Fox has renewed Fringe for a full 22-episode second-season. Hopefully, next year they won’t tinker with it — you know not airing episodes for weeks at a time, etc.
“Fringe proved to be a notable addition to our schedule all season and it really has fans buzzing as it builds to a fantastic season finale,” said Fox’s president of entertainment, Kevin Reilly. “J.J. and the whole Bad Robot team have been phenomenal partners, and we look forward to years of making great television with them.”
It’s a solid show, certainly worthy of coming back. It’s nothing special, doesn’t quite feel like appointment television like it should be. Certainly John Noble as Walter Bishop has become one of television’s most fascinating characters.
What I’d like to see happen is they pair this show with Dollhouse and see if Dollhouse gains viewers at all.
Regardless, I’m curious at the direction the show will take. If they would open the plotlines and let it breath some. I know everyone wants to compare this to The X-Files, but the differences between the two shows is startling. It doesn’t help using Boston as a background and having every case take place there, especially if you are going to cut to “Roxbury” or some such city and have it resemble nothing like the actual place.
So, second season. Get a consultant from Boston and give our characters cases across the globe/country. Leave some plot lines dangling. Say what you want about Joss Whedon, but the man knows how to build/payoff a story arc better than anyone working in television right now. Fringe should follow his lead a bit.