective series Magnum, P.I. From Magnum to Police Chief Jesse Stone to today’s NYPD Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, the 67-year-old has built his career playing someone connected to the law.
Selleck received the Golden Apple Award in 1982 & ‘83; won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1984 and was the People’s Choice Favorite Male TV Performer in 1984 & ‘85; was the People’s Choice for Favorite All-Round Male Entertainer in 1985 and topped off the year with a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series Drama.
Currently, Selleck stars on the family drama Blue Bloods as New York City Police Commissioner Frank Reagan.
Henry Winkler, 66
Henry Winkler in 1990
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You know him as “The Fonz” from the 1970s sitcom Happy Days, but he was born on October 30, 1945 as Henry Franklin Winkler, OBE (Hon.). Winkler has 2 Golden Globes (1976-77) for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy for his performance of Fonzie on Happy Days.
In September 2011, Winkler was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to children with special educational needs and dyslexia in the UK.”
Currently, the Fonz, err, I mean, Winkler, has a recurring role on USA’s Royal Pains as Eddie R. Lawson, the estranged father of the two co-stars of the show.
Cheech Marin, 65
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Born Richard Anthony Marin (July 13, 1946), this Mexican-American comedian is better known as just plain Cheech, one-half of the stoner comedy duo “Cheech & Chong” who became famous in the 1970s for their portrayals (or were they real?) of free loving hippies and their love of cannabis. Their first feature-length movie, Up in Smoke (1978) became a cult classic which warranted numerous sequels.
Cheech currently co-stars in Rob as Rob’s father-in-law.
Ed O’Neill, 65
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Edward Phillip O’Neill, Jr. (April 12, 1946), is best known for his comedic role as Al Bundy in Married…With Children which ran for 10 seasons (1987-1997).
In 2009, Ed won the TV Land Innovator Award; won the Ewwy Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 2010; won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2012.
Since 2009, O’Neill has played Jay Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.
John Noble, 63
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To Fringe fans it may come as a surprise that John Noble (August 20, 1948) , the actor portraying the quirky Dr. Walter Bishop, is Australian. John is internationally known for his role as Denethor in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also starred in the 6th season of 24, is the voice of Unicron in Transformers: Prime and the voice of Bishop in the multi-platform game The Saboteur (2009).
In 2003, Noble won the Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble, the National Board of Review Award for Best Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. For his current role as Dr. Walter Bishop on Fringe, Noble won the 2010 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on television.
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January 24th, 2012
Here are my top 8 favorite sci-fi television series of 2011.
Fridays @ 9:00pm (Fall/Winter)
A mad scientist released from the crazy house, Doctor Walter Bishop (John Noble), helps interpret the weird and unusual science experiments gone wrong. This should be easy for him as most of the weird and unusual events are from experiments he and his partner, Dr. William Bell (Leonard Nimoy), researched years ago. FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is assigned the job of investigating the weird cases and needs Doctor Bishop’s help in solving them. With a wandering mind, Doctor Bishop needs his son Peter (Joshua Jackson) by his side to keep him on task. With alien-type creatures along with weird and unusual happenings, sci-fi fans will enjoy this science fiction TV series shown on FOX on Friday nights. Click here to check out some of Dr. Walter Bishop’s funny quips from season 2.
Mondays @ 10:00pm (Spring/Fall/Winter)
Amanda Tapping of Stargate fame portrays Dr. Helen Magnus, a brilliant scientist who keeps tabs on the alien underworld of creatures the public is unaware surrounds them. Together she and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) try to protect these unseen creatures as well as try to unlock the secrets behind their existence on earth. Also working in the Sanctuary is quirky technical wizard Henry Foss (Ryan Robins) who is a computer expert, weapons designer, head security guy and part time werewolf along with a beast known as the “Big Guy” who is one of the domesticated, almost human-like creatures who serves as bodyguard, handyman, and chauffer. Kate Freelander (Agam Darshi), a fast talking con artist, found herself drawn to the Sanctuary while on the run from the Cabal. Read how Sanctuary is filmed using FX Technology by clicking on this link.
