Pinkner, who has run the FOX sci-fi serial since Season 1 (and since Season 2 alongside J.H. Wyman), has stepped down to pursue other projects, according to TV Guide.
Their sources claim it was Pinkner’s decision to leave the show and that it was an amicable split. Pinkner will not retain executive producer credit in the show’s upcoming final season in which Wyman will serve as the sole showrunner.
In a statement, Fringe co-creator and exectuvie producer JJ. Abrams said:
“We’re so excited to begin work on a fifth season of Fringe and to be able to deliver the 13 final episodes to our passionate and devoted fans. For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on Fringe. We’re thankful for the invaluable contributions Jeff has made to the show and of course wish him well and look forward to working together in the future. J.H. Wyman’s importance to Fringe cannot be overstated, however, and I’m thrilled that he will continue as showrunner for the concluding chapters of our story. We can’t wait for our fans to see what we have in store for them in the wild conclusion of Fringe.”
Good luck to Pinkner for the future and let’s hope Wyman and his team can bring the good ship Fringe home to a satisfying conclusion.
Update: On his Twitter account, Pinkner posted:
“As you know, there would be no season 5 (or 4… Or 3, etc) without you! I love you all (yes even YOU — you know who you are…). You are in good hands from here. But don’t think you’re getting rid of me that easily. Again, much love!!! Jeff”