2:26PM: Those worries that FRINGE’s self-contained easy-to-follow episodic adventures are about to jump into mythology-heavy LOST territory, fear not. According to executive producer Jeff Pinkner, FRINGE is only going to tell the story of two universes — our own — and what the writer’s refer to internally as “over there.” Adding, “No time travel!”
2:27PM: “Leonard [Nimoy] will be back as much as he wants,” revealed Pinkner. That said, [Spoiler Alert!] having seen the the show’s second season premiere — we’ve got some bad news for you. Nimoy while alluded to, does not make an appearance in the premiere.
2:30PM: Did you know that the average television viewer only watches 3 to 4 episodes of a show per season. No really! Which is why season one seemed to re-set itself every three to four episodes. And also why co-creator/writer Alex Kurtzman promises that season 2 will have a more prominent mythology. But not to prominent, with Pinkner being sure to add that FRINGE will not stray into ALIAS territory, where ‘Rambaldi’ overtook the story just a wee bit.
2:33PM: With FRINGE moving from New York to Vancouver, Jackson admits that he never thought he’d experience the gift of being able to take a show back to his hometown. All together now, “Ahhhhhhhhhh.”
2:39PM: Kurtzman admits that “we never intended to reveal the alternate universe until season 3. But when we saw that the audience were open, ready and far more ahead of us we thought, ‘Why stall it?’ Let’s throw down the challenge and try to get to a place where we can take the story even further.”
2:40PM: The panel tip-toes around the crazy jaw-dropping twist that befalls a series regular in the closing scene of the second season premiere. So do we in a post from earlier today.
2:48PM: Joshua Jackson + John Noble = Real-life friends. Adorable.
2:52PM: Rest assured, even after writing two of the summer’s biggest movies (Star Trek and Transformers 2) the panel does a fairly good job of keeping the dynamic due of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s ego in check. With Executive Producer J.H. Whyman joking, “Did you see Transformers? Actually, we read the reviews, so umm… no.
2:54PM: On the future of ‘Panna’ or is it ‘Anter?’ (and yes, we’re well aware that Peter and Anna aren’t exactly the next ‘Brangelina’) “As long as the emotion is true, we’re open to anything,” explains Pinkner. Adds Orci who is quick to throw out what has undoubtedly become buzz word of TCA 2009, “We try and observe a little bit, we want it to be organic, not something we planned.”