Just in case you wanted further evidence of just how valuable John Noble is to “Fringe,” here you go — production behind the hit Fox show’s final season has been stalled for two weeks so that the actor can undergo treatment for what is currently being described as a sleeping disorder.
While the news seems as though it comes out of left field, it is hardly surprising — Noble has traveled across continents in the past several weeks, and was working at Comic-Con promoting both this show and his “Dark Matters” series over on the Science Channel. (Coincidentally, he Discovery-owned network has also picked up past episodes of “Fringe.”) Considering that there was no break at all between the convention and filming for the new season, we can imagine that he would be feeling a bit exhausted at the moment.
The good news is that there is no word at the moment about this being a problem that is going to last for any extended period of time, or that it has been plaguing Noble for longer than the specified period. For now, all we can really do is wish him the best on a speedy recovery, and hope that we see him back out making great TV again soon. Noble is no just a standout actor on this show, but he has been routinely overlooked for what is one of the finest performances in all of television year after year. He was believed to be one of the biggest Emmy snubs out there when they were announced last week, and the show as a whole was also overlooked.
We’ll let you know more on Noble’s condition as soon as it becomes available. If you want to check out some more “Fringe” coverage — including executive producer J.H. Whman’s view on how the series may end — be sure to check out the story over at this link.