J.J. Abrams plans to take a page off the Lost
playbook when it comes to his own series, Fringe
--and no, he isn't referring to a reliance on flashbacks or flashforwards or whatnot. He's thinking of giving the Fox series an end date.
"Just as with Lost, we didn't get to a place until the third season where we were saying, 'Okay, we need to know where halfway is,'" Abrams told Slice of SciFi
. "And I feel like that's something that ... if we're lucky enough to continue going, I do think that at a certain point it would be a really smart thing to start to say, 'Okay, let's figure out ... what the actual date is so we sort of know ... how far we should push things.'"
He thinks the decision to give Fringe
a finish line will benefit the show, the same way Lost
was revitalized after its producers announced an end date. No decision's been made so far, though: I'm guessing it's because they've got some rearranging of the mythology to do.
"There are certain things that we were actually going to play out longer and we kind of jumped to and did sooner," he said. "And then there are other things that ... we've talked about doing, [like Olivia's] stepfather story, [that] we're putting off. So I feel there's a lot of ... opportunity for where we're going beyond this season, and I'm going to be bullish and optimistic about that. I think ... that the show ... has sort of found a kind of rhythm that is nice to see, and I'm really proud of what we're doing with it."
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