PopWatch asked readers to name the TV character they’d date in real life. After tallying more than 2,000 nominations (yes, we read them all), we’re ready to take it to a vote. We’ve put your top picks — 25 men, and 29 women (there was a tie for that last spot) — in two polls below. Vote now through Tuesday at midnight ET. Come back Friday when we’ll reveal the results. Remember: You can’t change anything about the character you’re picking, other than that he or she will no longer have feelings for his or her show love interest. (Second rule: Do not feel guilty.) Note: The order the characters are listed in the polls below is how they ranked during the first round, when you could be indecisive. What will happen when you can only pick one? READ FULL STORY »Last week,
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A Fringe/Firefly mash-up could cause a tear in the fabric of the cult TV nerdiverse, so watch this at your own risk. If you somehow survive, there’s a Doctor Who/CSI: Miami recut, too, which is marginally less geeky but just as excellent. READ FULL STORY »
Tonight marks the soft launch of one of the TV season’s most intriguing timeslot showdowns: Fox’s sci-fi cult fave Fringe vs. The CW’s fantasy/horror cult fave Supernatural at 9 p.m. I say “soft” because Supernatural airs a repeat tonight; it’ll return with new episodes next week. Fringe — moving into the timeslot after spending over a year on Thursday nights — comes back from the winter break with an original outing entitled “The Firefly,” which plays like a wink to Joss Whedon’s gone-too-soon outer space oater (and Friday-at-9 failure) Firefly.
In its third season, Fringe has been attracting around 5 million viewers in real time. Most pundits expect that Fringe will take a ratings hit in its new home, but no one is certain how big that hit will be. Fans seem alarmed about the long-term prospects of the show; we’ll see if they’re concerned enough to make the commitment to staying home on Friday nights as opposed to making it a watch-on-DVR-over-the-weekend thing. READ FULL STORY »
Fringe fans craving even a small glimpse into the future that is tomorrow night need not break into Walter Bishop’s Harvard lab and switch on his high-tech AlternaWorld-o-Vision to do so … especially since it wouldn’t work, because it peeks into parallel worlds, not the future. I mean, duh! (Damn how this show inspires me to the most convoluted sentences.) Just look at the photo at right. Walter Bishop and Nina Sharp are reading a note. Context? All I know is what I was told by the bald guy with hot sauce stains on his suit who dropped the photo off at my office: “On a rare visit to the Harvard campus, Nina and Walter take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the good ol’ days when they let curiosity be their guide. This leads to a discussion about Peter’s ongoing investigation (much to Walter’s dismay) about that doomsday machine …” (My source — usually more of a strong, silent type — was in an uncommonly chatty mood, so I’m very appreciative for his scoop!)
I know, know. Your mind: Buh-lowwwwn. But quick! Scrape your bloody gray matter off the wall and remold it into the high-powered theory-making super-computer it once was because I would like to play a game with you. The piece of paper that Walter is reading: What’s on it? Here are your options. I am told that one of these answers is actually correct. READ FULL STORY »
On The 'Fringe': Scoop on tonight's new episode, The Observer, and the possible return of a 'Mad Men' villain
new episode of Fringe takes us through the looking glass and into my favorite topsy-turvy wonderland currently on television. Fringe fans know it as “Over There” — a parallel universe realm that resembles our “Over Here” world but is distinguished by a few outré sci-fi touches and alternate versions of our history, our culture and ourselves. “Over There,” there are daily flights to the moon. “Over there,” Eric Stoltz starred in Back to the Future, not Michael J. Fox. “Over There” has no long-running musical named Cats — but there is one called Dogs. And in the New York City of “Over There,” the Empire State Building isn’t just a tall building, but a docking terminal for dirigibles — which, by the way, was the original intention for the spire section atop the art deco Manhattan landmark. (Another pop culture fave of mine that brought this idea to life: the near-forgotten Jude Law/Gwyneth Paltrow retro sci-fi/cutting edge f/x marvel Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.) I’m told everyone over at Fringe HQ pitches in to help flesh out the Over There world — from the L.A.-based writing staff to the Vancouver-based art department — and I look forward to seeing what rich little throwaway details the show will give us tonight. READ FULL STORY »Tonight’s
expressed hope that the sci-fi adventure series produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot team would finally fulfill its potential as TV’s next great cult pop obsession following two intermittently brilliant seasons. At the risk of being too early with a judgment after just three episodes, I’d like to state for the record that Fringe has at last become the show I wanted it to be and is set to become my new “Favorite TV Series Currently On The Air”… right after Mad Men signs off for the year on Sunday. Going into the season, NBC’s The Event seemed poised to fill the hole left behind by Lost. But it has been Fringe that has stepped up to become broadcast television’s premiere capture-the-imagination enterprise. I’ve never been more hooked.Three weeks ago, in anticipation for the season 3 premiere of Fringe, I
Of course, while I’ve been slow to become all-in on Fringe, others have not. EW’s TV critic Ken Tucker has been a major champion of the show since the beginning, and I’m sure if you’re reading this, you’re probably also reading his recaps of each new episode. I’ve always enjoyed the show as an extremely well-produced next-gen X-Files. At the same time, I’ve always wanted the show to become less defined by its influences and find its own unique entity. Fringe began doing that late last season when the writers decided to plunge deeply into the show’s core mythological conceit: That the world that’s home to heroes Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop, and Walter Bishop is in hostile conflict with a parallel universe version of the same world, marked by variations in history and people. Fringe has had great creative fun fleshing out this idea, and you can actually feel that fun seeping through. The writers are clearly having a ball in the playground they’ve built for themselves, and it’s clear that the actors are having a blast, too.
Anna Torv, the actress who plays Olivia, deserves special a commendation. READ FULL STORY »
'Fringe': Will the J.J. Abrams sci-fi series achieve geek glory this season? PLUS: Parallel world-palooza!
Fringe begins its third season tonight, and the time has come for J.J. Abrams’ erratically awesome freaks-and-geeks fest to become consistently awesome and fulfill its long-teased promise of becoming TV’s coolest, craziest, most creatively audacious cult pop thingie. Lost and Heroes are gone. FlashForward fizzled out. I never got aboard the Supernatural bandwagon — and I jumped off the Smallville bandwagon a long time ago. The Event has potential (I’ve seen the next two episodes—they’re strong), but Fringe has the pole position. The show has the goods for a great run. The braintrust installed by Abrams and co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are indeed brainy enough. The core cast — John Noble, Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown — can bring it, and their characters have evolved into truly engaging, involving people. And after two seasons of pussy-footing around its key sci-fi idea (our world is embroiled in a secret war with a parallel universe Earth) and fumbling to find a way to explore it in an accessible, character-driven way, Fringe finally committed and found Eureka! with an outstanding sweep of episodes at the end of season 2 that set up the premise of season 3.
Agent Olivia Dunham (Torv) is marooned in the “over there” world, while her doppelganger has secretly taken her place in her own world. Exec producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman say the new season will toggle between the two realms, which will allow the series to spend significant time in the parallel world and have fun fleshing out and playing with an alternate version of history where people travel by rerto sci-fi blimps and the World Trade Center still stands. I’m looking forward to watching Fringe letting its already-freaky freak flag unfurl even further this year (while not losing track of its human element) — and I’m looking forward to reading our resident Fringe champion Ken Tucker’s clear-eyed take on the show each week. In fact, Ken and fellow Fringe fanatic Whitney Pastorek have whipped up a Fringe refresher to get you set for the new season. You can find it here. READ FULL STORY »
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