Fox has really been great in the last two years, about giving members of the press the opportunity to talk to cast and crew of many of its shows. Then again, seeing the enthuasism of some and the relative ease with which one can organize conference calls, it doesn’t come as that big a surprise.
Joel Howard Wyman & Jeff Pinkner, the executive producers of Fringe, are always enthusiastic and bubbly when we have talked to them in conference calls, and this time was no exception. The interview actually started up with some good laughs as Wyman warned us that: “everything is being recorded so WikiLeaks is getting this too so don’t say anything that you don’t expect to go out on all diplomatic channels”.
What with the move to Friday’s death slot, questions were bound to arise. Wyman and Pinkner don’t seem worried at all about said move. The latter tells us that the team is quite excited, as they “think it's open territory that can be conquered. We really do believe our fans are loyal, and I believe they’re going to follow. It’s a chance for us to get away from that statement that Friday night is not an opportune night though, and that we can actually deliver like The X-Files did”.
Wyman explained that: “when Fox informed us of the move, what was most important to us is that we understood that our audience watches the show not like a standalone audience watches the show, but they are actually watching it as an investment over time. The long arching story we have planned for our characters is going to get told. It’s funny; there are more Fringe fans at Fox than any show we’ve ever worked on before. I think they and we all feel that if we can build a fan base on and sort of like carve out some territory on Friday night we can be there for years.” That is certainly very good news for fans who have, as Pinkner mentioned, invested a lot of time in the show the last three years.