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FRINGE: Co-Showrunner Jeff Pinkner Departs

June 19, 2012 by  

A bit of sad news as FRINGE heads towards its final season — multiple sources confirm that co-showrunner Jeff Pinkner has left the series. was first to report the news.

While Pinkner has been a part of the show since the first season (he cowrote the series’ second episode), the final 13 episodes will still be in good hands: J.H. Wyman — who has been with FRINGE since its first year and co-showrunning the Fox drama with Pinkner since season 2 — will continue on as the sole showrunner.

And if you’re curious to see what season 5 may bring, don’t forget that the cast and producers of FRINGE will be appearing at Comic-Con in just a few weeks. (That’s Sunday, July 15th in Hall H to be exact. And yes, I will be doing my best to get as many answers out of them as possible.)

Any thoughts on Pinkner’s departure?

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4 Responses to “FRINGE: Co-Showrunner Jeff Pinkner Departs”

  1. Donna on June 19th, 2012 9:05 pm

    It feels like the Beatles broke up.

  2. Zepp on June 19th, 2012 9:35 pm

    Jeff Pinkner and JH Wyman, together or apart, are the “face” or the “brand” of the Fringe in his last three seasons, in my opinion. In all interviews with the two, I could see, was always in a tone of great honesty and credibility to what they were talking, both one, as the other, without distinction with two showrunners. The departure of Pinkner is a loss for the show, no doubt, but more for its representation in the media, I think, because for the finalization of Fringe, I think the Wyman has all the ability to do it himself alone, and well. Even with these troubles, I see that the fifth and final season of Fringe will be magnificent and best of all so far, I think.

  3. Donna on June 19th, 2012 10:23 pm

    Yes. They always spoke with one voice (though Wyman seemed the more gregarious of the two). If there was any drama behind the scenes (have no idea if there ever was), it was never apparent. That’s one thing I gotta say for this show. In a TV industry where showrunners are often arrogant and/or bitter and defensive when criticized (especially when their first names start with “D”), these guys set a high bar.

    I have no doubts that Wyman can handle showrunning the final 13 on his own, though.

    I hope Pinkner just got an awesome deal with someone else and that’s all there is to it. Don’t be a stranger, Jeff, OK?

  4. OldDarth on June 20th, 2012 9:55 am

    What Donna said.

    Can’t wait to see what Jeff does next.