(January 11, 2013 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Television Group, along with the FOX Broadcasting Company, have joined forces with publisher Insight Editions to create an unprecedented published work — setting a new standard for officially licensed publishing merchandise and product integration in the world of publishing.
In the penultimate “Fringe” episode “The Boy Must Live” (airing tonight, Friday, January 11, at 9/8c on FOX), the worlds of network television and licensed publishing collide and will never be the same again. In the episode, the enigmatic recurring character of the Observer September (guest star Michael Cerveris) reveals to Walter Bishop (John Noble) that he had been keeping a notebook of all his observations. “September’s Notebook” is the exact book that fans of the show have been able to pre-order – and consequently be a part of – since earlier this year.
“Fringe” executive producer/showrunner J.H. Wyman said: “We couldn’t have picked a better framework for this book with the Observers. Where we went this season is ultimately so Observer-heavy and it reveals some things that are really mind-blowing. We wanted to include the notebook in this upcoming episode, as it encompasses September’s journey from beginning to end. The fact that we are able to share it with the fans, after the episode airs, is truly exciting. September’s writing exhibits what he admires most about the human spirit’s most beautiful quality — hope.”
Currently in its fifth and final season with a special two-hour series finale event airing Friday, January 18, at 8/7c on FOX, “Fringe” follows main characters FBI special agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), eccentric “fringe” scientist Walter Bishop (Noble) and his jack-of-all-trades son Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), as they investigate paranormal incidents that defy human logic and mystifying events that threaten our very existence on a universal scale. With the help of fellow agents and allies Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick), Nina Sharp (Blair Brown), Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole), Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo), Lincoln Lee (Seth Gabel) and John Scott (Mark Valley), the FBI's Fringe Division delves into a world where hybrid monsters tear through sewers, thieves walk through walls and portals open to parallel universes. The Observer September chronicles not only the main characters' personal stories but also elements of the show's mythology, including the FBI’s Fringe Division, Massive Dynamic, the Machine, the alternate universe "Over There" and the Amber timeline.
With a rabid and devoted fan base, the critically acclaimed “Fringe” phenomenon has spawned two six-part comic book series and an alternate reality game. “Fringe: September's Notebook” is the first comprehensive guide to the show’s compelling mythology and a must-have companion following the show's epic conclusion.
The retail price of “Fringe: September's Notebook” is $50, it and can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.
A revelation for fans and super fans alike, “Fringe: September's Notebook” includes exclusive photos and concept art, and reveals quirks and little-known facts about each character, insight into fringe science and much more. Design features throughout the book build upon the many symbols and codes woven into the show's fabric, uncovering truths never before revealed.
“Fringe: September's Notebook” is an extension of the show and its mythology like no other. Within the book, every single word, sketch, photo, and official document has been painstakingly put together (under the guidance of series executive producer/showrunner J.H. Wyman and former executive producer Jeff Pinkner) with contributions from the “Fringe” production department. More than a year in the making from its inception, with material that spans all five seasons, authors Tara Bennett and Paul Terry (who together coauthored the official “LOST Encyclopedia)” worked with the television show’s production team on a daily basis to develop and evolve “Fringe: September's Notebook” into the world's first fully integrated licensed publication that has emerged from within the television series’ storyline itself.
About the Authors:
Tara Bennett is the author of a variety of movie and television companions, including “300: The Art of the Film” and several official companions to hugely successful television shows like “Lost” and “24.” She also writes for many publications, including SFX and Sci Fi Magazine, and contributes to popular websites including Blastr and WSJ Speakeasy. She’s an adjunct professor of film and television at Rowan University, New Jersey.
Paul Terry coauthored (with Tara Bennett) the “LOST Encyclopedia” and was the editor of Bad Robot/ABC’s official magazines for “LOST” and “Alias,” as well the official comics for “The Simpsons” and “Futurama.” Terry is also a songwriter/composer. His music includes solo project Cellarscape and his film scores include the award-winning werewolf comedy “The Furred Man.”
J.H. Wyman (Showrunner/Executive Producer, “Fringe”) was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in Montréal, Canada. Wyman wrote and produced “The Mexican,” starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. He has since created several television shows, most notably “Keen Eddie,” starring Mark Valley and Sienna Miller. Wyman also recently wrote “Dead Man Down,” a thriller starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace set to premiere in spring 2013. Wyman currently resides in Los Angeles.
Jeff Pinkner (Executive Producer, “Fringe” Seasons 1-4) grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Northwestern University and Harvard Law School. Pinkner began his television-writing career with a freelance episode of “The Practice.” He has written and produced several series, including “Profiler,” “Early Edition” and “The Street.” Pinkner served as a writer and producer on all five seasons of Alias and served as showrunner in its final season. He then served as executive producer on “Lost” and “October Road.” He lives in Los Angeles.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products:
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About Warner Bros. Television:
Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) is one of the entertainment industry's most respected providers of original content, producing award-winning drama and comedy series for both broadcast network television and cable. For the 2012–13 television season, WBTV is currently producing and distributing nearly 30 primetime series, with multiple programs on each of the five broadcast networks, in addition to shows on cable’s TNT, Showtime and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
About Insight Editions:
Insight Editions is a publisher focused on creating superlative illustrated books on photography, music, and popular culture. Lavishly produced and visually stimulating, every volume from Insight is dedicated to the skillful interplay of word and image. The books produced are unique works that combine the highest quality print production values with the time-honored traditions of publishing and rich subject matter. Elegant and informative, books from Insight showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker's craft.