Fringe Exclusive: Andre Royo Poised to Return!

Buckle up, Fringe fans: Olivia’s “over there” cabbie is getting back behind the wheel!

Sources confirm to me exclusively that The Wire‘s sensational Andre Royo will reprise his role as original-flavor Olivia’s alt-universe sidekick Henry Arliss Higgins for one episode later this season.

Henry was last seen in November when he helped Olivia return home.

In case you missed the other good Fringe news over the weekend, the show got off to a strong start in its new Friday timeslot. Not only did it win the night among adults 18-49, but it was up 12 percent from its last original Thursday airing.

Please join me in a chorus of, Phew!



Comments (68)

  • Cool. I really liked him, was hoping he’d return.

    Comment by irg19 – January 24, 2011 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PHEW!

    Comment by Sakara – January 24, 2011 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG YAY!!!
    I love Andre on Fringe!! This is going to be exciting!!!

    Comment by Angie – January 24, 2011 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like him, too. Except that I watched the entire series in the last two weeks so it doesn’t seem like he’s returning more than just being there again XD

    Comment by Michael – January 24, 2011 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • WOW THIS IS WEIRD. I watched the entire series in the last two weeks too!!

      Anyway yeah I totally love this character, so cool.

      Comment by lemondrop – January 24, 2011 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Phew X2

    Comment by madcap – January 24, 2011 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! I was hoping he’d return. Actually, I was really afraid he’d end up dead during Olivia’s escape. So while I’m happy he’s back, I hope they let him live. People who help Olivia have a nasty habit of ending up dead. I wonder if his over-here version is a cabbie?

    Comment by Alice – January 24, 2011 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really liked Andre. Whenever he was on the scene you kind of root for me, because he’s this ordinary guy thrown in a extraordinary situation. Not only that, but he’s kind and dependable. In fact I’d like it if he was a regular on the show in any sort of way. It’ll be a nice touch the show needs.

    Comment by Marvin – January 24, 2011 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay, he was such a great side character, I wonder if he will bump into alt!liv

    Comment by Lou – January 24, 2011 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! I loved him! Please don’t bring him back to kill him, though. That would make me sad. So it’s gonna be There!Henry, who we know…and not like. Olivia running into Here!Henry? I always kinda thought that’d be cool. But seeing him back would be awesome in any capacity!

    Comment by Sarah – January 24, 2011 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PHEW!!!!!

    Comment by cody g – January 24, 2011 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so glad that it won it’s time slot!! Let’s keep this show on the air!!

    Comment by Paige – January 24, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait…what a great recurring side character! Wonder if we’re gonna see Alt Henry again or meet Here Henry. Also still curious if we’re ever gonna meet Here Lincoln.

    Comment by John – January 24, 2011 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I really want to meet Here Lincoln I get the feeling he might be an important character in this ‘verse

      Comment by Lou – January 24, 2011 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I want to see Here!Lincoln, too. How did he know Nick? Come on show, don’t let me down!

      Comment by Sarah – January 24, 2011 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Let’s get some permanent world-crossing going on. We’ll take Henry and Charlie.

    That alone will make me forget about this affront to Supernatural that this Friday move has committed.

    Comment by Deion – January 24, 2011 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m going to wait for the third week to phew.

    Comment by Sourabh – January 24, 2011 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t watch Fringe (i need to netflix it to get caught up), but every time I see this dude, I just smile and exclaim “It’s Bubs!”

    Comment by Jillybeans – January 24, 2011 12:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • WATCH FRINGE!! you wont regret it!!

      Comment by Michy – January 24, 2011 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ratings for this week aren’t going to be good, the only reason they had a good Friday premiere is because Supernatural was a rerun. Don’t get me wrong, I love both shows, but it’s going to lose a good chunk of viewer, add the fact that it’s a lot easier to watch Fringe on Hulu than it is to watch Supernatural on the CW’s crappy website.

