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Fringe Oral History: How the Series Changed Forever with One Sacrificial Act

Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv

In the third part of our farewell to Fringe, producers and cast discuss the most polarizing story line of the series: The Season 3 cliff-hanger featured a scene in which Peter Bishop, who we had come to know and love over three seasons, mysteriously vanished into thin air. The Observers then explained that he had, in fact, never existed. (Come again?) This controversial creative move ended a season that included Fringe's foreboding move to the Friday "death slot." Still, the show soldiered on for another two seasons, much to the credit of its passionate fan base... read more

Fringe Oral History: Dual Universes Open Up a New World Of Possibility

Fringe

In the second part of our farewell to Fringe, producers and cast discuss the introduction of the parallel universe, which opened up the world of Fox's sci-fi drama to new and exciting possibilities, including a new set of characters with names like Walternate and Bolivia that fans would — gasp! — actually come to love in the end... read more

Fringe Oral History: Building the World of "Science Fact"

Fringe

A mad scientist, his genius prodigal son and a noble FBI agent compose the surrogate family at the core of Fox's supernatural drama Fringe that, under the direction of sci-fi kingpin J.J. Abrams (Lost), struggled through five low-rated seasons of endlessly fascinating twists and turns that, quite literally, attempted to tell the story of the universe, er, universes. It will all come to an auspicious end Friday at 8/7c, in what devotees hope will be a satisfying ending to the little series that could... read more

On the Set: Fringe's Final Hours

Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble

It's the end of the worlds as we know it. And all Fringe Division wants is soup.

"I swear I saw someone walking around with it!" says ­Jasika Nicole, bubbly and bundled up between takes while filming on a Vancouver lot. With a week left before wrapping Fringe's fifth and final season, the mood on this drizzly December afternoon is unexpectedly light. Especially for folks facing a string of long night shoots involving the ultimate battle between our ­heroes and their bald overlords, the Observers. "It's going to be... read more

6 Things to Know About Revolution's Return

Billy Burke

"The revolution and the battle against Monroe really begins."

That was the party line Sunday at Revolution's panel during NBC's winter TV previews, as executive producer Eric Kripke promised reporters that the second half of the series' freshman season will actually begin to deliver on the promise of the title... read more

Find Out How You Can Watch a Sneak Peek of the Star Trek Sequel

Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine

Star Trek fans will be able to get a sneak peek of Star Trek Into Darkness, the highly-anticipated second installment from J.J. Abrams — but they'll have to go see The Hobbit in order to do so.

The first nine minutes of Abrams' new Star Trek film, a follow-up to his 2009 feature, will be shown before select IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in about 500 theaters beginning on Dec. 14, The Los Angeles Times reports.

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Steven Spielberg Says He Will Not Direct a Star Wars Film

Steven Spielberg

You can cross Steven Spielberg off the list of directors who would helm a new Star Wars film.

Following Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm — the company behind filmmaker George Lucas' beloved sci-fi franchise — a new Star Wars film is slated to hit theaters in 2015. But Spielberg... read more

The CW Teams Up with Oscar Winner and Supernatural Producer for Navy Drama

Taylor Hackford

The CW is teaming up with Oscar winner Taylor Hackford and Supernatural executive producer Sera Gamble on a Navy drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Norfolk will follow the lives (and loves) of several young people based on the Norfolk Naval Station. Gamble will write and executive-produce with Hackford executive-producing and directing if it makes it to a pilot. Rizzoli & Isles' Bill Haber will also executive-produc

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Weekend TV: New Steel Magnolias, Simpsons' Halloween Special, PBS Goes Upstairs

Steel Magolias

Is there a more perfect Lifetime movie property than Steel Magnolias? This tragicomic celebration of female bonding through gossipy good times and bad, all while getting their hair done at Truvy's Beauty Spot in suburban Louisiana, has been a crowd-pleaser since its first incarnation as an off-Broadway stage play (my preferred version, where the men are kept entirely offstage). The epitome of a leave-'em-laughing-while-weeping heart-warmer, Magnolias reached its pop-cultural apex in the all-star 1989 film version, but its can't-miss universality is underscored in Lifetime's oddly genteel but ultimately affecting new TV-movie (Sunday, 9/8c), whose big twist is in the casting of an all African-American ensemble. read more

NBC Picks Up Go On, New Normal, Revolution for Full Seasons

Matthew Perry, Andrew Rannells

And the first series of the fall TV season to get full-season pickups are... NBC's Go On, The New Normal and Revolution!

NBC ordered nine additional episodes of each series, bringing their episode totals for the season up to... read more

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