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Fox, which has been doing really well with “Glee” and incredibly well with “American Idol,” has apparently decided to turn all its shows into musicals for one week in May. “Fringe” is part of that equation and Jasika Nicole, who plays Astrid, explains to SciFi Wire how it’ll work on her show:
"When I first read that, I thought, 'How are they going to pull this off? This is really weird.' And it makes complete sense within the story. It's essentially Walter kind of manifesting his idea. He's trying to get his mind off of, you know, what's going on because he's just waiting to see what's going to go on with Peter. And essentially he's kind of created this little world in his head. And so everything is super-symbolic so all the characters embody the qualities that he notices about them the most, which is really neat. And it happens in the 1940s. Everybody's in 1940s dress, but they still have cell phones and stuff. So it's just his brain, because he's telling a story to someone. Sort of like a bedtime story to help ease his anxiety. So we get to sing in it."
Nicole, Lance Reddick and Blair Brown apparently all have musical backgrounds. “Fringe” returns with new episodes April 1. Find all of SciFi’s story on the matter here.
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  • March 20, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by Wolverine's Dad

    Somehow I doubt it'll work as well as the Buffy musical.

  • March 20, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Two Words

    by InActionMan

    Cop Rock!

  • March 20, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Two More Words

    by InActionMan

    Viva Laughlin!

  • March 20, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Well, in that case, FUCK GLEE.

    by StarWarsRedux

    Here's a tip to all television showrunners-- Musical episodes ALWAYS suck. Just don't do them. Please. Just look at "Cop Rock", and you'll see why. <p>Ugh. Next, we'll probably learn that Joss Whedon is directing the episode. Heaven help us...

  • March 20, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    This is stupid

    by ahdvd

    Does that mean that at some point all fox shows are going to be freaky science-fiction stories for one episode where they are battling an invasion from an alternate reality by using fringe science and experimenting on people? C'mon...

  • March 20, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Hrmmm... well 24 should be interesting

    by br1947

    Jack Bauer pulls out the top hat & dances a jig

  • March 20, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    oh, and yes, FUCK GLEE

    by br1947

  • March 20, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    If only Fox had saved Pushing Daisies...

    by Shermdawg would've fit in perfectly with this concept.

  • March 20, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Impending April Fool's Joke?

    by GO14

    Has to be. No idea could be this bad.

  • March 20, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Ditto... fuck glee.

    by ahdvd

    Fame for the noughties? Only was i would watch that is if it was fame for the nauties instead and on an appropriately uncut (showtime or the like) channel. Give me Fame mixed with hung and 'glee' might just be watchable.

  • March 20, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by entrainer

    If they're going to screw up the continuity of a television show for their stunt, they'd better make them Fox News folk sing. I may actually watch that.

  • March 20, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Dumbest idea since Xena the Musical

    by V'Shael

    I'll forgive the Buffy one cause it worked.

  • March 20, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a badly timed miss step.

    by alan_poon

    However I will judge it on it's own merits.

  • March 20, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    This makes me wish Joss had a show on...

    by Henry Fool


  • March 20, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Actually, sounds a bit like the plot of the musical episode of S

    by Mockingbird Girl

    ... which was actually really good! I say give it a shot.

  • March 20, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Whoops, that said "SCRUBS"

    by Mockingbird Girl

    Stupid character limit

  • March 20, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    And thusly,

    by pzadvance

    the shark was jumped.

  • March 20, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Henry Fool, I wish Joss had a show on, too...

    by StarWarsRedux he could be the one to soak up all these lame, gimmicky ideas and nobody else (the people who actually make GOOD shows) would have to make us suffer through them. Let him make another fucking "Dr. Horrible" as long as it doesn't screw around with "Fringe".

  • March 20, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by blhotz

    If I see one preview for this, I think I'm going to throw up...

  • March 20, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Wait, does that mean every show?

    by ROBRAM89

    What others shows are getting roped into this? Are we getting musical HOUSE?

  • March 20, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    A little early


    To be jumping the shark isn't it ?

  • March 20, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Damn it.

    by buffywrestling

    Now I want to see a musical episode of Dollhouse. This is the first time I've missed the show since its been gone.

  • March 20, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Shermdawg - You Fool

    by Dharma4

    Pushing Daisies was on ABC.

  • March 20, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    The Ad Wizards Meme Has Never Been More Appropriate

    by Crow3711

    Whose fucking idea was this?

  • March 20, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Ripping off the Buffy musical episode

    by ShabbyBlue

    That's what it sounds like to me.

  • March 20, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST


    by josh0rama

    You are lame.