WAREHOUSE 13 (SYFY)
When a high level diplomat is taken out on their watch, FBI Agents Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintlock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) are sent to Warehouse 13 where secret unusual artifacts are housed. Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) keeps track of all the millions of artifacts stored in the warehouse. He tasks his new recruits in tracking down and retrieving artifacts such as Jack the Ripper’s Lantern, Edgar Allen Poe’s Quill Pen and Notebook, and Mata Hari’s stockings that are out in the world creating havoc or are just plain dangerous. (Check out some interesting artifacts that have been recovered and now reside in Warehouse 13.) Eventually computer wizard Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) joins the team. Even Artie has a boss, the mysterious Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder).
TERRA NOVA (FOX)
Mondays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere Fall 2011
Scientists have discovered a portal to prehistoric Earth in a time when present Earth is dying. The Shannon family is joining the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers on Terra Nova, the name that this prehistoric Earth has been christened. Jim Shannon, (Jason O’Mara) is a devoted father with a checkered past who guides his family – wife Elisabeth (Shelley Conn), and children Josh (Landon Liboiron), Maddy (Naomi Scott) and Zoe (Alana Mansour) – through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. This first colony is led by Commander Nathaniel Taylor (Stephen Lang). The Shannon family will begin to suspect that not everyone on this mission has the same idea of how to best save mankind; in fact, there may be forces intent on destroying this new world before it even begins. In this prehistoric time-traveling adventure series the beloved T-Rex will takes a backseat as the show’s villain and make way for the big bad Carnotaurus which will be brought to life through a combination of CGI and animatronics.
(2006-2012 – only a handful of episodes left to be aired in 2012)
Eureka is a strange little town in the middle of nowhere and you will not be able to find it on a map. It is virtually invisible to the outside world. With a community made up of intellectual geniuses a lot of weird and unusual things happen in Eureka – by products of experiments gone wrong. It is up to Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) to keep things in order.
DOCTOR WHO (BBC AMERICA)
Saturdays @ 9:00pm (Spring/Summer)
Hang on for a wild adventure with The Doctor! The Doctor is the last of the Time Lords who travels through time and space and often revisits history in his time machine the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space). The TARDIS, on the outside, looks like a normal British Police Box. But step inside and get ready to go, ‘Wow!” The Doctor has had many faces as he regenerates when his body nears death. The Doctor and his companions are on a constant adventure of solving problems, righting wrongs and exploring time and space. Doctor Who has two spinoff shows – Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. All of The Doctor’s adventures can be seen on BBC AMERICA and SYFY.
TORCHWOOD: Miracle Day (STARZ)
Fridays @ 10:00pm (Summer)
In this spin off from Doctor Who, Torchwood is a secret band of people led by Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) who, much like the people in the Sanctuary, keep the world safe from alien creatures that roam the planet. In “Miracle Day” nobody can die which results in an overnight population explosion that just can’t be caused by natural events. CIA agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) investigates the global conspiracy theory and is led to the Torchwood team. Captain Jack is supported by his staff which includes Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), and Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman).
STARGATE UNIVERSE (SYFY)
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A Stargate team finds themselves stranded on an ancient spaceship known as the Destiny and lost in space. The team consisting of Colonel Telford (Lou Diamond Phillips), Dr. Nicholas Rush (Robert Carlyle), Colonel Everett Young (Louis Ferreira), 1st Lt. Matthew Scott (Brian J. Smith), Chloe Armstrong (Elyse Levesque), Eli Wallace (David Blue), 1st Lt. Tamara Johansen (Alaina Huffman), Master Sgt. Ronald Greer (Jamil Walker Smith), and Camile Wray (Ming-Na) continues to try to decipher and understand the ancient technology on the ship which they really need to know in order to be able to return home. Basic necessities for survival like air, food and water are hard to come by. The show lacked the hook in the beginning by not using the Stargate more and not having an enemy combatant. Stargate Universe has been cancelled.
