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'Fringe' Set Visit: The Cast Talks Peter's Return, Dueling Universes & New Threats

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 21st 2011 10:00AM
After four episodes of ghostly visitations, disembodied voices and brief cameos in reflective surfaces, Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) is back from non-existence, which, ordinarily, would be cause for celebration.

Unfortunately for 'Fringe' fans, there's still the small issue of no one remembering who Peter is, which means that the tearful reunions might be a long time coming -- especially since there's no new episode this week.

Fringe cast
Last month, AOL TV traveled to Vancouver to catch up with the cast of the Fox drama (Fridays at 9PM ET) and find out what's coming up for our intrepid Fringe divisions -- on this side and the other.

After the jump, Anna Torv, John Noble, Jasika Nicole, Seth Gabel and Lance Reddick weigh in on what Peter's return will mean for the team, how the addition of Lincoln will change the character dynamics and how the working relationship between the two universes will evolve. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Catch Up With 'Fringe': 5 Essential Episodes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 23rd 2011 1:30PM
So you've heard the buzz, your interest is tickled and you're ready to take the plunge into a new show. But, you don't have time to catch up on multiple seasons?

Have no fear, AOL TV is here. We'll be spotlighting five episodes from some of the best scripted comedies and dramas on TV that you need to see before jumping into the new season this fall.

Up now? 'Fringe.'

'Fringe' castStarring Anna Torv as FBI Agent Olivia Dunham, 'Fringe' is a sci-fi FBI drama set in the world of fringe science. But before you run screaming from the room, just know that it's much more than an 'X Files' rip-off.

Created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, 'Fringe' is about love, loss and redemption. It's smart, funny, challenging and moving.

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Comic-Con Q&A: 'Fringe' Panel Highlights & Cast Talking Favorite Moments (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 24th 2011 12:30PM
Joshua Jackson, 'Fringe'So what did the stars and producers of 'Fringe' reveal about the show's fourth season at the show's Comic-Con panel on Saturday? Absolutely nothing. Yet the panel was still enjoyable, even if I have no idea how Peter Bishop will be re-integrated into the world of 'Fringe' when the show returns.

The stars were, of course, willing to talk about 'Fringe''s excellent third season (check out the video interviews below for more on that), and the panel began with a funny video clip -- "auditions" for the role of Peter who, of course, is played by Joshua Jackson.

The actor wasn't scheduled to be part of the panel, but he turned up in an Observer suit and hat as the session was getting underway. So how will his character return when Season 4 begins? "All will be answered, we promise," executive producer J.H. Wyman said.

Just not right now.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: John Noble Talks Walter, Walternate and 'Fringe'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 28th 2010 5:30PM
'Fringe' is having a little break during the World Series -- the Fox series will return either Nov. 4 or Nov. 11, depending on the length of the baseball championship series.

But to keep your appetite whetted for all things 'Fringe,' below is an exclusive video of star John Noble talking about his two 'Fringe' characters -- Walter Bishop and the alternate universe's "Walternate."

When 'Fringe' does return in a week or two, I'll have an in-depth interview with executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, who'll talk about their vision (or rather, double vision) for the third season of the show.

If you haven't been watching it, you really should try to get caught up with season 3. 'Fringe' has been on fire this season (a recent piece singing the show's praises is here).

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Why You Should Be Watching the Doubly Delicious 'Fringe'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 23rd 2010 3:00PM
Reviews of new shows are full of hedges and what-ifs. Unless we're sent multiple episodes of a new show, critics can't always tell when iffy programs have the potential to become pretty good or even wonderful.

No hedging here: 'Fringe,' which begins its third season at 9PM ET Thursday, has evolved into a terrific show. Now that the Fox drama is consistently telling enjoyably complex and emotionally compelling stories, I'd hate it if 'Fringe' got lost in the fall shuffle.

So I'll start off by begging you to watch 'Fringe,' pretty please, and then I'll share some non-spoilery thoughts about the first two episodes of the third season below.

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'Fringe' Set Visit: Alternate Universe Talk With John Noble & Jasika Nicole

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 23rd 2010 10:10AM
'Fringe' is one of those shows that'll leave your jaw on the floor all season long and still manage to raise the stakes even more in season finales. Last season's cliffhanger ending was no exception.

(Needless to say, if you're not caught up, get caught up! And don't watch or read further unless you want the awesomeness to be spoiled.)

I hit the Vancouver set of 'Fringe' to chat with stars John Noble and Jasika Nicole before the season premiere (Thurs., Sept. 23, 9PM ET on Fox). Watch and see what they spilled about Nolivia/Bolivia/Altlivia/Fauxlivia -- sorry, I just can't pick one! -- and how long it'll take to realize they've got an imposter in their universe.

Also, enjoy Noble's delighted expression when talking about the show's best twist: having Peter and Olivia hook up, just like fans have begged for ... even though she isn't really Olivia. Love it.

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The Show Girl's Set Visit-O-Rama: 'Fringe,' 'Private Practice' & 'Community' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 17th 2010 10:00AM
FringeIt's a set visit-o-rama this week, and I've got fun scoop from the casts of some of my favorites: 'Fringe,' 'Private Practice' and 'Community.'

At 'Fringe,' stars John Noble and Jasika Nicole dish about the new season and the issues with Nolivia/Bolivia/Altlivia. (I also have some exciting news about episode 4.) Then I hit 'Private Practice' to talk Shonda Rhimes crossovers -- both the big 'Grey's Anatomy' one this season, and a possible one with her new Hawaii-based Doctors Without Border drama 'Off the Map.'

