'Fringe' Halts Season 5 Production for 2 Weeks So John Noble Can Seek Medical Treatment

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July 25th, 2012

'Fringe' has halted production of its fifth and final season for two weeks so John Noble can be treated for medical problems reports TV Line. Noble will be treated for a previously diagnosed sleeping disorder that was made worse by a hectic travel schedule.

Hopefully he's not taking the Emmy snub too badly and whatever ails him is easily cured by rest and, of course, red licorice and strawberry milkshakes.


  • were123

    They do something meaningulf, every case of the week has deep themes, makes you think, explores what makes as human. I always noted that some of the US audience isn’t able to grasp that, which is weird considering what a success LOST was. Fringe is very huge in other countries, like Chile, Brasil, Germany, and that’s just to start, so I don’t really get why the American audience doesn’t like it, even more repetitive shows like CSI and Law and Order SVU are still on air after more than ten seasons. So it has always bothered me quite a lot, why don’t you like Fringe? It’s a clever written show, with likeable cast and characters. The case of the week format explores deep and great themes about humanity, the mithology is just insane (in a good way) and it’s fairly unpredicatable. For me Fringe has everything a show needs and more. Sure, there are episodes that are better than others, and some that I think that are expendables, but as a whole, I think of the show as the best sci-fi/fantasy drama out there, so why? Why is it so loved in foreign countries and not on its own?

  • SueP

    @were123- “I always noted that some of the US audience isn’t able to grasp that…” Why do people always jump on the ‘stupid Americans’ bandwagon just because a show you like isn’t a ratings success here? Just because a show isn’t popular beyond a small ‘fringe’ group (pardon the pun) in the US, doesn’t mean we don’t ‘grasp’ it’s deep themes as you put it. I watched Fringe when it premiered. To me, it was a poor X-Files rip-off that didn’t hold my interest. Maybe it got better, but I moved on and didn’t look back. I did watch Lost (even tho it became a bit strained toward the end). Lost was a unique show in scope and idea with a large ensemble cast that kept things interesting — Fringe, at least to me, was not. I do watch Supernatural and will give anything that’s listed as Sci-Fi or Fantasy a try, but it has to garner my interest within the first few eps and hold it or it’s a no go. In America, we have hundreds of TV choices with network and cable programming and I, for one, don’t waste time with something that doesn’t catch my interest three episodes in. I don’t need to. So, I’m glad you enjoy Fringe and I’m happy you’ve found deep meaning exploring what makes us human with Olivia, Walter and Co., but please refrain from believing that just because you find it a good show, that everyone who doesn’t lacks the intelligence to do so. Perhaps we just found better things to do.

  • Akihironihongo

    Get well, John. And don’t eat any Strawberry toaster pastries.

  • were123

    I am not saying that US audience is stupid, I am saying that some people don’t get the point, which is not the same thing.
    So my question is not “why are americans so stupid?” but “why don’t the americans get Fringe?” And some americans do get it! Because there 3 million people in the country that watch the show regularly and found a deep meaning to it, like me. I know that it is perfectly natural that one might not like it, but the thing is that considering the format of Fringe, which is the one that incredible hits like CSI and SVU, using procedurial investigation of the week, plus a LOST like approach on each character for their development, and an incredible freak meat each episode mixed with conspiracy and smart developed mithology, then why couldn’t it be a hit? It only became better after the first season, so I don’t get the rating decline, nor why isn’t a big hit.
    I’ll sum it up in caps lock on so I make it clear:

  • SueP

    @were123 – You’re asking a question that’s not really ever going to be answered in a manner you’d accept. The ratings declined, so obviously people don’t think all the elements you find so compelling are as compelling as you seem to. I’m happy you find it such a wonderful experience, but that doesn’t mean everyone else should. It’s not that Americans ‘don’t get’ Fringe, it’s simply that they don’t want to watch it. And, when a shows ratings decline, it’s apparent the casual audience doesn’t find it enjoyable, despite the fact that you still do. If you love it, good for you, but you’re assuming your opinion is the correct one, which is the problem with opinions — there all correct to the one who holds them, but they’re still just opinions. So if you see the point of Fringe, by all means watch it and enjoy it. Like I said, I watched it when it first aired, and it’s not that I didn’t get the point, it’s that, in my opinion, it didn’t have one. But that’s simply my opinion. :)

  • Roger

    Someone should call that Michael Jackson doctor.

    He is very good at treating sleep disorders.

  • were123

    I think you are right, everyone has their right to their own opinion, and it’s a shame that they can’t see Fringe the way that I do, because I’m sure they would love it if they did! But, as you said, that’s my opinion! It’s a matter of perspective. I’d like if the US audience could see Fringe the same way that I do, but in the end I’m nobody to tell them the way they should do things.
    Anyway, I’m happy that the show got so far, FOX really supported Fringe since the beggining and now they are letting the show and its loyal fan base have their ending. They did something similar with Dollhouse, which never had a chance for a second season in any other broadcast network, but FOX gave it a chance to end quite properly (in my opinion). So that’s really something for FOX and I’m happy that Fringe is ending by its own terms. Besides, if it last any longer it would risk stretching its storyline too much like Supernatural did! So I think it’s a win for everyone, despite low ratings.
    I would love if the viewership increase this season, but that’s not up to me. You said you left after the first season. I suggest you to watch two more episodes (procedurials ones): White Tulip and One Night in October. They are signs of how Fringe grew and became great. If you don’t like them, then Fringe is merely not your cup of tea and that’s fine, but if you do, then you are up for one amazing trip! There are many things to enjoy here, and I’m sure that if people give episodes like that a chance, they are most surely going to love Fringe :)

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