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October 8th, 2011
Anna Torv plays Olivia Dunham on “Fringe”
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“Fringe’s” Olivia Dunham
When Fringe started playing all those lysergic time-travel tricks on our brains, Anna Torv looked like the normal one. As FBI agent Olivia Dunham, she was the voice of reason in the middle of all the X-Files weirdness, the skeptical Scully who kept her cool whole everyone else was prancing around through alternate universes and fretting about an ominous-sounding conspiracy. But now that Olivia is battling it out with Fauxlivia, her evil twin from a parallel reality, she’s become a full-fledged player in the Fringe mind games, swept up body and soul into the paranormal madness all around her. In a sense, Torv is responsible for two of the best characters on TV – one rooted in our own universe, and one who inhabits a hostile parallel terrain next door, a place populated by alternate versions of ourselves, only with different histories and haircuts.(How else would viewers be able to tell the difference between the two, if not for the different hair styles?) The two worlds are at war, which means the enemy is us. “Fringe is a sci-fi show,” says Torv. “But once you go beyond the genre, you’re immersed in a profound reality.”
Torv is so understated and poised, it’s easy to overlook what she brings to Fringe – especially since she’s caught between two flashier characters, mad-scientist Walter (John Noble ) and charming con man Peter (Joshua Jackson). But last season, thanks to all the loopy plot twists, Torv found herself forced to toggle furiously between Olivia’s sweet and tentative uncertainty and Fauxlivia’s ass-kicking aggressiveness. “There’s such an earnestness to Olivia,” Torv says. “She wants to be the best at what she does, and the weight of the world is on her shoulders. But the alternate Olivia doesn’t have all the responsibility that our Olivia has, so she’s able to muck around a little bit more.”
Now that a corridor between the two parallel realities has brought her two characters face to face, it’s about to get even more complicated for Torv. “Last season, the two characters just kind of flipped places in the two universes,” she says. “But now that the Olivias will be playing opposite each other, it’s going to be fun.” And which character s more fun to play? “I’m always in a much better mood when I’m playing alt-Olivia,” Torv admits. “When there’s not much you need to take responsibility for, life’s kind of cool.”
Fringe airs Fridays @ 9:00pm on FOX.
May 10th, 2011
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Memorable Quotes from John Noble’s Dr Walter Bishop in the Second Half of Season 3 of “Fringe”
Dr. Walter Bishop, played by the talented John Noble, is a somewhat unorthodox scientist on Fox’s hit sci-fi show Fringe. He is a strange man who comes up with some very unusual and often funny quips.
Other Fringe cast members include Joshua Jackson as Walter’s son Peter; Lance Reddick as Agent Phillip Broyles head of Fringe division; Blair Brown as Nina Sharp, head of Massive Dynamics; Astrid Farnsworth played by Jasika Nicole, an FBI agent who assists (and “babysits”) Dr. Bishop in his lab; and Anna Torva as Special Agent Olivia Dunham.
Now that you’ve met the cast, read on for some of my favorite lines from the second half of season 3 of Fringe spoken by Dr. Walter Bishop.
Fringe Episode 56 “Entrada” (S3/E8 aired 12/02/10)
The Fringe team learns how to communicate between worlds in “Entrada.”
The Faux Olivia has been exposed. She is on the run, probably trying to figure out how to get back to her world. TheFringe team is looking to Walter to see if he has any ideas on how to bring their Olivia back to their world and how the fake Olivia might be going back.
Agent Phillip Broyles: Dr. Bishop, any thoughts on how she (the fake Olivia) will cross to the other side?
Walter: Nope. Nothing. And I have no idea how to bring our Olivia back. It’s all because of that temptress. She tricked my son with her carnal manipulations and he fell right into her vagenda.
Fringe Episode 58 “The Firefly” (S3/E10 aired 1/21/11)
In “The Firefly” Walter finds he’s in tune with his musical hero, played by Christopher Lloyd.
Peter comes downstairs at 2am to find Walter holding a needle in his mouth while dropping his pants (revealing his cute guitar-printed boxers) about to inject himself with something.
Walter: Peter. You’re up early.
Peter: Oh, no, I’m still asleep upstairs in my bed. You’re just talking to an astral projection of me.
Walter: You’re just saying that to see if I’m high.
