The ‘Supreme Court’ team making the new Star Trek movie also put on a couple of our favorite TV shows here at TrekMovie, both coming back with new episodes this week. Fringe is returning from its winter hiatus, while Lost is back with the first episodes since last Spring. See below to get back up to speed on both shows.
Exec. producers: Abrams, Orci, Kurtzman, & Burk. Created by Abrams, Orci, Kurtzman.
“Bound” [Season 1 Ep. 11]
Airing on the FOX tonight , January 20th at 9 PM (8 Central)
Synopsis: A visit from Olivia’s sister (Ari Graynor) and a formal review of the Fringe Division coincide with the investigation of the murder of a famous scientist, which may have something to do with Olivia’s recent abduction.
Need to catch up on the show’s last 10 episodes? Check out this 5-minute recap:
And here’s the promo for tonight’s episode:
Plus JJ Abrams talking to TV Guide about Fringe at the TCAs:
Abrams: Fringe "has really found it voice"
J.J. Abrams, co-creator of the Fox sci-fi drama "Fringe", told reporters that the series is just hitting its stride and the best is yet to come:
"I think that now more than ever, the show has really found its voice," Abrams said. "The episodes that are airing starting next week are the ones that for me are far and away the best episodes and what the show is. I feel like Fringe is a show about these crazy experiments, but in many ways Fringe is an experiment. I feel like we just found a way that the show works best. Those episodes are coming up next."
Those episodes, which return on January 20th, include a resolution to the arc of Olivia Dunham and John Scott, but Abrams warns to expect more questions along with the upcoming answers:
"There’s a great resolution that’s coming out in a few episodes, but it takes a lot of loose ends and gives closure to those," Abrams said. "Any show that is working will tell stories, resolve them; other stories will begin, and it’ll just kind of be this staggered thing. That’s where we are. So I really love the episode, and he’s fantastic in it. If you’re watching the show, it explains who he was, why he was doing what he did, why she’s been seeing him."
Abrams is particularly excited about the "slug gigantism" episode: "Wait until you see this next episode," he said. "If you’re a fan of gigantic slugs, don’t miss Fringe. That really should be the billboard."
Fox Pres. Says Season Two Likely
During last week’s TCA winter press tour, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly hinted that "Fringe" would be returning in the fall for a second season:
"I already know ‘Fringe’ is a keeper," he says. "The show’s been a bear creatively because it’s been very ambitious. They’ve really found the storytelling model now … what you’re going to see in the second half in the year, if you follow the serialized story you will not be disappointed, yet the stories really do reset themselves each week. I would not expect it to take off after ‘Idol,’ but I do think it will tick up another level," he says.
Extended Episodes to Continue?
Reilly was also asked if RemoteFreeTV, Fox’s experiment of using half as many commercials for shows like "Fringe" and "Dollhouse", would continue in the future:
If Fox has its way, yes…When asked if RemoteFree was a success, Reilly says, "For the most part, yes. Viewer feedback was great … advertisers were very happy … studies showed retention was high … but not every advertiser wants to pay that premium."
- Here are the titles of the next three episodes of the series: "No-Brainer" (1×12); "The Transformation" (1×13) and "Ability" (1×14). [SpoilerTV]
- Joshua Jackson at the TCA winter press tour, talking about upcoming plot points. [EW]
- Each episode of "Fringe" contains a hidden Easter egg that foreshadows something that will happen in the next episode. Leading up to the premiere of the show tonight, Fringe Television has been posting videos of those clues.
- The Observer was spotted at an NFL playoff game two Sunday’s ago. [The ODI]
The Observer checks out the game,
watch a video here
Exec. producers: Abrams, Lindelof & Burk. Created by Abrams and Lindelof
“Because You Left” [Season 5 Ep. 1]
Airing on the ABC Wednesday, January 21st at 9 PM (8 Central)
Synopsis: The remaining island survivors start to feel the effects of the aftermath of moving the island, and Jack and Ben begin their quest to reunite the Oceanic 6 in order to return to the island with Locke’s body in an attempt to save their former fellow castaways.
