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Press Tour Diary: 'Fringe'

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Fringe-comic-con_lWHO: Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv, and exec producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J.H. Wyman, and Jeff Pinkner. MIA: J.J. Abrams and Kirk Acevedo.

2:26 pm/PST: How many dimensions will season 2 take place in? Two, according to Pinkner. “[It’s] two versions of reality,” he adds. “It’s not time travel.”

2:28 pm: Leonard Nimoy will be back for “several more” episodes, one of which has already been shot.

2:30 pm: Over the course of season 1, Orci says they “got a better handle on the balance of our characters and our plots, and making sure that our plots are character-centric.”

2:31 pm: Noble calls Walter Bishop “the most enjoyable character I’ve ever played in my life.”

2:33 pm: On balancing the show’s two parallel universes, Pinkner says the season “predominantly takes place over here. But what happens over there is impacting what happens over here.” Got that?

2:35 pm: Pinkner concedes that the “mythology overtook the story and the characters” on Alias. “We’re being very careful not to let that happen [on Fringe].”

2:40 pm: The reveal about the parallel universe was originally going to be held off until the end of season 3. But research showed viewers “were open and ready for more,” explains e.p. Kurtzman, “so [we said], ‘Why stall it?'”

2:42 pm: Old news: There’s a spoilery twist in the premiere concerning Kirk Acevedo’s Charlie.

2:48 pm: Jackson calls Noble an “endlessly inventive actor… and [he] makes my life so much more enjoyable.” The sentiment seems genuine.

2:53 pm: Jackson describes his obsession with The X-Files thusly: “I would watch that show six feet under water with my dying breath in my lungs.” Wow, and I thought I was a fan.

2:54 pm: On a possible Olivia-Peter hookup, “As long as the emotion is true, we’re open to anything,” says Pinkner. Adds Orci: “We want it to be organic. Not just something we planned.”

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