    Comment by Tom – January 24, 2011 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Give it a rest, for Pete’s (or should I say Peter’s) sake. Every time there is a smidgen of good news for beleaguered Fringe fans, you can bet your last jug of possibly-poisoned milk that a Supernatural fan is going to come along and tell you how your show doesn’t stand a chance in the face of running against Supernatural, you’re going to get cancelled, etc. It’s boring and kind of petty and mean. Take your negativity elsewhere, please. The rest of us would like to celebrate the return of an awesome character.

      Comment by We get it. You like Supernatural. – January 24, 2011 03:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great! I really like his character, so I’m glad to see him return. Strange looking man, but really good actor.

    Comment by XK – January 24, 2011 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I did like him, but when I saw the tweet I got so excited that it would be Lincoln Lee who was my favorite! I’m so disappointed it’s not :(

    Comment by Sara – January 24, 2011 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One correction to the article. The cabbie TRIED to help Olivia get home, but that attempt failed.

    It was Alternate Broyles that ultimately helped Olivia go back home.

    Just saying… :)

    Comment by Michael Sacal – January 24, 2011 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Given what happened to alternate Broyles, maybe it’s just as well the cabbie didn’t succeed. How many men with happy families does the show plan to kill?

      Comment by True – January 24, 2011 03:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so excited for the alt verse eps! I agree with the person who said we should steal Charlie, but we need Lincoln too. Dream team, dammit!

    Comment by Squee – January 24, 2011 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How is he going to come back to the show when his character only lives in the alternate universe?

    Comment by Chris – January 24, 2011 04:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seems like there’s an alternate person in the other universe for each person in our universe so maybe he is going to come back as the alternate to his character in the other universe?

      Comment by john – January 24, 2011 07:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • How do you know he only lives in that universe? He is probably in this one too, just haven’t seen him yet..

      Comment by Vanny – January 24, 2011 11:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • AWESOME!!!!!! Both about Liv’s cabbie Henry AND Fringe gettin good ratings so far. Yay Fringe!!!!

    Comment by Amy – January 24, 2011 05:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is great! I did like him on there.
    Though.. I do not like the new time slot. Now I have to wait to watch it the next day online. =(

    Comment by Addy – January 24, 2011 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Henry lives in both universes just like there are two Olivias, two Walter bishops, etc., Henry on this side might get involved, or maybe it will show how things are going on the other side with he other Olivia. Well I guess we’ll see.

    Comment by Alek – January 24, 2011 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uhm.. you know I had to look up this show “Supernatural” as I had never even heard of it. No way in heck is it gonna top Fringe.. ever.

    Comment by fireoasis – January 24, 2011 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If he is that well liked they will bring him to ourside.

    Comment by Cody English – January 24, 2011 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Doesn’t anyone remember Andre as the wierd alien that Will Smith chases in the opening scenes of Men In Black? I recognized him right away.

    Comment by vicky – January 24, 2011 05:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was not Andre Royo..It was Kirk Acevedo. But i would like to see both guys come to our side.

      Comment by Rick – January 24, 2011 06:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No he’s not Acevedo neither, if we’re talking about the on thas running through the city ending up on top of a building and going splash to the ground?
        It was a white dude, i think the name was James Edward or something.

        Comment by MatW – January 24, 2011 10:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Nope,it was neither of them… not even close.

        Comment by Huh? – January 24, 2011 11:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, I don’t believe he is the same. I do tend to remember a very young actor like him in the ill-fated Tour of Duty series. I think he is the same guy.

      Comment by gerry smith – January 24, 2011 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved him on The Wire, which I was also a rabid fan. I think the same as another post when I see Andre “It’s Bubs!” Keep Fringe going!

    Comment by KimO – January 24, 2011 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ve been re-watching The Wire, and he’s so great as Bubbles. The cabbie character is what I envision Bubs became post-season 5 of The Wire — he plays him very similarly, but is clean and more together. Looking forward to seeing him again

      Comment by Ben Phelps – January 24, 2011 09:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PHEW!!!! Should be interesting, as always!

    Comment by Terry H – January 24, 2011 06:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Phew, but let’s see the Henry living in this universe where more of us can have a chance at him.

    Comment by Eliza – January 24, 2011 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is such great news. I was hoping for his return, because he’s a terrific character. :-)))

    Comment by Jen – January 24, 2011 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome! Best show on TV!

