News Briefs: Fringe Has an End Date

By Tim Surette

Sep 08, 2012


... We officially have a date when television gets worst: February 2. That's the day after Fringe airs its last episode, concluding its great five-season run. Showrunner J.H. Wyman tweeted out the news to fans in a Twitter Q & A session. It has yet to be confirmed by Fox, but if Wyman says that's when it is, that's when it is. Groundhog Day is the 2nd, so let's hope we don't have to relive the day after Fringe ends over and over. [J.H. Wyman's Twitter]

... The CW is not quite done with superheroes and is in the very early stages of developing a Wonder Woman series. The idea would be to tell the (duh) origin story of the Amazonian to fit the show into The CW's preferred young adult demographic. Last season, NBC attempted to develop a Wonder Woman series based on a script by David E. Kelley, but that flamed out and became one of the biggest laughing stocks of the year. [Vulture]

... The MTV Video Music Awards still exists for some reason, and last night's affair drew 6.1 million viewers and a 2.8 rating (read Price's photo recap here). In 2011, the show pulled in 12.4 million viewers. Let's all blame One Direction! [Deadline Hollywood]

... More details of Community's fourth season are trickling out, and the latest is another one of the series' popular movie homages. And this one will be... Hunger Games. Apparently, Dean Pelton will hold games to decide who gets to enroll in the class "The History of Ice Cream." I'm not quite sure how to feel about this, as Community has always been particular about the movies it chooses to pay tribute to and this just feels like grabbing at the closest blockbuster in the shopping market checkout line. Even when the series did a Pulp Fiction spoof it turned out to actually be a spoof of My Dinner With Andre. [EW]


... The X Factor is looking at Khloe Kardashian and Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen to join the judges' table when the live-to-tape shows begin airing next month. [NY Post]

... Wilmer Valderrama is returning to Suburgatory to reprise his role as Yoni the dog whisperer next season. Last season, he romanced Dallas after she split from her husband. Are you Team George or Team Yoni or Team What Are You Talking About? [TV Guide]

... Dallas news: Mitch Pileggi (Supernatural) has been upped to regular for Season 2. He plays Harris Ryland, ex-husband to Brenda Strong. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle continues to book guest roles instead of getting a show of his own. Riggle will appear on Fox's New Girl as another Schmidt, Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) cousin. Look for the new Schmidt to appear in the Thanksgiving episode and cause some problems for his cuz. [TV Line]

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  • Big_Pecks Sep 11, 2012

    On Friday, February 2nd at 10pm EST, I will weep for the past and future of TV. Then again, I'll likely start during the finale.

    That Community episode sounds amazing.

  • cran83 Sep 10, 2012

    Mitch Pileggi (Supernatural)?! How dare you! You mean Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files).

  • darkitp Sep 10, 2012

    it will be like the every finale of every show , " i didnt watch "

    i dont think i can hand a goodbyes very well ..

    i'll be crying like a teenager girl , when her boyfriend breakup with her .. hahaa ..

  • terminaltrip421 Sep 10, 2012

    this place freaking exploded! 75 comments on a news briefs is new to me.

    so fringe will come back early to mid january and then end at the beginning of febuary. my money is also coming back mid january. wonderful.

    the hunger games was absolute garbage. should i start getting angry at the new players involved with the show yet?

    team george. or are they keeping alicia around? either way i prefer him and dallas probably.

  • layton2012 Sep 10, 2012

    No, not yet Glee is complete garbage and they spoofed that, and that was with Dan Harmon.

  • Anonymous_A Sep 10, 2012

    Excited for Community premiere. Looks awesome as always.

  • mistycold Sep 10, 2012

    By the way, we're gonna salute both Fringe and Breaking Bad next year. I'm still recovering from the absence of House M.D. and I'm not so happy to know that two of my beloved tv-shows will follow Gregory House forever and ever.

    p.s.: Mitch Pileggi was, also, Walter Skinner :D

  • bostonbeliever Sep 10, 2012

    Mitch Pileggi (Supernatural)? Not Mitch Pileggi (The X-Files)??

    He had such a small role on Supernatural, compared to his work on the X-Files.

  • Anonymous_A Sep 10, 2012

    I think Tim mentioned SPN instead of X-Files because it was his most recent work and people might remember him more clearly.

  • FaithvsSam Sep 10, 2012

    Thank you! That were my thoughts exactly when I read that!

  • robinh4 Sep 10, 2012

    I watched about 2 minutes of the MTV awards, then I remembered I wasn't 12 years old.

  • theclaw2011 Sep 09, 2012

    Sorry to ruin fellow fans of Fringe's day, but February 2nd is a Saturday. I think it is meant to be February 1st. Unfortunately, that makes the end of Fringe one day sooner :(

  • Daniel-Jackson Sep 09, 2012

    Well the writer did say that February 2nd is the day AFTER Fringe ends. February 1st kind of is a good day since we can watch Fringe on that day. February 2nd is the way we wake up to a Fringe-less world.

  • mkrati Sep 09, 2012

    I will be sorry to see Fringe go but it's great that they got these last episodes to finish the story properly. In a way it's a good thing that there won't be Fringe Season 8, because, let's face it, it would decline. No matter how many possibilities you've got for amazing story lines, it won't work forever. I'd rather have five seasons that are great rather than nine seasons of which the last ones are just a bit embarrasing. Sure there are some good episodes, but it is not worth it. Hail Fringe while we've still got it (when it's good) and nay to any Netflix revival.

  • GunnarErth Sep 10, 2012

    I disagree. I would even watch John Noble reading the phone book.

  • MarkkuJuntunen Sep 09, 2012

    Couldn't agree more!

  • mkrati Sep 09, 2012

    Doesn't really surprise me that we Finns agree :)

  • MarkkuJuntunen Sep 09, 2012

    Haha, that's awesome! I live in sweden though, but.

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