Fox moves Fringe to the Friday Night Death Slot....

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by spikedavis, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH


    Sarah Connor wasn't renewed after it started airing on Friday. Dollhouse is the only Friday show to be renewed in several years.
  2. wprager

    wprager Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Ottawa, Canada
    Smallville is on CW. Different beast, entirely.
  3. wprager

    wprager Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Ottawa, Canada
    If only people stopped watching local news on FOX this would all go away. Get your local news on the internet. Your local AM stations *has* a website. They have all the stories you care about up there. Search twitter for your city/community. Talk to your neighbors.
  4. wprager

    wprager Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Ottawa, Canada
    Grudgingly, I agree. There is a reason we keep coming back to the old "BIHF" meme. Part of it is because this network keeps bringing us the kinds of shows we love to watch, even though they are not making a ton of money on them.

    My real beef is with the American viewers (not like you, obviously). In my opinion Fringe has become one of the best network shows airing now. It is the one I look forward to the most. Unfortunately the slight format change to progress the "mythology" faster while keeping the MOTW episodes to a minimum has probably tuned out the casual viewer.

    Maybe another way to go with story lines like this one is the Matrix route. Fringe has too much story to pack into a 2 hour movie, but I'd bet it could have been successfully done as a trilogy (assuming they planned a beginning, middle and end, and stuck to it).

    If Fringe dies on Friday nights, I will be disappointed, but at least it will be in good company.
  5. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000


    But it was moved to Friday instead of being canceled, which is what should have happened looking at the ratings.
  6. lambertman

    lambertman I am not Bertman

    Dec 20, 2002
    Especially now that programming at 10 is practically a liability for the Big 3.
  7. jamesbobo

    jamesbobo with a grain of salt

    Jun 18, 2000
    This puts Fringe opposite Supernatural, just like last season. At least I can record both at the same time with no other conflicts. Last season I had to watch The Office and 30 Rock on the internet or On Demand. I couldn't record three shows at once.
  8. hummingbird_206

    hummingbird_206 Retired

    Aug 22, 2007
    Valley of...
    I'm happy they didn't cancel it.
  9. mrdazzo7

    mrdazzo7 Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    So am I, but it's frustrating that it's even in that realm. it definitely seems like a death sentence in this case. Terminator and Dollhouse were both new shows so they got renewed for a second season under the hopes that they would find their audiences-- Fringe is in it's third year and gets pretty bad numbers. The only way this could turn into a renewal for them is if the numbers greatly improve, which I guess is at least somewhat possible, since they're moving out of one of the most competitive time slots on TV.

    But at the same, I doubt it will find a lot of new viewers going into the second half of the season. If people didn't watch before because it was up against two TV powerhouses, they're gonna "find" it now.

    Smallville is really the only instance I can think of where a show prospered on Fridays, and that's CW show so it has totally different standards. It sucks but it sounds like this could be the end for Fringe. Poor JJ, man, he went from having two shows on their to possibly having none.
  10. lew

    lew Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2002
    I hope the ratings drop fast enough to eliminate any doubt about the series being renewed. I'd much rather see a conclusion rather then the producers hoping a cliff hanger finale will get the show renewed.
  11. Incognito

    Incognito Undercover Papa

    May 5, 2004
  12. jschuur

    jschuur TV-holic, improving

    Nov 27, 2002
    London, UK
    TV By The Numbers actually has some slightly less dreary things to say about Fringe's prospects after moving to Friday:
  13. marksman

    marksman ID-10-T

    Mar 4, 2002
    Read between the lines:

    "We know nerds who watch Fringe don't go out on Friday night, so we think if we move this show and get the same ratings it is all good in the hood."

    Challenging them to keep their ratings moving to Friday seems pretty unrealistic and unlikely.. but we shall see.. I guess for anyone who likes the show, just keep watching it and pretend like actually watching the show matters.
  14. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Here is some more info on the Idol change...

    Fox Moves 'American Idol' For Midseason
    There is also some Fringe commentary...
    The rest of the story...
  15. robojerk

    robojerk Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    Laguna Hills CA
  16. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    If Fringe survives to see another day (next season), I will be pleasantly surprised. My expectations, though, are very low....especially with this moronic move....
  17. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    To me, who cares what day it's on, I'm one of those DVR users :)

    But yeah, if you believe the ratings (as most of you know I'm skeptical), then we can only blame ourselves...the TV viewers. Let's face it, people would rather watch 3 hours of Idol a night or 2 hours of Idol and one hour of some crime show on CBS. Reality and police procedurals are what people want, not anything different and interesting. The ratings are proving that out. Even Lost, the most successful of the "different" shows had ratings that were good, but not great. Alas, these types of shows are going to wind up more and more on cable and the networks will continue to give us the same tired stuff until the ratings start to change. Why wouldn't they? People watch them.
  18. whitson77

    whitson77 Active Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    This is the best Sci-Fi show on TV. I hope they give it one more season to wrap it up.
  19. mrdazzo7

    mrdazzo7 Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    I don't care what day it's on--the problem for me isn't when it's on, it's WHEN it's on... To clarify, it being on Friday's doesn't have any schedule-related impact for me because I tivo it, but it being on Fridays might signify the beginning of the end, and me no likey that.

    The quote posted above about Fox's expectations are at least SOMEWHAT promising--the expectations is for the show to maintain, not necessarily to grow. I think that makes the situation at least slightly less bleak.
  20. jschuur

    jschuur TV-holic, improving

    Nov 27, 2002
    London, UK

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