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|02-24-2012, 10:50 PM||#1|
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"Fringe" Producers On If They'll Be Getting Another Season
"Fringe" Producers Pinkner and Wyman On Future Plans
by Alyse Wax
Feb. 24, 2012
I hate to have to ask, but what have the conversations been lately with Fox and what are you guys hearing about for next season?
Joel Wyman: Obviously that's a big question. We get that every year. This is the god-honest truth. We, Jeff and I, just do what we do. You have no control. We didn't have control last year, the year before either, and the year before.
So we can only do what we do and that is make the show that we love, continue to follow the path with the stories that we want to tell, great compelling stories, that interest our fans and really hope for the best.
I think that any show that doesn't have huge ratings, that's kind of what you're always up against. Meanwhile, conversations are ongoing. Everything is running the way that things usually run in these types of situations.
I guess, we'll find out like everybody else. But we don't fret about it because, really, it's out of our control. We can only step back and do our work and therein lies the path to serenity. So we're hoping for the best and just doing what we love.
Jeff Pinkner: One of my favorite stories when I was a kid was The Little Engine That Could. So I think we're the little engine that could constantly. You know, I think I can, I think I can. We're always struggling, and struggling, and struggling, and hoping, and hoping, and hoping. We just keep making the shows that we love and the good news is we can never rest on our laurels of knowing we're going to be on forever.
So we're constantly challenged to write the very best story we can, week in and week out, hoping that will allow us to keep telling more of them.
Joel Wyman: Yes. I mean, it's a strange thing. It's a sci-fi show on network television and everybody knows that that in itself is an amazing feat, that we've been on for so many years. The press has been so incredibly kind and so incredibly supportive that we feel like it's a success in any way, shape or form.
It's an expensive canvas, everybody knows it. To do what we do every week, it costs a lot of money and you have to have a return on it. That's show business and you've got to do it. We just hope that the dollars and cents can make sense and we can continue doing it.
But if this was the last season, speaking for myself, I would feel, obviously, incredibly sad because I know how much of the story that we have left to tell and that we would love to tell. But in the same breath I would feel that I could take care of the fans. That's the most important to us, that we feel like we have an ending that would leave people feeling like, "wow, I feel sad but satiated. I feel like that was definitely worth my four years of investment. I really love these characters and I can see where it would have gone. But I feel good."
That's all we're concerned about: making sure that the fans don't feel like, "Wait, what? What happened? I've invested four years of my life and I don't get any kind of resolution that makes sense." That's not what's going on.
And to be 100% frank, our partners at Fox would never want to consciously allow that to happen. So everybody knows that Jeff and I are very prepared. We're ready for anything.
Hopefully we go on. But it's out of our control.
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