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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: WILLIAM SHATNER (1931)


William Shatner (1931)

Shatner is a Canadian-born actor, writer, and musical performer. He became a cult icon starring as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise on the 1960s television show Star Trek. He reprised the role in movies and has written about his experiences playing Kirk. Shatner’s more recent work on The Practice and its spinoff Boston Legal earned him a pair of Emmy Awards. In 2006, he made headlines for selling his kidney stone to whom, for how much, and for what purpose? More… Discuss

 

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Fringe Theme: Composer J. J. Abrams


Fringe (TV series)

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Fringe
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The blue title card, representing the prime universe and the original timeline, is used in seasons 1–2 and frequently in season 3.
Genre
Created by
Starring
Theme music composer J. J. Abrams
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
Originallanguage(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 100 (List of episodes)
Production
Executiveproducer(s)
Location(s)
Running time
  • 81 minutes (“Pilot”)
  • 50 minutes (season 1)
  • 43 minutes (seasons 2–5)
Productioncompany(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run September 9, 2008 – January 18, 2013

Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. AbramsAlex Kurtzman, andRoberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded on January 18, 2013, after five seasons and 100 episodes. The series follows Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and Walter Bishop (John Noble), members of a Federal Bureau of Investigation “Fringe Division” team based in BostonMassachusetts, under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses “fringe” science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, which are related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe. The series has been described as a hybrid of The X-FilesAltered States, and The Twilight Zone.

The series format combines elements from procedural dramas as well as those found in serials. The series began as a more traditional “mystery of the week” series, and became more serialized in later seasons. A majority of episodes contain a standalone plot, with several episodes also exploring the series’ overarching mythology.

Early critical reception of the first season was lukewarm but became more favorable in subsequent seasons, when the series began to explore its mythology, including parallel universes and alternate timelines. The show, as well as the cast and crew, has been nominated for many major awards. Despite its move to the “Friday night death slot” and low ratings, the series has received a cult following. It has also spawned two six-part comic book series and an alternate reality game.

 

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This day in the Yesteryear: STAR TREK PREMIERS (1966) Motto: “to boldly go where no man has gone before,”


 

Star Trek Premiers (1966)

Though the original Star Trek series was cancelled in its third season, the groundbreaking show—in which William Shatner‘s memorable Captain Kirk leads the crew of the starship Enterprise—developed a cult following of “Trekkies.” Over the next four decades, the influential science-fiction franchise spawned five more Star Trek series, more than 10 feature films, and myriad conventions. Its motto, “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” may have been partially copied from what source? More… Discuss