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January 27, 2011 at 04:38 PM EST

For those expecting doom and gloom from Fringe with its move to Friday, the exclusive news that we have for you today is that you’re going to get it. Using an old time machine that we found in Walter’s dusty lab of fringe science wonders, we peeked into the months ahead and saw that death, destruction, and despair awaits those committed to the Fringe ride. I’m sorry. Stock up on tissues, because I worry that the season finale could be a gut-wrenching affair for all of us … and that the cliffhanger ending will have us wanting the immediate arrival of Season 4.

That’s right, I am dreaming of a fourth season. And yes, I was shamefully exploiting your Friday deathslot fears for the sake of a clever, gimmicky intro. Me = evil. Hopefully you heard the encouraging news that the debut of “Fringe Fridays” was surprisingly robust. Last week’s bow drew 4.9 million total viewers. And the DVR numbers were strong, too, especially in the 18-49 category that advertisers like most.

No, my bleak oracular prognostication had everything to do with the story that Fringe will be telling us in the weeks to come. My “time machine”? The video below, produced by the folks at Fox, that has exec producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman and the cast of Fringe — including Joshua Jackson and John Noble — previewing the remainder of the season. My imagination was pretty activated by this clip; I’ve got theories galore. But I think we should all be on the same page before I go gonzo with speculation. So I’ll save my nutty thoughts for next week’s “On The Fringe” column, and leave you to the sneak peek.

SPOILER ALERT P.S. – Did you hear that Leonard Nimoy recently hinted via Twitter that he might be back soon to reprise his role as William Bell?

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Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, and John Noble star in J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi drama
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