Whenever I’ve urged anyone who’d listen that Fringe is the great science-fiction series that networks have been trying to make (and stick), one of the most common excuses is that they are too far behind to just jump into the middle. But who could blame anyone wanting to start from the beginning? Fringe‘s universe switching, multiple versions of several characters, and shape-shifters could confuse even the most attentive fans. Outside of sitting down with the DVDs or blu-rays, getting new viewers to catch onto the story, as the series begins production on its fifth and final, 13-episode season, will be even more difficult. For those who own Discovery Communication’s Science Channel it just got a little easier.
THR reported today that the niche cable channel will get non-exclusive syndication rights to air the re-runs on cable but the agreement leaves streaming flexibility in the future. Fringe is extremely well done sci-fi drama–what the X-Files should have been–and there’s simply not enough people who know about how good it is. I doubt that this new home for Fringe reruns will give it enough buzz to think they could support new seasons of the show, but anytime a genre show can get added exposure, especially to viewers who would eat the show up, (if they don’t already) it’s a good thing.
There is no word of when the reruns will start airing but Science Channel’s website is a good place to monitor. Hopefully the off-season will allow Science Channel watchers a chance to be brought up to speed before the beginning of Season 5, and in turn, those who don’t know about the channel can be exposed to all of the cool programming on the network.
Some of you may not know about the Science Channel but it is geared towards people who love actual science, not just science fiction. There are plenty of reality-based science shows like the physics-friendly Punkin Chunkin, robot tech friendly shows like Killer Robots, as well as NASA’s Unexplained Files, Trek Nation, How It’s Made and How Do They Do It. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have a funny bucket list show called An Idiot Abroad that puts Karl Pilkington, a reluctant traveler through uncomfortable situations and destination must-dos before you die. It’s not always scientific, but it’s hilarious.
Slowly though, they are beefing up their sci-fi catalog. In addition to Fringe, they already air reruns of Firefly and there’s already a friendly face there for fans of the Blue-verse as John Noble hosts as six-part series called Dark Matters: Twisted But True last year that looked at history’s most bizarre scientific experiments, making the Science Channel the perfect cable fit for Fringe.
Do you have the Science Channel and have ever watched it? If so, what shows do you watch? Have you always wanted to watch Fringe but was intimidated or confused by it? Will you seek out the niche channel now that Fringe will be running on it? Share your thoughts below.
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