FOX's "Fringe": Best New Show of Fall 08?
With only 14 new shows premiering on broadcast TV this fall (down from an average of 30), a handful of premieres such as last week's "90210" on The CW or tonight's "Fringe" on FOX have generated quite a bit of pre-air buzz. Do they live up to the hype?
Most critics agree "Fringe" certainly does with many calling it the best new show of the fall. Created by JJ Abrams, the man behind such genre gems as "Alias" and "Lost," "Fringe" is a crime show solving science-based mysteries.
It all begins tonight with a 95-minute pilot in which an international flight lands at Boston's Logan Airport with no signs of life.
An unlikely trio of FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv); brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble, "Lord of the Rings"); and his scheming, reluctant son Peter ("Dawson Creek's" Joshua Jackson) uncovers a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realizes they may be a part of a larger, more disturbing pattern.
Unlike other Abrams hits which struggled to build ("Alias") or maintain audience ("Lost), "Fringe" is expected to do well as it may be easier to follow.
The show is a blend of horror, science fiction and thriller involving conspiracies and extended car chases, all artfully packaged with abundant special effects.
As always, 13 episodes have been ordered, the first 4 air before the MLB playoffs. Encore telecast of tonight's pilot airs Sunday at 8.
The show will then air Tuesdays at 9:00pm, after an all-new "House."
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