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     Wednesday, October 01 2008 @ 03:30 AM EDT

    To my understanding there is a television series on Fox (here in the US) called Fringe. I have not seen it, but word is that it was awfully similar to Doctor Who... specifically from what I learned, the episode Midnight.

    Anyone see it? Thoughts or reactions?


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     Wednesday, October 01 2008 @ 03:39 AM EDT


    OK, I found some clips from the show. Towards the end of this promo there is some dialog that is in fact right out of Doctor Who: Midnight as there is a character that is speaking the words of another at the same time or before the other character is able to speak it.

    There's also a character named Astrid in it, by the way.

    Other than that, I don't know if there are any other similarities to Doctor Who...

    Arrow See here

    Fringe seems to be a science fiction and/or fantasy related show on Fox which I assume is a new show that started this fall season. Once again Fox goes out of their way to find their target audience. As I didn't even know of it until now.

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     Wednesday, October 01 2008 @ 04:41 AM EDT
    Louis:I watched the pilot and it not too bad. It's a crossover of x-files and the burning zone. If you like cell DNA and tripping on drugs,this is you show.As time goes on it may lean toward x-file, but check it out. Cheers Robert

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     Wednesday, October 01 2008 @ 07:42 PM EDT
    I don't know that I can see any real comparisons to DW in Fringe. Maybe I'm just looking at face value only. But you've got one guy with no morals who experimented on people during the Vietnam era with the gov'ts blessing (who then, of course, was committed to an insane asylum and spent the next 17+ years there), his kid, who has daddy issues and missed potential issues, and an FBI agent who was in love with a traitor. While there is good repartee between them when they are together, and the science is very sketchy (Popular Mechanics mag does a disection of the shows science after every episode), I just don't see the connection.

    Though I should add that Fringe does take place in my favorite east coast city -- Boston! (no disrespect to Louis, Ken and Taras with your NYC connections)

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     Wednesday, October 01 2008 @ 08:56 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  mad4plaid] I don't know that I can see any real comparisons to DW in Fringe. Maybe I'm just looking at face value only. ...


    I have never seen the show. I think what everyone might be pointing to is a scene which is basically right out of Midnight. You can see it in the link I posted above to montage of video clips from the episode. Towards the end of the promo, there is a character that is speaking the words of another character before he can say them. It is very similar to what we saw in Midnight.

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     Wednesday, October 01 2008 @ 10:36 PM EDT
    Ive been watching Fringe from the beginning and love the show. Great characters. Ya gotta love John Noble who plays the insane scientist. John Noble was Steward Denethor (Boromir and Faromir's father) in Lord of the Rings.

    I never once thought of Doctor Who when watching it. It is simular to X-Files though. --Billy

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     Thursday, October 02 2008 @ 12:29 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Billyaxe] Ive been watching Fringe from the beginning and love the show. Great characters. Ya gotta love John Noble who plays the insane scientist. John Noble was Steward Denethor (Boromir and Faromir's father) in Lord of the Rings.

    I never once thought of Doctor Who when watching it. It is simular to X-Files though. --Billy


    Oh... There's an actor named John Noble in it... Hmm... any relation to a Donna Noble? Wink



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     Thursday, April 09 2009 @ 01:46 PM EDT
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     Thursday, April 09 2009 @ 07:46 PM EDT



    I have heard that Leonard Nimoy is coming to the series. I am not sure as a guest star or as a regular. I have still never seen an episode of this show.

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     Friday, April 10 2009 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Louis] I have heard that Leonard Nimoy is coming to the series. I am not sure as a guest star or as a regular. I have still never seen an episode of this show.
    He is indeed. I suppose his part is best described as "a regular who's always there in spirit, if not in body". He's playing the elusive Dr. Bell, who's Dr. Bishop's former lab partner and the current head of Massive Dynamic. Put most simply: he's the chief villain.

    Unsurprisingly, he will appear on the 12 May edition of Fringe, just in time to drum up/take advantage of interest in Star Trek's second weekend of release. That'll be the season finale for Fringe, but Nimoy will continue in a mutli-episode arc at the top of Season 2.
    [Quote  by:  Louis] . . . I don't know if there are any other similarities to Doctor Who
    There aren't. You could unfavorably compare Torchwood to it; i.e. Fringe:Torchwood::actual world travel:EPCOT.
    [Quote  by:  Louis]Fringe seems to be a science fiction and/or fantasy related show on Fox which I assume is a new show that started this fall season. Once again Fox goes out of their way to find their target audience. As I didn't even know of it until now.
    I think you're being too hard on FOX because of lingering resentment about other shows. In fact, the ratings have been stellar — it's a top 20 show which more often than not wins its time slot — so they're effectively marketing it. Plus, they're sucking some people in with a value-for-money argument; they're genuinely 50-minute episodes, not 42. But beyond all that, it's really not a genre SF show; it's X-Files 2.0. Thus, it's the Lost, CSI and 24 watchers that you really want to hit. This move to get Nimoy in at the end of the series is brilliant, because they've gotten non-SF fans hooked already and are only now playing a huge "geek" card. It's perfect, cause if somehow an SF fan missed the show to this point, they'll tune in to see Nimoy and get sucked in to what will likely be an awesome 2-hour finale. It's exactly how I got sucked into Smallville. Totally ignored the show because it was marketed as 90210 with Kryptonite, then they announced Christopher Reeve, and his first episode was jaw-droppingly brilliant. And it's going to be the same way with this 2-hour finale, but MUCH bigger. There's going to be SO much press bouncing around Star Trek the weekend before the Fringe finale, it'll only be natural to point out, "If you liked seeing Leonard Nimoy again this weekend, check out Fringe on Tuesday." Given that the show's already posted regular season episodes in the mid-teens, I wouldn't be surprised if the finale approached 20 million viewers. This show's going to be around for a while.

    Now if FOX would just bring Dollhouse behind Fringe on Tuesdays, they'd have an entire must-see night of original, extra-length TV.

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