John Noble Admits Fringe’s Complex Stories May Discourage Viewers
John Noble admitted that Fringe’s complex story lines could discourage new fans from watching the show.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy Noble spoke about why some people are finding it difficult to tune in for a single episode and discussed the show’s chances of securing a fifth or possibly a sixth season.
Dense stories, long-running story arcs and complex character relationships make Fringe difficult for an average viewer, unfamiliar with the show’s mythos, to simply ‘drop in’ on any given episode. This has been both Fringe’s strength and its weakness.
On the subject of the show’s deep mythology, Noble said “I think the fans have been amazing, but the bottom line of television is income,” he said. “One of the issues with Fringe now is that you can’t just turn [the show] on and watch it. In the first season, you could [do that] because it was more procedural.”
Noble also revealed that when the show first aired, it was the hope of co-creator J.J. Abrams that it would run for six seasons.
“When we first joined the show, JJ Abrams said that he thought it was a six-year show, but that’s like saying you’re going to climb Mount Everest. It’s very hard to even [get a show] on, let alone to do six years.”
Fans of the show, rewarded for their staying power with dense story telling and top notch performances, are happy to take it one season at a time. “But,” warns Noble “If we don’t maintain the level of our production and our stories this [fourth] year, then there won’t [even] be another year.”
The fourth season of Fringe will premiere on Fox on September 23.