This past weekend the executive producers – Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman – and most of the main cast – Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Blair Brown and Seth Gabel – of the fan favorite FOX drama Fringe took the stage at WonderCon to a very enthusiastic and anticipatory audience.
First, though, they were treated to an eclectic montage of scenes of Walter (in his main incarnations), focusing on the unique dialogue that only he can provide. That was shortly followed by a clip from an upcoming episode that was directed by none other than J. H. Wyman himself.
Each actor had their opportunity to talk about what it is like to play their multi-faceted characters in the alternate universes with Seth sharing that, at first, he wasn’t sure if he could pull it off. He joked that prior to Fringe he played “a 25-year old playboy who got to kiss Lucy Liu” (in the short-lived series Dirty Sexy Money) and he thought for sure he did a terrible job; but the audience certainly didn’t agree with that thought. It was pointed out by the moderator that while he has been with the show a shorter amount of time than his co-stars, he has already played three different characters; to which Joshua quickly corrected that he has actually played four different versions of Lincoln Lee. Seth was also asked if one of the Lincoln’s will eventually end up with Olivia and he said he (certainly) hopes so.
Blair also spoke about the nicer version of Nina and the really mean version of Nina – “Meana” – that she gets to play, sharing that “the payoff has been huge”. The executive producers joked that she has something to really sneak her teeth into with these latest incarnations.
While little reveals were made on what to expect when the show returns for its spring premiere tonight (March 23), the issue of a season five was, of course, raised with both EP’s saying the “really have no idea”. J.H. went on to share the following: “We’re not going to worry about that, we’re going to make the same show that we have always made. We’re not going to change our production for anybody and that’s all we can offer”. He further went on to say that, “our only concern is the fans. We want to make a payoff to the fans who have been around for four years. It’s not really our jobs to worry about the renewal but to provide the best show we can to the fans”.
It should be noted that, according to J. H. Wyman, “it is a very expensive canvas to make a TV show. It takes a lot of things and FOX has decisions they have to make, (but their decision) has nothing to do with creativity. It has to do with their business. Creatively (we) see the show as being spot-on to what we want it to be and that’s all they can do. We are hoping for the best (as we) have a lot of story to tell. A lot of times you don’t know until the last minute”. But they did share that the season finale will almost assuredly have a big cliffhanger.
Eventually the panel was turned over to audience questions, which included the EP’s being asked if Charlie (Kirk Acevedo) would be brought back (to which the audience responded very positively toward). They answered that at the moment they don’t have plans to do so, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t.
Soon enough the panel had to come to an end with Joshua announcing the winning raffle ticket numbers, which were handed out at the beginning of the panel to everyone in the room, for 50 lucky fans who would get the chance to meet Joshua in person at one of the booths in the exhibition hall where he was to sign copies of the Fringe comic book that he wrote.
The following videos were taken in the press room that was held shortly prior to the panel: