<i>Fringe</i> Loses Co-Showrunner

Jeff Pinkner, who has helped to guide Fringe as co-showrunner since Season 2, has stepped down as the Fox sci-fi drama heads into its fifth and final season, TV Guide reports. J.H. Wyman will remain to oversee those final 13 episodes.

According to the website, the split was amicable, with Pinkner merely leaving to pursue other projects.

“For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on Fringe,” co-creator J.J. Abrams said in a statement. “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.”

Fringe returns for its final season Friday, Sept. 28.

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