Peter: What are you doing, Walter?
Walter: I’m making myself smarter.
Fringe Episode 59 “Reciprocity” (S3/E11 aired 1/28/11)
Two incidents trigger one massive investigation in “Reciprocity.”
Walter wants to make himself smarter so he can help his son Peter by trying to re-grow the parts of his brain that have been removed. Nina at Massive Dynamics has found some of Dr. Bell’s old research but the labels have been damaged so they have no idea what the serums contain – whether they are from Walter or from lab animals.
Nina (talking to Dr. Bishop): You were right. I found William’s research. His notes suggest that he designed a retro-viral serum based on your DNA that will re-grow your brain tissue.
Walter: That’s wonderful. Thank you, Belly.
Nina: Walter, William experimented with lab animals first, a rat and a chimpanzee. Now, back in the 90s we had a small lab fire. The original labels were destroyed. I am going to ask the lab to run diagnostics on all 3 then they should be able to tell us which one was made for you.
(Walter takes a snort of the serum not knowing which DNA it contains)
Walter: Don’t worry. I’ve snorted worse. A few good whiffs and my brain should be able to begin to grow its missing parts.
Nina: And what if the serum is not based on your DNA?
Walter: I’ll probably get a rash.
Later on, Walter and Astrid are examining the body of a shape shifter. Walter does a kind of strange sounding yawn.
Walter: I’m sorry. That was very rude. (Pause) I was displaying dominance.
Astrid: Excuse me?
Walter: The serum I took. It must have been meant for a chimpanzee.
Astrid: You mean it’s growing chimp DNA in your brain?
Fringe Episode 60 “Concentrate and Ask Again” (S3/E12 aired 2/04/11)
Two incidents trigger one massive investigation in “Concentrate and Ask Again.”
A man receives a unique birthday gift; a doll who, when the string is pulled on her back, explodes spraying a white powder in the man’s face. The man then shrivels up and dies instantly with all the bones in his body disappearing. The Fringe team goes to investigate. They are wearing full chemical/biological suits as they are approaching the body.
Walter (kneeling by the body): Oh my, look at this. I feel nauseated.
Peter: Yep. This is pretty disgusting, even by our standards.
Walter: I’m not talking about the body. I feel I may have broken wind inside my suit.
Fringe Episode 62 “6B” (S3/E14 aired 2/18/11)
People have seemingly fallen through the solid floor of a balcony to their deaths at the old Rosencrantz Hotel. Walter flips a coin 10 times and ten times it lands on heads. This leads Walter to the conclusional theory that there is a rift beginning between the two Earths and the vortex is beginning right there in the hotel. Later, Peter and Olivia are led back to the hotel when a disturbance occurs. The disturbance appears to be coming from apartment 6B. When they can get no response from inside, Peter busts the door down and they find an elderly lady sitting in the room of blinking lights. Olivia can see what appears to be an apparition of the widowed lady’s dead husband. Peter cannot.
Walter comes to the apartment with some radiation detecting equipment.
Walter: Nothing. I thought there’d be some radiation leakage from over there. (Meaning the parallel universe).
Peter: So you’re not buying that it’s her husband’s ghost?
Walter: There’s no such thing as ghosts.
Peter: That’s where you draw the line? Ghosts?
Walter: Belly and I used to argue about this constantly ‘” what happens to the body’s energy after death. William (Bell) theorized we should be able to capture that energy using what he called Soul Magnets.
Peter: It’s a catchy name.
Walter: He said if he were right, he’d contact me from the great beyond. I haven’t gotten the call yet.
Fringe Episode 64 “Os” (S3/E16 aired 3/11/11)
Walter is in the security room at Massive Dynamics watching the security monitors with a guard. Walter appears to be smoking a substance using a bong. He’s telling a story to the guard.
Walter: I didn’t realize until later. I woke up and there she was in my bed. Yoko.
Guard: What did he say?
Walter: It was the 70s. What could he say?
