Fox Appeals Fringe’s Friday Night Death Sentence


“Fringe” is one of, if not the best show on television, popular with fans and critics alike. Somehow creators J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci brought together every outlandish, freaky bit of theoretical science, combined it with some well-rounded characters, and made it work. And Friday nights are notoriously a death sentence for television shows; a dumping ground for shows that underperformed, a last desperate gasp for shows that are on their last legs, or a spot for a midseason replacement with nowhere else to call home. So, needless to say, a lot of people were surprised, and reasonably concerned, when Fox announced that starting on January 21, 2011, “Fringe” will air on Friday nights.

Of course Fox is well aware of the public perception of a Friday night timeslot, and has released a promo to combat this view. They cut together a bunch of clips from “Fringe” that have to do with death, along with a collection of quotes lamenting the assumed impending demise of the show. There are also a couple of sweet taglines, “Friday is about to get freaky,” and “You may think Friday night is dead, but we’re gonna re-animate it.”

The clip is pretty funny, and if nothing else, it indicates that Fox isn’t automatically assuming that “Fringe” is doomed. In a sly, sarcastic aside, the first episode back is called “Firefly”, and as everyone knows, Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” was a Friday night casualty on Fox. So if you don’t want the show to die a horrible, cold and alone on a Friday night, for God’s sake, tune in on January 21, and every Friday night after that. If any show can defy the bounds of normalcy and warp conventions, it is probably “Fringe”.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Bad Zack

    if they cancel this show i will be so pissed

  • blackfox

    come on now it’s Fox. If there not ruining franchises in the movieverse, then there ruining good and quirky television. Let’s see Wonderfalls, Greg the Bunny and Firefly come to mind. So being a Fringehead myself, I just know they will gladly cancel the show to make room for more retarded “reality” television in Fringe’s original timeslot.

  • Nix

    Fox TV is such a two-edged sword. On the one hand, who else but Fox would put on a show like “Fringe”, or “The X-Files”, or any of the other cool genre shows in the first place? On the other hand, Fox sure likes canceling these cool shows. I guess when it comes right down to it, maybe it’s better to get one year out of a cool show than no years at all?

    • Brent

      I always figured that Fox will screw it up eventually, I just hope we get a few more years out of “Fringe” before they axe it for a new “American Dad” spin off or something.

      • Nix

        God, I hate that show LOL.

        • Brent

          It’s horrible, but I’m sure at some point the fish or that alien guy are going to get their own spin off. They did it with Cleveland.

          • Nix

            Ugh. Don’t give McFarlane ideas.


    In this day of DVR’s there is no such time as a “death slot.” Everyone I know records all the programs they watch in order to not only watch them when they want to, but also to avoid watching the mind numbing commercials.