J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman Talk Fringe
One of the few real hits of last year's TV season was Fox's unique Sci-Fi/FBI show, Fringe. The show got off to a slow start last season but ratings began to pick up when, thanks to the series hardcore fans, the producers decided to amp up their plans for reveling the mythology of the show and told many of the shows big secrets in the final episode of last season. As a result, Agent Dunham (Anna Torv) finally got her much desired meeting with the luminous William Bell and we found out why he was so hard to find, he's been hiding in another dimension. Fans of the show were quite pleased when they saw the actor playing Bell, who only appeared in the finale for a moment but returned for a much longer scene last night, Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy.
It makes sense that Nimoy would take the role since he had just finished working with the shows creators J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Krutzman on last summer's extremely successful Star Trek. But how large a role it really is and for how long the actor will appear on the show is still up for grabs. The three talented creators appeared in Santa Monica yesterday at a press event for the upcoming release of Star Trek on DVD and Blue Ray later this fall. They spoke briefly about Nimoy's role as Bell, how long it could last and what a work week is like for them on Fringe.
Abrams spoke first about Nimoy's role on the show. "In terms of his role as William Bell, none of us could believe our luck that we convinced him to say yes to being on the show. He is wonderful on the show and I will say that this is not the last you will see of his character." When asked if Bell would be squaring off with his former partner Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) this season, Abrams had this to say. "I don't want to give anything away but like I said, this is not the last we'll see of him and I think that he is so good and so wonderful to work with that I wouldn't limit the possibilities."
Orci discussed the work schedule on the show and how it is divided up by himself, Krutzman and Abrams. "We come in about once a week and then we'll oversee two or three episodes during the season, meaning we work with another writer and we all divvy up over seeing part of the staff to generate episodes. You know, we all sat around early on in this year for weeks to figure out what the overall season would be. We check in once or twice a week and oversee a couple of episodes. And sometimes (Abrams) and we switch off. That's the point, sometimes he'll oversee another episode when we're not around. That way there is a constant consulting and helping the great show runners that we have." "The credit really goes to them, honestly, said Krutzman. "They're in there all the time, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week."
Fringe airs Thursday nights at 9PM on Fox.