It’s all a-changing over in the Fringe camp this month it would seem.
The hit Fox sci-fi series will soon return for it’s final and final season but it seems they will be without one central member of staff for their last run.
It has been confirmed today that executive producer Jeff Pinkner will not be working on the last episodes of the show and has stepped down from the franchise, to work on a number of new projects.
Pinkner has been at the helm of the complicated, often confusing but incredibly compelling show since it’s second season, alongside J.H. Wyman and insiders told TV Guide that his decision to leave and departure from the team was an amicable one. Going forward, it was confirmed that Wyman will continue as the sole showrunner for shorter than usual final run.
“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,” co-creator/executive producer J.J. Abrams said in a statement.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the Fringe team are currently gearing up for what will be their final visit to Comic Con. Wyman and stars of the show including Anna Torv (Olivia Dunham), Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop), Lance Reddick (Phillip Broyles), Blair Brown (Nina Sharp), Jasika Nicole (Astrid Farnsworth) and John Noble (Waler Bishop) will host their last panel for the series at the popular convention in San Diego on Sunday, July 15 in Hall H.
Fringe will then return for it’s fifth and final season on Friday, Sept. 28. It will run for 13 episodes and filming is due to begin on it early next month.
Seth Gabel – whose character, Lincoln Lee was recurring in seasons two and three and then joined as a series regular in season four – will not be back and it has been previously confirmed that the season will take place in the year 2036, continuing with the events seen in the fourth season episode “Letters of Transit”.
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