Leonard Nimoy returns to 'Fringe'
April 15th, 2011
05:45 PM ET

Leonard Nimoy returns to 'Fringe'

[Editor's Note: Stop reading this post now if you don't want to know anything about Friday night's new episode of "Fringe."]

So much for retirement?

Leonard Nimoy will be back on tonight's episode of "Fringe," in some form or another, as his character William Bell. (Of course it's quite possible that it's only his voice that has been "un-retired": This follows the announcement that he will be voicing the character of Sentinel Prime in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," a nice homage to his work in 1986's "Transformers: the Movie.")

"Bellie," as Walter calls him, has been back on the show for the past few episodes, having taken residence in Olivia's body, in a brilliant Nimoy-esque performance by Anna Torv.

"She is up for any challenge," executive producer J.H. Wyman said, speaking to reporters on Thursday. "This season, she's been pulled and pushed in every direction, and [executive producer Jeff Pinkner] and I are just amazed at how she hit the ground running with everything. The whole invention of the character, and how she spoke and everything, was all her creation."

Added Pinkner, "Anna and John [Noble] spent a weekend on their own, just working out their relationship, and John just helped her develop her take on Leonard Nimoy."

As fun as it is to see Olivia as "Bellie," there's still the question of what happened to Olivia.

"This episode is a journey to retrieve Olivia before it's too late," Pinkner explained.

So how did the "Fringe" masterminds get Nimoy to return?

"Leonard retired from acting at the end of our season finale, and he was very sincere about that, but Joel and I were talking about the notion that William Bell would inhabit Olivia's mind and we called Leonard and pitched the idea to him and he just started laughing, and said, 'I'm in, how do you want to use me?'" Pinkner said.

"He's participating in the show. William Bell is present in this next episode, and present in a way that gives new meaning to alternate reality, but it's very much Leonard Nimoy."

Fans were, of course, thrilled to hear that the show has been picked up for a fourth season, and the producers responded to some rumors about the end of this one: A major character death will be taking place on the May 6 season finale, but rumors that another alternate world will be introduced are untrue (for now, at least).

Pinkner added, "Hopefully [the finale] will be wholly unexpected and also, re-contextualize the story of season three in a really cool way."

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  4. sea frog

    Just curious, what ever happened to the alt-Bell? Did I miss something?

    April 18, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. boocat

    Loved the LSD episode on Friday...very creative!

    April 18, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. T

    Loved the Olivia/Bell thing especially the voice thing with Torv.. sorry it didn't last longer...but can't wait for the next episode.
    Maybe next year, Zachary Quinto can come on the show as Bell's son since he and Nimoy look alike
    (which is why he got the role of Spock on the Star Trek reboot).

    April 18, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. RSJ

    It is such a PAIN watching Anna Torv trying to pull the 'Mr. Spock' imitation/accent. I wish they would replace her soon. May be with this season finale 'major character death' perhaps !?!

    Everyone else on the show is doing a good job (in terms of acting), but Anna Torv's performance has been hard to swallow since the beginning of the show. And after three years, she hasn't gotten any better.

    At the end of 'Os' episode, I started screaming "NOOOO!!!!" at the tv monitor once I realized that they would make her do 'William Bell' character too.

    I mean it's hard enough to watch the 'good Olivia' and the 'bad Olivia'! Now I have to sit through 3 characters performing by Anna Torv.

    Luckily, I enjoy watching Dr. Bishop and his son doing what they are doing, whether in 'this' or 'the alternate' world. Just love it. Big fan.

    And everyone else was just fun to watch. Even the minor 'one-time appearance' actors.

    However, those sideline plots/stories, which has nothing to do with 'Olivia's ability', do need some more works. They are not as fun and creepy to watch like those of 'The X'Files'.

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  9. ...

    Leo will seize our vital regions once more! =D

    April 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Deni

    I love Anna Torv, but it still doesn't make sense to me why her voice would change while Bell was taking over. I can understand her facial features and mannerisms changing but there is no reason why her voice would change one bit. I found it very annoying.

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  12. Peace

    StarTrek is still on the SciFi channel.

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  13. lightbulb

    Wish Stsr Trek still came on. Me and my dad would watch it inm the late 60s. Back then it was in credible !

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  14. Sunshine Girl *

    Everytime I see/hear about him I think of Spock too. Funny. Must be weird to not be able to shake that label/character. Great actor.

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  15. ohsnap

    They couldn't find a picture of Leonard Nimoy?

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  16. Weird

    Nimoy looks weird in that pic

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  17. Ballgag

    I want to be behind him,then pull on those pointy ears.

    April 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |

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