FOX’ “Fringe” may have gotten itself a well-deserved fifth and final season, but it will have to live through it without one of its key players.
According to TVGuide’s Natalie Abrams, Jeff Pinkner who, together with J.H. Wyman has been running the FOX series since season one, has decided to step down from his co-showrunner post to pursue other things. According to the source, it was an amicable split.
This leaves Wyman as the sole showrunner for the upcoming farewell season, of which some spoilers have already been made public. Read only if you want to know.
Co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams issued the following statement to TVGuide:
“We’re so excited to begin work on a fifth season of ”Fringe” and to be able to deliver the 13 final episodes to our passionate and devoted fans. For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on ”Fringe”. 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. 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”.”
It is not uncommon that some staff leave when a show is coming to a close to get a head start into new development. Recently, similar things happened to NBC’s “30 Rock”, as several staff members, including exec producers John Riggi and Matt Hubbard have left their posts to move on to other projects.