More quotables from Fringe EPs Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman about the returning episodes of the FOX sci-fi serial, the season’s overarching threat, and why the current ratings model is flawed.
When Fringe returns in March, the first episode back is the Wyman-directed “A Short Story About Love” (watch the teaser here). Wyman talks about his Fringe directorial debut and why he’s excited about the finished product:
JW: “Well, first of all it was the most incredible experience. You know, directing, when you run a television show it’s kind of like it’s something that not many people actually get the time to do because you’re so consumed with everything that’s going on. You can’t just disappear. So fortunately, I have an amazing partner that allows us to do these different things who will be directing an episode himself soon I’m sure. But it’s amazing. I love directing and I think that it allowed me to get closer to the actors and actually work with them on a level that I haven’t before and really get down there with them. I would jump at the chance to do it anytime I could.
To us, Jeff and I, it’s kind of like a perfect version of what a Fringe show is because it has a great terrifying element to it which is very fringy. On the other hand it has this incredible love story aspect and things that people are going to be really, really excited for, we believe, as far as the relationships in the show. So it was an honor to do it and it was just incredible. It turned out really well. We love it. It was just an incredible experience.”
On why the current ratings system is flawed:
JW: “[If] you look at the DVR numbers, Friday night is a tricky spot. I truly believe that there needs to be some new way of measuring who’s watching what and some way. Because I feel like there’s satellites that can see a Levi’s tab on the back of your jeans but they can’t tell you who’s watching which television show. I’m a little suspicious.
But, look, the truth is that people–it’s changed. Times have changed. People, it’s busy. People have hard lives. They’re making it work. They’re coming home from work. They’re telling us when they want to watch the show because the DVRs, they go up like crazy. I mean, 80% is nuts. [..] when the big numbers come out on DVRs you understand there are a lot of people watching the program, just not on Friday nights.”
On David Robert Jones’ ultimate plan:
JW: Obviously, we can’t tell anything. But I think that David Robert Jones, just remember that on Fringe we try to make like nothing is as it seems. That there’s always a little more to the story behind the story. He’s definitely a large part going forward. I think a lot of things will come full circle. But you’ll be like, oh, wow. And again, I hate to use the word but recontextualize a lot of things that you’ve already seen.”
As for what the upcoming episodes have in store, it seems the overarching story will receive more attention on the amber bricked road to the finale:
JP: We’re sort of in a zone of episodes right now where each one is pretty amazing. Each one either turns the story or resolves something important or leaves a cliff hanger. So the several episodes, each is pretty awesome in itself and also is very important to the overall patchwork of the season.
Source: Geek News