Spreading the Excitement for #AlmostHuman
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Almost Human’s premiere (November 4 – 8/7C) is less than a month away, so it’s time to assemble and to start talking up the series via all available social media channels. We knew that the television world was heading towards placing a larger emphasis on social media activity, and now that time is here. Too late for our beloved Fringe… but useful for the future of TV. Dust off the tweeters, and let’s cultivate some social media influence for Almost Human.

Why is Fringenuity so interested in Almost Human out of all Fall shows?

Almost Human was created by Fringe executive producer J.H. (Joel) Wyman. It’s filmed in Vancouver (like Fringe) and employs a large percentage of the old Fringe film crew.  Plus, “because it’s cool.” There were lots of people interested in the concept before it was even cast, filmed, and picked up by the network. We wanted to “Make Human Reality.” Now that it’s real, we want to keep it around for some time.

So, what can we do to help?

We can employ some of the same tactics that we used for Fringe to help get the word out for Almost Human. The broadcast networks are using some of the things that Fringe fans used during our campaigns, but fans who actually care for a show will always do a better job getting the word out. We form real communities with each other, and no network herding will ever change that. We have the power to influence social media users to watch, discuss, and keep coming back for more.

We’re not considering trending unique hashtags for each episode of the show. That was a special effort out of love for Fringe, and has worked to help fans of Community and Hannibal.  For a new show, the focus should be on just generating genuine social engagement.

When the time comes, let’s be sure to search for Almost Human viewers to follow and interact with on Twitter.  Like with Fringe, it’s helpful to have lots of followers and to interact. Share Almost Human content such as videos from FOX, articles, and fan art.

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June #Fringe Event Alert: Let’s Wish a Happy Birthday to Anna, Lance, and Josh!
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June is a month for birthdays in the Fringe universe. We have several cast members whose big day is coming up!

* I also have the cosmic luck of sharing my June 27 b-day with the man himself, J.J Abrams. You can send me condolences for turning 35…

 

Anyway, we haven’t had a good trending party since… well…. since #WeCrossedTheLine. So, let’s see what we can do for our beloved cast members, eh? We were able to trend for Josh’s birthday last year, so let’s give all three of our Geminis a Twitter party! (Although I regret to inform Mr. Gemini that he is not invited.)

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“Friend” Contest Entries!
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Last week we announced a promotional contest for Jess Noble’s Friend, (starring her dad, John) asking for your visual representations of the meaning of the word. Here are the inspiring responses we received! Entries are to be judged by the inestimable Mr. Noble himself, at his convenience – we’ll let you know when we have a winner. Thanks to everyone who participated, and good luck!!

 

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You’ve Got a Friend in Me
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“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe…warp drive…wormhole refractors…you know the thing you need most? You need a hand to hold.”    – The Doctor

No one knows better than a Fringie how an unexpected friend can change your life. The Doctor was right; in a world peppered with pitfalls of loneliness and uncertainty, it can be nearly mpossible to get back up once we’ve fallen, unless we can reach for the proffered hand of a friend. That bright smile, that caring presence, can bring us back to ourselves again when we’re ready to give up.

Friends come an all shapes and sizes. They can be lifelong companions, or they can drift into your life for just a little while, and change you forever. They’re the family of your choice, the people who make life a little less scary, and a lot more fun. They’re not afraid to laugh at you as well as with you. They’re the ones who listen to you even when you don’t make sense, who love you in spite of (or maybe because of) your flaws. They’re there when you need an ear, or a shoulder…or a hand to hold.

In honor of the upcoming release of the short film “Friend,” starring John Noble, written by his daughter Jess, and produced by members of the Fringe crew, Fringenuity is once again issuing a challenge to your boundless creativity. We’re holding a contest!

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#FringeFanFriday Fanfiction: “Thirty Days” by DixieGirl256 Part II (Updated 5/31)
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Part I is here.

Chapter 6

The next scene has a sexual situation. Nothing graphic.

Four stacks of files lay on the desk in front of Peter, along with his laptop. Jazz from WGBH played faintly in the background.  Peter rubbed his eyes, stretched, and pulled another folder from the tallest stack.

At least he wrote everything down, even if most of it doesn’t make sense.

Olivia stood in the doorway, watching Peter as he skimmed the contents of the folder.  How many nights had she done this with case files, going over the details dozens of times, looking for any clue that would bring her another step closer to resolution?  And how many times had Peter coaxed her away?

She walked behind him, then leaned on his shoulder and set a small tumbler of whisky by his left hand.  She rested her hands on his shoulders and began to massage the knots from his neck and back.

“Thanks, Liv.  Ahh, that feels good,” he mumbled, never looking up from the file in front of him.

“How’s it going?” She asked softly, still rubbing his shoulders.  “Anything I can do to help?”

“Find Walter…” he sighed.  He took one of Olivia’s hands in his, and leaned back, resting his head against the back of the chair.

“Come to bed, Peter… You’ve been at this for hours.”  She kissed the top of his head.  “I miss you.”

“Is this how you felt all those times I tried to get you to take a break?” His voice was serious, but he was smirking.  “Isn’t this the part where you kiss me and promise me mind-blowing sex if I’ll just come to bed?”

“Did that work?”

“Most of the time.”

