Jeff Pinkner Leaves ‘Fringe’

The long-time executive producer and showrunner will not return for the fifth and final season.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Back in 2008, "Fringe" was created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. But the man they choose to run the series was Jeff Pinkner, who had previously served as a writer and executive producer for "Lost." And while "Fringe" gears up for its fifth and final season on Fox, Pinkner will not be there to close out the series.

TVGuide is reporting that Pinkner has amicably stepped down from his role as executive producer and co-showrunner to pursue other projects. J.H. Wyman will be the sole showrunner for "Fringe" season five after joining Pinkner as the co-showrunner during the second season of "Fringe."

Prior to his stints on "Fringe" and "Lost," Pinker got his start in "Ally McBeal," "Profiler," "The $treet" and "Alias."

Abrams released a brief statement praising both Pinkner and Wyman for their contributions to "Fringe."

"We're so excited to begin work on a fifth season of Fringe and to be able to deliver the 13 final episodes to our passionate and devoted fans. For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on Fringe. We're thankful for the invaluable contributions Jeff has made to the show and of course wish him well and look forward to working together in the future. J.H. Wyman's importance to Fringe cannot be overstated, however, and I'm thrilled that he will continue as showrunner for the concluding chapters of our story. We can't wait for our fans to see what we have in store for them in the wild conclusion of Fringe."

"Fringe" will return to Fox for its fifth season on Friday, September 28.