“The Lie” [Season 5 Ep. 2]
Airing on the ABC Wednesday, January 21st at 10 PM (9 Central)
Synopsis: Hurley and Sayid are on the run from the cops after stumbling into trouble at the safehouse; the island survivors come under attack by unknown forces; and an old friend offers some shocking advice to Kate in order to ensure that "the lie" remain a secret.
Sneak Peak at the season premiere:
Mathew Fox: Lost Ending will be "very global and epic"
As we head into the penultimate season of the show, star Mathew Fox tells Details Magazine that the show will have a "very global and epic ending":
All of us knew that if the show was strung out indefinitely, it was going to ruin the story. It’s not like a doctor drama, where you have a new case each week. This show started with a plane crash on an island in the South Pacific, and it’s going to have a very global and epic ending.
More on Time-Travel and Island History Planned for Season Five
Here are a couple bits from executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse who held a panel discussion with reporters on Friday [possible spoilers]:
- "The show has been a time-travel show for the last four years," Lindelof said. The writers are just making it more apparent, he added: "We feel the audience is prepared to go on that journey with us."
- "[We] hope to give the audience some greater sense of the island’s history," Cuse said. The [four-toed] statue was placed there initially to convey the idea that the island has a history and people have been there for a long time, he added. "Part of what this season will explore as you’ve seen as they’re skipping through time, … we’ll learn a lot more about what has happened on the island in the past," Cuse said.
- The season will heavily feature the main character of Sawyer (Josh Holloway) "Sawyer has a lot to do this year," Cuse said…Lindelof said that last season, with its focus on the Oceanic Six, was necessarily light on Sawyer, and this season is meant in part to redress that.
- Viewers will see more of Jin (Daniel Dae Kim), who is a series regular this year, though his character apparently perished last year when the freighter exploded. The producers wouldn’t say how and under what circumstances viewers will see Jin. The character of Claire may also be seen, but cast member Emilie de Ravin is not a regular this season.
Secondary Characters Are Safe; Ending Written
Producer Damon Lindelof says that knowing the show’s end date — May, 2010 — has allowed they "to do a tremendous amount of pre-planning:
Nestor Carbonell, for example, who plays Richard Alpert, one of the leaders of the shadowy "Others," will be in the series for the foreseeable future…"The benefit of knowing the story ahead of time is that we can lock these actors down," Lindelof said, "and not find ourselves in a situation where we’re waiting for them to be available."
Lindelof also hinted that the ending to the show has been written:
"We got to a point, seven episodes into the third season, where the show reached the point where we all knew it was treading in an area of complete and utter suckiness," Lindelof said. "Is that even a word? I don’t know – but I do know we were in trouble.
"At that point, we had a decision to make. Are we going to have an end date, or is the show going to be cancelled in, like, a year or a year and a half? Basically, all these flash-forwards, all these idea we’re working with now, are part of the story’s end game.”
- 5 questions with Jorge Garcia. [AOL]
- Will the question of Jacob’s identity/origin/power be addressed this year? Can we expect changes in the future if people make the right adjustments in the present? Those questions and more answered at USA Today.
- Michael Emerson spills secrets. [E! Online]
- Executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse chat with EW.com about the upcoming season.
- Tom Connolly ("Side Order of Life" and "Veronica Mars") has booked a recurring role. [Variety]
- Kavita Patil will play Rupa Krishnavani in episode seven. Fans are speculating that she will play an Ajira Airways flight attendant. [The ODI]
- Could Michael (Harold Perrineau) return? [TV Guide]
- Summary of all the known and confirmed info for season five — including episode titles — thus far (beware of spoilers). [SpoilerTV]
- Looking towards next week, E! Online has a report of the TCA press tour screening of Ep. 3 – "Jughead".