“Then yeah, this is that part.”  She leaned over and brushed her lips against his stubbly cheek.  “If you shave before you come to bed… and if you can stay awake.”

“How can I refuse?” He chuckled and shut down the laptop.  “But shaving, huh?”  He wrapped his arm around Olivia as they walked out of the room.

“Well, it’s not a requirement… but it severely limits your options if you don’t,” she teased.

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Fringies, Let’s Make Joel Wyman’s Human a Reality
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The Pilot for Joel Wyman’s project show, Human, is scheduled to wrap filming this week. It won’t be long until the post-production product is screened in @FoxTV’s boardroom in order for the execs to decide whether or not they want to order it to series.

We can’t tell you how much we want this show to become a reality. Why do we have such confidence in something that barely exists, and feel so passionately about it?

– Its main creative team – Joel Wyman and Bryan Burk — are from Fringe.

– Most of the crew were those who had worked on Fringe. Aside from their tremendous dedication and talent, these people were incredible to respectful fans who watched filming. The Vancouver and the British Columbia film industries are fighting for jobs right now, so any work for these people is a good thing.

– Did we mention that the casting is amazing? Karl Urban? Michael Ealy? Yes, please.

– The concept of artificial life and human interaction/interfacing with machines is fascinating.

Some may say that we’re setting ourselves up for heartbreak. Pilot season is cutthroat, and many promising projects just don’t make it. But we’ve taken the stance that well… squeaking helps things get greased. Action at a Distance. And if Fringe fans have learned anything from taking an active interest in Fringe’s fate over several seasons, positive squeaks can have an impact.

We need to be advocates for what WE want to see.

We need to let FOX know that they possibly have a built-in, influential, and transferable audience for Human if they risk it.

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#FringeFanFriday Fanfiction: “Thirty Days” by DixieGirl256 Updated 4/12
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For our first Official  #FringeFanFriday, Fringe fanfiction writer – DixieGirl256 – has submitted the first part of a ten chapter-plus-epilogue story that deals with the month after Walter disappeared in 2015.

She says: “It’s my attempt to fulfill Joel’s hope that we would imagine our characters the next day.”

Story is rated T, however one upcoming chapter will be M rated.

We’ll be posting an update each week. Enjoy!

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September’s Notebook: Reviewing Fringe’s Moments in Time
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With wrap removed, the book is made to have a slightly distressed look.

With wrap removed, the book is made to have a slightly distressed look.

Fringe: September’s Notebook – The Bishop Paradox

Authors: Tara Bennett and Paul Terry

Publisher: Insight Editions

List Price: $50.00

Available: Now

After a bit of disappointment with a certain colossal Internet retailer regarding my highly anticipated pre-order of eight months, this gem reached my hands straight from the UPS man. (Thanks Barnes and Noble for not letting me down, unlike A-to-Z…)

I made sure that I had the afternoon free to peruse the book – that is how much I looked forward to reading it. After combing through it many times, I was ready to offer this review. Although it comes from a fan, don’t expect too much bias: This assessment also comes from a critical eye, and fans can be the toughest critics. So how does September’s Notebook stack up for this obsessed Fringe fan?

First, a little background.

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Poll: How Have You Participated in the #Fringe Fandom?
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I have a really nice manuscript written for the Fringe fandom book that I am writing. The title has been altered to better reflect the contents and scope of the book; part history, and part memoir. It’s Quantum Entanglements: A Fringe Fan Journey and a Collective Fandom History.

I am needing a bit of information to flesh out some areas better.

One of my major sections deals with the creativity of the fandom, and the things we have done because of our love for the show.

Will you take a moment to answer these questions? Also, comments with more details are always welcome, and will help me to include your stories into this account of our Fringe family. The more participants the better, so please spread the word.

There will be several more polls over the next few weeks about various topics. This poll will close March 15, 2013. Thanks for your time!

You are welcome to email me as well – fringefanbook at gmail dot com.

 

The Fringe Universe Expands: The Measure of a Cult Show
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 “To be a fully sanctioned cult show, the life of a programme must continue through its fans after its death.” – Alex Geairns

“The community of the show is currently strong and vibrant and I have a funny feeling that the afterlife of the show, as much as we who have been making it for the last five years are finishing our portion of it, I think it will live on in that community.”

“And how that manifests itself? I don’t know. Perhaps there would be a movie. I think there will probably be a lot of fan fiction. Maybe there will be even some sort of filmed addendum to the show or televised or podcasts or however it manifests itself, but I feel like the afterlife of Fringe is the test case for how modern cult shows are going to live on after they go off the air.”

-  Joshua Jackson / FOX conference call / January 18, 2013

Fringe may be over, but it’s not dead. Our Twitter fan community may not be as united as when the show was airing, but that doesn’t mean that all of the fans have crossed over to the other side to see the rest of their season five. There are plenty of things that you can do in this universe to keep the experience and community alive.

Fandom doesn’t have to be a full-on intense experience. In fact, people often drift in and out. I’ve been an X-Files fan for 20 years, and my interest comes and goes. Lately, it has been intensified… I suspect in an attempt to kinda fill the Fringe-sized hole in my heart…

A little here and a little there will keep the show in our memories, and as time passes, these kind of activities will act as guideposts for the newcomers to the fandom. Continue reading