  • March 20, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Only one fox show can handle random singing

    by Adelai Niska

    and it's called The Simpsons

  • March 20, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by StarWarsRedux

    Would you change your mind if I voiced my hatred for all things "Glee" and Whedon in song? <p>Or should I say, change your tune? <p>The only way this will remotely "work" is if Walter is dreaming something based on one of his old, scratchy blues vinyls, the type that R. Crumb listens to. And frankly, even THAT would be pitifully stupid. <p>Please. Don't rip off "Buffy". If you're going to rip off of something, make sure it's something WORTH ripping off, to begin with.

  • March 20, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by josh0rama

    Nothing you say can make me change my mind about anything. You are way too lame.

  • March 20, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    I hate Glee

    by Jimbonx

    I just dont see the appeal at all.... But seriously, this is a joke right? Musical eps are reserved for popular or well establised shows. Fringe is neither (as much as i love it)

  • March 20, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I'm not gonna let this make me dislike fringe...

    by soup74

    I'm just gonna swallow the bitter pill, and wait for the next episode. <br><br>it's gonna be tough, though.

  • March 20, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Once more, with feeling...

    by Royston Lodge

  • March 20, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    That week 24 should open with

    by smackfu

    a bunch of characters attempt to segway into a song and Jack points his gun at them and starts screaming to sit down and shut up, and they all do. End of musical 24 episode.

  • March 20, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Sounds Hilarious To me!

    by Real Deal

    Yes I've seen the Buffy episode and liked also. But that doesn't mean this is the only time a show has tried this. It sounds really funny to me so I'll be watching. I don't what's up with the people who don't like this but humour is one of Fringe's strong suits. So is music if you haven't noticed.

  • March 20, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Um, April 1, get it?

    by halowiscious


  • March 20, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    I'll bite

    by Majereuk

    Sure, it's been done, but an episode that takes place largely in Walter's head is a pretty decent excuse, so what the heck. Walter himself has a pretty magnificent speaking voice, so I for one will be intrigued as to how he sings, though I suppose pro-tools will strike once more if the answer is 'not well'.

  • March 20, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    April fools joke a little Early?

    by halowiscious

  • March 20, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    "24" musical episode should have banjos this season...

    by MisterE

    ...and cloggin'!

  • March 20, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Halowiscious, we're all praying you're right...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...well, except for the Whedon dorks who think that musical-episodes are actually a good thing.

  • March 20, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    "Fox Rocks"

    by Yommers

    is what they're calling it. I work on HOUSE, and there is a singing bit in our episode, but its not random musical style like Fringe sounds.

  • March 20, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Hopefully House busts out a metal roar

    by br1947

    death metal rooster style that fits with Glee right?

  • March 20, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Let them have some fun

    by SmokingRobot

    Shows have to stretch their creative muscles sometime. It'll be fun.

  • March 20, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Isn't the smug arrogance behind this show

    by jimbojones123

    too good for this? WTF?

  • March 20, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    this could be disasterously bad

    by newc0253

    but i suspect it will end up being hilariously funny and somehow touching also.

  • March 20, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    They can't seriously think that . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    the producers of 24 are going to cow-tow to this nonsensical stunt? 24 and Human Target must be exempt I wager.

  • March 20, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    How are people not excited by this?

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    According to the article, this is all about Walter--arguably the best thing about Fringe--seeing the world from his completely insane perspective, wrapped up in a musical. The comedic potential for this is absolutely mindblowing.

  • March 20, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    I hate music episodes.

    by Zod_

    I'm not a big fan when any show does a musical episode. They're lame, they don't really tend to have more plot than being a filler ep.. meh.

  • March 20, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    sounds like Star Trek TNG crap

    by akkosa

    hey let's visit earth in the 1940's. yeah, because your audience tuned in to a SciFi show to see a bad attempt at nostalgia. idiots.

  • March 21, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST

    24 - Jack is undercover at a Karaoke bar.

    by V'Shael

    To maintain his cover, he must sing a passable rendition of Tom Jones "It's not unusual"

  • March 21, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST


    by heks

    You said of musical eps: "They're lame, they don't really tend to have more plot than being a filler ep"<br /> <br /> Do you think that of the Buffy ep? I don't see how anyone could make that claim about the Buffy musical. In that case, they used the conceit to advance the plot more in one episode than you might otherwise expect in 3-5 episodes, in part by getting characters to reveal things they wouldn't under normal circumstances. To me, they actually made good use of the musical episode rather than using it as a cheap gimmick, which is what most other shows have done. And the fact that it could be reasonably explained within the universe of the show was a big plus.<br /> <br /> Take care

  • March 21, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Christ, it's an April Fool's joke, people.

    by KingNineReturns

    Really? You think they would put that shit in the Fringe canon?

