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Inside Joke as First Friday Episode of 'Fringe' is Entitled 'Firefly'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 9th 2010 7:40AM
Walter BishopWhen Fox announced last month that it was moving 'Fringe' to Friday nights at 9PM ET -- a.k.a. "The Death Slot" -- fans immediately feared the worst, despite the show's producers saying the move was a positive one.

Now, blastr.com reports that in a cheeky self-referential nod to fans' fears and the fate of other shows in the dreaded slot, the first Friday night episode is called 'Firefly.'

Remember 'Firefly'? Joss Whedon's post-'Buffy' space western launched in 2002 to great acclaim, but after falling (Friday night) ratings Fox canceled it after airing only 11 episodes. Gulp.

Despite its short life on network TV 'Firefly' launched the careers of stars Morena Baccarin ('V') and Nathan Fillion ('Castle'), and the show's writers have gone on to work their magic on series like 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Haven,' 'Supernatural' and 'Warehouse 13.'

This kind of in-joking is nothing new to 'Fringe' producers, who often have their tongues firmly in their cheeks. Previous episode titles have paid homage to numerous influences, ranging from Philip K. Dick and 'Blade Runner' ('Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?'), to the boardgame 'Clue' ('Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver.') and the poet Robert Frost ('The Road Not Taken').

Although Fox has said it has no plans to cancel 'Fringe,' ratings have declined recently and fewer than 5 million people watched a recent episode, which is definitely not a good sign. By comparison, Fox canceled 'Firefly' after the audience dropped to just under 4.5 million.

At least the nod to 'Firefly' shows that 'Fringe' producers know the trouble they could be in come January when their show moves to the pit of despair Friday nights.

'Fringe' airs tonight, 9PM ET on Fox.
New episodes will air Friday nights, 9PM ET on Fox from January 21.

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Could be worse as it could have been called Dollhouse full of Fireflies.

December 10 2010 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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