Fringe Final Season Production Halted While Star John Noble Seeks Medical Help

Fox’s Fringe has stopped production four days into shooting its final season so star John Noble can receive treatment for a medical problem.

During the two-week break, Noble will be treated for a previously existing sleep disorder that was aggravated by a hectic travel schedule in recent weeks.

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The actor, who plays eccentric scientist Walter Bishop on the sci-fi series, wasn’t present Monday for the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills. He reportedly flew to the U.S. from Australia to attend the recent San Diego Comic-Con, then went straight to work on Fringe’s Season 5 last Wednesday. The show shot without him Tuesday before the hiatus decision was made.

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Filming is scheduled to resume on Aug. 7, and the Fringe premiere remains slated for Friday, Sept. 28 at 9/8c.