Fringe Episode 65 “Stowaway” (S3/E17 aired 3/18/11)
Walter’s scientific partner, now deceased, Dr. William Bell (Belly) figured out a way for his theory concerning Soul Magnets to become reality and Walter discovered the item that needed to be used to bring his friend Belly’ soul back to life. Belly now occupies space in Agent Olivia Dunham’s brain. The real Olivia is still inside in a state of rest. Belly wants the Fringe team to help him find a more suitable home for his consciousness.
Belly is reviewing some research papers while Walter is yet again smoking a suspicious substance. Let’s call it medicinal marijuana. They are discussing how to find a suitable host for Belly. Gene the cow moos. (Gene lives in Walter’s lab to provide fresh milk for him.) Belly gives Gene a look of interest. Walter, reading Belly’s mind, tells him “No!” Belly and Walter go over and begin to brush Gene while continuing their discussion.
Walter: Even if we were able to transfer your consciousness safely inside Gene, there are other matters to consider.
William/Olivia: We would communicate through my brain waves. You would hook me up to a EEG machine and decipher
Walter: Hmm — it may work — but still — I’d have to milk you.
Fringe Episode 67 “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” (S3/E19 aired 4/15/11)
Walter has decided in order to separate Olivia’s consciousness from William’s they have to enter her mind to extract her using LSD as a portal into her mind.
Walter to Peter: This may be a weird time to ask, but, have you ever dreamt?
Peter: Are you suggesting that — .
Walter: Of course! It’s Olivia’s mind we’re entering. Presumably it will be some maze-like integration of a psychical memory of subconscious. You know her better than anyone. If she is lost in her mind then we need you to guide us.
Astrid! We need to accept 2000 milligrams of LSD and we need some sugar cubes, please.
The sugar cubes are prepared with the LSD. Walter hands one to Peter.
Walter: Don’t be nervous. I imagine there are things in this very lab that are as mind blowing as anything I’ve experienced while tripping.
Fringe Episode 68 “6:02 AM EST” (S3/E20 aired 4/22/11)
Olivia has finally spent the night with Peter. She wakes up early, leaves Peter sleeping in bed and heads downstairs where she comes face to face with a naked Walter.
Walter: Good morning, Olivia. I didn’t know you were spending the night. What a lovely surprise.
Olivia: Oh, no, the surprise is all mine.
Walter: I’m going to pop another mushroom fratarter into the oven. I got some rails from the market with the biggest caps you’ve ever seen.
Olivia: Mmm hmm?
Walter: You should get some slippers for when you stay over here. This house can get very chilly.
Fringe is a fall/winter TV series which airs Fridays at 9/8c on Fox.
January 21st, 2011
Friday Nights – Where Popular Sci-Fi TV Programs Go to Die
John Noble photo by Gage Skidmore © Wikimedia Commons
Fringe fans are in a panic that the sci-fi show is moving to a Friday Primetime slot. TV history shows that previous favorite programs that have been switched to Friday nights have been cancelled shortly after the move was made.
Executive producer JJ Abrams says the series will stay true to its story line no matter where it lives. But it’s not going to become a more complicated storyline either. Writers are being tethered back but not dumbing things down. There are still parallel universes to contend with along with parallel characters in said universes. The writers will keep to the core concept of a woman who was experimented on as a kid, a man who may not originally be from our universe, and a father who has incredible knowledge and secrets. Fringe lures the watchers into its carefully crafted world of layered mysteries. It was a bold move move to switch the Olivia’s and provide a glimpse into the parallel universe, and it worked out. There is enough arc left to provide for a satisfying 4th season.
Fox’s Entertainment President Kevin Reilly asks reporters (and bloggers and fans) to not write Fringe’s eulogy prematurely. According to Reilly’s logic if viewers who watched the show on Thursdays all made the move to Fridays, it would be more than enough to keep Fringe alive. Sure thing Mr. Reilly. No one has anything else to do on a Friday evening.
Some fans are saying that it doesn’t matter what night Fringe airs as they will DVR it wherever it lands. Others respond that this is a good way to get the show cancelled as the show needs to be watched live in order to be counted in the ratings, while others say the only households that get counted in the ratings games are those that are a part of the Nielson family. I agree with the latter statement.