  • March 21, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    not a joke, yes it'll be canon

    by altoandando

    deal with it... it sounds like fun.

  • March 21, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Sounds like that one Chicago Hope episode...

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    ...where Dr. Shutt has a braintumor and sees everybody around him singing.

  • March 21, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    I liked "Once More With Feeling"

    by halowiscious

    lol, I just finished watching all of the seasons. That episode, and the one where no one in Sunnydale can talk are a couple of my favourites. Yeah, I can't see something like Fringe with that kind of overall tone getting all musical. April Fool's joke for sure.

  • March 21, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Xena actrually did 3 musical episodes

    by Cadderly99

    only the first two were good. Buffy musical was a Masterpiece, unfortunatly Joss sacrificed most of the yearly budget and creative time to that episode, the rest of the season was not so great.

  • March 21, 2010, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Xena only had two musicals

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    The Bitter Suite & Lyre Lyre Hearts On Fire. (And at least The Bitter Suite was much better than the Buffy musical.)

  • March 21, 2010, 4:42 a.m. CST

    this sounds enjoyable

    by anotherdeadkitten

    both Xena musicals were brilliant, the opera and the comedy one. Cop Rock was underrated. And people who've never seen Glee don't realize how dark and subversive it is.

  • March 21, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    much as I like Fringe

    by anotherdeadkitten

    I think the real news is that this is a network wide event on all the Fox shows. Musical Bones, Musical House, Musical Human Target if it's still around by May. Musical Cops and Musical Most Wanted? A new Simpsons Musical is always welcome and Family Guy's "Road To" episodes worked well. Not sure how they plan to work music into American Idol though.<p>Oh, how does an event scheduled for mid May relate to it being an April Fools stunt? Does anyone here know how to work a calendar?

  • March 21, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    This sounds shit.


    <p>I hate most of the one off episodes of any show. When they are musicals or when they are set in the past. Or ANYTHING even remotely similar; where it is so far beyond what the show is it might be a different show. They are pointless and almost always have a shit set up.</p><p>I always assumed they were the product of some budding director or producer wanting to show their "creative" versatility so they could apply for a new job. But the studio is actually the catalyst in this case? Strange.</p>

  • March 21, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST


    by godric

    thank God this doesn't apply to LOST.

  • March 21, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Glee warms your motherfucking hearts

    by punto

    admit it.

  • March 21, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    I want to see a Chorus Line of Observers

    by theGoldbergV

    and Glee is both shit and brilliant at the same time.

  • March 21, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    I can't see every fox show doing this

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    24 is definetly out of the equation, not only because it won't fit, but because episodes would have been filmed months ago andhave to air in order for a show like that, so unless fox paid to reshoot certian parts of an episode, 24 won't be musical. Fringe can be a musical all it wants, it still won't get any veiwers, it's one of those shows that no one watches, it's just filler that a network can stick on to compete with stronger shows on other networks at the same time, kinda like supernatural and modern family

  • March 21, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    If House is having a musical episode

    by Yamato

    They have to get Laurie to sing "Mystery"

  • March 21, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    I hope Glee becomes 24 for that one week.

    by Johnny Smith

    Just sayin'.

  • March 21, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is with...

    by ste1bro

    ...the American obsession with musical episodes? They are ALWAYS shite! The Buffy episode is nigh-unwatchable (and don't let any Whedon-zombies tell you otherwise), as was the Xena one, and as for fucking Glee... I'll try not to let this ruin one of my favourite shows, though.

  • March 21, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    @ste1bro : It's a function of Hollywood, I think

    by V'Shael

    Way higher proportion of homosexuals in theatre and the arts, they go into movies and TV. There, they can make movies like Brokeback Mountain, but when it comes to TV, what do they have? Musicals. And Glee, obviously.

  • March 21, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    The Buffy Musical is Brilliant

    by theGoldbergV

    and I'm not gay. Its the best ep of the otherwise shite season 6 and one of the top 5 eps they ever did. If you don't laugh at Spike's "I hope she fries, I'm free if that bitch dies...I better help her out" then you're not a true Whedon fan. Glee is also very watchable. You guys need to lighten up, Jees.