Then it's over to 'Community,' where Yvette Nicole Brown dream casts her TV sister. (All together now: That's nice.) And I get risky and ask multi-tasker Alison Brie a risque 'Mad Men' question about little Sally Draper's big, um, personal scene this year. (Yes, she blushed.)

Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Why John Noble Should Win an Emmy for 'Fringe' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 28th 2010 3:30PM
Fringe, John Noble, Walter BishopJohn Noble has done some outstanding work on 'Fringe' this year, and I really hope he ends up with an Emmy for it. The nominations will be announced on July 8, and the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Aug. 29 on NBC.

I've loved Noble's portrayal of the brilliant scientist Walter Bishop since 'Fringe' premiered in 2008, but he really raised the bar during season two. 'The Man From the Other Side' included a heartbreaking scene where Peter told Walter that he knew he wasn't his son, that Walter had stolen him from the other universe, and that it was a horrible betrayal that Walter had kept from him.

You could just see the panic on Noble's face as Peter's words pierced his heart. And my heart broke for Walter.

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Father and Son on 'Fringe' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 7th 2010 2:45AM
Father and Son on 'Fringe'Family relationships are tough enough to begin with. But when you add alternate realities to the equation, well, that's when things start to get really complicated. That's the situation on 'Fringe' (Thu., 9PM ET on Fox).

[Spoiler alert.]

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'Fringe' - 'Brown Betty' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 30th 2010 9:20AM
Fringe, Brown Betty, Musical Episode
(S02E20) "And together they made goodness and lived happily ever after. The end." - Ella's happier ending to the story

Let's just get this out of the way right now. Lily Pilblad (Ella) and John Noble (Walter) need a LOT more scenes together. In fact, if the unthinkable happens and 'Fringe' is yanked off the air, these two should have their own show together. She's so darn cute, and they act like they've been doing scenes together for years. My favorite was when she was holding the bucket for Jean the Cow, who was happily chomping away while Walter and Ella talked storylines. Way too sweet.

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'Fringe' - 'The Man From the Other Side' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 23rd 2010 12:00PM
(S02E19) "I want you to get some rest, Dad." - Peter to Walter

This episode of 'Fringe' had everything -- a slimy embryo, a thrilling gunfight, nefarious shapeshifters, some alternate universe action, and yes, that heartbreaking drama we've been waiting for all season.

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'Fringe' - 'White Tulip' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 16th 2010 2:58AM
Fringe: White Tulip(S02E18) "Until I took my son from the other side, I had never believed in God. But it occurred to me that my actions had betrayed Him, and that everything that happened to me since then was God punishing me. So now I'm looking for a sign of forgiveness, a specific one, a white tulip ... If God can forgive me for my acts, maybe it's in the realm of possibility that my son will be able to forgive me." - Walter Bishop to Alistair Peck

First of all, how cool was it to see John Noble and Peter Weller hobnobbing on screen together? Just two old scientists exchanging time travel theories and comparing notes on saving/stealing loved ones.

It was the perfect vehicle to build on Walter's struggle about whether to tell Peter or not. In a sense, he'd already been through what Alistair was contemplating. Yes, Walter had crossed to another universe while Alistair was trying to jump back in time, but the result was the same -- be with the person you'd lost. Anyone who's lost a loved one can relate. There's nothing you wouldn't do to be with that person again, even if it means jeopardizing others in the process.

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Time Travel on 'Fringe' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 16th 2010 2:45AM
Time Travel on 'Fringe'How do you catch someone who can alter time itself? That's the question on the latest episode of 'Fringe' (Thu., 9PM ET on Fox). Alistair Peck (played by guest star Peter Weller) is a scientist with a troubled past. He has the ability to travel through time, and he wants to use this power to save his wife from a deadly accident. Unfortunately, by changing past events, he puts the lives of even more innocent people at risk.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Fringe' Theories - Where Do We Go From Here?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 11th 2010 10:40AM
Fringe, John Noble, The Man From the Other SideNow that we're firmly into the second half -- and heading towards the end -- of season two of 'Fringe,' let's talk about what's happened so far, and what we think might happen. Some of these speculations will mirror those I made last September, because not all of those questions have been answered yet. In fact, we may have more questions now than we did back then.

Still, with the episode titled 'Peter,' we finally started to get into the nitty-gritty about Walter stealing Peter from the alternate universe. Of course, we all knew this, but when will Peter find out, and who will tell him? That and lots of other questions spring to mind.

Will Peter learn the truth about his origins?
Yes, I believe so, but the question is who will be the one to tell him? In last week's episode, 'Olivia. In the Lab. With a Revolver,' Olivia was determined to tell Peter the truth, but then decided against it after realizing that their family unit (Peter, Walter and Olivia) was more important than Peter knowing the truth. Then Walter decided that HE should be the one to tell Peter, painful as it might be. Walter knows there's a good chance that he could lose his son ... again. One other question is this: Walter visited Peter's grave in season one. If that grave is in this universe, why on earth would they use his real name on the gravestone? What if Peter stumbled across it?

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'Fringe' - 'Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 9th 2010 7:21AM
Fringe; Olivia. In the Lab. With the Revolver
(S02E17) "I have to tell him. I've gotta tell Peter the truth." - Olivia to Walter

I wish I could figure out how Sam, the bowling alley guy, fits into everything. I don't trust Nina Sharp one bit and neither does Olivia, so why should she think that Nina's suggestion to talk to Sam is a good thing? He could be totally nefarious (even though I don't get that vibe from him).

His midnight game of Clue did give us the great title for this episode, though, so there's that (along with the fact that we got to see Finn Garrity from 'Damages' again). But even so, he's not being very helpful at this point. Is he from the other universe? "I'm older than I look," he told Olivia. "I barely remember my childhood. I'm also taller than I appear."

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