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Fringe Renewed for Final¯ Season

By April 29, 2012

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John Noble as Walter in last week's episode of (I)Fringe(/i).

John Noble as Walter in last week's episode of Fringe.

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There's that phrase again, "fifth and final."

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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April 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm
(1) Eddie says:

Get a real job, Mr. Wilson. What a waste of electronic paper. Fringe is awesome, you, sir, are not.

April 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm
(2) scifi says:

*scratches head* Did I say it wasn’t?

April 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm
(3) Arlette says:

Yeeeaaahhh for the renewal, even though only 13 and final season. As an avid Fringe watcher, I’m just happy that I get to see the brilliant cast a little longer. To Mr. Wilson, love your articles ;) The last paragraph in your latest art. about the fate of Awake says it all…yet another show that requires the viewer to use more than 1 neurone on the chopping board, sad sad…

May 1, 2012 at 8:16 am
(4) Naomi says:

Hurray for the renewal, even though it is for an abbreviated season. I’m glad that Fringe has a chance to tie up loose ends. Although I’m happy for the decision, I still think Fox sucks for continually stressing out Fringe fans. Fox seriously needs to understand that fan loyalty extends beyond a show, and carries over to the network, in general. As does fan disapproval. I’ll be there for Fringe. I won’t be fooled into getting invested in another Fox show after this experience (and Terra Nova), though.

February 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm
(5) Paul says:

Fringe – what s great tv series, I watch very little television for many reasons – however Fringe is by far one of the best programs I’ve seen in many years – great cast, writing, etc…..what a shame to see it go

Whom ever is in charge of marketing this series is not doing a very good job, with proper marketing this series would explode.

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