Friday, September 23, 2011

Fringe - Collider: Executive Producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman Interview

Source: Collider [follow link for complete interview]

Fringe Friday

FRINGE - COLLIDER: Executive Producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman Interview FRINGE Season 4

by Christina Radish
September 23rd, 2011

The sci-fi drama Fringe returns for Season 4 tonight, with Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) wiped from existence, after having saved the day in the last season finale. The two worlds are now forced to work together, as Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) joins Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) on the Fringe team under Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick). With unbelievable new cases and a growing mythology, the fourth season of the popular series promises more shocks and twists that its loyal followers have come to expect from the show’s adventurous, thought-provoking storytelling.

During a recent interview to promote the show’s return, executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman talked about how important Peter Bishop is to the show and that Joshua Jackson will return in some capacity, the significance of the change in the opening title sequence, the challenge of incorporating both worlds into some of the stories this season, how grateful they are to have such a rabid following, and how things start fresh this season, making it the perfect time for new viewers to dive in...

... Q: The fans within geek culture have really rallied behind the show. Is there a particular element that you think really provokes such a rabid following, among fans at Comic-Con and the like?

PINKNER: "I think they’re just fans of adventurous storytelling, and they are willing to jump onboard a story and really follow it. Not surprisingly, the truth is that they’re treated as this outsider element of fandom, when the truth is that they’re wildly passionate about the stories they like. What separates them is their willingness to really invest and make stories an important part of their lives. We have always said that one of the things that appeals to us about this show is our ability to go deep, both with our characters and with our themes. As we’ve said often, the best form of both ongoing television and scientific fiction is when it really speaks about characters and the human condition and what it means to be alive, at this moment in history. These are certainly things that we try to touch on, and hopefully are things that people are appreciating. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people that do like licorice tend to really, really like licorice, and we’re happy to be making licorice."

WYMAN: "Some people just get turned off just by the term “science fiction,” and they’re not really willing to invest, which is peculiar to Jeff and I because all the movies that are so successful right now, like Inception and Avatar, are science fiction. In the cinema, people are willing to say, “Yes, sign me up. I want to go.” But, on television, there’s still a negative connotation to a lot of viewers. Our fans are willing to embrace this form of storytelling and science fiction. They are people that are willing to really go out on a limb with us and check out some really far-out ideas. That’s the difference. They’re willing to just invest 150% because they’re in with the entire genre..."

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