Question of the Day: Just How Screwed are FRINGE Fans Really?


Lost amidst the excitement over yesterday’s Hollywood Reporter story that has FOX developing a stateside version of the U.K. hit series TORCHWOOD, this TV Addict can’t help but wonder: Is there room on the network for two shows that revolve around a covert group of operatives that investigate and fight for humanity’s future? And more importantly, just how worried should FRINGE fans be? Discuss.

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  • Lindsey Morrison

    Fringe will always have my support! I’ve been hooked on it since the very first episode just the same way I got hooked on Dollhouse. Too bad the show is cancelled. :( Any news if the show will have a movie to follow like Joss did to Firefly? The movie “Serenity” followed ;)

  • Ace

    Lindsay – I doubt it b/c Joss has had plenty of time to wrap up Dollhouse. I’m not sure how much they would have for a movie after the finale in two weeks (b/c of the Haiti telethon it is moved back a week).

    I really hope you are wrong about this show hurting the survival of Fringe. It is the cast of Fringe that makes it so great and I don’t know that they could replicate that. Hopefully they will at least let Fringe fight against it next season.

  • fatEMOkid

    I’m not sure if it will hurt Fringe. For every British remake like the Office there are more like Coupling…so who knows if it would even make it the way shows get canceled so fast. Just saying…

  • Krystal

    I think Fringe fans are perfectly safe. Torchwood dealt with aliens and a whole time/space rift thing. :P I want John Barrowman on US bad, but not a crappily made Fox interpretation of Torchwood, even if Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner are in on it.

  • Jackie

    Even though they cover a lot of the same tropes, the two shows have different sensibilities. Fringe, to me, has essentially been a straight forward weird science sh–stuff show populated with quirky character dynamics. I mean, Walter, come on, Quirky. And he’s all gung ho to do the wacky experiments and his checkered history lends itself well for plot ideas and character growth, but all of the other characters are largely the straight men to his mad scientist. And there’s the over-arching conspiracy involving William Bell and Massive Dynamic and the parallel worlds to tie the individual episode together.

    But Torchwood, particularly during the second series (much of the first series can been taken as a study in how a show can have an awesome premise and promising characters who regularly demonstrate how epically they FAIL at everything, especially interpersonal dynamics), took itself less seriously while managing to make the characters actually function as a team. The recent Children of Earth mini showed that it is indeed capable of going to quite dark places and handling much weightier topics, but I think it’s still essentially a show that that’s half cracktastic alien shenanigans and half Thorny Moral Issues. It tends to veer wildly between the two, which can cause some whiplash and increase likelihood of complete tonal FAIL but when it works it works very very well.

    And honestly, the rate of successful recreation of UK shows over here isn’t that good and who’s to say if this will actually make it to air. FOX has a well-documented history of taking shows with lots of promise that are hard to pigeonhole in one genre or another, particularly sci-fi fare like Firefly and Dollhouse, and tinkering it to death or dumping it on Friday nights where big loyal audiences haven’t been since the TGIF days of the mid-nineties.

  • bws

    I don’t see it hurting Fringe at all either. Fringe is hurt by its timeslot. That is all. What I wished is if Fringe could cull itself down to 16 episodes a season. Elaborate, dense stories have trouble sustaining momentum over 22 episodes.

  • Henry

    im not that worried, i mean look at how many CSI/NCIS shows cbs has

  • Susan P.

    I too don’t see Torchwood hurting Fringe. There are and have been plenty of shows that are similiar and some people just can’t jump on the English versions after becoming addicted to the US version. A good example is Leverage here in the states which is modeled after Hustle in the UK. They are both great shows but in very different ways and most of it comes down to the writing and acting.

    I am a Fringe fan and would love to have Walter over for dinner :)

  • Eric

    Not screwed in the least bit I presume. Fringe is pulling down weaker ratings than last season, yes. But look at its time slot and day. It takes a brave show to go up against those heavyweights, and Fringe is doing very well.
    I don’t really see how it will be hurt.

  • Mario

    yeah maybe they can couple them up on the same night…

  • Hil

    I am more worried about FOX hurting Fringe or Torchwood. Why do they bother getting the rights to some of those things when they routinely dump that type of show off on Fridays (Terminator and Dollhouse) or move them from a healthy time slot to a death slot (Fringe). What night would Torchwood be on?

  • Robert

    FOX keeps on reassuring Fringe fans, but I don’t know. It’s an expensive show to produce, so at the end of the day, you have to weigh the pros and cons.

    I love Fringe, so hopefully it remains on FOX, just at a different day of the week.