Fringe showrunners Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman are feeling good about the show coming back for another season. Fox network execs are also feeling good about the show coming back for another season. How about star Joshua Jackson? How does he feel about the series' prospects for another season?
"I’m a positive person in general, but we really need our Fringe fans to tune in and watch us on Fridays," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "We did good when we first moved, but last week we did not have a good week, ratings wise. It is going to take the people that like the show to watch the show and start the campaign and show their support if they want to see us stick around for another season."
Fringe did indeed start out great, hitting a 1.9 rating for two consecutive weeks when it came back last month. The numbers have slipped since then however, not into the extreme danger zone, but hopefully not the start of a trend either. Fortunately, DVR numbers have been strong as well, which gives a boost to flagging rating. The gist seems to be that fans are tuning in, but not enough of them. Fortunately for we the fans, Jackson isn't just telling us to tune in more, he's giving us reasons to do so. Hints! Also, spoilers ahead.
"Apparently I’m gonna be a dad and it is like the most extreme long-distance relationship, which I am pretty good at as it turns out in real life," he said. "My baby mama is in another universe. I think he has to find out, but I don’t know exactly how we’re gonna work that out yet. I have not seen the finale script yet or anything. The whole other universe thing and the machine and the war of the two worlds is obviously the end of this season. But you would think they can’t just let the baby thing fall away."
He also speaks to the recent focus in the show on exploring the interpersonal relationships between our main characters, sometimes at the expense of time that would otherwise be spent with the monster of the week. I've been enjoying the added character development, personally, but Jackson promises a return to more of the sci-fi elements that make the show so enjoyable.
"We have been exploring our feelings a lot lately," he said. "I feel sort of bad for fans of the relationship. The Peter-Olivia supporters have been taken for quite a ride. He wants to be with her, and in his mind it was her. But in her mind, he should have been able to tell the difference. But we get back to some cold hard out-there science stuff soon enough."
Fringe airs tonight at 9 ET/PT on Fox.