J.J. Abrams learned a lesson from "Alias."
It hit him when he was at a friend's house one day and an episode of the ABC spy vs. spy drama was on television. Abrams, the show's executive producer, couldn't follow what was going on.
"Literally, it was impenetrable," he said.
So for his newest project, Fox's much-anticipated mystery "Fringe," the writer-producer took a different tack.
"We believe it is possible to do a show that has an overall story and end game ... but also a show that you don't have to watch Episodes 1, 2 and 3 to tune into Episode 4," Abrams said.
While "Alias" was a show "I so loved working on," he added, "I can see how it was difficult."
"This show is going to have a different paradigm," Abrams promised. "We're trying very diligently to do a show that doesn't require the kind of insane absolute dedication to a series."