You probably know how I feel already. Fringe is arguably one of the best shows on TV. Based on the low ratings and the fact that it’s on FOX Friday nights, you probably didn’t even realize it was still on. The show is everything The X-Files was in its prime and everything it should have and could have been the other five seasons. But like I said, nobody is watching– at least not enough people.
For those of you who don’t know, Fringe is about a covert government agency investigating bizarre cases involving “fringe” science. It is steep right now in a twisted plot involving traveling between alternate universes. It stars Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and John Noble.
Will the cult fav sci-fi show make the cut this spring when Fox drops the annual axe on its schedule?
The show returns after its winter break on Friday January 13th, 2012 but according to Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly, this could be the beginning of the end for the sci-fi freak show. At a recent press tour, Reilly said, “Fringe has been a point of pride. I share the passion for the show the fans have. I love that Fox, after letting down genre fans over the years [came through with Fringe]. I love that fans stuck with it after it moved to Friday. It has vastly improved our Friday night. The hesitation in my voice is that it’s an expensive show. We lose a lot of money on the show. But with that rating on that night it’s almost impossible for us to make money on it. We’re not in the business of losing money. We need to figure out if there’s a [deal with studio Warner Bros. that] will make sense or will this be it.”
Now there is some good news and some bad news there. Clearly the network digs the show but how much longer will they allow episodes to be produced if the show is in fact losing as much money as it appears to be? It’s not all doom and gloom. It is quite possible there could be a turnaround in ratings this spring.
If you’re not watching Fringe, it’s time to tune in– yeah, maybe you’ve missed a lot and you might be a little confused, but hey– I watch it every week and I’m confused most of the time. That is absolutely what I love about it.