Observe This: The Fringe Musical Episode is Happening

... Aaaaaaaand I'm squealing, because there's going to be a musical episode of Fringe. Philip Broyles (Lance Reddick, who's also a professional musician) will perform a number, as will Astrid (Jasika Nicole), Olivia (Anna Torv), and Nina (Blair Brown). I hate using the word "epic," but this sounds too epic. Dare I suggest a Glee-Fringe crossover? [io9]

... Castle's Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) is finally going to get serious with a guy—and it's not going to be Castle (Nathan Fillion). Former Battlestar Galactica star Michael Trucco is set to guest-star in the last four episodes of this season as a hunky homicide detective, and his character might even return in the fall. [Ausiello]

... Beau Bridges got himself a gig! He'll star as Rocky, truck-driver father to the title character (Dermot Mulroney) in the forthcoming remake of The Rockford Files. In other casting news, Skeet Ulrich has joined yet another CBS drama. All we know is that it's an untitled medical show, and that John Wells is producing it. Hopefully the powers that be will release more information before we actually see the pilot. [THR & THR]

... Sad news. Fess Parker, star of Davy Crockett and favorite son of the baby-boomer generation, died yesterday at his home in Santa Ynez Valley, California. He was also known for roles in Disney films like The Great Locomotive Chase, Westward Ho the Wagons!, and Old Yeller. Parker was 85. [THR]

... Modern Family's Ty Burrell will now have a family of his own! Burrell and his wife, Molly, adopted a baby girl. No word yet on whether Baby Burrell has perfected the eye-roll of her father's on-screen offspring, or if Burrell has already decided to call his daughter's future prom date "homes." [People]

... South Park's Season 14 premiere was the show's most-watched premiere in ten years! The episode, which aired Wednesday night on Comedy Central, mocked celebrity sex addiction. Nice work, Parker and Stone. [Live Feed]


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Thank you memnochZero! I agree. People think musicals are all happy fluff stuff. Clearly, some of them never watched a single musical in their life.
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I really love that show but musical eppy? I'll have to wait and see *shrugs* who know.
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You know what, if OZ the grimmet drama ever to air on tv can do a musical episode, no show is "too serious" for a musical number.
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fringe= awesome///// glee= gay fringe + glee= really gay
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I know for one thing. I will stay away from the Fringe boards after this episode airs. Its going to be annoying reading nothing but whining. ( just like when the twitter episode came out and the unaired episode) Not sure why people take this show so seriously. I am sure The mentalist doesn't get this much whining.
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Skeet Ulrich is coming back to TV! That is great news. I loved watching him in Jericho. As far as a musical episode of Fringe goes, the show does return with new episodes on April Fool's Day. So maybe (hopefully) it is a joke.
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@Angelica, maybe YOU should get over yourself. @Spoontown is right on. Have you ever even watched Fringe? Fringe is not Glee, Buffy, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, or some other Broadway musical or TV show. It is a serious, dark, sci-fi drama. A musical episode would be a creative sell-out, and an insult to its fans.
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Musical Fringe? I'm a little disturbed at the thought of it.
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spoontown, care to explain to me what the heck is your problem and how fringe will fail since YOU haven't seen the episode? Get over yourself.
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Buffy musical episode, utter genius, Scrubs musical episode pretty good, Fringe musical episode has to be bad, law of diminishing returns. There is nothing fresh to be said by a tv show having a one off musical episode, it's all been done before. Fringe seems like the last show that could support this, Anna Torv is best when she limits herself to the one facial expression that she can do. Best described by Joey in Friends as 'smell the f***' acting. Only way they could think of doing it is if Walter actually does take LSD like he often talks about and has a trip for the whole episode. Either an early and bad April Fool's joke or a truly appalling idea, and sometimes you don't have to experience something to know it's going to be bad, think jumping off a skyscraper with no parachute I know that's not good without putting myself through it!!
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If this Fringe musical thing isn't a bad April Fools joke, then the episode itself will be. Good scifi requires a balanced suspension of disbelief. For a show that wants us to take it seriously, it won't be doing its part. This idea has "FAIL" written all over it. We already had to endure a horrible out-of-sequence episode this season. If they thing the series can afford more throw-away episodes, they are wrong.
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The thought of a musical episode of fringe makes me gag.
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The Fringe musical episode sounds interesting, but the only actor on the show I've really seen in anything else is Joshua Jackson and, other than that tag at the end of (the second?) Mighty Ducks movie, I can't recall him singing. The Rockford Files remake is starting to sound more interesting with every cast member added to it, but remakes are usually subpar at best; until I see it, though, I'm going to reserve judgement. And Castle's Kate Beckett needs to stop dating law enforcement types--last season's two-ep arc with Bailey Chase as FBI Agent Will Sorenson was awkward and maybe even a little forced, despite all parties involved being good and even great TV actors; besides, does anyone else remember Castle's speech about yin, yang, and its relation to Kate's dating habits? 'Nuff said.
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why is everybody freaking over this musical fringe? i think is a nice twist. it should be very interesting and amusing... but i don't want to jump to any conclusions before at least WATCHING the episode. anyone else with me?
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fistofkhonshu, how can a show jump the shark when no new episode aired yet?
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Hello Fringe, meet Shark. Now jump, you bastard!
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A musical episode would be miserable to watch...
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I know, guys. The Fringe musical thing might be an April Fools joke. But it seems too early to be pulling pranks, right? I'm mostly excited because I want to hear Reddick sing...seriously, how cool would that be? --stefanie
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Did you forget about Daniel Boone?
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A Fringe musical? It better not be a copy of Buffy's musical episode, "Once More, with Feeling" with the whole, 'we can't stop ourselves from singing' because it was good on Buffy but wouldn't be original if Fringe does it.
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Haha, nice info! Glee-Fringe *Hihi*
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Ha! JJ Abrams wants desperately to be Joss Whedon. It'll be intriguing to hear the guy from The Wire sing.
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castle is dope!
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Trey and Matt still rule!
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lol i'm not sure how i feel about a fringe musical... unless, of course, there's some weird pattern-related occurrence where people for some strange reason begin to sing musical numbers against their will. haha that seems like a bad horror movie. but i have a feeling this is an april fool's day prank.
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You've got to be kidding! Fringe the musical? This is an early April fools joke, right? Has J.J. Abrams lost his mind? Perhaps he has ingested too much cortexifan, or one of Walter Bishop's psychoactive drug cocktails. This is a HORRIBLE idea. Fringe is not Glee, or Buffy or any other show that has felt the need to do a musical episode. It is a dark, sometimes creepy, and intriguing sc-fi drama. The only music that should ever be heard on Fringe are the songs or music played in the background, used to enhance the mood, or heighten the tension of particular scenes. I don't want to hear anyone singing about shape-shifting aliens, Walter lamenting his lost son, or watch the Observers doing a song and dance. Leave well enough alone. Don't sell-out, J.J.!
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I agree. I won't quit the show, thats for sure, but I might skip this episode. I hope it's a joke...a MUSICAL episode? A fringe's musical episode? My god, what were they thinking?.
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Stephanie Lee...please go get yourself a therapist! The idea of a musical episode on Fringe is about as psychotic as they come and an insult to everything I've watched this show for. To suck all the depth and seriousness of this show with a musical episode of all things...I love this show but I may have to call it quits. I'm totally crushed by the whacked-out episode ideas that are completely straying away from the mytharc!
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Oh no, a musical episode...I'm scared.
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