'Fringe' invades 'American Idol'... or was it the other way around?

Hey, remember how yesterday I wondered about the overlap between the audiences for American Idol and my beloved Fringe? Well, that overlap occurred last night, in a couple of ways. Idol viewers saw numerous shots of a serene bald man in the Hollywood studio audience. It was Michael Cerveris, the actor who plays the creepy, he’s-everywhere Observer on Fringe. And since that hoggish Idol spilled over into Fringe‘s time period last night, it was only right that The Observer should be there to patrol this unusual event, as he does so many unusual events on Fringe.

Many of you also responded to my blog entry yesterday asking whether you watch both Idol and Fringe. I’m happy to report (or you can easily see for yourself in the comments section here), that there are indeed Idolators among the Fringees (Fringe-ites? Fringalators? We have to come up with a good nickname, comrades). As one poster, Warren, asks, “Is Idol part of The Pattern?” He’s referring, of course, to the show’s tied-together, largely-unexplained events thus far. And Warren, maybe you’ve hit on the reason Kara DioGuardi exists: She’s an alien sent to subvert Idol!

It was a great episode of Fringe last night; did you enjoy Walter Bishop’s boogie-down to Al Green’s “Love and Happiness”?

For more on American Idol: Simon’s Spontaneous O!


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  • AmyK

    I haven’t watched my recording of Fringe because that stupid Idol show ran 10 MINUTES OVER so the end of Fringe wasn’t recorded. I wasn’t going to bother to watch without the ending. I’ll try to catch it online sometime today. Gee, what a great way for Fox to tank one of its own shows. Just cut off the last 10 minutes of a show for the significant portion of people who use DVRs. Much more of that and people will quit watching the show altogether.

  • MikerMan

    Thanks Idol. Thanks for ruining my Fringe experience by running late. Luckily I have the Central Time and West Coast feeds, so I was able to DVR the replay. I’ve yet to see the final scenes. I hate all things Idol, and now I hate it even more now that they’ve messed with my Fringe!!!

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  • bytak

    Unfortunately, I am not one of those who watches American Idol. I guess my DVR isn’t either, because neither of us knew about AI’s extended episode so I missed the last 5-10 min of Fringe.

  • Elizabeth

    Forget Michael Cerveris – Rob Dyrdek, right behind Kara & Randy!! I noticed Cerveris right away, but I spent more of my hour+ of Idol watching to see what Dyrdek’s responses would be, and clapped happily along with him – fingers fully extended, palms only.
    Thats fine for “Fringe” to plant him in the audience – especially since AI ran over 10 minutes. (Seriously – cut out all the pre-taped interviews and just get to the performances. It would’ve fit in an hour.)

  • trish

    I watch both idol & fringe. I love Walter, he cracks me up!

  • crispy

    That dude is the creepiest looking guy on the planet. He should team up with the Hunter from Heroes, and they should do a buddy comedy together.

  • the q

    I am on cable recording. I also record Idol. I watch them about a hour late on each one. Well i have been waiting-it seems like forever-for Fringe to come back on. Last night i watched Idol and was so excited to watch Fringe,but what happened,my recorder stopped at the end of the hour. Last night it was not the end of the show. I am really mad that shows are doing that now,running over 1-2-5 minutes over. Last night on Fringe i missed the most importantthe end. Guess i will have to record the show after.

  • Luke

    Dunno if you guys noticed it but during the SuperBowl the bald dude was filmed standing on the sidelines for a quick moment…

  • Jess

    The boogie down was the best part of the whole episode! lol

  • nykolus

    like mikerman, i LOATHE all things idol, so when it ran over, i cussed up a blue streak. …then thanked the baby jesus that my local news didn’t cut in on the tail end of the show. fringe is back, baby!!!

  • willsia

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  • arahsae

    It WAS the Fringe guy! My husband spotted him and made me rewind AI. It was totally creepy seeing him there, but what a way to tie Fringe into “real” life.

  • saybo

    Ken, in yesterday’s post, you said there were some Pattern info in last night’s episode. Aside from the Junior Observer, I didn’t catch any Pattern info. What did I miss?

  • Ken’s Dentist

    Hey Ken – your favorite dentist suggests “Fringophiles”. Keep up the good work!

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