Fringe will lose one of its major behind-the-scenes voices when the drama returns to Fox in the fall.
C0-Showrunner Jeff Pinkner will step down from the series he helped to oversee since season 2. J.H. Wyman will now serve as the drama’s sole showrunner in its fifth and final season. Pinkner’s decision to leave was amicable and will give him a chance to pursue other projects, reports TVGuide.com.
Fringe co-creator/executive producer J.J. Abrams released this statement: “We’re so excited to begin work on a fifth season of Fringe and to be able to deliver the 13 final episodes to our passionate and devoted fans. For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on Fringe. We’re thankful for the invaluable contributions Jeff has made to the show and of course wish him well and look forward to working together in the future. J.H. Wyman’s importance to Fringe cannot be overstated, however, and I’m thrilled that he will continue as showrunner for the concluding chapters of our story. We can’t wait for our fans to see what we have in store for them in the wild conclusion of Fringe.”
Fringe will return for 13 episodes in the fall. It will return for its final season on Friday, Sept. 28.