John Noble as Walter in last week's episode of Fringe.
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Like Chuck and then Eureka, a starkly original show with a strong fan base and weak support from its network has been renewed for a fifth season--with the firm understanding that the run will be a swan song and a final bow.
Fox has ordered 13 concluding episodes of Fringe despite not-very-exciting ratings, says EW. The warnings about Fringe's sustainability have been public knowledge since January at least. It's a measure of how rich Fringe's mythology has become that the need was felt for time to climax, conclude, and tie off the show's many threads and mysteries. Those 13 episodes are bound to be jam-packed.
Fringe has been getting poorer ratings than did Terra Nova, which Fox canceled in March (more because of expense and logistics than ratings, evidently); but the fact that Fox isn't sinking more millions into Terra Nova probably gave it a freer hand to allow Fringe one final, if abbreviated, turn, providing further showcasing not only for the talented writing staff but for the regularly brilliant cast, particularly and especially John Noble and Anna Torv.
The official announcements and responses were as you'd expect.
Kevin Reilly, Fox entertainment president: "Fringe is a remarkably creative series that has set the bar as one of television's most imaginative dramas. Bringing it back for a final 13 allows us to provide the climactic conclusion that its passionate and loyal fans deserve. The amazing work the producers, writers and the incredibly talented cast and crew have delivered the last four seasons has literally been out of this world. Although the end is bittersweet, it's going to be a very exciting final chapter."¯
J.J. Abrams, co-creator and executive producer: "We are thrilled and beyond grateful that Fox--and our fans--have made the impossible possible: Fringe will continue into a fifth season that will allow the series to conclude in a wild and thrilling way. All of us at Bad Robot are forever indebted to our viewers and the amazingly supportive Fox network for allowing the adventures of Fringe Division to not only continue, but to resolve in a way that perfectly fits the show."¯
Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman, showrunners: "This pickup means the world (both of them) to us, because we love sharing these stories with our enthusiastic fans. On behalf of the cast and crew, we applaud our fans and Fox for allowing us to imagine the impossibilities together for so long. Season Five is going to be a conclusive thrill ride for all of us."
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