The producers even opened up the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel with a video of familiar faces auditioning to play Peter — from SNL‘s Bobby Moynihan, Heroes‘ Zachary Quinto, Parks and Rec‘s Ben Schwartz (using sides from Dawson’s Creek, natch) and Lost‘s Rebecca Mader to Damon Lindelof, Geoff Stults, funnyman Paul Scheer, Lost‘s Michael Emerson and Community‘s Danny Pudi (wearing a mustache). Check out the video here, then read on for more panel highlights.
After popping up himself in the video (and sporting an Observer hat), Jackson came out on stage in the same lid – a hint about next season? – despite not being on the announced list of panelists. “Thank you everyone for coming to Pacey-Con 2011!” he greeted the very happy crowd.
So what is up with Peter next season? “It’s not that Peter’s consciousness is anywhere,” executive producer Jeff Pinkner offered. “There is no Peter. Peter doesn’t exist. Josh calls everyday, ‘What am I doing this year?’”
Well then, how could he have fathered a love child, as a fan put it? “The question is, ‘Is there a child?’” replied Anna Torv.
While everyone else is having fun playing alternates, Jackson is happy to have the time off — though he’d still welcome the opportunity to do double-time on the show. Unfortunately, thatt’s not likely to happen. “I don’t know that Peter’s ever going to have an alternate,” his portrayer said. “But I think whoever he gets folded back into this season as will be a different version of [Peter].”
Blair Brown, meanwhile, thinks that her thus far unseen alternate may not even be human. “I’m not sure that [she] isn’t an inanimate object like a lightbulb or a toaster,” said the actress before suggesting that maybe Nina is a disease or plague, since we don’t know whether she’s good or bad.
When a fan asked if Olivia will learn to control her assorted supernatural skills, the producers were reluctant to give away spoilers, though Pinkner did offer this tidbit: “I’m not sure we’ve seen all her powers yet.”
After delivering a musical episode and a partially animated hour, what’s left for Fringe to explore? “The nude episode,” executive producer Joel Wyman joked, prompting John Noble to wonder, with the show’s attractive younger cast, “Why am I getting naked?!” But in all seriousness, next season will offer up more backstory episodes like “Jacksonville” and a different Astrid. “Astrid has a gun,” Jasika Nicole reported, in songà la a certain Aerosmith single.