    Comment by Mantid83 – January 24, 2011 06:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe Is a great show

    Comment by Michael yelverton – January 24, 2011 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, and I forgot to say ‘PHEW!’, so… ‘Phew!’

    Comment by Jen – January 24, 2011 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • what i was expecting to see is our olivia meet henry from our side … should be very interesting …

    Comment by usiel – January 24, 2011 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Look forward to it(new Fringe)coming to NZ…when it gets here that is! Living at the low end of the world has its draw backs.

    Comment by Puk – January 24, 2011 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NZ has internet you know which is why I’m uptodate & looking forward to the next episode

      Comment by Ian – January 24, 2011 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t really like Linc but I’m excited to see Henry back. Loved him. I just hope whichever Henry he is it’s him interacting with our Olivia.

    Comment by Kelly – January 24, 2011 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Henry’s back! But which Henry? Will he even know who our ‘Liv is?

    And to you SUPERNATURAL fans, of which I am one… you DO realize that you are allowed to watch more than one great show per night, right??

    Comment by karyn – January 24, 2011 08:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s kind of hard to do when they are both on at the same time. I love Fringe, but I loved Supernatural first so it wins every time.

      Comment by raven – January 25, 2011 04:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Phew!! I was totally scared about the change to Fridays!!

    Comment by Eve – January 24, 2011 08:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so happy that Fringe has, as of yet, done well with ratings. I love this show!

    Comment by Jamie – January 24, 2011 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why are more “Wire” actors employed more.. it’s a shame…

    Comment by Debsa – January 24, 2011 09:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Great show with great actors

      Comment by Dora – January 25, 2011 03:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uhhhh, Hello?
    Far more important to than the cabbie’s return is the fact ‘Fringe’ did fairly strong in the ratings on Friday.

    Cause without Fringe… what’s a cabbie?

    Comment by Equalizer – January 24, 2011 11:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • UM WAIT A MINUTE… what if alt olivia meets him, that could be bad. Henry’s too talkative and may not live?!?!?!

    Comment by kammshaft – January 25, 2011 12:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love the show,love to episode to episode flipping between plots in each universe. I like to see where the observers are going to come up in the eventual resolution between the universes.
    Best sci-fi drama since X-files, hope they don’t get lost in their story line direction like Millenium did way back when.

    Comment by AnchorBeach – January 25, 2011 06:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re right—Millennium did lose its way, though I still watch that wonderful season 2 holiday episode every December. Nothing says Christmas like the Millennium Group and a street filled with fetches. Happy Holidays indeed!

      Comment by Bartleby1945 – January 25, 2011 08:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • why cant they keep a good -well acted show like fringe and get rid of the really dumb-dumb shows producers think we would watch anything there writers dont have to work so hard on shows with no story line please keep fringe cant wait for dvds

    Comment by barbara redding – January 25, 2011 09:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • it just gets better. best show on tv.

    Comment by frank scandale – January 25, 2011 09:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good FRINGE news all around!
    Friday night TV has a long history of SCI-FI/horror genre as well as being a series graveyard, and I think it is great that Fox is trying to turn that history around accentuating the positive!!!

    Comment by B9000 – January 25, 2011 01:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, of course it did better on Friday night than on Thursday night. Thursday nights were just to crowded with other good shows at the same time. Grey’s Anatomy, CSI. Something had to give, you can only DVR 1 or 2 shows. I think Friday night is the perfect night for it. Now as long as they don’t have any really long breaks like what’s happening to The Event, Walking Dead, etc. When that happens, it’s a real show killer.

    Comment by rmcowan – January 25, 2011 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Phew! hahaha I am so glad it went great! That show is too good to cancel!

    Comment by Breanna – January 26, 2011 07:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very good news about Andre and Fringe’s ratings on Friday night. Love the chemistry between him and Olivia. Thankfully, the power of the people recording it on DVR’s is also taken into account!! I have always been a fan of Fringe since it began and hope that it will get renewed by Fox. It is a quality show and has finally hit its stride with great scripts.

    Comment by Monie – January 28, 2011 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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