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J.J. Abrams’ Fringe Debuts Sept. 9 on FOX

August 26, 2008

Fox screened its most anticipated fall show, J.J. Abrams’ Fringe, for critics in July, but has yet to provide preview copies of any changes. The pilot’s been up on Megavideo for almost that long and hasn’t been taken down yet. I suspect the plan is to get as many eyes on it as possible and spread a viral, word of mouth campaign.

Exploring new ways of reaching young viewers, FOX will simul-stream the premieres of “Fringe” and ” Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” exclusively for college students. Beginning Monday (Aug. 25) students accessing the network’s main website through a “.edu” domain will be able to watch a streaming feed of the two premieres. The special college feeds will include extras such as: behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, and cast and producer interviews.

J.J. Abrams’ Fringe is an interesting concept and of course it’s Abrams. Which means the 2-hour premier episode had a $10 million dollar budget and each episode will be at least 50 minutes as opposed to the current standard of 40 – 45 minutes.

Executive producer Bryan Burk said in an interview, Fringe focuses on investigations of those who may be using science and cutting-edge technology for nefarious ends with “ripped from the headlines” subject matter. It reminds me of a hybrid of the X-Files, The Andromeda Strain and Canada’s ReGenesis. (One of the stars of ReGenesis has a cameo as a doctor in the pilot)

Mo Ryan of The Watcher seems to think there is cautionary promise to it. Giving an interesting fact that one of the staff writers for the show is Darin Morgan, who wrote some of the best “X-Files” episodes ever, including her favorites, “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'” and “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” (mine too) I sent her a Tweet on Twitter asking if what she saw in July differed from the “leaked” version. She said it did a bit and that was what she based her preview on. I’ve only seen the leaked version, coming in at just over 85 mins. It could be the next big show, but I need to see a few more shows to really get pulled in.

Fringe begins Sept. 9th on FOX.

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