  • March 21, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    nerdcore derailing for fun and profit: Buffy S6

    by mrgray

    Fringe is weak sauce and Walter Bishop is more forced and contrived than any of the Desperate Housewives, BUT this is a great opportunity to argue the merits of Buffy Season 6. <p> Season 6 is great because it starts with the main character dead. Then she's brought back to life by having her soul ripped out of Heaven (or a kind of heaven, since Whedon is definitively un-Christian). Who would rip her away from Paradise? Oh, right. Her best freaking friends and family! So for the first half of the season there's this enormous tension between the main character and the supporting cast that's unspoken. Then you have the whole Spike-Buffy thing, which is a really smart way to deal with the subjects of abusive relationships, obsessive love, masculine psychology, etc. The Trio are hilarious villains up until the Dark Willow incident. Admittedly, the lame "magic = drugs" metaphor didn't entirely work, but making one of the most beloved supporting characters into the season's big villain was amazing. And it's not like Angel, who always had the capacity to be a bad guy and who was only really a main supporting character for a season before turning bad. Willow was beloved for 5 whole seasons before turning Big Bad. <p> So. Yeah. Buffy Season 6 is actually pretty awesome. As is Season 7, but since 6 was the one mentioned, I'll stop there.

  • March 21, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Oh great, a gimmick episode...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...Yeah, this'll be as much fun as that X-Files episode on the sunken cruise ship in the 40's. Gee... thanks FOX... motherfuckers!

  • March 21, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Since 24 is a right-winger show...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ... should it's musical episode be scored by Ted Nugent ?

  • March 21, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    24 Season Two: The Musical

    by fullrotor

    Anyone heard "24 Season Two: The Musical", by the "Silence! The Musical" guys? Cheesy but quite funny in parts. I especially like the song between Kim and the guy who lures her into his bomb shelter ("All I Have To Do").

  • March 21, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    24 link messed up

    by fullrotor

    Probably obvious, but no space at the end:

  • March 21, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    there were three xena musicals

    by Cadderly99

    nobody ever remembers the last one

  • March 21, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Is this a goddamn early April Fool's Joke ?

    by Itchy

    Because I hated those musical fags in high school, I hate goddamn musical theatre, and if they take one of the few shows on TV that I like and waste a fucking episode on this Singin' in the Rain' bullshit, I swear I'm never watching a show on Fox again. Thank you and fuck this.

  • March 21, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    No FOX, NO!

    by obriensg1

    I'm happy for you that 'Glee' is a success. It was created to be a musical on purpose. 'Fringe', and all your other shows WERE NOT. If I wanted to watch a musical, or 'Glee', I would. But I don't, so I won't. I DO NOT NOT NOT NOT want 'Bones', '24', and ESPECIALLY 'Fringe' doing songs and dance!

  • March 21, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST

    This is a joke right?

    by FSJGuy

    Please? anyone? i admit Glee is a fun show, and watch on occasion if nothing else is on, but wow I really hope i am a dumbass and missing that this is a joke.

  • March 22, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    There is NO idea too dumb for a tv exec to get behind

    by V'Shael

    So I don't think this is a joke.

  • March 22, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    well i guess this suggests

    by mojoman69

    that Fringe is about to jump the shark. a shame it did have such potential.

  • March 22, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Cast Felicia Day

    by holidill

    That's all I have to say about that...

  • March 22, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Anna Torv will be horrible

    by TheWaqman

    as if viewers had to endure her horrible acting through normal speech, her singing voice is probably going to sound like that MS voice shit you have on the computer. Also Glee > Fringe. And I don't even like Glee that much.

  • March 22, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    "Once More With Feeling" worked because...

    by Royston Lodge drove the Buffy mythos forward. It came right after a series of really depressing episodes, and Buffy's return from death, so it was a welcome bit of comic relief, right up until the point they reveal that Buffy had gone to heaven and the fuckers had yanked her back against her will.<p> Heady stuff.<p> Lightning in a bottle, methinks.<p> Will Fringe be able to pull off the same trick of wrapping a serious, heady story-line in a musical episode?<p> Maybe. I'm slightly encouraged by the idea that the musical numbres will be just Walter's fucked-up perception. That could be neat.<p> But it cannot just be written as a "throwaway" episode. If they do that, it'll suck harder than a Hoover in a wind tunnel.

  • March 22, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    What's with

    by frozen01

    all the rips on TV shows that went back to the first half of the 20th century? Not a Star Trek fan, so I haven't seen the episode where they go to the 40s, but I did see the sunken ship episode of X-Files and liked it (though it was weird, even by their standards). And I'm 27, so it's not a matter of "nostalgia".

  • March 22, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST

    This idea...

    by Billy Oblivion

    has already made me laugh more than anything I've seen on TV this year. I'm only a casual watcher of the show, but I'm sure this would be fun. Either fun as in brilliant or fun as in spectacular FAIL. And I just realized - this could involve Nimoy. Just think -- Spock and Denethor, singing a medley of Patsy Cline tunes. Pure gold!

  • March 24, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    What about Scrubs' musical ep?

    by BizarroJerry

    Not saying it was good, but I figured someone woulda mentioned it by now.