As far as needing to watch the show live to be counted, time-shifting is here to stay and advertisers need to learn how to deal with it. Maybe if they realize that the viewers will note who supports their programming and who abandons it at the drop of a hat and take action accordingly, advertisers will stop aggravating and alienating their target market audience. I most always DVR and watch all my shows either delayed or at a later date. Advertisers need to learn to deal with this. That’s the way the world is revolving and they have to get on board and count DVR viewing toward the ratings.
Should Fox cancel Fringe I would miss it dearly, but they proved with Firefly that they know how to treat material with the potential to turn into huge successes.
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January 17th, 2010
Appearances can deceive as is depicted in Fringe’s latest episode, Johari Window. And, of course, it has something to do with past experiments the Dr. Bishop was involved in. The deformed people of a small town have found a way to mask their deformities from the rest of the world, which is quite alright, because it is experiments that were done on them long ago that caused the deformities to begin with. But the masking comes undone if the people leave the town. Will their secret remain safe?
November 9th, 2009
It’s no secret that Fringe has been struggling since Fox decided to move them into a different timeslot. Tell me, can you name ONE show that has done good by being moved to a different day and time? The fact that the show was preempted by baseball for 2 weeks didn’t help matters either. Boss J.J. Abrams says that although ratings are low, Fox is still committed to the show. Plus, everyone is in agreement that Fringe is airing their most creative season yet.
“The mood on set and in the writer’s room is as good as the ratings are bad, which is to say, wonderful,” Abrams tells Ausiello. “Luckily, Fox has been insanely supportive, for which we are deeply grateful.” It looks like Fringe is in no immediate danger of getting axed to the TV graveyard.
November 6th, 2009
Fringe boss Phillip Broyles meets up with an “old friend” in Fringe’s “Earthling.” Most of Fringe is based on science that is “out-there” – science that is really hard to grasp and believe. But this episode introduces to us an alien that apparently a Russian cosmonaut brought back from space. Broyles had a previous encounter with the alien 4 years ago in which he resolved to get to the bottom. That determination also resulted in his divorce. The cosmonaut’s brother promised the killings would stop if only the FBI could solve a complex physics equation that was far too complicated for the FBI.
November 2nd, 2009
TV ratings: Every fall sci-fi show compared by number of viewers
So the new fall season is under way. All the new (and old) shows have a few episodes under their belt giving the viewers time to decided should they stay or should they go? Ratings have been gathered for the 2009 television season (thus far), listing the shows by number of viewers from most to least. But numbers aren’t everything. ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox need more live viewers than The CW and Syfy for their shows to be considered successful.
Number 1: FlashForward (ABC)
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 8.98 million viewers
FlashForward is the closest thing we have to a hit on network TV these days. After initially dropping their ratings seem to have stabilized, plus strong DVR +7 (people who do not watch shows live but DVR and watch within 7 days – I’m in those numbers) numbers add close to 2 million additional viewers to the show’s ratings. If FlashForward stays strong dramatically it has the potential to be the next Lost. Expecting to see good things come from FlashForward, ABC has extended the show’s episode commitment to 25.
Number 2: Ghost Whisperer (CBS)
Fridays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 8.28 million viewers
With Fridays being saturated with good shows this fall, it ahs been tough, even for veteran Ghost Whisperer, which still manages to win the night. These winning ratings may not be good enough for CBS after this year, even with the time shift putting ratings up over 1 million additional viewers. There’s a chance that next season CBS will revamp their entire lineup and move their stronger shows to Friday night, especially since it’s been reported that this is NUMB3RS‘ last year. I don’t think that’s a good move, but time will tell.
Number 3: Medium (CBS)
Fridays at 9 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 7.69 million viewers
Medium finally found a good home between Ghost Whisperer and NUMB3RS.
Number 4: Fringe (Fox)
Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings before baseball: 5.96 million viewers
I’ve always said it’s bad karma to move a hit show to a new timeslot. Fringe is the best new show on TV and has definitely taken a hit going up against CSI and Grey’s Anatomy who are comfortable in their timeslots. Despite that, Fringe is one of the top shows to gain time shift viewers (to the tune of about 2 million a week). Fringe has a 22-episode order, and is doing the best they can hope for in a terrible, terrible timeslot.
