Need more ‘Fringe’ after Tuesday’s season finale? Try the comic books

The first season finale of J.J. Abrams’ “Fringe” (8 p.m. Central Tuesday on Fox, and the next day at Hulu) promises to delve deeper into the relationship between Good Mad Scientist Walter Bishop and Bad Mad Scientist William Bell. They were lab partners at MIT; Bell went on to found mysterious corporation Massive Dynamic and Bishop went on to the nuthouse.

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The new ‘Star Trek’ is actually kind of cool

Director J.J. Abrams makes “Star Trek” respectable again with this origin tale that sets up everything we’ve seen in six TV series — I’m including the underappreciated cartoon — and 10 movies. (Well, “Enterprise” takes place before this, but who’s counting?) He also makes “Star Trek” cool for the first time. Here’s the trailer.

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Happy (day after) Mother’s Day from ‘Gossip Girl’: Brittany Snow returns to TV

It’s appropriate that Brittany Snow spells her name the normal way, rather than “Britney,” “Brittani” or “Britni.” The actress strikes me as an old-fashioned girl, because I first saw her as Meg Pryor in the 1960s-set “American Dreams,” that 2002-05 NBC series where Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” played in the background during every episode.

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‘Wolverine’ goes solo in the best ‘X-men’ movie so far

“X-men Origins: Wolverine” is the best of the four “X-men” movies because it focuses on just a couple characters rather than bouncing between a half-dozen. It took Marvel Studios nine years after the first “X-men” to make a “solo” story that’s more suited to the movie format than the team-ups of the “X-men” trilogy (a concept that plays better on TV, or of course, in comic books), but better late than never.

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