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By Jevon Phillips and Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers J.J. Abrams' latest series, "Fringe" is already drawing comparisons to another Fox series about FBI agents investigating claims of the paranormal -- "The X-Files." The immediate comparison may not hold as soon as "Fringe" has a few episodes to establish its own identity, but it's worth noting that "The X-Files" didn't invent the paranormal investigation format, there were a bunch of kids in a Mystery Machine around long before Mulder and Scully got their badges and trenchcoats. But while some investigators seem to keep coming back from the dead, others were quickly dispatched to the entertainment graveyard.
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