Number 5: Heroes (NBC)
Mondays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 5.86 million viewers
Is the end of Heroes near? Heroes was the biggest hit for NBC in their first season where we were all snagged with the catch phrase “Save the Cheerleader…Save the World.” NBC went to the top with an average of 14 million viewers, but have spiraled downward ever since. I blame it on the writing. They sucked us in and then got lazy on us. (Some people think ‘too complicated’ rather than lazy.) Even though decent time-shift ratings add another 1.5 million viewers or so, the ratings still are not good enough. Heroes’ 19 episodes will be shown, which will complete this year’s volume, “Redemption.” After that it just might be the end of our Heroes.
Number 6: Eastwick (ABC)
Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 5.06 million viewers
Eastwick should have a better shot than others at making the but. Just the fact that it airs on Wednesday’s when there is hardly anything else watching is a step up from other shows that have to go up against established shows. Eastwick is a fun show to watch with three strong actresses and a couple of hunks to boot. Sadly, Eastwick has not quite caught on yet. I thought it might have gotten a ratings boost during Halloween since it is about 3 women learning about their newfound witching abilities. Eastwick won’t be the first series canceled (that honor goes to The Beautiful Life), but it is one of ABC’s biggest problems. (Psst…ABC, how about promoting the show??)
Number 7: The Vampire Dairies (The CW)
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET
Ratings two weeks ago: 4.19 million viewers
It’s no surprise that The Vampire Diaries is off to a biting start and is the best decision the CW has made this season. They must be riding the coat tails of the Twilight fever, plus Halloween and the new movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon coming out November 20th can’t be hurting the ratings. The DVR +7 ratings bring the series up to over 5 million viewers, many of them female in the CW’s prime demographic.
Number 8: Supernatural (The CW)
Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings two weeks ago: 2.88 million viewers
Despite the big guns (Fringe, CSI, & Grey’s Anatomy) in this heavily saturated Thursday night timeslot, Supernatural continues to keep their loyal viewers onboard. And thanks to The Vampire Diaries, they have added a new following of female viewers. Pairing these two shows seems to be paying off for The CW.
Number 9: Smallville (The CW)
Fridays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 2.60 million viewers
While ratings aren’t as bad as they seem with the series getting a decent DVR boost, the move to Fridays has been a tough one for Smallville. While the producers would be thrilled to have a 10th season, if it is the last year, nine seasons ain’t bad.
Number 10: SGU: Stargate Universe (Syfy)
Fridays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings from week two: 2.4 million viewers
Stargate Universe is trying to stay off the bottom floor and has been beating Fox’s Dollhouse in the ratings some weeks. The time-shift numbers are excellent, too, and Syfy considers this new Stargate one of its hits. Syfy can “consider” SGU a hit, but the numbers tell the real story. If they don’t get some action going on the show, then I expect those numbers to keep dwindling. The series is headed toward a big hiatus after episode 10, and it won’t return until spring, which is going to hurt it even more.
Number 11: Dollhouse (Fox)
Fridays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings two weeks ago: 2.15 million viewers
Fans were shocked when Fox decided to pick up Dollhouse for a second season. But the ratings for Dollhouse have been so bad, even with the time-shift viewing, that Fox has decided to pull the series for November sweeps. Dollhouse is scheduled to return December 4, with two episodes airing each Friday. It’s not looking good for a third season of the Joss Whedon series,even with the help of Summer Glau.
Number 12: Sanctuary (Syfy)
Fridays at 10 p.m. ET
Season premiere ratings: nearly 1.9 million viewers
Sanctuary is doing well when it comes to the time-shift audience and it is very compatible with Stargate Universe. (Which has nothing to do with the fact that former SG star Amanda Tapping plays the lead role in Sanctuary.) That isn’t bad for a series that once only lived on the Web and is still mostly virtual.
What’s your take on the new season?