J.J. Abrams says Fringe hits its stride with giant slugs

J.J. Abrams, who co-created Fox's SF series Fringe, told a group of reporters that the series is just hitting its stride in the second half of its first season.

"I think that now more than ever, the show has really found its voice," Abrams said in a group interview Wednesday in Hollywood, Calif. "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."

Included in those upcoming episodes, starting Jan. 20, is a resolution to the arc of Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and John Scott (Mark Valley). Abrams warned viewers to expect more questions along with those 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."

Earlier in the day, Fox President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly said he was confident the network would pick up a second season of Fringe. "I'm in love with Kevin Reilly," Abrams joked, before adding that he himself has not thought that far ahead.

"I hope that's true," Abrams said. "It's sort of like being in the middle of lunch talking about dinner. It's like the idea of a season two is spectacular. I'm sure I'll be hungry when dinnertime comes, but I'm in the middle of lunch right now, so I just want to get through lunch."

In the near future, Abrams is 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." Fringe airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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