The reality of Fringe's future is not bright: Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said as much about the critically-adored and audience-ignored show over the weekend. And star Joshua Jackson is staring that reality right in the face.
As we mentioned earlier today, during the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour Reilly said the following about Fringe's chances at renewal:
"We lose a lot of money on the show. At that rate, on that night, it's almost impossible for us to make money off it. That's been the case now over the last season. We're not in the business of losing money. So we really do have to sit down with that entity as well and figure out 'Is there a number in which it makes sense, or will this be it?' "
The "entity" Reilly is talking about is Warner Bros. TV, the studio that produces the show. Something will have to give in order for it to continue, and it's in the studio's court to decide what, if any, concessions it's willing to make.
But when asked about his feelings on the subject, Jackson offered this level-headed statement:
"He could not have been more clear ... He's not running a charitable foundation. And if the show is really not making money [then that should be it]. But the important thing to me is that our writers are given a chance to finish the show, because it's a serialized show."
And Reilly, who has kept the show on the air perhaps longer than its ratings merited, agrees with Jackson. He'd like nothing more than for Fringe to go out in style:
"I don't want it to go out with a whimper. We don't want to fumble the ball at the 5-yard line. If it ends up being the last show, we'll end up doing it right."
Let's hope everyone comes to their senses and lets them.
(via Entertainment Weekly)