Serialized Bites: Jackson on Fringe ‘Critical Mass’, LOST and More!

Today’s round-up of tasty serialized snacks comes in the form of Fringe‘s Joshua Jackson, who talks about the show’s potential for reaching “critical mass”. There’s also more from Fringe, and news from the worlds of LOST, Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Event and Dexter!

Joshua Jackson believes that Fringe is “still in that honeymoon phase that you get in a television show before it either dies, or hits that critical mass.” [hollywoodoutbreak -audio]

Meanwhile, mild spoiler for you. Actor Kevin Weisman (Marshall Flinkman – Alias) will be working on an episode of Fringe this week, as revealed through the wonders of social media. While Shawn and Aaron Ashmore will also guest star in an upcoming episode of Fringe, likely to air in November:

I chatted with Shawn on set, who told me this is the first time he and Aaron have acted together in about 15 years.

“We’re having fun with it, running around on set and fooling everybody,” he said. “It’s been fun. It’s a huge experience and a good show.”

Shawn, who played Bobby Drake the Iceman in the “X-Men” movies, and Aaron, who played Jimmy Olsen on “Smallville,” haven’t co-starred in anything in a long time for a simple reason.

“It’s usually because the stuff that came along is kind of hokey, but I think the quality of ‘Fringe’ is really high and the episode is done well and our characters are intelligent,” Shawn said. “We’re going to have some fun.”


FringeBloggers 10 Hopes for Fringe Season 3. While SciFi Talk chat to Lance Reddick about the second season of the show.

The final season of LOST reminds us that serialized TV shows have the tendency to do very well in DVD sales:

Television shows on DVD may peter out after the first few seasons, but not “Lost.”

The celebrated TV show’s sixth and final season debuted as the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc release the week ending Aug. 29, despite a price tag three times higher than the average new movie.

On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, “Lost: The Complete Sixth Season,” from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, snatched the top spot from another Disney release, the Miley Cyrus film “The Last Song,” which slipped to No. 3 its sophomore week.

Sony Pictures’ “The Back-Up Plan,” a romantic comedy with Jennifer Lopez that grossed $37.5 million in theaters, debuted at No. 2, selling 75% as many units as “Lost.”

“Lost” also debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, with the newly issued “Lost: The Complete Series” bowing at No. 2, despite a suggested retail price of $279.99.


Doctor Who grabbed a Hugo Award in Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) for The Waters of Mars. What a fantastic episode that was, by the way.

Writer Jane Espenson, who is working on the new season of Torchwood, promises to mix things up a little bit:

And is there something you’re just DYING to do or try on the show? Or something you can only do because it’s Torchwood?

I love blending tones—mixing the broadly comedic moment in with the darkly dramatic one can heighten both. Torchwood is a show that welcomes that kind of moment. I’m also really eager to play with all the culture-clash material that comes naturally out of the show’s pedigree. And I’m especially eager to write material that pushes the boundaries of what can ordinarily be done on television.

Can you give us any juicy details? Or maybe just some slightly moist
ones? Or anything at all?

We’ve already changed the name of at least one character that was announced in the press. And there’s nothing to stop us from changing more—so if you hear anything, even if it was true at some point, it probably isn’t anymore. So the more you learn about Torchwood, the less you know.

Full interview at Blastr.

Matt Smith calls the next Doctor Who series “Madly Inventive”. He also describes co-star Karen Gillan as “a mixture between a Preying Mantis and a very beautiful china doll. [Newsbeat]. Meanwhile, filming for the new series apparently gets underway this morning:

The first production block is believed to consist of the third and fourth episodes, both of which will be directed by Richard Clark. Filming will begin with episode three, written by Neil Gaiman, before moving on to an instalment penned by Mark Gatiss.

It has already been announced that the new series will be split into two parts.

Episode two of NBC’s upcoming conspiracy thriller, The Event, will be titled “To Keep Us Safe”. Episode three will be called “Protect Them From The Truth”. Don’t forget there’s still time to send your questions in to The Event creator, Nick Wauters, who is having a Q&A withThe Event TV. Click here to submit your questions or for more information.

Meanwhile, Blair Underwood‘s hometown of Petersburg has won the Eventful premiere screening contest. [TheEventLog]

Episode 5.03 of Dexter will be called “Practically Perfect”.

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