It's no secret that Fringe is on shaky ground. The sci-fi drama has yet to be renewed for a fifth season, and the clock's ticking. Yesterday afternoon, the cast and crew, including Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, attended a WonderCon panel where they gave an update on the show's future. They also revealed (if the network permits) a familiar face they'd love to bring back.
In the WonderCon ballroom, fans lined up to ask Wyman and Pinkner the tough questions. The one thing on everyone's mind was Fringe's possible cancellation. Executive producer Wyman gave the audience a direct and honest answer.
"For every season, we don't say anything until we know. It's really out of our hands. We cannot control it. If you cannot control it, you can't worry about it. We're going to make the same show. We've never changed our direction for anybody. And that's all we can offer."
They're focusing on the present and delivering a show that will be worthwhile for fans. If this is the end, they don't want to feel like they've wasted your time. Wyman continued, "We want you guys to feel satiated and feel like you've spent four years of your lives investing in something that's going to pay off. If we are concerned about anything, it's really not our jobs, it's how we're going to leave it with you."
If Fringe is renewed for another season, viewers could see the return of a fan favorite—Charlie Francis. "Kirk Acevedo was spectacular," declared executive producer Jeff Pinkner. "He was on a different television show this season [Prime Suspect], which unfortunately is no longer around, and we have talked about bringing Charlie back. At the moment there are no plans to, but that doesn't mean we're not open to it."
Keep your fingers crossed.
Fringe returns March 23 at 9 p.m. on Fox.