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J.J. Abrams, Life On The 'Fringe'

J.J. Adams is the brains behind ABC's hit series, <em>Lost.</em>
J.J. Adams is the brains behind ABC's hit series, <em>Lost.</em>

J.J. Abrams describes his latest television show, Fringe, as having a "a slight 'Twilight Zone' vibe." The show features a brilliant but mentally-unstable research scientist who struggles with his relationship with his son — as well as his relationship with the paranormal world.

Abrams is the co-creator, writer, executive producer and director of the hit TV show Lost. He also created and wrote the show Alias.

"The influences were enormous, and all those shows, you know the night stalker and those movies relied heavily on the look and the sound. Even the Kronenberg films, you know, the early ones may not have been as obviously stylized like the cell for example," Abrams says, commenting on Fringe. "The fact is, the visuals were the things that landed often, you know, scanners, the guy's head exploding, the things he would do that were so insane - you know, videodrome he would have characters reaching in to their bodies and pulling out VHS tapes - it was ridiculous."

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