‘Fringe’ Co-Showrunner Jeff Pinkner Departs Before Final Season
By Tim Kenneally
“Fringe” is heading into its fifth and final season, but it’s doing so without the man who helped guide the series.
Jeff Pinkner, who’s served as co-showrunner on the series since 2008, has left the show to pursue other projects ahead of its 13-episode final season.
“For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on ‘Fringe,'” co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams said of the departure. “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.”
Abrams added, “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.'”
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Translation: “‘Jeff bailed on us,’ said executive producer J.J. Abrams. ‘I hope he croaks.'”