Fringe (Fox, Citytv)
After the success of Lost and the Star Trek film, J.J. Abrams was in high demand as a producer – and viewers couldn’t wait for the premiere of his new sci-fi series, Fringe. When Fringe debuted, however, it was something of a disappointment: Trying to attract a more mainstream audience, the writers stuck with stand-alone episodes, sending the dull Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) on uninteresting cases that often ripped off The X-Files. Luckily, the writers soon realized the strategy was alienating the show’s devoted fans, and they started focusing more on Fringe’s complex mythology. At the end of Season 2, Olivia and her team transported to an alternative universe to save one of their own, and in the season finale, Olivia was captured and replaced by her nefarious counterpart. Fringe’s third season has been filled with drama and suspense, and we finally realized just how good an actress Anna Torv really is.
Annie’s note: How dare they call Olivia dull?